Seems like lately that some of our “gunite /concrete” pool builder brethren are hiring a bunch of uninformed sales people. Why do I say this? Quite frankly it seems like they are reciting the same old scare tactics we used to hear often 40 years ago back in the 1970’s. What are they saying? Well, here we go again….
“We don’t offer fiberglass pools in this part of the country since they don’t stand up in our expansive soil conditions. So we only recommend and build gunite pools.”
My first reaction whether on the phone or in person with a potential pool buyer that tells me what the gunite salesperson said is always the same, a big smile. Why? Because American Fiberglass Pools has been manufacturing and installing fiberglass pools now for over 42 years. A chunk of them are located throughout the Houston, TX metro area. My first response is always the same to the potential buyer. Does it make any sense to you that if that gunite sales person was telling you a truth that American Fiberglass Pools would still be here installing fiberglass pools in this area for the last 42 years? The potential pool buyer’s response is almost always the same too. It is “You’re right. What the gunite sales person said can’t possibly be true based on your success.”
Come on gunite pool builders. Try a little harder to inform and teach your sales people better before sending them out into the market place. Teach them to sell their products and themselves without the use of those “trite” scare tactics that seemed to have disappear for the last 30 years or so. I mean come on, it is 2013 for crying out loud!
Fiberglass Pools are and have been installed under every possible soil conditions for close to 50 years now. In every state in the USA and most countries around the world, from the frozen tundra of the Russian Steppes to the earthquake zones of California, Mexico, and Hawaii. I venture to say that in my long career in the pool biz I have seen 20 times more problems with gunite pools than I have with fiberglass pools. Just think a little bit. Don’t our streets & freeways crack and shift? Don’t our home’s foundation crack and shift? Even our driveways and sidewalks tend to crack and buckle over time. Most of these things are stronger and thicker than gunite pools. Bottom line, when a potential buyer actually educates themselves on the well-known flexural and tensile strength of a fiberglass pool and then compares it to the unmitigated, unyielding rigidity of a gunite/concrete product, the real truth will be apparent. Upon completion of that education on pools, it will be obvious that fiberglass pools are completely ideal and the best choice of pool construction in even the most adverse soil conditions.
A fiberglass pool is the most resilient, most adaptive pool structure made, period. It truly does not matter whether the soil condition is clay, rock, sand or as we call it hear in Texas, black gumbo soil. The fiberglass pool is able to adapt to any type of soil conditions and is the only type of pool construction that can.
Now I know that some of you reading this are thinking, “Sure Wayne, what else should we expect you to say.” My answer is to encourage you to follow our blog on a regular basis and you will know how much experience that I speak from and that I am a fair and respected member of the pool industry for over forty years.
So in closing, don’t be hoodwinked, misinformed, or swayed by the scare tactics of a clueless gunite sales person. I always welcome all replies to our conversations or better yet, give us a call at 800-324-7665 and let’s talk about this together.
Why Fiberglass Pools are Best for All Adverse Soil Condition