Unlike Concrete Pools, Fiberglass Pools allow for flex, which is very important in our Chicago-land freeze/thaw cycle. In addition to the flexibility, they are also 17 Times Stronger than Concrete Pools! A Concrete Pool is rigid and inflexible, so minor ground movements, like a freeze/thaw cycle, can cause it to crack. Fiberglass pools have a tensile strength of 28,346 pounds per square inch. This means that a pressure of 28,346 pounds is required to fracture even one square inch of a fiberglass pool.
Due to the smooth, non-porous, permanent Gel coat finish of a Fiberglass pool, acid washing, re-plastering, re-painting or liner changes are not required. In a concrete pool, the plaster finish actually deteriorates and has to be re-painted, resurfaced or re-plastered. Vinyl liners are very susceptible to ultraviolet degradation and even with the best of care, require periodic replacement. In addition, fiberglass is not susceptible to pinholes or tears from children or animals, which means no unsightly patches. Over the life of the pool, fiberglass will save you thousands of dollars in maintenance and remodeling costs, not to mention the aggravation and loss of swimming time.
Not only does a Fiberglass pool have Low “Long Term” Maintenance, they have Low weekly maintenance and energy use. Since a Fiberglass Pool does not have a porous surface, algae is less prone to attach to it which, in return, requires far less in chemicals to treat the water. A fiberglass pool can save you more than 70% on chemicals. Because you are adding less chemicals, you can run your pump at more energy efficient speeds saving you hundreds in electricity.
Since February of 2003, the ICC-ES has been evaluating companies and determining if they are within code compliance. Viking Pools proudly can say that the ICC-ES identifies that the materials and process that go into manufacturing a Viking pool are not only of the highest quality but also continuing to be new and innovative.