By now, you are probably aware that there are three types of in-ground swimming pools offered by Hawaiian Pool Builders. They are concrete (also called gunite), Fiberglass, and vinyl liner. The type of pool you choose affects the cost, construction and the way you'll use your pool. Below is basic information about these three types of pools.

Gunite: Using steel-reinforced concrete to form a shell, concrete and plaster are the most common in-ground pool-building materials and were the first ones used when residential pools became popular. Why? Concrete is durable and porous, allowing the plaster-coated shell to hold water, providing stabiType Of Poollity. This type of pool can be re-plastered when needed, which adds to its longevity. With a concrete pool, you can custom-design them to virtually any shape or size conceivable (from rectangles to boomerangs to hearts and guitars). Steps, ramps and benches can be added as well. You can also choose from a wide-range of finishes such as plaster, paint, tiling and specialty coatings available.

Fiberglass: A swimming pool made of fiberglass is sold as a large, one-piece shell that arrives at your home by truck and then placed in the hole that’s been previously excavated. Unlike a concrete or gunite pool, fiberglass pools are pre-made, and can be less expensive than a concrete pool. There are many models and sizes from which to choose. Steps, spas and benches can be added, and are typically preformed. Fiberglass makes the pool-building process quick and easy. Its smooth interior surface is slick, making it tough for algae to cling to.

Vinyl: Pools that are lined with vinyl are built with metal or plastic frames and set into the excavated hole. Prefabricated supporting walls or panels made of plastic, steel or aluminum are joined to the frame, then it is lined with heavy vinyl to form the pool shell. The bottom of this type of pool sits on a bed of sand or other material, while the top is held down by coping, which creates the finished edge and acts as a border to your pool. You can get your liner equipped with fungus and UV inhibitors to extend the life of the liner from about ten years to approximately eighteen years.

As you begin the process of purchasing your in-ground swimming pool, the professionals at Hawaiian Pool Builders can help you determine which type of pool is best suited for you.

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