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What are the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl versus fiberglass pools in Northern Illinois?

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Advantages of vinyl pools over fiberglass ones in Northern Illinois include reduced installation cost and greater customization options, while fiberglass pools offer owners quick installation and durability ideal for the short summers of the region. Unlike fiberglass, a torn vinyl lining may render a pool inoperable for the entire summer.

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Vinyl pools cost less to install than fiberglass ones, but may lead to increased costs over the lifetime of the pool. Fiberglass Pools of Illinois estimates that a vinyl liner accidentally punctured by a sharp object can cost $5,000 and take several weeks to repair. Fiberglass costs more to install, but is more resistant to damage and requires less maintenance over time. Additionally, technicians can successfully install a fiberglass pool in a matter of days, rather than the several weeks necessary to construct vinyl pools.

Property owners who choose to build their pools out of fiberglass enjoy the benefit of a non-porous material that does not absorb the chemicals commonly used to clean pools. The non-porous nature of fiberglass also ensures that the pool retains a smooth surface and that debris does not easily adhere to it. Fiberglass pool installation companies, however, are limited in the variety of sizes and shapes they can offer clients.

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