Vinyl vs Concrete: Which pool is right for me?

By |2019-02-07T20:16:49-06:00April 12th, 2018|Swimming Pools|0 Comments

A pool is a big investment. You know the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’?  Yeah, those are words we should never underestimate. With over 20 years of experience, FORM Pools designs and installs both concrete and fiberglass pools because we believe that they offer the best return on investment for our clients and their families.

To help you better understand, we want to give you an honest look at the benefits and drawbacks of each type.

Vinyl Liner Pools


  • Lower initial cost to build, though higher maintenance costs in the long run
  • Shape of the pool can be semi-custom (raising the cost)


  • Easily susceptible to ripping and tearing
  • Liners need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years at a cost of $7000 to $9000
  • Higher end materials, such as tile and stone, cannot be incorporated.
    Images can be printed on the vinyl but they are not as aesthetically pleasing as the real thing.

Fiberglass Pools


  • Gelcoat surface makes it more resistant to the growth of algae, therefore, easier to maintain than vinyl.
  • Smooth shell surface less harsh to the feet and hands.


  • Not customizable
  • More expensive than a vinyl liner pool and don’t look as aesthetically pleasing as a concrete or gunite pool.

Gunite/Concrete Pools



  • The leading choice for in-ground pools
  • Customizable design and limitless material selection
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Perfect for deep or large pools with custom tanning ledges, deck jets, bubblers or any additional features.
    This advantage comes into play when customers are not aware of how many options can be added when building for the first time.
  • By far the most aesthetically pleasing. With unlimited tile, stone and plaster options there are no design limits.


  • Slightly more expensive, though longer lasting, better looking, and higher quality
  • Typically they take longer to build but with our  45 Day Pool Guarantee! we have solved this problem

We are more than happy to personally guide you through the decision process.

If you have any questions or if you are ready to dive in, give us a call 801-656-6515.

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