There is no question that each of these pools can be beautifully inserted into any outdoor living space to create a beautiful backyard oasis for you and your family. However, here are some important things that should be considered when choosing between a fiberglass pool and gunite pool (commonly referred to as a cement pool).
Shape and Size Options: Gunite wins here
While there are many different shapes and sizes of in-ground fiberglass pools, the fact of the matter is that a gunite pool can be constructed to virtually any shape, size, and depth. Elvio and Sons has even been involved in a project that had shaped a gunite pool to look like Mickey Mouse's head! Common shapes for pools in general include the classic "rectangle", "kidney" shape, and "oval".
In addition, gunite pools can also contain very custom features like: tanning ledges, benches, and custom shallow ends/steps. Fiberglass pools also offer many of these options, however, you will need to find the model that is perfect for you out of the fiberglass pool models catalog.
New England Winters / Long-term Maintenance: Fiberglass wins here
We are by no means saying that gunite pools are not built/designed to withstand New England winters, however, the simple fact of the matter is that cement/gunite pools have the potential to require structural maintenance years down the road (after several seasons). This may not be required for every gunite pool, however, it is a possibility. Fiberglass pools however are warrantied for life! The structure of the fiberglass pool is also far less likely to crack or chip. Elvio and Sons has partnered with Leisure Fiberglass Pools (manufacturer). After extensive research into their business and product, we have found that they are by far the superior fiberglass pool manufacturer with the best warranties and pool structure.
Color/finish options: Gunite wins here
There are simply by far many more options for coloring finishes for a gunite pool. Fiberglass pools each come in several beautiful colors/smooth finishes, however, that selection does not rival that of our gunite finishes.
Cost differences between gunite vs. fiberglass
As both of these pool types are extremely well constructed, the pricing for each is often comparable. Gunite pools have the potential to becomes more expensive than fiberglass if they become intricate with features like tanning ledges, custom steps, spill-overs, or deeper deep-ends. However, the cost of your pool can very much be managed when you are aware of the cost of these features. Elvio and Sons is always happy to discuss all options with our clients.