Thickness of Fiberglass Pool Shells: Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered why the thickness of your fiberglass pool shell is a big deal?

Well, the thickness of a fiberglass pool shell directly affects the swimming pool's strength and longevity.

Properly supported pool shell walls will withstand external stress for the duration of the life of the pool.

Proper thickness of any given section of a fiberglass pool shell depends on various factors like the pool's shape, size, and structural requirements set by the pool designer.

Does Pool Shape Influence the Ideal Thickness of a Fiberglass Shell?

Yes. The shape of your pool can also impact the ideal thickness. Different swimming pool shapes experience varying stress points. To counter such areas, we add additional support bracing to the pool during the application of our fiberglass, making the pool even stronger.

fiberglass pool shell under construction

Fiberglass Pool Shell Construction at the Barrier Reef production facility

The surfaces we build into our swimming pool shells are extremely flexible and resistant to damage.

All Barrier Reef Pools meet and exceed worldwide industry standards for thickness, and all of our fiberglass swimming pools can flex to accommodate earth movement.

Moreover, each one is backed by our Lifetime Structural Warranty.

Is There a Standard Fiberglass Shell Thickness, or Does It Vary by Pool Size?

Most fiberglass pool manufacturers aim for a total average pool thickness of between 3/16” and 3/8”. The key is to achieve a proper balance of strength and flexibility. Barrier Reef Pools exceeds the industry standard for thickness, making our models even stronger.

Barrier Reef Pools manufactures superior one-piece in-ground fiberglass swimming pools that are constructed using only the most proven gel coats and resins available.

Our approach allows us to produce one of the strongest and most reliable in-ground fiberglass swimming pools on the market today.

Environmental Factors: Unraveling the Impact on Fiberglass Pool Shell Thickness

It's not just about what's inside the swimming pool; it's also about what surrounds it.

Certain external forces can influence your pool shell's thickness requirements.

From withstanding freezing temperatures to navigating a hot and humid climate, the pool shell thickness should be sufficient to consistently support your swimming pool shell walls while retaining its shape and full structural integrity.

The care we build into our pool manufacturing process involves stringent and comprehensive testing of the surface hardness of the finished fiberglass shell.

fiberglass pool shell being built

BR Pools Technician Reinforcing the Fiberglass Pool walls

Barrier Reef Pools: We Build the Best

Our understanding of the importance of shell wall thickness in fiberglass pool construction is based on our 40 years of experience in the pool industry.

2024 is our 40th anniversary of building superior-quality fiberglass swimming pools, and our longevity speaks to the quality and durability of everything we build. Every one of our fiberglass pools is hand-built and meticulously crafted by our skilled team of expert fabricators… dedicated artisans proudly building an American-made product.

Everyone at Barrier Reef is committed to quality, none more so than our founder and owner, Tony Walton.

Tony is often seen working hand in hand with our builders on the fabrication floor, constantly developing and perfecting new designs and procedures to ensure the highest standard of quality.

Tony Walton - BRPools Founder

We encourage you to browse our wide selection of beautiful fiberglass swimming pools. For any questions, please contact us or reach out to us on our social media listed below. We would love to help you find your new pool!