Frequently Asked Questions
Fiberglass pools are cheaper to build and maintain, quicker to install, and more flexible, especially with Florida’s shifting sandy ground. While concrete pools need to be resurfaced every 7 to 10 years and cost about $300 per year in chemicals, fiberglass pools require no resurfacing and, with a salt system, cost only about $50 a year to treat.
While it’s true concrete pools are more customizable (you can create any shape and any depth you want), most people are able to find what they want in one of the over 60 options of San Juan fiberglass pools we install. And yes, you can still have a pour-over spa, tanning ledge, or rock waterfall with your fiberglass pool.
If you have children, you will be happy to know that fiberglass pools are gentler on kids’ feet. Concrete has a tendency to cause blistering and sores when kids spend a lot of time in the pool. With your fiberglass pool, the kids can play all day and their feet will be safe, no matter how wrinkly those little toes get!
Highlands pools installs both salt and chlorine pool filtration systems. There are advantages to both.
The advantages of a salt water system are lower cost over time (although they cost more up front), less exposure to chemicals, and a more comfortable swimming experience. A salt water pool does not feel and taste like the ocean. And while it does contain chlorine, the chlorine is produced naturally and is gentler on eyes and generally safer for pets and humans.
While chlorine pools generally cost about $50-$60 per month in chemicals, saltwater pools may only cost you $50 for the entire year.
The advantages of a chlorine swimming pool are that chlorine tablets and liquid are readily available in many hardware and big box stores. Chlorine is also generally faster at clearing up pools with bacteria or pH problems. With chlorine, you can be swimming in a couple of days, where it might take five days or more to get a saltwater pool back on track. Chlorine swimming pool systems are also less expensive to set up initially than salt water systems.
While there are no guarantees, in a warm state like Florida, pools generally do add value to homes. If you live in a neighborhood where most of the other home have pools, putting in a pool could make a big difference in your home’s sale price. Not every buyer is looking for a home with a pool, but many are. If you want a pool, you should build a pool for your own enjoyment, knowing that it will likely increase the value of your home when you are ready to sell.