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Fibreglass vs concrete pool

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by MTR, 13th Mar, 2016.

  1. MTR

    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I am investigating all options for our primary residence, also second hand pools.

    Been told concrete pools look way better but far more expensive.

    Anyone been down this road?

    On a side note.....Also found out you can use bore water dependent on how clear water is and this can be tested.

    Anyone want to help......pros and cons


    Thanks
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  2. EN710

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    Depends how big I think?

    My quote for compass pool fibre glass come up at 50k for 12 x 2.5m

    My quote for concrete pool 12 x 2m is $50k without full tiling

    Not so different and concrete can fit into any shape you want
     
  3. HUGH72

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    Concrete, more flexible designs and can fit into unusual spaces possibly? lasts longer.

    Don't know anything about bore water because ours usually overflows with rain water for half the year.
     
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  4. MTR

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    Your in QLD, I am in Perth, lucky you with the rain water:)

    thanks
     
  5. wylie

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    Our son had quotes for fibreglass, above ground, with deck around it to meet up with an adjacent deck already there. I think it was about $20K.

    I think he had quote for concrete that was maybe $30K.

    I'm unsure of the figures, but I was surprised the "cheap" version was still expensive. I also think we discussed at the time that he might as well pay the extra for the concrete. He didn't do either.

    I was, at the time, very surprised that it was fairly expensive for what I think can look cheap (depending on many things, finish, surround etc).
     
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    Not really. When you backwash your chemicals and salt consumption would cost more than topping up from the tap in my experience. :cool:
     
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    20141011_124700.jpg Our pool is fibreglass apparently, but looks beautiful. Not a great photo, and we are working on the pool area, but it sparkles and is gorgeous. About 4m x 9.5. Filled with rain water. Summer is (still) long and hot here, couldn't be without the pool. You won't look back :)
     
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  8. HUGH72

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    Yep, can be annoying especially if you have just replenished the salt, some of it goes down the drain.
     
  9. Bran

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    Any access issues? Slopes? Soil types? Desired shape?

    Fibreglass is not an option in my place due to size (small) and access (smaller). It's 50k to dig a 3x5m concrete pool + fences + deck.
     
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    Ouch, lol that's a fair percentage of the cost of our house and the pool. Glad I'm a country gal!
     
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    We went concrete. Access and shape excluded fibreglass.

    If going concrete do not use a quartzon finish.
     
  12. Bran

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    Part of the problem is needing the smallest possible digger. Even then i have to pull an air con out, and maybe a garden retaining wall. 405m2 inner city blocks...
     
  13. ellejay

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    Bugger, I hope it works out. Sounds like an amazing property though. Sometimes you just have to cough up a bit for others to be able to see what you see.
     
  14. kierank

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    Ours is in the ground and it is concrete. I wouldn't have it any other way, especially for a PPOR.

    From memory, ours is 13m x 6m and 3m depth at its deepest. I know it takes 100,000 litres to fill. If I want to go for a swim, I use the pool; if I want a bath, I go to our bathroom.
     
  15. Westminster

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    It depends on how close you want to get to your boundary. A concrete pool can get very close as it's stronger and self retains.

    There are also options like plunge pools and modern raised pools which require less digging but need to be built out of concrete. If you do some raised pools correctly you will only need a pool fence at the steps up.

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    Then there are the shipping container pools which are AMAZEBALLS

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  16. Bran

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    Where is that top pool from? That would totally work in my backyard. Its going to be built up to a level like that anyway

    Although my boy would get up that height without even trying
     
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    Unfortunately that pool is in Argentina ( I grabbed the photo from Pinterest) but my friends in Perth built a similar one. As long as the glass and sides are 1200mm high and contain nothing which can give a foothold then the pool itself can be a fence. They put a gate at the steps which led up to the pool. They had a much smaller glass panel though and there is no deep end. I have put one photo below but you can see more at Sold Price for 3a Bartlett Crescent Karrinyup WA 6018

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    Technically pool fences are only designed to keep out a child under the age of 6 but there are many monkey children out there who can work it out and so swimming lessons are vital. My 7yo can shimmy up most gates and pull up the pool latch. Sigh.
     
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  18. Lizzie

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    We found the price very similar between fibreglass and concrete - so, given the choice, I'd always go concrete as you can get greater depth and flexibility in shape ... the advantage of fibreglass is that it can be installed in a couple of weeks, instead of months.
     
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  19. MTR

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    Nice.

    With more research have found out that concrete pools are much colder than fibreglass pools, this is a concern for me as we would then require heating for the pool?? more expense
     
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    Nice. Prefer below ground.

    I will most definitely require fencing, I have 2 small dogs, they can swim but if they accidently fall in they may not be able to get out.
     
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