Learning About Building Swimming Pools
Many people find that owning swimming pools provides many hours of family fun, but don’t get carried away by this dream. There are many things you need to think of before buying a swimming pool. They can be expensive, and require a lot of planning and maintenance, both before they are built and over the life of the pool. You may be tempted to buy a pool on impulse, especially when those hot summer days hit. Look before you leap, and consider the time and money that a pool will cost you before proceeding with the pool design process.
A pool is an investment. You wouldn’t buy a car or a home without doing your research, so why would you buy a pool blindly? There are many different ways to construct a swimming pool. While your pool builder can help you determine which is the right method for your situation, you should also come into the meeting prepared. Learning about the variations in pool design can make you more confident in your decisions, and allow you to easily discuss these factors with the builder.
There are typically four main types of in-ground swimming pools: aluminum, concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl-liner. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. They vary in maintenance requirements, size and shape possibilities, and other factors. The installation process for each type of pool is significantly different. Concrete pools are custom-built to your specifications, meaning that nearly any shape is possible. They are very popular, though they can take quite a while to install. Fiberglass pools, on the other hand, are easy to install and clean, but they are not as durable. Also, they are delivered in one piece, so they may be impossible to install if there is no delivery access to your backyard.
Each pool installation begins in the same way. First, the area of the backyard where the pool will be located is marked. Then, the ground is excavated to make way for the pool. From there, though, the installation process differs depending on the type of pool you have chosen.
The installation of a concrete pool takes about three to twelve weeks. Once the hole has been excavated, steel bars, as well as plumbing and other equipment, are laid into the ground. Now, gunite or shotcrete, a specialized material forming the actual sides of your pool, is sprayed into the form created by the steel bars and often a wooden frame. Finally, tile and interior finishes are applied over the gunite; these are the surfaces actually seen when you look into the pool.
A fiberglass pool is delivered in one piece, similar to a giant bathtub. Once your yard has been excavated, the pool is simply dropped into this space. The total construction time is about two weeks.
A vinyl-liner pool includes panel walls, which are fastened together on top of a concrete footing. The vinyl liner is then spread over the pool interior, covering the floor and paneled walls. A vinyl piece connects this liner to the tops of the panel walls. This process usually takes up to three weeks.
Most of the materials of your pool are not actually seen once it is finished, but this doesn’t mean that you should skimp on them. High-quality materials will ensure that your pool lasts for decades.