Fiberglass Pools vs. Concrete Pools vs. Vinyl Liner Pools

There are three types of in-ground swimming pools: fiberglass pools, concrete pools and vinyl liner pools. Each of course has positive and negative qualities, but which one offers up the most positives and the least negatives?  We’ll detail each types and give you an idea as to which is best. However, remember that at the end of the day, it is up to your and your preferences.



  • Little-to-no maintenance required
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Smooth, quick installation
  • Visually appealing


  • Not customizable
  • Limited in size
  • Expensive up front cost

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Initially, fiberglass pools are expensive. However, you won’t have to pay a penny after installment. The non-porous material does not require special chemicals to avoid algae or bacteria. Rather, fiberglass does so naturally. Installation companies are so confident in the withstanding conditioning of fiberglass pools that they generally offer lifetime warranties.

The primary drawback to fiberglass pools is their restricted shaping and design. Fiberglass swimming pools come preformed. Moreover, they are built in the factory and transported from the factory to a home. They cannot be customized and the fact that they travel by vehicle allows for widths no more than 16 feet.



  • Customizable–shape and design
  • Versatile and adaptive
  • Visually appealing


  • Expensive lifetime cost
  • Significant maintenance required
  • Lengthy installation

Concrete pools are beautiful, but expensive. They can be customized to any shape and practically any design. Thus, they are the most popular pool type among those who can afford them. Concrete swimming pools cost lest than fiberglass; though, they will have to be renovated every 10-15 years. Renovation includes resurfacing and re-tiling the pool.

Purchasers of this type of pool will also have to wait months for installation to be complete. Concrete pools take a long time to create. Plus, curing alone can take up to a month. Maintenance can be a burden given the chemicals that are used to counteract concrete’s porosity. Hours throughout the week will have to be put forth to keep a concrete pool in prime condition.

Vinyl Liner


  • Low-end cost
  • Customizable
  • Nonabrasive
  • Algae free


  • Expensive lifetime cost
  • Fragile
  • Lacks appeal
  • Limited resale value

Vinyl liner pools are tricky. Reason being, their low cost is enticing, though, also risky. This type of pool is less sturdy than the others. Due to the thinness of vinyl, any moderate to severe impact could cause damage. For example, a tree branch falling on it or a swim board running into it. Their fragile nature requires vinyl replacement every 5-10 years.

Additionally, vinyl liner pools are customizable, but they are not as visually appealing as concrete pools. If you decide to sell your home then you will not benefit from any significant resale value for your pool, as opposed to concrete.

We hope this helps with your decision making. Again, it really comes down to personal preference and personal finance. You know your living situation better than anyone; therefore, take what you can from the above and run with it!

And once you do make a decision, rely on Fujiwa Tiles for your pool tiling needs. We have over 100 designs to choose from, each up to date with the latest innovations. Contact Fujiwa to fulfill your swimming pool desires! Also, please visit our blog for additional related information.

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