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Swimming Pool Surface Materials

Swimming Pool Surface Materials

When designing your pool, your contractor will present you with a variety of options to choose from. One of the more important decisions you’ll have to make is about your swimming pool surface materials.

Here are some of the available swimming pool surface materials:


Concrete pool surfaces allow for the most flexibility in their design. Concrete can be used for any pool size or shape. They also permit unique design features like vanishing edges and tanning ledges. They also allow for intricate designs, with some concrete surfaces being works of art in and of themselves.

Concrete is by far the most durable and long lasting and it is our pool surface of choice.

Furthermore, concrete surfaces can be finished with many other materials such as tiles, stone, quartz and other such items. Be sure to discuss these options with your pool contractor.

Vinyl Liner

Vinyl pool liners tend to be the cheapest pool-surface option. Vinyl is also the smoothest option available. Vinyl liners also come in a variety of patterns, so you can choose colors and designs that best fit your backyard’s overall theme.

Vinyl liners, however, are the least durable option available. They often last less than a decade. To replace the liner, you’ll need to pay to have you pool drained and refilled. Liners are also prone to tearing, so they may not be best if you plan to let pets or highly-active children use your pool. Even debris like tree limbs can tear your liner.


Fiberglass pools typically have very low maintenance and upkeep, because they are coated with a gel-like substance that is nonporous. Because it’s nonporous, the gel substance prevents algae growth, which will save you money in the long run. You’ll end up saving on pool chemicals that would otherwise be needed to keep your pool clean.

The gel surface is smooth to the touch. It rarely needs to be replaced. Because of its durability, it could be great if you or your kids plan to be particularly active in your pool.

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