Compare swimming pool types by considering surface durability, liner options, maintenance requirements and necessary installation time. Common swimming pool types include concrete, fiberglass and vinyl pools.
Fiberglass pools require little maintenance. They feature gel-coated surfaces, and their fiberglass shells are nonporous, which inhibits the growth of algae. This reduces time and the use of chemicals necessary for cleaning them. Because there is no vinyl liner to replace, owners do not need to resurface them, their non-abrasive surfaces have a pleasant texture.
Vinyl pools have a relatively low initial installation cost when compared to other popular materials. They also offer owners more versatile installation options because the vinyl material is easier to shape, which allows for the design of pools with custom widths, depths and lengths. The liner material is smooth and nonabrasive, and because the surface does not have pores, it inhibits the growth of algae.
Concrete is another versatile material for pools because the surface is easy to arrange according to the desired size, shape and depth of a pool. There are numerous possible design features as well, and customers can create tanning ledges, beach entries and other customizable elements. However, concrete pools are porous, which means that owners need to spend more to maintain the surface.