Gunite vs Fiberglass

Cristina Moreno-Garcia
(March 2022)

A custom gunite swimming pool is always unique.

Before I was in the pool business, my husband and I were thinking about building our own pool and when we were doing some research online we realized there were a big amount of companies promising fiberglass swimming pools were better quality and cheaper than gunite ones… and we believed it.

We contacted a local company, signed a contract to have a simple rectangular pool. Soon enough the contractor brought a pool that was not the shape we wanted, but we decided to play cool and accept it. The second problem we faced started after the contractor started filling up the pool with water: turns out the shape of the precious object started to change in some parts. He explained that it was normal and that was a reason for not getting a rectangular shape. Nonetheless, there were several issues with the contractor and we ended up without a pool and a backyard that looked like a war zone.

Maybe after this terrible experience I started doing a lot of research and we decided to spend more money and get a gunite custom swimming pool with a spa and sun shelf, designed for our backyard, with the size we had in mind originally, instead of adjusting to what a fiberglass company offers.

Now we are a happy family with a beautiful swimming pool and I wanted to share this experience in the company page so other people don’t make the same mistake we made by hiring a contractor without proven experience and saying only beautiful things about fiberglass.

Gunite pros

  • You get the shape you want and the size you want
  • Option to add water features like sun shelf, colorful LED jets, bubblers, waterfalls, special designs on the bottom of the pool
  • You can choose almost any kind of shape and color of tile for the waterline
  • You can choose different plaster textures, with more or less sparkle and the plaster comes in a lot of colors, from white to black
  • There are pools filled with salt water
  • The swimming pool will last a lifetime, with proper care and maintenance

Gunite cons

  • Initial investment is higher than with the other kind of pools
  • It needs renovations from time to time
  • It needs to be kept clean to avoid algae growth

Fiberglass pros

  • Comes in different sizes and shapes
  • Easy to clean
  • It costs less than gunite pools

Fiberglass cons

  • Companies offer some sizes or limited shapes
  • Some companies offer more durability than others, but it won’t last as long as gunite
  • Pools only come in certain colors

Published by SoSelfie

I got a bachelor degree in Communication and Information Sciences at Universidad de Monterrey. Profesional journalist for 23 years (all of them at Editorial Group Reforma of Mexico), I became an accidental fashionista with passion for the aesthetics that seems to like to more than one person. My grandma taught me the love for the kitchen, desserts, handcrafts and sewing, but I love this hobbies as much as gadgets, cars and technology. Life and love brought me to San Antonio, where I currently live, but my passions haven't changed: I love going to the movie theater, getting a nice dinner, visiting new places, restaurants, as well as traveling. I like to know and learn a little bit about everything, so this blog is a reflection of everything that crosses my mind, my passions, and interests, what I enjoy as a woman, tired of all the terrible things that I read in the news everyday. Where am I going with this? Just to fulfill the need to say something with the hope that more than one is interested in my words and images. That will be more than enough to accomplish my mission. @@@@ Estudié Comunicación en la Universidad de Monterrey, fui periodista por 23 años en Grupo Reforma de México, me convertí en fashionista involuntaria con un sentido de la estética que parece gustar a mucha gente. Mi abuela me enseñó el amor por la cocina y la repostería, la costura y las manualidades, pero contradictoriamente me gusta tanto saber hacer un postre como ver coches, gadgets y tecnología. La vida y el amor me trajeron a San Antonio y aunque muchas cosas en mi vida han cambiado, sigue mi interés por ir al cine, una buena cena, visitar restaurantes nuevos, así como viajar. Me gusta saber un poco de todo, aunque siempre me siento ignorante, así que este blog es un reflejo de mis pasiones, mis intereses, de lo que me gusta. ¿A dónde voy con esto? Simplemente a satisfacer la necesidad de comunicar algo. Ojalá a más de uno le interese, con eso me doy por bien servida. @@@@@@@@@@

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