When you're ready to have a new in-ground pool installed, or when you're looking into pool remodeling in your yard, you can typically choose between a poured concrete pool, a fiberglass pool, or a vinyl lined pool. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, so consider this quick guide for choosing the best one for your yard.
A concrete pool is created by digging a pit in your yard and having the concrete poured and shaped over it. One advantage to this type of pool is that there is no limit to the size or design, so you can work the pool around landscaping, create a custom shape, or have it as large or as small as what fits into your yard. However, because of its porous nature it may need more chemical use in order to prevent algae and other growth around the edge of the pool. It also needs to be scrubbed more frequently to keep it clean.
Concrete pools also need resurfacing every decade or so, and this job can be expensive. Pouring a concrete pool can also take several weeks, if not months, since the pit needs to be dug around buried lines and pipes in your yard.
A fiberglass pool is very easy to maintain since its surface inhibits the growth of bacteria, algae, and mold. It can also feel more comfortable since it's soft to the touch. They may feature built-in seating and steps so you don't need to add these to your pool, and they don't need maintenance or relining down the road.
One drawback to fiberglass pools is that you're limited to the shapes and sizes available from the manufacturer. These are built at a production facility where they are shaped and formed and then installed in your yard, so you have a small space or want a specific look to your pool, you may not be able to find a fiberglass pool that would work for you.
A vinyl pool can be shaped to fit any space so that it offers more options for someone who wants a custom look for their pool. It's also nonporous so it requires fewer chemicals than concrete pools. However, as thick as the vinyl is, it can still tear and get leaks. It often needs to be replaced every decade and you may need to exercise caution with kids, dogs, and anything else that could tear the vinyl. It also has a lower resale value than other pool materials, which is a consideration if you plan on selling your home sometime in the future.