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Question DetailsAsked on 5/14/2011

Gunite or fiberglass pool - which is better?

My husband and I have been researching pools for the last month or so. After meeting with a salesperson from both sides, my husband is convinced that the gunite pool is what he wants. I've seen the pros and cons to both and am fully aware of those. I've searched Angies List to see how the companies fall out and the fiberglass dealer is a small business guy and looks great on the list. The gunite/concrete company is a large company and hasn't had any postings in the past 2 years!!! How can that be? If any of you have had any dealings with Anthony Sylvan pools in the last couple of years and would like to give me some insight on your experiences, or on your experiences with gunite/concrete in general, please pass them on. I want true, unbiased info!

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You forgot to say where you're located.

It sounds like you're doing all the right stuff in terms of investigating the options. In regard to the gunite company not having any reviews for the last two years, are you sure he's still in business? If he is, then why not ask him for references and then call the references? It's true he will only give out names of people he thinks are pleased with him, but you might still find out a thing or two if you call the people. Another avenue would be to check with your local Better Business Bureau to see what they think of this guy.

Is he the only gunite company in your area?

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


About 10 or 12 years ago, my husband and I used Sylvan pools to put in a gunite pool when we lived in New Jersey. Unfortunately, I wasn't real pleased. Granted this was 12 years ago and I'm hoping the company has gotten its act together, but needless to say, I would never use them again. After they dug the hole and lined the pool with the gunite it was time to add the filter and heating element. The person they sent out didn't know where it should go! He came to my door and asked me! He was supposed to be the professional, how was I to know where the equipment should go. So, after much debate and calling of my husband we decided to put it in where I thought it would be less obtrusive. Well, that happened to be a the low end of the pool. Bad mistake. All filters and pool equipment should be installed at the DEEP end. I didn't know this and found out much to my dismay after the pool was built and realized that the filtration system didn't work as well as it should. Not even the heater worked that well. It was a disaster. The company should have sent someone who knew how to install a pool filtration system. Unbelieveable! I would never use them again.

Answered 9 years ago by Lorir


A quick Google of "Sylvan pools" brought up this little nugget:

There might even be more! <s>

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


An inground pool is a major investment and should not present any issues for years, maybe that's why there are postings about the companies in your area.

Personally, I think a pool of anykind is a liability, but if I were going to have one installed, me thinks I'd go with gunite/concrete. (neighbor's pool is nearly 40 years old and recently develped a crack in the surface)

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


I absolutely agree with you, Tessa. IF you must have one, concrete/gunite is the way to go. We've always had a pool but not by design. It's just difficult to find a home in Miami without one. A pool is one of those things that owners call "the hole into which you pour money". If you have young children who are little fish, it's worth it. When those days are over, we adults have a little honeymoon period with our pool, just like any new toy, and then it becomes just another chore.

Answered 9 years ago by michelemabelle


Do not install a fiberglass pool in Piedmont NC.

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9439514

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