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SPN SPN has partnered with Lyon Financials to provide consumers with the pool financing needs. Lyon Financial has access to multiple programs. Unlike the majority of pool loan programs designed to advantage the lender; Lyon Financial represents the most uniquely flexible financing possible with extended terms and new lower rates. We are able to access a variety of pool financing programs because we continue to adapt to the economic realities of our clients.

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SPN is well known in the industry Swimming Pools Construction Agency and the largest distributor of fiberglass swimming pools in the United States. SPN provides comprehensive pool construction referral services and pool product distribution to the end-consumers, SPN Dealers, participating pool manufacturers, landscaping companies, and builders.


SPN has an extended dealership network as well as works closely with some product manufacturers in many regions of the United State. Most of the fiberglass pools related projects are being processed directly by the pools manufacturers and SPN Dealers throughout United States. To find out where is the closest SPN Dealer to your location you can use our on-line dealer locater form.

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Most economical option is a vinyl liner pool, concrete and gunite pool types are the most expensive options. Composite pools (fiberglass) is in between.

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As you know, in-ground pools come in three types: vinyl-liner, fiberglass and concrete or gunite. Basically each type of pools will serve the purpose! Some of the questions you need to ask yourself are: budget, pool size, pool shape, and pool features.

In basic terms vinyl liner pool is the above ground pool designed to be installed in ground. If you have children and/or pets than more likely you don't want to install vinyl line pool due to the easily damaged liners. Vinyl liner pool can be shaped and sized almost as you want yet with increased size and custom shape the price for the pool will jump to the level of fiberglass pool or even concrete pool. Also vinyl liner pool will require more maintenance and repairs in the long run. And last but not least vinyl liner pool is not insulated pool to keep the water temperature steady.

Fiberglass pools are prefabricated one piece pools that come in many shapes and sizes yet the maximum size of the pool cannot exceed 16 feet due to the freight restrictions. Fiberglass pools don't require as much maintenance as vinyl liner or concrete due to non-porous surface. One of the benefits of getting fiberglass pool is quick construction time.

Concrete or Gunite pools are the commonly known pools among consumers. Concrete is most expensive option and construction time is extensive. One of the benefits is there is no limit to the shape and size.


Vinyl liner pool construction time is about 10 days without pool deck. With pool deck all together expect at least 2-3 weeks of total construction time.

Fiberglass pool installation time is 1-2 days without pool deck. With pool deck all together expect about 7-10 days of total construction time.

Concrete pool construction time can vary depending on the size and shape and can take several months of total construction time.


Vinyl liner pools are the hardest pools to maintain and clean due to the nature of the material.

Fiberglass pools are the easiest pools to clean due to the special gel coating designed to deter mold and algae. Due to the non-porous surface, there is no need to brush a fiberglass pool as often as a plaster-finished concrete pool.

Concrete pools are harder to clean since the plastered surface absorbs algae into its pores, therefore it will require more extensive brushing and chemicals.


Vinyl liner pools will require more chemicals and overall more maintenance due to the nature of the material. As a result pool pump will require longer hours to operate.

Fiberglass swimming pools require less chemicals because 'fiberglass' doesn't affect the water much. Also, a pool pump will not be run as often, so you will see an additional savings on your utility bill

Pools finished with plaster (concrete pools) significantly affect the pH level of the water, as a result you need to use more chemicals to correct the problem.


Fiberglass pools are flexible and can withstand a lot of abuse. Fiberglass pools are also temperature resistant to the freeze-thaw cycle that occurs during the year. Fiberglass has a shock-absorbing ability that allows it to flex up to 2 feet. There are also new concrete construction techniques that allow concrete to flex, but the cost for such concrete models are high.


Vinyl liner pools will require constant liner replacement due to wear and tear every 4-5 years. Very often liner need to be replaced due to some rodent problems or damages made by children or pets. Each occurrence will cost $3,000-$5,000 as an average. Average liner warranty is 6 month to 1 year.

Fiberglass pools will not require future re-plastering or liner replacement as concrete and vinyl pools will. Fiberglass pool might have some spider cracks due to some ground movements or issues with improper gel coat application. Most of the issues are covered by manufacturer's warranty. Average surface warranty is 10 to 15 years.

Concrete pools will require re-plastering every 7-10 tears. Each re-plastering will cost $7,000 to $15,000 or even more depending on the area. Surface warranty is a variable that will depend on the contractor.