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Concrete, Vinyl, or Fiberglass – What Type of Pool Should You Buy?

Deciding you want to build a pool for your family is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out which type of pool is best for your needs and budget —  that’s where we come in. Let’s walk through a few of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pool together, so you feel comfortable and confident when making your decision.

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Gunite Concrete Pools

A concrete pool, also known as Gunite or Shotcrete, is very different from it’s vinyl and fiberglass brothers. Although it does have a longer installation period of 4 to 8 weeks, many customers find it is worth the wait because of the endless design possibilities, infinite life expectancy, and 50-year warranty.

Because a concrete pool is superior to other offerings and 100% customizable, more skills and materials are required for a successful installation. Many companies are just beginning to offer concrete pools, while we have been doing it for the last 65 years.

Buyers beware: Builders need many years of experience and training to master installation. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential builder if they have ever built a concrete pool, how many they have completed, and if you can see any past projects and references. A quality builder should have no problem with these requests.

Vinyl Pools

Although customization options are limited, vinyl pools will last a lifetime and are a great choice for Hoosiers and our ever-changing weather conditions. With its low-maintenance and affordable reputation, lifetime warranty for the steel and 20 year warranty for the liner, and installation period of 3 to 6 weeks, vinyl pools are one of the most popular options available.

Fiberglass Pools

An uncommon sight in Indiana, fiberglass pools have the quickest installation period of 7 to 10 days, and require the least amount of maintenance. However, we do not recommend Indiana residents install fiberglass pools because of our climate. Seasonal freezing and thawing can causing cracking and bowing that can ruin your pool.

Choose a Contractor You Can Trust

We want you to make the best decision not only on the pool you choose, but on the contactor you choose as well. Contact Mud Slingers today — we’re happy to provide references, discuss your options with you further, and walk you through each step of the pool installation process.

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