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Selecting the best swimming pool materials

Select from Gunite, Vinyl, and Fiberglass

There are three different types of in-ground swimming pools: gunite, vinyl, and fiberglass. All offer great benefits depending on what you are looking for in a pool.

Your pool dealer will take a close look at your property to determine its size and shape, and to identify possible issues that could affect construction or access for construction equipment. The dealer will also look at local zoning ordinances to assure compliance, and apply for the necessary permits. Installers are required by law to provide an estimated start and complete date so you will have a good idea of how long the construction will be in progress.

swimming pool cabinGunite: Gunite owners choose these for their flexibility, since they can be built into any shape and allow for unique features such as waterfalls and custom steps. 

Vinyl: Traditional in-ground swimming pools usually have reinforced walls with vinyl-liners. Owners can choose among the many options for liner shapes, patterns, and colors.

Fiberglass: These pools are one-piece shells that are installed directly into the ground. They come in various shapes and styles. Delivery and swimming pool installation are typically faster than traditional in-ground construction.

In fact, with so many choices in pool styles, and so many new technologies, many homeowners who have always wanted a pool are realizing that issues that may have held them back, are no longer issues at all.

Sources:  swimmingpool.com, leisurepoolusa.com, polarpools.com, bhg.com. Photos courtesy of Anthony and Sylvan Pools

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