Most Toronto homeowners love the idea of having a beautiful inground pool in their yard. When it comes to actually installing one though they sometimes balk, often for reasons that might seem hard to understand. At Seabreeze Pools however, we understand. We’ve heard it all and seen it all when it comes to inground pool design and we can say without a doubt that most homeowner concerns are unwarranted and that most fall into the same dozen or so categories. In this post we’ll look at 5 of the most common concerns we hear on a regular basis and explain why we say they’re unwarranted.
5 Unwarranted Concerns Regarding Inground Pool Design and Installation
We’re not sure how some of the following concerns about inground pool design came to be so widely circulated but it doesn’t really matter. If they’re out there they need to be addressed. So here goes:
- Concern #1: “I’m afraid my pool will pop out of the ground.” – It’s perhaps the most widely circulated myth in the pool industry that every fiberglass pool is in danger of ‘popping’. So let’s be clear: no properly installed, properly maintained pool will ever pop out of its designated hole in the ground. The few instances where such a thing did occur happened because the owner had left the pool empty for a prolonged period of time. A practice we would never encourage.
- Concern #2: “I’ve heard fiberglass pools need to be small.” – This one may have grown out of the fact that highways have width restrictions and most fiberglass pools are transported via highway. In most cases you’re not allowed to transport something wider than 16’ on the highway. That may sound small but keep in mind it means you can have a pool that’s 40’, even 50’ long and 16’ wide delivered to you no problem. If that’s not big enough for you we don’t know what to say.
- Concern #3: “Fiberglass pools crack in the winter. Don’t they?” – No. They don’t. Fiberglass pools are extremely flexible meaning that the push and pull of the freeze/thaw cycle is no big deal to them. Whereas with concrete pools you stand a very real chance that cracks could appear after the pool has been through several winters.
- Concern #4: “I’m afraid my kids will slip and fall getting in or out of the pool.” – This one has some basis in fact but it doesn’t need to be an actual problem. Seabreeze pools can come with a textured, anti-slip bottom that will keep everyone up right no matter their age or physical state. If you install the pool and decide later you need to protect against slipping there are a variety of anti-slip coatings on the market as well as anti-slip mats and tape that can be easily installed.
- Concern #5: “I’ve heard I’ll have to replace my fiberglass pool after 10 years.” – This one may trace its origins to the fact that concrete or gunite pools need to be resurfaced every few years. Fiberglass pools on the other hand will never need to be replastered, repainted or have cracks repaired and it’s not uncommon for fiberglass pools to last 30-40 years even if used heavily.
We hope this information has helped put to rest any concerns you have over inground pool design. In practically every way today’s fiberglass pools are a step up in price, convenience and durability from their concrete and gunite predecessors. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding inground pool design or installation for your Toronto home don’t hesitate to call Seabreeze on 416-238-9703. We’re here for you.