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Need to Know the Differences Between Fiberglass Pools, Vinyl Liner Pools, and Concrete Pools?

  Aug 3, 2020 / by Chris Meyer, Narellan Pools Group – Managing Director/Owner

Fiberglass pools, vinyl liner pools and concrete/plaster pools can all be great additions to your backyard, but before you jump into a decision, it’s worth looking into the differences between the three, to work out what would best suit your home and lifestyle.

Concrete/plaster and vinyl liner have long been relied on as flexible design materials for pools, but there’s a myriad of benefits to fiberglass pools that you may not be aware of. Let’s delve into the features of the three types of pools, their respective costs, and how they are installed.


Fiberglass is a hard-wearing and long-lasting pool material. Generally, fiberglass is more resistant to everyday wear over the long term, compared with concrete, as concrete pools might need repair work down the track to deal with general wear and tear.

With vinyl pools, their surface is non-porous, therefore their surfaces aren’t as durable or as chemical-resistant as fiberglass pool surfaces. An issue with vinyl pools is that they can be susceptible to liner damage due to poor chemistry over time. Also, as the liner is vinyl, debris that’s left in the pool may end up staining the liner over time. Rust stains on vinyl lined pools can show up in as little as 24 hours!

Fiberglass pools are constructed in factories as pre-made models in a range of sizes and shapes (including smaller-sized pools and plunge pools for small spaces), ready for installation in your backyard. Vinyl Liner Pools and Concrete Pools give you flexibility in a variety of shapes, sizes and depths. To learn more about the quality that goes into Narellan Pools fiberglass pools, please visit https://narellanpools.com/.

The feel of the pool can also differ, depending on your choice of materials. Fiberglass pools often have a very smooth feel thanks to the gel coating that is applied over the raw fiberglass. Vinyl Liner pools have a smooth texture but feel a little different to fiberglass pools. Concrete/plaster pools tend to be rougher underfoot compared to fiberglass. 


With fiberglass pools, the process of installation is quick and straight-forward. The pre-made and cast unit is delivered from the factory to your backyard, with the only work on-site being the digging of the hole, placing of the pool, connection of filtration systems, heating and lighting, and any further landscaping.

Vinyl lined pools can also be installed in a relatively short period of time. The liners are put in place over a steel or polymer frame, but be aware that you’ll probably need to replace the liners in 7 to 10 years, depending on their durability. Installation of vinyl lined pools takes anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks, and they’re usually sold with pre-assembled components or full pool kits to accelerate installation.

A concrete pool takes much longer to install because it is constructed on-site from scratch. A metal lattice framework is constructed to begin with, and then layers of concrete are sprayed onto that framework. After the concrete is set, the finishing coating of tiles or plaster is added. Given that this process tends to be more involved, a concrete swimming pool will take some more time to be installed and begin operating than a fiberglass pool will.

It can take just a few days to have a fiberglass pool installed, whereas a concrete pool could take months to install! To learn more about the installation process with Narellan Pools, click here

Costs Involved:

When it comes to the cost of a fiberglass, vinyl lined or concrete swimming pool, it’s important to consider the long-term costs you can expect to pay, as well as the initial costs. After all, pools need to be maintained on an ongoing basis, to ensure they stay in optimum condition!

Vinyl pools tend to be the most affordable of the bunch, so they’re a good choice if you’re on a budget. Remember though, if you do need to replace the vinyl liner 7 to 10 years down the line, this will mean another cost for you – adding to the overall cost in the long run.

Fiberglass pools are priced reasonably and will cost less than concrete pools, as concrete pools take longer to build, so trades will be working onsite for a longer period of time.

Maintenance costs in the long-term will bring some variables into the pricing. Concrete can wear quickly over time, so this may mean more regular repair work. Concrete does also tend to be more susceptible to algae, so more regular cleaning and chemical treatment will be needed.

Then it’s a question of add-ons. Filtration systems, lighting, heating and further landscaping will be where you’ll see the biggest difference in price between the pool types, but their inclusion doesn’t impact the price of the materials directly – either material could end up being less costly or more expensive depending on the selected add-ons.

Where to from here?

There’s plenty to consider when choosing the pool that’s right for you and your family. If you’re interested in learning more about Narellan Pools in the US please visit https://narellanpools.com/.

Topics: Fiberglass Pools, In-Ground Pools, Best Home Pools, Pool Design Trends

Chris Meyer, Narellan Pools Group – Managing Director/Owner

Written by Chris Meyer, Narellan Pools Group – Managing Director/Owner

Chris has been the driving force in building Narellan Pools to the iconic Australian brand it is today. From a small family owned business run out of a chicken shed in the suburb of Narellan, to the global enterprise today that spans multiple industries; manufacturing, franchise, construction and exporting. His first foray with the business began 30 years ago where his passion for the business was ignited as a teenager. Through his innovation, leadership, vision and passion, Chris has been able to influence the pool industry both nationally and internationally. Narellan Pools is the most respected, professional and innovative pool brand that operates with integrity and quality at its heart. Narellan Pools can be found in Australia, the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Chris’s innovative and agile thinking has seen the manufacturer become the undisputed largest swimming pool manufacturer in Australia. Narellan Pools is proud to boast the most professional and best trained franchisees in the industry where the open and collaborative culture has created an incredible environment for success. The business has experienced double digit growth three years back to back with exponential local growth opportunities and untapped international growth still to be exploited. Over the last decade, together with wife Debb who herself is an accomplished business woman and speaker; they have built a business, culture and team where the incredible true success of Narellan Pools can now be unlocked. Chris and Debb are passionate philanthropists who lead and fund education and support programs for Aussie women and children. They are most importantly parents to Xavier, Eliza, Kingston and Hudson.