What is best - Wooden pools or Fibre-glass?

Comparison between Fibre-glass pools and Wood Pools

Wood Pools with Vinyl Liner
Fibre-glass Pools
Can they be In-Ground, Above Ground or Part In-Ground?
No - In-Ground only
Guaranteed Structural Life
10 years
10 years
Surface Finish Guarantees against staining
2 years
Can surface finish be renewed?
Yes by new vinyl liner
No - new pool is required
Can defects be repaired? Yes liners can easily be patched and there is a full inventory of spare parts for the "DeckPool" range No - any surface defects such as dark spots are defects in the gel coat and will steadily get worse as the pool gets older
How long will the pool be usable for without any renovation?
up to 20 years
10 - 15 years
What is the cost of removing the old pool?
Small - pool and the deck around it can be cut up and burnt leaving concrete base in the ground and decking can be reused
Up to 50% of original pool cost - Pool has to be dug out with a digger after the concrete ring-beam that holds it down has been jack-hammered out as well as the concrete deck that is always required around fibre-glass pools
How Risky is the installation?
No Risk at all - Dig down and cast a concrete base at the level you want and then build the wooden pool by slotting the tongue and groove boards together
Very risky - has to be delivered by low-loader and craned into position - in many cases the pool has to be lifted over a garage or the house - never undertake by DIY or Local Builder
How costly is the installation?
Depends on how much In-ground you want to go - even fully In-ground it should not cost more than £1000 for a small pool and £2000 for a large one
Must alwys be fully inground - excavation, sand backfill, ring-beam, haulage and cranage will result in costs in the £2000 to £4000 range because of the plant and skills required
Can decking be used around the pool
Yes - Bluepools can design the deck if required
No - concrete paving and paving flags are required to keep the pool in the ground and keep the ground around the pool dry and stable
How do the sizes compare
Wooden pool dimensions provide the actual water area
Glass-fibre pool measurements are over the whole structure and the swimming area is about 10% less


How much do they cost by comaring swimming areas?


8m x 4m x 1.46m deep about £10,000+ VAT
9m x 3.8m x 1.5m deep - £14,000 +
Health and Environmental Pros and Cons Wooden pool shaoul be made from sustainably managed forests in accorandance with the PEFC regulations Fibre- glass pools should be made in modern factories where the air quality control is rigourously maintained - this is not the case in Eastern Europe where most of these pools are made

So wooden pools provide better value for money then fibre-glass pools but Bluepools does not supply either type