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One of the classic conversations when it comes to fiberglass pool installation is whether it’s better to install a fiberglass or gunite pool. Some have strong opinions on the differences between these construction materials, and there are legitimate pros and cons to each type, but for the most part the difference between gunite and fiberglass comes down to personal preference. Still, it’s helpful to choose the type of pool that fits your preferences and needs, and one of the biggest factors is installation time.

For a long time, gunite (or concrete) pools were probably the most popular type of inground swimming pools, but fiberglass seems to be gaining in popularity. One of the primary benefits of a fiberglass construction, and the one that influences many to choose fiberglass, is the short installation time. Since fiberglass pools are constructed in an array of pre-determined styles, then shipped to the actual pool site where they are dropped into place, the installation is much quicker: they can even be ready in 2-3 days, while installation of gunite pools is completed on-site and can take 1.5 to 2 months. If time is a factor, and you need to be sure that pool is installed in time for summer, fiberglass will likely be the better option.

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Fiberglass pools are constructed off-site before being shipped to the pool’s install location.


Although gunite takes significantly longer to install, choosing a gunite pool also means you aren’t limited to the pre-built designs offered by the manufacturer. If you’re looking for a unique design, a specific shape, or a pool that’s deeper than the available fiberglass constructions, gunite would be the preferable material. Of course, it’s important to consider the installation time and take that into account when making into your decision.

If you’re looking for pool companies in Lafayette LA to get that perfect inground pool installed, make sure to work with a local installer with credentials and work history to prove their quality. But also do your research on the type of pool material that’s best for you, especially if installation time is a factor.