If you’re ready to install a brand new pool, you don’t need to settle for your parents’ swimming pool. Yours can take on a whole new look and feel thanks to the new materials available in the swimming pool industry! As you would expect, each one has its pros and cons, and your choice will depend on a variety of factors including your anticipated use of the pool as well as your level of dedication to pool maintenance, your personal budget, and your individual taste. Before we take a look at the more cutting-edge options, though, we’ll do a quick overview of traditional pool materials, so we can make some suitable comparisons.
Traditional Pool Material #1: Concrete
Both fiberglass and concrete are reliable materials for use in pool construction. Concrete has the added benefit of allowing for seamless incorporation of custom design elements such as fountains, steps, and more. Concrete is also customizable in an added way, in that it can handle all kinds of tile. As you would expect, this kind of versatility also comes with a higher price tag as well as a longer timeframe required for actual construction, since it must all occur on site. But if time and money are not in short supply, concrete is the way to go, hands down.
Traditional Pool Material #2: Fiberglass
Just because concrete is a great choice doesn’t mean that fiberglass is a bad choice. More affordable and able to be installed more quickly than concrete pools, fiberglass pools also come with some customization potential. While you have a limited number of shapes and options from which to choose, you won’t necessarily be limited to a standard rectangle. There can be built-in additions such as seating, too. And of course, you can always design the area surrounding your pool to reflect your unique style.
Trending Pool Material #1: Aluminum
From sheets of foil to the can that holds your favorite beverage, aluminum has many uses as a versatile and rust-resistant metal. While aluminum pools are on the expensive side, they offer a pretty resilient and unique pool option. Since the walls are connected using actual rivets, though, they require sealing. If the sealing is not done correctly, problems can result. Even with correct sealing, unattractive pitting of the surface can result.
Trending Pool Material #2: Stainless Steel
Like aluminum, stainless steel offers a lightweight, rust-free metal option that looks sleek and modern. It’s also less expensive than aluminum as well as sanitary, making it easy to maintain. A stainless steel pool can be entirely customized using 3D modeling software and laser-cutting. The biggest downside to stainless is that it can deteriorate over time, making it far from the most economical option in the long term.
In the next post, we’ll discuss a few more materials being used in recent years as options for swimming pools.
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