Why Fiberglass Pools?
Fiberglass pools are much less expensive to maintain. Electricity usage is typically 25 to 30 percent less. Maintenance chemicals are also cut by almost 70 percent. Add those figures up over the lifetime of a pool and you will quickly see what you will be saving on your pool budget every year.
Concrete or Gunite pools can be a nightmare with fluctuating temperatures and seasonal stresses. Costly acid washing and plaster repair will turn a beautiful pool into a money pit over time.
Vinyl-lined pools need regular replacement of their vinyl liner. What initially seemed like an inexpensive choice has become a regular cost every few years with no end in sight.
Fiberglass is the natural choice for all seasons and climates. Using a composite flexible material that adapts to the changing seasons, fiberglass construction is far superior. Fiberglass pools also inhibit the growth of algae far better than concrete and vinyl. Smaller algae growth equals less time cleaning and more time enjoying your pool. Fiberglass pools take less time and contractors to install than other types of inground pools. This means you can start enjoying your pool faster.
Where did we get the name Thursday Pools?
It seems like we are always getting asked, “How did we get the name Thursday Pools?” Before the company was incorporated, we knew selecting a name that would stand out was a top priority. We compiled a list of all the existing fiberglass pool company names and posted them on a wall. Many of the names tried to invoke thoughts of vacations in exotic, warm places. We didn’t agree with this idea. An inground pool is about having vacations at home, but is also about bringing friends and families together to create memories. Most of these parties and get-togethers happen on the weekend. One intrepid member of our team said, “What if you could start the weekend early?” From that simple comment, the name Thursday was born and our simple tagline with it: “At Thursday Pools, your weekend starts early with us.”
How much does a fiberglass pool cost?
Unfortunately, this is a hard question to answer. Estimated costs for an inground pool are nearly impossible to give without seeing the installation site. The first step we also suggest is speaking with an Authorized Thursday Pool Dealer about your specific wants and needs. With that in mind, we will do our best to give you a general idea of a reasonable swimming pool budget. A good rule of thumb for estimating cost is $1,000-$1,500 per linear foot (length) of the pool.
For example, The Lil Bob fiberglass pool shell design, 13’ x 27′ fiberglass pool model is 27 feet in length. Multiply that by the $1,000-$1,500 per linear foot and you have a ballpark range of $27,000-$40,500 for a basic installation. Though this formula should help you determine which Thursday Pool model fits in your budget, accessories like automatic safety covers, pool heaters, water features, automation, and salt systems are all items that will increase your pool estimate.
What is the best backfill material for fiberglass pools?
There is no absolute when it comes choosing the best backfill for a fiberglass pool installation. However, there are some best practices and materials that can be highlighted. When deciding what material to use, one must take into account six basic characteristics that are important to consider in a backfill material for a fiberglass pool.
- Ease of Backfilling in Tight Places–Fiberglass pool designs have a lot of benches and steps that rely on a solid backfill. Thursday Pools does reinforce all horizontal surfaces like steps and benches to help compensate for any lack/gap in backfill.
- Ease of Flowing and Moving Water-Is it permeable?
- Ease of Leveling with Rake
- Ability to Create a Self-Supporting Wall
- Resists Crumbling with Tapping on Fiberglass Pool Shell Wall
- Potential of Washing Away with Groundwater
The fiberglass pool backfill material that best suits most of these conditions is a chip stone, half an inch in size or smaller. A chip stone will have sharp edges that create an edge-locking system that makes it very stable for a fiberglass pool wall. Chip stone is also permeable, resists horizontal load bulging, remains stable when saturated with water, and is easily compacted with a machine. In limited situations, sand is a viable option for a fiberglass pool backfill material, but the ground water must be controlled and it is preferred on shallow walls only. Sand is an excellent material for backfilling under steps and benches and is the only ICC-approved material for a fiberglass pool backfill.
Ultimately, your Authorized Thursday Pool Dealer may use an alternative fiberglass pool backfill material based on what they deem is best suited for your pool project and its unique soil conditions.
What are the benefits of a fiberglass pool?
Here are just a few benefits of fiberglass pools:
Less Maintenance and Chemical Costs
Compared to traditional vinyl liner and concrete pools, our non-abrasive and non-porous fiberglass pool surface inhibits the growth of algae, thus reducing the amount of time and chemicals needed to maintain the pool.
No Liner Replacement, Plastering, or Painting
Any other type of pool surface will require long-term maintenance or replacement.
In every Thursday Pools fiberglass pool design, you will find strategically-placed benches, sun ledges, step-outs and more. This not only makes the pools perfect for play, but for getting the most fun and function out of every design.
High End Options Without The Costs
Fiberglass pools can offer you high-end options traditionally found in concrete pools without the costs associate with a traditional concrete construction. For example, our Infinity Pool Design with its vanishing edge will cost significantly less than it would in a concrete project.
Pets are family too. Fiberglass pools are known to be the most pet-friendly pools. With fiberglass, you don’t have to worry about your pet producing tears or punctures like you would in a vinyl lined pool. It is also important to note that fiberglass pools are typically designed with several entry and exit points, which make it safer for your pet who will be just as curious about a pool as a child would be.
What are the benefits of an automatic pool cover for inground pools?
An automatic safety cover for an inground swimming pool is a pricey optional item, but one that you may find to be well worth your investment.
Without a doubt, an automatic pool cover will make your pool a safer environment and provide you with peace of mind. In as little as 60 seconds, you can close and conceal your pool, protecting those you care about the most and some that may be lurking nearby unbeknownst to you. An automatic pool cover can easily hold the weight of a small child should they wander where they shouldn’t.
Chemical & Heating Savings
The auto-cover doubles as a solar blanket and prevents water loss from evaporation. Some estimates project you can save up to 70 percent on heating and 30 percent on chemicals with an automatic safety cover.
The auto-cover easily allows you to help reduce the amount of leaves and debris that can gain access to the pool. On windy days or when you decide to mow the lawn, simply close the pool cover. Blowing the leaves off the cover is a lot easier than vacuuming them out of the bottom of the pool.
Longer Swim Season
Because the cover duals as a solar blanket, you can start enjoying the pool season a little earlier and prolong it a little longer.
Hassle-Free Winter Cover
There is no need for a heavy winter cover and water tubes with an auto-cover. Because of the insulation properties of the cover, it can serve as your winter cover as well.
By combining an auto-cover with the low maintenance needed of a fiberglass pool, you can have a pool that is one of the easiest systems to maintain and operate. For more information about auto-covers, you can visit our friends at Automatic Pool Covers.
How much does it cost to maintain a fiberglass pool?
The main advantage of a fiberglass pool is less maintenance costs over the lifetime of the pool versus concrete and vinyl. If you want to save time and money over the lifetime of your pool, fiberglass is the right decision.
How does the Thursday Pools Warranty work?
When it comes to investing in an inground fiberglass pool, it is important to consider the manufacturer’s fiberglass pool shell warranty. The substance behind our organization is our character. We were founded on and operate our organization by three guiding principles: Honesty, Integrity, and Mutual Respect. You can feel comfortable with a fiberglass pool manufactured by Thursday Pools. There is one thing you won’t find in our warranty: FINE PRINT. Our gimmick-free warranties are easy to read and understand.
We offer two industry-leading warranties. We have our standard Lifetime Transferable Limited Warranty and our Lifetime FPA Transferable Warranty to accommodate pools that have our Fiberglass Anchoring System™.
Lifetime Fiberglass Pool Structural Warranty
Thursday Pools warrants your pool not to leak due to structural failures caused by workmanship and material used in the manufacturing process of the pool for a period of 35 Years from the date of purchase.
15-Year Fiberglass Pool Surface Warranty
Thursday Pools warrants your pool surface from osmotic blistering for a period of 15 years from the date of purchase.
Drainable Fiberglass Pool Warranty
Thursday Pools offers the only warranty on the market that allows your fiberglass pool to be drained and still maintain a valid structural warranty if it is anchored by our Fiberglass Pool Anchoring System™. All other manufacturers void your warranty if the water level in your pool drops below the skimmer.