4 Things To Know About Installing, Maintaining, And Repairing A Fiberglass Pool

Have you finally landed on getting a fiberglass swimming pool out of all the options available to you? It will help to know the following things about installing, maintaining, and repairing a fiberglass pool so that you are well prepared. 

Handle The Pool With Care During Installation

Any added pressure that pushes the gel coat beyond its strength is capable of causing spider cracks in the coat. If you want to prevent these from happening, it is best to make sure that the pool is handled with care during the installation process. This means hiring professionals that have expertise in installing fiberglass pools, so they'll know exactly what to do during the transportation and installation of the pool shell. 

Request A Solid Surface Gel Coat For Easier Repairs 

There will come a point where you need to repair the fiberglass surface, and you may be concerned about matching the color of the fiberglass so that it blends in seamlessly. This is because many finishes on fiberglass pools are applied in multiple layers to create unique looks. If you want the pool to look uniform over the years, it may be best to purchase a fiberglass pool that has a gel coat with a solid surface color. You'll find that it is easier to maintain the look over the years since it is much easier to match the color when repairing. 

Avoid Using Sand As A Backfill Material

An issue that you'll want to avoid with your fiberglass pool is bulging on the surface. This can happen if the pool is backfilled with the wrong material, such as sand. The problem with sand is that it can get wet and then shift position. If the sand shifts toward the fiberglass pool shell, it is going to push the surface inward and create a bulge. Make sure to request a stone backfill material so that this does not happen.

In addition, using sand can cause a problem with the pipe shifting and causing a leak as well. If this happens, the joints where the plumbing connects to the pool can shift, crack, and leak. 

Regularly Brush And Skim The Pool's Surface

Once the pool is installed, the best way to keep it clean is to regularly brush and skim the pool's surface. The fiberglass shell doesn't require hard scrubbing, so it will be much easier to maintain the surface than if the pool was made out of concrete.  

For more information, contact a local swimming pool construction company.