Pool 101: Different Types of Inground Swimming Pools

Beautiful Concrete Pool on Crisp Fall Day

Inground swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s more to them than that. Choosing a specific type of inground pool requires a lot of thought and consideration – there are different types of pool materials and so many designs out there. Making a choice isn’t always an easy decision! Pools are usually made out of concrete, vinyl or fiberglass. Each type has specific benefits and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Concrete or gunite

Concrete was the first material used for residential swimming pools and it’s probably the most commonly found today because of its durability and versatile use. Because concrete is usually sprayed into the pool, an intricate shape or design can be made. Concrete pools are also easy to repair and have a longer lifespan.

Vinyl liners

Vinyl pools are a great alternative to concrete because they are affordable and extremely customizable. Vinyl pools are made from a frame that is then lined with heavy vinyl in order to create the basin.


Fiberglass pools are very elegant and comfortable thanks to their smooth finish. These swimming areas are often manufactured and shipped as a single piece, making them quicker to install. Their smooth finish makes fiberglass pools excellent for salt systems and a great choice for all households. However, because they are pre-fabricated, most manufacturers don’t offer custom designs or intricate shapes for fiberglass pools.

Don’t forget to talk to your local pool professional about the type of pool that will best meet your needs. Need a local pool professional? Check out our dealer locator here!