In-ground fibreglass pools are often praised above in-ground concrete pools for a number of reasons. The surface of fibreglass is much smoother than concrete and not as dangerous. Fibreglass pools also don't require routine acid washing and resist the build up of algae, so they are cleaner and healthier. Although upfront fibreglass costs more, in the long run it is cheaper to maintain compared to concrete.
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The cost of the initial installation of an in-ground fibreglass pool can vary widely based on a number of factors. If you install the pool yourself, it can cost between £6,500 and £9,750 as of 2010. If you hire a contractor to do everything, it can cost between £29,250 and £39,000.
A basic model with little or no additional features can cost between £13,000 and £19,500 as of 2010. The price of a fibreglass pool will vary greatly depending on the number of additional features you add and what those features are. Add-ons include waterline tile, coloured finish, lighting, concrete deck and fencing, decorative landscaping, saltwater, safety cover, diving board, ladders, automatic vacuum or an adjacent hot tub.
While a fibreglass pool may cost more upfront than a concrete pool, fibreglass pool owners will save a lot of money in the long run. Because fibreglass pools require fewer chemical treatments, owners can save between 60 and 70 per cent over the duration of the pool's lifetime. Fibreglass pools also reduce electricity costs by 20 to 30 per cent. Sunpools.com claims that owning a fibreglass pool instead of a concrete pool for 10 years will save you more than £7,150.
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