Advantages/Disadvantages of In-Ground Swimming Pools

Gunite/Concrete, Vinyl liner or Fiberglass Comparison Sheet

Features

Gunite/Concrete

Vinyl Liners

Fiberglass

Guarantee

50 Years on Shell
4-8 Years on Interior Finish

Lifetime Transferrable on Steel
3 Full & 20 Pro Rated on Vinyl Liners

20 Years on Surface
Lifetime on Shell

Pool Shapes and Sizes

100% Customizable, Endless Possibilities

Custom Shaped Steel and Liners

Limited on Sizes and Shapes

Maintenance Hours Per Week

1 Hour with Diamond Brite Finish

45 Minutes with Bigger Pool

30 Minutes

Bank Acceptance

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Surface

Medium Feel with Diamond Brite NOT Slippery

Smooth – No Slip Texture Bottom
Available at No Cost

Smooth on feet
But slippery gel-coat Finish

Time to Install

4 to 8 Weeks

3 to 6 Weeks

7 to 10 Days

Re-Painting

Never with Diamond Brite Finish

Never

Never

Quality Control

Materials by Manufacturer
Install by Builder

Materials by Manufacturer
Install by Builder

Materials by Manufacturer
Install by Builder

Type of Coping

Cantilever Concrete, Brick, Limestone or Any Custom Stone

Powder Coated Aluminum or Cantilever Concrete

Concrete

Steps, Seating, Benches, Sun Decks

100% Customizable, Endless Possibilities

Standard Thermoplastic Polymer, Colored Thermoplastic Polymer or Any Custom Steel Shape

Built In Pre-fabricated
Limited on Choices

Draining of Pool

Only for Re-plaster

Only for Liner Replacement

Never Drain the pool 100% down
Could cause cracks or pop out of ground

Objectionable Features

Initial cost is more

Ground water could cause liner wrinkles or other issues

Limited on sizes. Construction not conducive to Indiana Climate. Freeze, Thaw, Cracking & Bowing Common

Surface Replacement

20-30 Years with New Diamond Brite
Cost between $5,000.00 to $10,000.00

New Liners 15-20 Years
Cost between $3,000.00 to $4,000.00

Re Gel-coat shell finish 5-10 Years
Varies Depending Amount and Ware

Heat Retention

Excellent

Good

Good

Algae Adheres

Uncommon with New Diamond Brite Finish

Uncommon

Uncommon

Staining

Uncommon with New Diamond Brite Finish

Uncommon due to the New Seamless Technology

Minimal