Frequently Asked Questions
How long do fiberglass pools last?
Below are pictures of many of our pools that are well over 20 years old. We've also included the first pool Wideman Pools installed in 1980 in Bonne Terre, MO; this pool was installed July of 1980 and the pictures below were taken July 4th 2010. As you can see from the pictures, fiberglass pools are the only type of pool available that do not require expensive periodic renovations over their lifetime. Even after *almost* 40 years of this pool being fully operational, the finish has never been resurfaced or altered... saving the homeowner thousands over the lifetime of the pool, compared to concrete and vinyl pools.
What do you include in your price?
Everything below is included in our 'Full Package Price' which offers many
extras that other companies may try to charge you more for.
*6' of concrete deck around pool *Maintenance-Kit
*Automatic pool cleaner *Multi color light
*Grab rail *Ceramic tile at the water line
*Mesh safety cover *1HP Pump
*Cantilever coping around entire pool *Sand or Cartridge Filter
*Free 1st year pool closing *Permits (in most areas) & taxes
*3 Nonskid Steps *Bench Seats in Every Pool
*A Stunning Variety of Colors *Normal Excavation
*Basic Electrical (Within 20' of panel)
Why should I buy my fiberglass pool from Wideman Pools?
There are many reasons but the most obvious would be experience. We have been installing ONLY FIBERGLASS POOLS since 1980 and under the same name. We own all of our equipment and building. We have installed nearly 1,000 pools in the St. Louis area and maintain a solid reputation for quality work. When you are putting a large investment in your house such as a pool, you want someone you can trust doing the job and someone you can call with questions years down the road.
Are all fiberglass pools made the same?
No. All of the fiberglass pools we offer use hand laid stitch mat in the construction process while other manufacturers use less expensive chopped fiberglass, which does not have the same strength qualities as matted fiberglass.
LATHAM Pools is also the only fiberglass pool manufacturer that uses closed beam construction in their coping. The best way to explain why this is important is to get a plastic party cup and cut off the reinforcing rib around the top edge of the cup and you can instantly tell the difference in the strength of the cup. We can tell you from experience that this has the same effect on a fiberglass pool. On most pools there is a reinforcement ledge approximately 3' from the top of the pool, which not only gives children a place to stand throughout the pool it also reinforces the walls of the pool much more than a standard straight wall will. Exclusively for LATHAM is the Ceramic Core that reinforces the strength of the pool.
Click this link to learn about why we chose to exclusively sell LATHAM fiberglass:
Why buy a fiberglass pool versus
concrete or a vinyl liner?
Fiberglass pools are the only pool that can offer a lifetime warranty and they are nearly maintenance free, you never have to resurface the finish of the concrete or replace the liner. Nearly all in-ground containers are changing to fiberglass including septic tanks and even gas stations are switching to in-ground fiberglass tanks to hold corrosive gasoline!
Also if you look at products outside of the pool industry you will find that fiberglass is an amazingly strong & long lasting material. On older boats you will notice that the last part of the boat left is the fiberglass hull, long after the rest of the boat worn out. The same is true on cars, typically the metal fenders and frame begin to rust over time, while the fiberglass hoods and fenders never wear out.
Are fiberglass pools cheaper to maintain?
Yes. They use less energy because the pump only needs to run a few hours per day and they require less chemicals because the non-porous finish will not allow algae or fungus to penetrate the walls. One of the biggest problems faced by homeowners and their pool is algae. Like a garden weed algae needs a place to put its roots. Once algae has rooted in your vinyl liner or concrete walls it is very difficult to fully eradicate. To prevent algae from rooting in a vinyl liner or concrete pool it is common practice to constantly barrage the pool with chemical treatments.
How long does it take to install a fiberglass pool?
Generally 2-3 weeks depending upon the weather. Since we carry the most popular models of the pools we offer in stock, there is usually no wait time to have your pool shipped from across the country by the manufacturer. We also own all of our equipment so we can easily coordinate the install process without having to wait on crane and equipment contractors or rental equipment to become available. Just check out our installation page and look at the dates on the pictures. They can also be installed year round so you can get an early start on the next swimming season.
I heard fiberglass pools "pop" out of the ground is this true?
The best way to explain this rumor is to go to your sink, fill it up with water, and place a bowl on top of the water. At first when the bowl is empty it floats but when you fill it up with water it sinks. No matter how much water you add or take out of the sink as long as the bowl is full of water it will stay submerged. This concept is no different with a fiberglass pool, as they are designed to stay full of water year round and ground water does not effect them as long as they stay full of water.
Any container whether it be concrete, fiberglass, steel, or something else will not float when it is full of water; and just the opposite is true that concrete, fiberglass, steel containers will all float if they are empty.
You simply need to look at modern day aircraft carriers to understand that this is an issue of buoyancy, not materials that will make any type of pool (including concrete and vinyl liner pools) float if drained improperly. If this rumor were true about fiberglass pools, then fuel tanks at gas stations and septic tanks for houses would not be fiberglass or they too would "pop" out.
What if there is rock where I want my pool installed?
We will try to remove any rock that we encounter while installing the pool with our equipment if possible, however, if a breaker is needed the homeowner will be responsible for the cost of removing all of the rock. There may also be additional costs to remove the rock from the property and add an extra layer of gravel to cushion the pool from the rock.
Can I install my concrete myself or with my own concrete contractor?
Absolutely! Doing your own concrete is one way we work with many of our customers to help get the price of a new pool within their budget. We will simply subtract the cost of having the concrete installed from the price of the pool and we will go over any questions you or your contractor may have when the concrete is ready to be poured around the pool.
Can I do the electrical work myself or choose my electrician.
Yes! We can credit you back for using your own electrician but in most cities and counties they must be licensed in order to do the work.
Where are your pools made?
We can speak from 40 years of proven experience in the fiberglass pool industry that the very best products are still made right here in the USA. All available fiberglass pool shells are manufactured here in our country by an American owned company. So you can feel good that an investment in your home is helping to keep America going. Many of the pools we offer are actually built in the midwest along with many of the chemicals we sell in our store.
What areas do you serve?
Missouri Counties: Illinois Counties:
Jefferson Monroe/St. Clair/Madison (Most areas)
Madison (Most areas)
Franklin (Most areas)
We do not offer financing through Wideman Pools but we do have a list of Lenders approving people every day! Please stop in our office for more information on the Lenders available.