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  1. Liners have a short life - Average of 7 to 10 years. The decorative “tile” imprint will fade noticeably above water line as it ages.

  2. Liner comparatively fragile - Dogs trying to climb out of the the pool, objects around the pool, or a tree branch falling into the pool can tear the 20 to 30 mil thick liner and start a leak.

  3. Least prestigious - No matter how elegant the coping and surrounding deck, a liner pool is a liner pool.

Fiberglas Pools


  1. Fast installation - Because the complete shell is manufactured off-site and craned into place, this is the fastest pool to install.

  2. Built-in steps and seats - Incorporated into shell at factory.

  3. Smoother surface than concrete -Less algae growth problems.


  1. Limited size - Because the pool must be trucked to site there is a 16-foot width limitation.

  2. Not as many shape choices - Each design requires a large custom mold, so selection is somewhat limited.

  3. Refinishing  more difficult - Both liner and concrete pools are easier to repair/replace the surfacing. There are plenty of marcite pool resurfacing contractors, but not so many tradesmen for repairing fiberglas pools as they age, and the color can be difficult to match when repairing.

Concrete Pools (gunite or shotcrete)


  1. No size limits - Any size, shape or depth you want.

  2. More design options - Vanishing edge, grotto, beach entry and waterfalls possible.

  3. Most prestigious - Concrete pools look more substantial.

  4. Longer lifespan - With regular maintenance.


  1. Higher maintenance cost - Most expensive to resurface.

  2. Needs more chemicals - The textured surface of the pool requires more chemicals and filtration to prevent algae.

  3. Longest construction time - Usually several months.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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