Concrete Plungie v fibreglass pool: what you need to know

December 8, 2020 4 minute read
4.6m x 2.5m Precast concrete Plungie pool

Getting a swimming pool is kind of a big deal. Not only is it an aspirational item that adds value lifestyle to your home - it takes up space in your yard and will very likely be one of the most expensive items you put in your home.

Once your pool is in, it’s not overly easy to change either, so it’s important to make sure you’ve done your research.

When we set out to disrupt the pool industry in Australia, we did a whole heap of research. In the Plungie's development stages, we looked at all materials and concepts, not just concrete. Plastic, fibreglass, concrete - you name the material and we’ve likely explored its functionality as a prefabricated pool solution.

Of course, our preference is concrete, because every Plungie is made from concrete, but fibreglass has some advantages too. Let’s compare the two:

Price

Fibreglass is very competitive against a traditional concrete pool. That being said, it’s not as competitive against a Plungie because of their precast nature. When looking at above-ground or semi-recessed installation, a Plungie doesn’t require the structural reinforcement that a fibreglass shell requires, saving trades, time and materials.

Engineering

Like traditional pools, fibreglass pools require site and pool-specific engineering. All Plungie shells and the footing requirements have been pre-engineered to cover a range of soil classifications, which saves time on the certification process, reducing overall project timeframe.

On-site involvement and weather disruption

While both fibreglass shells and Plungies are prefabricated, resulting in reduced onsite work and weather disruption risk, a Plungie requires far less complex footing preparation and reinforcement, further reducing trades on site and exposure to potential weather risk.

Durability

While the quality of fibreglass options in the industry have improved over time, fibreglass doesn't compare to concrete when it comes to durability out in the elements. Concrete is not subject to peeling, fading or popping like fibreglass is as a material.

Personalisation

There are more options for the size of the shell and the configuration of steps and seating with fibreglass shells, although once installed there are limited personal touches you can make to have them compliment the surrounds. A Plungie allows you to add a water line tile, exterior tile, render, paint or clad the shell to seamlessly suit your landscape and surrounds.

Interior feel

The non-abrasive surface of a fibreglass pool is softer on your feet and fibreglass is not as rock-hard as concrete if your kids accidentally hit the bottom. The interior finish of a Plungie is ecoFINISH, which gives the texture akin to pumice stone, offering enough texture for grip but softer than a traditional pool pebblecrete.

Planet-friendly

Plungie offers a low carbon solution by reducing site work, using fewer materials in the fabricating process and using far less water and energy than large traditional and fibreglass pools.