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Three Basic Types of Swimming Pools


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Three Basic Types of Swimming Pools | Asiapools

Owning a swimming pool is almost everyone’s dream – a perfect recreation facility for swim workouts, pool parties, and family gatherings. But, to get or not to get a swimming pool is highly determined by the space available in our house and our available budget. The good news is not every pool comes in massive size and costs an arm and a leg because different types of pool structures have different pricing and sizing. So, here are the three most common types of pools for you to find the perfect swimming pool for your home.

Concrete Pools

A concrete pool is the most durable pool structure that is built to last. Reinforced by steel frames, cement will then be poured to create the pool’s shape. Subsequently, the concrete pool is perfected with a premium tile finish. Due to their sturdy structures, concrete pools require longer build time, especially when there is a requirement for customization, such as incorporating additional water features, fountains, and stairs into the pools.

Overall, concrete pools can last longer compared to fiberglass and vinyl pools. However, like every facility, a concrete pool still requires proper maintenance and regular cleansing to maintain its longevity. In addition, given its durability, high-end finish, and complex construction process, the cost of building a concrete pool would be higher than the other pool structures. However, concrete pools are a worthy investment as they greatly increase your home value.

Prefabricated Pools

Prefabricated (prefab) pools are primarily made from either pre-cast concrete or fiberglass. They can be customized to any shape and size; however, most will be fabricated to typical present dimensions and shapes for easy factory manufacturing. Finished with a gel coat, prefab pools can be installed much quicker than concrete and vinyl pools, within a matter of days. However, its fast installation does carry a major disadvantage; that is, it will cause water retention over time.

Looking on the bright side, prefab pools provide a lower maintenance cost than concrete pools because fiberglass offers a smooth and less porous surface, making maintenance more manageable by keeping algae at bay. Not only that, but fiberglass pools are also durable and less likely to be damaged. Compared to vinyl liner pools, prefab pool owners do not need to worry about sharp objects that will puncture the pool finish. Overall, prefab pools offer a lower lifetime cost compared to the other pool alternatives.

Vinyl Pools

Vinyl pools are considered the most DIY pool structures because you can construct almost any size or shape of your preference. After flattening out the edge, the vinyl sheet will be used to cover the hole cut into the ground. Price-wise, vinyl liner pools are the most budget-friendly pool option for families who wish to own a swimming pool for recreation purposes. But, even though vinyl pools are highly affordable, why do some people still hesitate to install them?

One of the significant drawbacks is the liners can puncture easily, especially when there are non-pool-safe toys and objects in the swimming pools. Not only is the liner easily scratched, but the liner will also stain as well and fade as time goes by. Overall, while these vinyl covers may not have the premium feel of times, they are more budget-friendly to replace and maintain.


So, every pool structure has its pros and cons, as different swimming pools may suit everyone differently in terms of usage frequency and longevity one is considering at. Lastly, for your reference, we have composed the differences between all three swimming pools.

So, remember, choose the right pool design and structure for your home, enjoy your swimming, and don’t forget to make a splash. If you still have doubts, don’t worry; feel free to contact us; Asiapools (M) Sdn Bhd is your one-stop swimming pool service provider in Malaysia.

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