Is a Fiberglass Pool with a Spa the Perfect Oasis for You?
Imagine turning your backyard into a sanctuary of relaxation and recreation. While having a pool itself is a luxury, adding a spa takes the experience up a notch. If the idea of a fiberglass pool with a spa has crossed your mind, you’ve come to the right place. At PoolForce, we have years of expertise in manufacturing and installing fiberglass pools and spas. Our aim is to guide you through the maze of questions you may have, helping you make an informed decision.
Advantages of Opting for a Fiberglass Pool with Spa
Simplicity in Maintenance
One might think that a fiberglass pool with a spa would be complicated to maintain. However, that’s far from the truth. The filtration system of your pool is continually working to capture debris and combat algae. With the spa being integrated, the water quality remains consistently high, simplifying your maintenance tasks. Essentially, you can sanitize both your pool and spa simultaneously, making your life easier.
We all know someone who has a hot tub that gathers dust under its cover for most of the year. Why? The maintenance and setup can be cumbersome. But, when your spa is connected to your pool, these hassles evaporate. The system is already in place, ensuring you can enjoy your spa whenever you wish, without worrying about the water quality or setup.
For those with limited backyard space, every square foot counts. Fiberglass pools are smaller in size compared to their concrete counterparts, making them ideal for such spaces. An integrated spa does not demand any additional room; it’s all built into the pool’s design. This leaves you free to consider adding other outdoor features, such as a larger patio or even an outdoor kitchen.
Subjective as it may be, the visual allure of a fiberglass pool with a spa is undeniable. Whether the spa is molded into the pool or added as a separate unit during construction, the sight is a showstopper. Our customers at PoolForce often share how the addition of a spa has elevated their outdoor space. Imagine water features, bubblers, and the cascading water from the spa to the pool, making your backyard the envy of the neighborhood.
Uniform Durability with Gelcoat Surface
One of the unsung benefits of a fiberglass pool with a spa is the uniformity in the material. The gel coat finish you get with your fiberglass pool extends to the built-in spa, offering a smooth, durable, and algae-resistant surface. If you’re not familiar with Gelcoat, here’s what you need to know: it’s robust, vibrant, and long-lasting.
Let’s be honest; all pools fade over time. However, the fading in a fiberglass pool with a spa is harmonious. Since both are constructed at the same time with the same batch of materials, they age gracefully, sustaining even and gradual fading. Plus, both are subjected to the same environmental factors, ensuring a consistent look over the years.
Single Cover Convenience
Covers for pools and spas are often overlooked until you realize you need to replace them, and they aren’t cheap. A significant advantage of a built-in spa is the need for only one cover, streamlining your maintenance and storage requirements.
Disadvantages of a Fiberglass Pool with Spa
Reduced Swim Area
Every choice comes with a trade-off. In the case of a built-in spa, it’s a reduction in the swimming area, specifically in the shallow end of the pool. Fiberglass pools are generally no larger than 40×16 feet, and a built-in spa can take up a 10×10 foot space, limiting your swim and play area.
Limited Color Customization
If you’re someone who loves to mix and match, you might find the color options a bit limiting. With a built-in spa, you’re restricted to using the same gelcoat color as your fiberglass pool. This means no quirky combinations like a blue pool with a gray spa.
Higher Maintenance Costs
While built-in spas offer ease of maintenance in some aspects, they do come with increased ongoing expenses. The spa requires more chemicals due to its higher operating temperature, making the maintenance more costly than a standalone pool. Plus, heating the spa can bump up your electricity bills.
Fiberglass pools offer limited customization. The spa’s position and shape are predetermined in the design, so you can’t change its location or form after the fact. However, with the plethora of models we offer at PoolForce, you’re likely to find a design that captures your heart.
Alternatives and FAQs
If you’re not sold on an integrated spa, there’s always the option of installing a separate unit. While this approach offers more flexibility in design and placement, it can be significantly more costly—ranging from $15,000 to $30,000.
Fiberglass vs. Acrylic Spas
Traditional acrylic spas are known for their ergonomic design and multiple hydrotherapy options. In contrast, a fiberglass pool with spas usually has bench seating and fewer jets. However, fiberglass spas are highly customizable during installation and can be seamlessly integrated into your outdoor space.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long will my fiberglass spa last?
- A well-maintained fiberglass spa can last as long as the pool itself, often exceeding 50 years.
- Can I buy a spa without a pool?
- Absolutely, you can opt for a standalone fiberglass spa, although it may be more expensive than an acrylic hot tub.
- What’s the installation time?
- Fiberglass pools with spas are incredibly quick to install. Expect the entire project to be completed within two to six weeks, thanks to the pre-fabrication process.
One of the most compelling advantages of fiberglass pools is their quick installation. Typically, the entire project can be completed within two to six weeks, depending on weather conditions and other variables.
Choosing a fiberglass pool and spa combination requires careful consideration of various factors including space, maintenance, aesthetics, and budget. We hope this guide helps you in making an informed decision tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Feel free to reach out to us at PoolForce for personalized consultations and solutions.
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