Choosing An Inground Swimming Pool
Choosing an inground swimming pool type can be confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming. My first advice (which is the same with any construction project) is to arm yourself with information and meet with and get estimates from several different contractors. Spend time asking friends and family for referrals if any of them have had a pool installed in recent years.
When we built our new pool I got several referrals from friends and ultimately used one of the pool companies that was suggested. The pool company we used was excellent at educating us on the options, the process, and what to expect. They provided detailed estimates and plans for the two pools we were considering along with numerous options to evaluate.
The choice typically comes down to a combination of price, aesthetics, and design. For our project we considered a gunite pool and a vinyl liner pool. We didn’t consider a fiberglass pool due to the limited size which would have restricted us to a much smaller pool. Ultimately our decision came down to cost as the basic pool shape was 13% more for the gunite compared to the same size pool in a vinyl liner. Also, the cost to replace the liner is much cheaper than the cost to refurbish the gunite over the life
of the pool.