Fiberglass or gunite???

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Fiberglass or gunite???

Postby Guest » Sat 17 Jul, 2010 21:03

I live in San Antonio and am getting quotes for both gunite and fiberglass. From what I have been told Leisure pools is expensive. If you go with fiberglass or any pool for that matter it is a good idea to get a lot of quotes and do a lot of research.


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Fiberglass or gunite???

Postby floridapooltech » Mon 02 Aug, 2010 16:06

there is a lot more you can do with gunite rather than fiberglass. Gunite pools can accomodate marcite, pebbletec, or quartz. As a fiberglass pool can just be....fiberglass!
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Postby Hunter392 » Sun 04 Mar, 2012 22:14

Aquatic Escapes wrote:Dittos on the fiberglass pools. The only way to go. I install Viking fiberglass pools with a lifetime warranty. When going with fiberglass, get the graincoating on the bottom. This is a non slip texture built into the pool. Save thousand over gunite maintenance in just a few years. Don't even compare fiberglass to liner...

I have a concern , I purchased a Viking fibreglass pool 4 monthes ago , just now prepairing to install it , and noticed it had cracks in the gel coat all over it every few inches , is this normal ,?? should I go ahead with the installation ??
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Postby czechmate » Tue 06 Mar, 2012 09:00

No.
One more thing. Any so called lifetime warranty in a swimming pool industry is a complete fairy tale.
You can't even make them to come look at it when you start having problems and when you finally succeed, they will give bunch a B.S.
How many lawyers you have on retainer? Well, you can bet that they have them.
Not only do not let them install what raises flag for you as a layman, but hire a own superviser now.
It will cost you peanuts against what may follow later.
Remember: Experience is what you get when you did not get what you wanted.
You paying the bill in the severely hurting economy. So you call the shots!
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Postby TA » Sat 24 Mar, 2012 09:46

I had a San Juan Pool installed just over a year ago. It has a colored finish, which looks very nice. It immediately had surface cracks at the base of the steps on each end - probably due to stress during transport, installation, etc.... Mynbelief is that these cracks were probably present before the pool even went into the ground. The cracks are now over 2 feet long at ech end, and fill with dirt so they are very visible. Guests have asked me " what are those lines ?". San Juan would not investigate, look into, or anything. The only response I got was " we do not warranty the gel coat". How is that for spending over 100k on a pool project ? 
 
I wish I wouldn't have bought this pool, as it gives me alarm of things to come and the lack of ownership of a companies product.
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Postby czechmate » Sat 24 Mar, 2012 12:32

TA wrote:How is that for spending over 100k on a pool project ? 
 
I wish I wouldn't have bought this pool, as it gives me alarm of things to come and the lack of ownership of a companies product.

It is highly uncommon to use a fiberglass shell incorporated in a 100K total pool investment.
Most people do more research to spend 8000.00 on a used car.
As I always say: "Experience is what you get, when you did not get what you wanted".
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Postby Thinking I Hate Fiberglass » Mon 11 Jun, 2012 15:06

I am realy thinking that I hate fiberglass with a passion, we recoated like 15 or 20 years ago--was not around much then--off to college an whatnot

anyway, swimming is a passion for me, and as a youth I never seemed to overdo it, these days, the more the fiberglass pool coating gives way the more sensitive i seem to be to the pool and seeing the pattern year in and year out has pretty much convinced me that it is that darned coating

in general anyone that has been up doing attic work etc knows the stuff is nasty but now ive come to the conclusion that the pool coating is even worse

why?

1 the particles are smaller
2 they are being carried by water and hence their directionality perpendicular to the skin can obtain maximum penetration--force against the skin and skin porosity work to get the fiberglass in
3 unlike attic work--unless you have some kind of high tech suit on (ha ha) your skin including your scalp is in contact with the stuff
4 in an attic a bit of fiber glass can be "puffed away" aint happening with glass fibers in a slurry of water

finally i'd like to point out that i'm real skeptical about the so called gell coat causing the rash because my hunch is that it would be short lived

w/ my current itch I expect it to last a few more weeks, there is no observable rash, at the cellular level i think that the glass damages the basal epidermal cells which allows for inflamation to find its way into the dermal epidermal junction

I guess ive convinced myself that i hate the stuff more than ever --so much for looking for answers i might as well have faith in my own :oops:
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Postby Pool upgrade » Mon 27 May, 2013 23:29

I have a 16 x 32 inground pool. I have had it for 13 years and it has a liner, the liner has to be replaced. I was wondering if I could change it to concrete. What would be the range of cost?
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Postby TSH Tech » Fri 31 May, 2013 01:13

Pool upgrade wrote:I have a 16 x 32 inground pool. I have had it for 13 years and it has a liner, the liner has to be replaced. I was wondering if I could change it to concrete. What would be the range of cost?


Anything is possible. Changing out liner is much more cost effective than say (est.) $20,000+ plaster build.
Liner companies have all kinds of elegant vinyl pattern to choose from
As an example http://kafko.com/main.php?mod=vinylvisu ... nyl_id=199
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Postby czechmate » Fri 31 May, 2013 09:38

If the existing shell is gunite I would suggest replaster with DiamondBrite or similar modern plaster. That route is of course more expensive, but in return you put an investment in your backyard.
It will last when done properly.
Keep in mind that maintenance of gunite is a bit more demanding and cost a bit more.
If the money is not of a critical concern, you will become a proud owner of a real gem!

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