Need to Know the Differences Between Fiberglass Pools, Vinyl Liner Pools, and Concrete Pools?

August 3rd, 2020 by

Fiberglass pools, vinyl liner pools and concrete/plaster pools can all be great additions to your backyard, but before you jump into a decision, it’s worth looking into the differences between the three, to work out what would best suit your home and lifestyle.

Concrete/plaster and vinyl liner have long been relied on as flexible design materials for pools, but there’s a myriad of benefits to fiberglass pools that you may not be aware of. Let’s delve into the features of the three types of pools, and how they are installed.


Fiberglass is a hard-wearing and long-lasting pool material. Generally, fiberglass is more resistant to everyday wear over the long term, compared with concrete, as concrete pools might need repair work down the track to deal with general wear and tear. Fiberglass pools are constructed in factories as pre-made models in a range of sizes and shapes (including smaller-sized pools and plunge pools for small spaces), ready for installation in your backyard. They have a very smooth feel thanks to the gel coating that is applied over the smooth and polished mould.

Vinyl Liner Pools and Concrete Pools give you flexibility in a variety of shapes, sizes and depths. With vinyl pools, their surfaces aren’t as durable or as chemical-resistant as fiberglass pool surfaces. Vinyl pools can be susceptible to liner damage due to poor chemistry over time, and liner damage can also involve leaking. Also, debris that’s left in the pool may end up staining the liner over time. Rust stains on vinyl lined pools can show up in as little as 24 hours! Vinyl Liner pools have a smooth texture but feel a little different to fiberglass pools. Concrete/plaster pools tend to be rougher underfoot compared to fiberglass.

The durability of your pool – in addition to how it looks – will make a big difference to how much enjoyment you get out of it. Narellan Pools’ proprietary gelcoat is a true revolution in fiberglass gel coating. With many years of research and development backing its creation, this gelcoat incorporates unique technology that blends solid colours together. The result is our superb Marbleglass range, delivering colours that are more colour fast and less susceptible to UV degradation.

More from Chris:

“In my many years leading Narellan Pools, I’ve seen how our unwavering focus on research, development and innovation has resulted in outstanding quality for our clients. We’re always looking at how we can leverage the latest advances in technology, and our Marbleglass range is a perfect example of that. Not only are there plenty of colours to choose from – the work that’s gone into developing the range also means clients benefit from tried and tested technology.”

To learn more about the quality and innovation that goes into Narellan Pools fiberglass pools, please visit


With fiberglass pools, the process of installation is quick and straight-forward. The pre-made unit is delivered from the factory to your backyard, with the only work on-site being the digging of the hole, placing and installing of the pool, connection of filtration systems, and any further landscaping. It can take just a few days to have a fiberglass pool installed and you’re swimming!

With vinyl lined pools, the liners are put in place over a steel or polymer frame, but be aware that you’ll probably need to replace the liners in seven to 10 years, depending on their durability. Installation of vinyl lined pools is relatively quick compared to concrete, taking typically a few weeks, and they’re usually sold with pre-assembled components or full pool kits to accelerate installation.

A concrete pool takes much longer to install because it is constructed on-site from scratch. A steel reinforcing mesh is constructed to begin with, and then the concrete is sprayed onto that framework. After the concrete is set, the finishing coating of tiles or plaster is added. A concrete swimming pool will take anywhere from four to 16 weeks to be installed, which means you’ll wait longer to enjoy a concrete pool than you will a fiberglass pool or vinyl lined pool.

To learn more about the installation process with Narellan Pools, click here

More from Chris:

“Having been in the industry for decades, I’ve learnt a lot about every type of pool. What fiberglass pools provide in design choice, durability and value for money makes them the perfect option for homeowners. The Narellan Pools range takes those benefits to the next level and ensures peace of mind, thanks to our commitment to quality.”

Where to from here?

There’s plenty to consider when choosing the pool that’s right for you and your family. If you’re interested in learning more about Narellan Pools in the US please visit

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Chris has been the driving force in building Narellan Pools to the iconic Australian brand it is today. From a small family owned business run out of a chicken shed in the suburb of Narellan, to the global enterprise today that spans multiple industries; manufacturing, franchise, construction and exporting. His first foray with the business began 30 years ago where his passion for the business was ignited as a teenager.

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