Concrete pool advantages are:
- there’s almost no limit to the size or depth of a concrete pool.
- there’s more flexibility with design features, your imagination is your limit. Infinity pools with vanishing edges, ledges for tanning, decks for serving tables, mosaic art inlays and unique shapes - anything is possible.
- concrete pools can be integrated into the architecture of a house and landscape and they can act like a work of art in the garden.
Concrete pool disadvantages:
- the installation time of a concrete pool is two to four months, longer than other types of pools.
- the installation has to be done by experienced people. Mistakes with the design, construction or waterproofing can be expensive to repair.
- leaks in concrete pools are difficult to detect and waste a lot of water and chemicals.
- the ‘lifetime’ cost of a concrete pool is going to be high. There is the daily maintenance cost but there is also periodic essential maintenance, for example: plaster resurfacing every 10 to 20 years.
- concrete pools have a porous plaster surface and to control algae growth, you need more chemicals and filtration than other types of pools.
- the alkaline pH of the pool shell constantly raises the pH of the pool water and acid has to be added to counteract the effect.
- more maintenance is required to remove algae from the plaster surface - brushing, automatic pool cleaners are necessary.
- maintenance to defend the pool plaster surface is necessary. You need regular brushing to inhibit algae. The addition of calcium chips is necessary. The addition of calcium is to prevent the calcium leeching from the plaster into the pool. That chemical process leaves the pool plaster rough. The rough pool plaster surface promotes algae growth and has the potential to injure the bathers.