This is a very common question. There are no right or wrong answers but we often find that one or the other fits better for a particular site, house and family as we progress through the design process.
Here are some thoughts:
Most pool builders in our area build either vinyl OR fiberglass pools, creating an inherent bias in their recommendations. We install vinyl, fiberglass AND concrete, so we are positioned to recommend the best option for each client.
Vinyl pools are the most popular type of pool in this part of the country and have been for a long time. They are endlessly customizable, the least expensive to install and generally easy to care for. Vinyl liners last 8-12 years at a replacement cost of approximately $6,000. We recommend vinyl pools for the majority of our customers.
Fiberglass pools do not have liners that need to be replaced and they are available in many shapes and colors. Fiberglass pools cost $15,000 - $20,000 more than their vinyl counterparts. If you have a dog that like to swim, or if there is a specific shape that appeals to you, or if you're planning to move soon and wish to bring the pool with you (which can be expensive), we would recommend a fiberglass pool.
Concrete pools are commonly used for commercial projects, or extremely high-end residential pools. Features like vanishing edges and perimeter overflows are more readily available with concrete pools.
Next up, we'll talk about our Eco-Smart Pool System: