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When installing an inground pool, homeowners need to make decisions about what type of materials will be used to build and line their pool. These are important decisions that can affect not just the aesthetics of the pool, but also the cost and longevity as well. 

If you have never installed a pool before, you may be wondering which is better between fiberglass vs. concrete pools. As the two most common types of inground pools, there are positives and negatives to each type of material. 

To help make your decision-making process a bit easier, we’ve laid out some of the benefits and challenges of concrete and fiberglass pools below. Although, in Pflugerville Texas, Austin Pool and Spa Builders only installs concrete (shotcrete and gunite) inground pools, we have also included information about fiberglass pools, which are another popular option with homeowners. 

Concrete Pools


Concrete pools are fully customizable, from size and shape to plaster finish texture. This means that pool owners can design a pool to fit their exact vision and needs. Concrete pools can be deeper, longer, and more uniquely-shaped than fiberglass pools with several different finish options. In addition, concrete pools are extremely durable. With the proper care and maintenance, they can last for decades. The bigger the rock used for the finish, the longer lasting it will be. 


Because concrete pools are fully customizable and created from scratch, the installation time is longer than with fiberglass pools. It typically takes Austin Pool and Spa Builders about three months (up to six) to build an inground concrete pool. However, installation time may be extended in cities like Austin with complex permitting processes. In addition, it typically takes more money or time to maintain a concrete pool. Concrete is extremely durable, but the proper balance of chemicals needs to be maintained and the algae removed regularly to preserve the life of the interior plaster finish. 

Fiberglass Pools


Fiberglass pools are typically pre-built and delivered to a customer in one piece for installation. This cuts down on installation time and pool owners can expect to be using their new pool in as little as 3-5 weeks. Fiberglass pools also require less maintenance than concrete pools and can heat up faster and maintain heat longer. 


Because fiberglass pools are made from pre-designed molds, they are not as customizable as concrete pools. While fiberglass pool owners can still create a unique pool look with water features and decking, there are limited options for the actual pool size, shape, and depth. In addition, the smooth surface of fiberglass pools can present a slipping and falling hazard. Households with small children or elderly residents may have cause for concern when installing a fiberglass pool. 

Have questions about the benefits of a concrete pool? Give Austin Pool and Spa Builders a call! 

Austin Pool and Spa Builders is a leading pool construction company in Austin, TX. We’ve been in the construction industry for more than 15 years, building best outdoor kitchens, patios, and pools. Because we’re a local company with low overhead, we can generally beat national companies when it comes to pricing and find ways to save our customers money.