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Frequently Asked questions about Fibreglass Pools

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Fibreglass Pools

Fibreglass pools represent the biggest breakthrough in pool design in the history of the industry. Fibreglass pools shells arrive on-site pre-formed, complete and weatherproof, and can be installed in just a few weeks, after council approval.

What are Fibreglass Pools?

Fibreglass pool shells are a one-piece structure made entirely of fibreglass material. The shells are produced in a factory then transported to the site and installed. The shells are smooth, nonporous surfaces, resistant to algae.

Unlike concrete and vinyl liner pools which are constructed as they are installed, Fibreglass pool shells can be in the ground and ready in a matter of weeks.

How are Fibreglass Pools Made?

Unlike concrete and vinyl liner pools which are constructed as they are installed, Fibreglass pool shells can be in theFibreglass pool shells are a one-piece structure made entirely of fibreglass material. The shells are produced in a factory then transported to the site and installed. The shells are smooth, nonporous surfaces, resistant to algae.  ground and ready in a matter of weeks.

A fibreglass pools pigmented surface finish is called 'gelcoat', and is applied during manufacture. It’s applied as a gel which then hardens through polymerization (chemical bonding that strengthens it) which is where it gets its name. Gelcoats are smooth and durable, algae-resistant, clean easily and never needs painting.

How Much Is a Fibreglass Pool Installed?

A professionally installed fibreglass pool costs between $25,000 and $75,000 plus, depending on your site conditions and personal preferences. Installing a pool will require council approval and pool fencing in most parts of Australia. Part of the install cost is excavation, and if you hit rock there can be additional costs.

The primary cost drivers are access to the site, the ground and soil conditions, slope of yard, and of course the size and shape of the pool, and any water or lighting features chosen. The other factor determining cost is meeting the council requirements your area. You also need to meet the strict guidelines governing pool fencing designed to protect small children.

Does my Pool Builder Need to be Licensed?

Your pool builder must have a licence to install residential pools in ACT and NSW. Your pool builder also needs to meet the insurance requirements. It is highly advisable to hire a pool builder with the qualifications, experience and licensing.

Are Fibreglass pools cheaper than concrete?

Fibreglass pools are typically more affordable and are quicker to install. Because the shell is a pre-built factory mould, it has already been constructed and therefore only has to be transported to your yard and installed. This significantly reduces the installation cost and time, in comparison to a concrete pool.

Are Fibreglass pools easier to look after?

Are Fibreglass pools easier to look after? And unlike the rough surface of concrete pools, Fibreglass pools smooth surfaces resist the growth of algae. Fibreglass pools non-abrasive surface is also softer on your feet and isn't as rock-hard as concrete if your kids accidentally hit the bottom.

Fibreglass Pools are smooth and safe

Fibreglass Pools are smooth and safe and not abrasive as there are no sharp edges, just smooth seating areas. Fibreglass pool shells also act as a natural insulator so they hold in the heat for longer.

You will use less chemicals with a fibreglass pool

You will use less chemicals with a fibreglass pool due to it's smooth surface which is impervious to water. The gel-coating is smooth and non-porous, preventing growth of mould and algae. This equates to less cleaning, less chemicals, less energy consumption so a smaller carbon footprint.

A fibreglass pool will retain its flexibility

A fibreglass pool will retain its flexibility through the most extreme weather and even if water in the pool freezes it will expand upward and not affect the pool itself. A fibreglass pool will never crack in cold weather.

A fibreglass pool Is Durable

Fibreglass swimming pools do not have a liner, so there is no risk of puncturing the pool surface via dog claws, tree branches, or patio furniture blowing into the pool, etc. So you need not be concerned about damaging the pool during daily use.

What is a Magna Pool?

Magnesium Mineral Pools. A MagnaPool™ is a mineral pools, featuring a blend of minerals for pool water that is a healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional salt water or chlorine pools. Swimming in a mineral pool can help alleviate aches and pains and soothe your skin.

Magna Mineral Pool

At Pool and Spa Solutions we install Zodiac MagnaPool™ mineral pools. They contain naturally occurring minerals in addition to a sanitiser and other essential water balancing chemicals, that enhance the bathing experience, and provide a luxurious and soothing bathing experience.

Can Fiberglass Pools Be Salt Water?

Magnesium / Salt Water System Compatibility. Fibreglass pool shells are fully compatible with magna and salt water systems. Salt has no adverse effect on the fibreglass pool shell, giving you the freedom to enjoy low-maintenance benefits of magnesium minerals or salt water systems.

Can Fibreglass Pools be Heated?

Fibreglass Pools can be heated. And fibreglass pools heat up quicker and retain heat longer than concrete pools. A Fibreglass Pool will require less energy to heat than a concrete pool, as concrete will absorb heat, and will take much longer to warm the water.

Magna Mineral Pool

How Deep are Fibreglass Pools?

The potential depth of a fibreglass pool is determined by the size. Our Barrier Reef 7.5m Sahara is one of our deepest pools, with a depth of 1.88m.

Can you Install a Fibreglass Pool on a Slope?

Fibreglass pools can be installed on a slope. All that is required is proper planning and development and creating a flat area to accommodate the fibreglass pool.

Can you Install a Fibreglass Pool on a Slope?

Fibreglass pools can be installed on a slope. All that is required is proper planning and development and creating a flat area to accommodate the fibreglass pool.

Fibreglass pools last 30 years or more

Fibreglass pools can be installed on a slope. All that is required is proper planning and development and creating a flat area to accommodate the fibreglass pool.

Annual Cost Of Pool Heating

The cost of heating your pool are determined by your heating solution, location, and the size of the pool. Solar Heating is the most cost-effective solution, however modern electric pool heaters are very efficient.

Estimated Annual Running Costs for Pool Heating:

Annual Cost Of Pool Heating

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How are Fibreglass Pools Installed?

We assess the site, perform a site cut and excavation, crane in the pool shell, install the pool’s plumbing and filter system, install the pool coping tiles, and then the pool fencing. Let's look at this in more detail.

Installing Fibreglass Pools

Assess the site. The driveway will be assessed to make sure it can withstand the crane’s weight. Obstructions such as overhead wires and tree branches (which may need permits to cut) will also be considered.

Government Certification and Approvals. Engineer details and site drawings are drawn and then supplied to relevant council along with the necessary building application forms. Sewer depths and locations are also supplied to the local Water Authority for approval of the pool location.

Earthworks & Soil Removal. The site will now be excavated, and the soil removed, using bobcat and backhoe excavators. The average family pool site excavation requires the removal of around 6 truckloads of soil. The excavated hole for the pool will be approximately 1.0m longer and 1.0m wider than the actual finished pool dimensions, and the depth will also be approximately 400mm deeper than the depth of the pool being installed.

Craning and Setting the Swimming Pool Shell. On delivery day the pool shell arrives and craned off the truck using straps. The pool shell will be lowered into the excavation area, and once perfectly level, the backfilling process will take place.

Plumbing the Pool. Once the pool shell has been accurately positioned, the plumbing is connected with great attention to detail. lay paving and surrounds: A concrete reinforced bond beam is poured around the pool to lock it firmly in place, and to provide a surface for laying the paver surrounds. The final paving, landscaping and fencing happen and then the pool is commissioned.

Paving, landscaping and fencing. With the pool shell installed, and plumbed, the final paving, landscaping and fencing can be performed and the pool commissioned.

Swimming Pool Building Checklist

What is the structural warranty on the pool shell?

Does the written quote include all of the costs associated with installing the pool?

Does the written quote include all of the costs associated with installing the pool?

Australian Fencing Laws

What are Australian Fencing Laws?

Australian fencing laws specify that any pool, public or private, must be properly secured with a fence that separates the pool from the property. The fence is required to be 1.2 meters high, and without gaps of more than 100 mm.

Myths

Fibreglass Pools Myths

Fibreglass pools represent the biggest breakthrough in pool design in the history of the industry. Fibreglass pools shells arrive on-site pre-formed, complete and weatherproof, and can be installed in just a few weeks, after council approval.

Myth #1 – Fibreglass Swimming Pools 'Pop out of the Ground'.

Myth #1 – Fibreglass Swimming Pools 'Pop out of the Ground'. One of the biggest myths surrounding fibreglass pools is that they can float or pop up. A fibreglass swimming pool installed correctly will never pop out of the ground. Fibreglass shells can flex to accommodate most earth movement.

Myth #2 – Fibreglass Pools and Colder Climates

Myth #2 – Fibreglass Pools and Colder Climates. A Fibreglass pool will flex, a huge benefit when it comes to colder climates. A Fibreglass pool shell can provide years of relaxing and enjoyable fun, regardless of cold weather.

Myth #3 – Fibreglass Pools are expensive and costly to maintain

Myth #3 – Fibreglass Pools are expensive and costly to maintain. A Fibreglass pool shell will flex, a huge benefit when it comes to colder climates. A Fibreglass pool shell can provide years of relaxing and enjoyable fun, regardless of cold weather.

Myth #4 - A Fibreglass Pool can crack

Myth #4 - A Fibreglass Pool can crack. A fibreglass pool that is properly manufactured, installed, and maintained, will not crack. Fibreglass pool shells are designed to flex, a huge benefit when it comes to colder climates. Fibreglass gel coats have great cold weather properties.

Barrier Reef Pools

Barrier Reef Fibreglass Pool Shells

We are the only fibreglass pool manufacturer to be awarded the Australian Standards 5 tick certified product award. To gain this certification we had to apply to SAI Global who are the Australian Standard approval authority. Their approval process is extremely involved and they assessed all sections of our fibreglass pool manufacturing processes and procedures.

rigidly controlled to meet performance specifications

Barrier Reef Fibreglass Pool materials are rigidly controlled to meet performance specifications, there are no exceptions. This applies to gelcoat, resins, glass, reinforcing materials, additional fixtures and fittings. All of these materials are Lloyds of London / DNV approved products for the manufacture of fibreglass swimming pools.

manufacturing process is monitored at every step

Our Fibreglass Pool shell manufacturing process is monitored at every step. From the beginning process of preparing the mould, through the full production, final detailing, inspection, storage and transport to site. The operating conditions of the manufacturing facilities including temperature and humidity are closely monitored and adjusted accordingly.

stringent and comprehensive testing

Once the pool is released from the mould, stringent and comprehensive testing is performed. The gelcoat finish and colour is visually inspected. The hardness of the surface is measured as well as the wall thickness at more than 25 positions around the pool, this is done by an ultrasonic testing machine and recorded. We also weigh our pools using digital electronic scales to ensure the specified amount of material has been used during production to meet the standards.

Every pool is embossed with our name

Every pool Barrier Reef Fibreglass Pool is embossed with our name as well as a unique 5 digit number which enables everyone to identify that pool, tracking and tracing it throughout its life. Our master files record quality tests and results. We also keep a sample cut out of every shell manufactured for future reference.

Every pool is embossed with our name

Barrier Reef fibreglass pool for your home you are getting the best quality pool available in Australia. We pride ourselves in our quality and workmanship providing all our customers with the best available fibreglass pool.

It is a simple decision….. If you want the best, then buy the best.