Concrete vs fibreglass pools: how to choose a swimming pool that’s right for your backyard

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We’ve all wanted a concrete or fibreglass swimming pool in our backyard at one time or another.

Installing a swimming pool is a big decision! There’s a lot to think about: location, size, shape, filter-type, heating… the list goes on! There’s also one major decision you’ll need to make straight away: whether to choose a concrete pool or a fibreglass pool.

There are several things to think about when you’re deciding on whether to install a concrete or fibreglass pool:

  • The size and shape of your backyard area
  • The style of your home
  • Your budget

Scroll down to find out how these things can affect your decision. If you’d like more information, feel free to book a free measure and quote to speak with one of our friendly consultants.

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Choose a swimming pool that fits with the aesthetic of your home.

The size and shape of your block can determine whether you install a concrete or fibreglass pool

When choosing a swimming pool for your yard, you need to consider the surrounds. Where your swimming pool is located can change the entire layout, design and feel of your property.

Consider how much space you have to work with, and how you want the finished product to complement that space. For example, if your yard is on the smaller side, you probably don’t want to get the largest swimming pool in the range.

Do you want space for the kids to play on the lawn? Do you want an area in which to relax and enjoy the sunshine? You need to think about what you want to get out of your backyard before choosing a swimming pool.

Fibreglass swimming pools come in pre-determined shapes and sizes. Aside from being able to choose between a different size for each shape, you don’t have a lot of flexibility. This is totally fine, but if your yard is an odd shape or if it has other features, it can become a problem.

Concrete pools are custom-designed to suit the space around them, making them perfect for backyards of any size and shape.

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You need to think about what you want to get out of your backyard before you install a swimming pool.

Do you have a small backyard?

Increasingly, larger homes are being built on smaller blocks. This means the space available is more compressed than ever. Luckily there are plenty of ways to incorporate a swimming pool into a smaller backyard.

Round or oval-shaped swimming pools are a great way to add more space. Taking this route would mean you’re sacrificing swimming space, but it’s worth it for some extra room in your yard.

Australian Outdoor Living offers a range of round and oval-shaped fibreglass pool shells, perfect for this exact situation.

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A round or oval-shaped swimming pool can make your pool area seem bigger than it actually is.

What about a large backyard?

The more spacious your backyard is, the more options you’ll have when it comes to choosing a swimming pool. Space isn’t usually an issue in larger backyards, so you’ll be able play around with some different design ideas.

If you want your pool to really stand out, you can even choose an atypical design. A concrete pool can be designed in any shape or size, making it perfect option for a large backyard. Pair that with a tile pattern that’s different to your home, and you’ve got a well-defined pool area that is an entirely separate part of your yard.

The possibilities are endless, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a bit more space to play with.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to dressing up the area around your swimming pool.

What about the budget?

When you’re comparing concrete and fibreglass pools, your budget will inevitably come into it.

A fibreglass pool is a pre-made shell that gets put in the ground, making it the cheaper option. It doesn’t require an in-depth design – our installers will simply dig the hole and install the pool.

Concrete swimming pools are custom-designed according to each customer’s needs, so they’re usually more expensive than fibreglass pools.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether you end up getting a concrete or fibreglass pool. You’ll still have made an investment in something that, over time, will increase the value of your home and provide hours of fun for your family.

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Let Australian Outdoor Living help you design a swimming pool that’s right for your home.

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