The Four Main Types of Pools

The main types of pools include concrete, vinyl, fibreglass, and aggregate finishes. When you are considering installing a new pool or buying a home with a pool, you should weigh the pros and cons of each type of pool. While all pools have their advantages and disadvantages, you may discover that fibreglass pools outweigh other types of pools.

Concrete Pools

Concrete pools are the most common type of in-ground pool. Concrete is a cheap material. Concrete pools grew popular because they are durable and porous. Installation professionals use plaster to coat the concrete and create a shell. The shell hardens and holds water efficiently. Over time, the plaster degrades and the concrete will need to be replastered.

Installation professionals will excavate your yard and install rebars into the hole. Rebars are also known as steel rods. They help to reinforce and create the structure of the concrete. You can add other features such as ramps and steps. The process of digging, setting the rebar, and waiting for the concrete to dry is lengthy. Typically, installation takes four to five weeks after the professionals start excavating.


Vinyl pools are designed with plastic and metal frames. You can purchase an above-ground or in-ground vinyl pool. Once the plastic, aluminium, and/or steel panels are framed, contractors use a heavy vinyl to line the pool.

Vinyl deteriorates over time. It is also easy to rip vinyl. You should know that you will have to replace the liner once it rips. Patch jobs are only a bandaid. It will continue to leak. Algae easily grows on vinyl and the pool chemicals cause vinyl to deteriorate. Vinyl requires a significant amount of maintenance and care.


Fibreglass pools are growing increasingly popular. Out of the four types of pools, they require the least maintenance. The gel coat surface is smooth and durable. Algae cannot cling to the surface, unlike concrete, vinyl, and aggregate finishes. If your pets jump in, you will not have to worry about the surface tearing as with a vinyl pool. The surface is sleek and durable.

Fibreglass pools are designed and delivered to your home. Installation is quick and easy. It is much faster than a concrete pool. Whether you want a small pool, a medium pool, or an extra-large pool, you can find the perfect fibreglass design to fit your needs.

Aggregate Finishes

Alternative finish or aggregate pools are expensive. Installation professionals will use a wide range of materials to build your pool, including stone, tile, plaster, and man-made products. Aggregate finishes typically last 8 to 12 years and require medium maintenance. It is important to scrub the surface and refinish it to prevent algae growth.