Fibreglass Pool Installation-The Most Common Questions Answered

Fibreglass pools are definitely more fascinating since they come in any shape and can be anything non-linear as per the preferences of the client. Choosing the best quality of experts to go with will ensure that the pools are built the strongest and are also durable. It is advisable for the client to go with pool kits that are low on maintenance. That way the pool can be weather resistant which is unlike the ones built out of concrete. Also, algae growth can diminish its value. There are however many tips and tricks that can help a newbie help find what may help them the most to answer the most basic questions that people may be reluctant to ask.

Different shapes that are currently in trend as far as fibreglass pools are concerned…

It all comes down to the kind of space that is to be taken up and how the shape can complement the landscape all around. One can have a regular rectangular pool with a kids pool and overflow. They can also go for a pool with a curvature edge and a wooden or tile deck. The best as mentioned earlier would be the fact that these pools can be built in a non-linear way having wooden decks. So, one can get as artistic as possible. The options for modifications are nearing endless since one could also go for a stone decked pool with a water trajectory.

Process of the pool is made (in case one is wondering)...

The pool is made by the spraying of gel coats on the mould. This is superseded by the application of chopped fibreglass containing 100 per cent of vinyl ester resin. This is followed by the application of chopped fibreglass with resin that is made for polyester. The woven roving is applied at points of stress for added strength. One will also have to apply the structural honeycomb material for the supporting of the sidewalls. One has to apply the ultimate layer of fibreglass with the help of polyester resin and cure in the mould of the pool. The pools shell has to be removed from the mould and the excess fibreglass will also have to be trimmed. The last step is to check the pool shell for quality which is a pro since one cannot do it with other variants.

The process of installation

This pool is ready-made and resembles a shell and is promised to have high durability. They are also manufactured with benches and steps already there. The site will have to be dug up, and the plumbing and filtering will have to be made sure to be done. The soil will have to be excavated and the pool will be levelled and set. The body of the tub or the shell is laid on the bed of sand and the shell can be moulded as per the preferences of the owner. The pool’s shell will have to be backfilled and the patio and coping will have to be installed along with the pool fence. The owner must have a word with the manufacturers so that they are using advanced installation techniques. This reduces the chances of long-term problems such as separation, leaks, bulges and settling.

The time taken to install

This kind of pool takes about 2-4 days to be set in or installed in case one is wondering. However, as per the experiences of many, it might just take about 3-6 weeks to install the fibreglass pool. This, however, includes the pool, patio along with additional landscaping. This is the least amount of time considering people also opt for vinyl pools that take about 4-8 weeks to be installed. A concrete pool takes about 3-6 months to be finished and ready for use.

The average cost

The average cost that is bound to be charged is about 27-47 AU dollars per square feet. And can be higher if the site of the building of the pool is far from the site of installation. Costs can further soar if one likes to add-on enhancements for the pool such as

  • JacuzziPool Colour
  • StepsJacuzzi Jets
  • Pool Ladders
  • Sidebars
  • Countercurrent Systems
  • Extra Lighting
  • UV or Ozone System
  • Heating Facilities 
  • Water Fountains

The initial cost may be about 30,000-60,000 AU dollars. In comparison, the vinyl liner pool will stand to be costing about 15,000-35,000 AU dollars. The concrete pools on the other hand come within the range of 45,000-90,000 AU dollars. Of course, one must be wondering what is the cost of its maintenance. We have you covered. Our best estimate is almost 2,500 AU dollars every 10 months. In comparison, there is the cost of maintaining a vinyl liner pool that comes to about 11,500 AU dollars. Approximately 24,000 AU dollars is the maintenance cost for a pool made out of concrete, every 10 months.

Optional scope for add-ons

There are many optional add-ons for a pool that is made of fibreglass. They are water fountains, falls, exotic gazebos, patios, pergolas, modern canopies, tanning ledges and a ground hot tub.


Though not many in number, one can say that the single-piece pools that are built of fibre sprays are the best bet. They come complete with an enclosed container making sure that there is no air that can get in. These pools can be cleaned very easily by a pool cleaner with little to no efforts. Resurfacing is never needed and it resists algae growth which ensures that people can easily clean and vacuum their pools. Once the pool has been set up and installed the owner does not have to run helter-skelter looking for equipment and chemicals to manage the growth of algae.

The biggest pro is that the owner can check the quality of the pool shell which is impossible in others.

The owner can talk to the manufacturers prior to installation. This way they can be assured of the fact that they are using advanced installation techniques. Long-term problems such as separation, leaks, bulges and settling can be avoided. It works in climates that are cold. Ice trays do not crack for the sake of water expanding in them. The same theory can be applied to these pools. Whoever said that the fibreglass pool will crack in the cold was definitely misinformed about it themselves. The pipes, however, need to be winterised which is a good thing to keep in mind if one is getting the pool installed.

The Cons

Although the possibilities are endless, manufacturers do not really offer a large variety of sizes and shapes in the case of fibreglass pools.

Since all of these will have to be transported by roads so a pool larger than 16 feet will be difficult to be transported. One should stay away from these kinds of pools if they are trying to buy something large for themselves.

On a final note, pool experts would agree that these pools are much more cost-effective than other pools that require a lot of space or maintenance. If one does not want a pool that is too big but is looking for an option having a freeform shape, he/she can definitely try this. A fibreglass pool works well in cold climates as well.