Concrete pools are strong, durable and affordable but that's just the tip of the iceberg — there's a whole host of other reasons why concrete’s our material of choice at Plungie. For starters, a concrete pool will save you time in the installation process and money throughout its lifetime. We've put together a list of the benefits of a concrete swimming pool to show why you should consider choosing one for your home or next client project. With these perks, we're confident that you'll soon love concrete pools as much as we do!
Most Durable Pool Finish
A swimming pool is a serious investment for any property, so it's important that it stands the test of time. In terms of durability, nothing quite competes with concrete. Unlike fibreglass pools, concrete pools are resistant to popping, fading and peeling over time. Concrete pools are also able to withstand harsher weather conditions and are resistant to water chemical deterioration. This gives you flexibility in the water you choose for your pool — whether it’s chlorine, saltwater or magnesium mineral, a Plungie can handle it.
We're so confident of the quality of our pre-cast concrete pools, that every Plungie comes with a 10-year structural warranty. With the correct maintenance, however, a concrete pool can last a lifetime. Here are a couple of easy steps to keep your Plungie pristine.
How to Maintain your Pool
- Add an Equipment Package
We've partnered with Reece to bring you a range of equipment packages that can be added to your order. These packages include a pump, chlorinator and filter to keep your pool healthy and happy. We recommend our top-of-the-line Smart ECO equipment package to easily manage your pool water quality through WiFi connectivity.
- Invest in a Robotic Cleaner
We also recommend purchasing a robotic pool cleaner to keep your pool walls clean and prevent permanent discolouration from algae and other nasties. While we don't sell robotic pool cleaners you can find them at reliable pool equipment providers.
Best Pools for Sloping Blocks
Is there a space on your site that you'd love to utilise, but don't know how? It could be the perfect spot for a concrete pool! Our pools are made from high-grade concrete, so can withstand more pressure than traditional pools (fibreglass can only sit approximately half a metre out of the ground). This means they can be installed on sloping and uneven sites with minimal excavation. Whether you want to install a pool fully above-ground, fully in-ground, semi-recessed or even on a rooftop — Plungies can help you achieve your project's most ambitious design goals.
Versatility is our middle name — Plungie’s are also the perfect solution for sandy soil and our range of models means there’s a size to suit almost any block. On top of this, they’re built strong to exceed Master Builders Association and Australian standards, so can double as a retaining wall on your block. To find out more about maximising tricky spaces, check out our article, Reclaiming unusable land: Using a Plungie pool to make the best of a difficult block.
Concrete Pool Finishes
A concrete pool offers opportunities for personalisation that simply aren't available with vinyl-liner or fibreglass pools. You can personalise the interior coating of a Plungie with a choice of 6 ecoFinish colours and choose from a range of extras, including pool heaters and spa jets to take your concrete pool to the next level. Fencing ferrules can also be requested at the time of order to allow glass fencing to be attached directly to the shell.
Once you've chosen these features, it's time for your creativity to shine through in how you integrate the pool into your space. You can add pool coping tiles and exterior tiles to your in-ground pool to help it tone in with your home and outdoor area. Semi-recessed and above-ground pool exteriors can be rendered, painted, clad or left with a raw concrete finish depending on what will align with your space. This flexibility allows homeowners and builders to work together and create a concrete pool that fits seamlessly into the landscape and surrounds.
Easy Pool Installation
We understand that, in construction, time is money. That's why we developed a revolutionary production process that allows you to get a high-quality concrete pool in just days, not months. You won’t just save time in the production process with a pre-cast concrete pool — the installation will also be a breeze.
As we’ve mentioned time and time again, concrete is strong. It doesn’t require as much structural reinforcement as a fibreglass shell, so you’ll save time, trades, materials and (most importantly) money throughout the installation process. Plungie pools are also pre-engineered to cover a range of soil classifications. This will save you time in the certification process and help you get building approvals from your local council or private certifier faster. Choosing a pre-cast Plungie pool will reduce your overall project timeframe, meaning you can start enjoying your pool sooner rather than later!
Concrete Pool Cons
We love concrete, but like everything in life, it’s not perfect. Here are some factors to consider before committing to a concrete pool.
- Concrete is more porous than other pool building materials, so requires regular cleaning to prevent algae buildup. Our ecoFinish interior coating completely seals the inside shell, so this isn’t a big issue with Plungies. Add in the maintenance tips we outlined earlier and you’ll be laughing.
- Although you can personalise your concrete pool interior and surrounds, there are limited options for the size and configuration of your pool shell. This is part of the beauty of a Plungie, however, and makes pool installation fast and affordable.
- The flip side of concrete’s strength is that the interior feel of the pool is rougher than vinyl-liner or fibreglass. Our ecoFinish is softer than traditional pool pebblecrete, so will give you grip without being abrasive.
Even after taking this into account, we’re sure you can see why opting for a concrete pool (especially a Plungie) on your project is a no-brainer. If you're interested in a Plungie for your property or a client's project, browse our pools online and get a quote and info pack today.