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What kind of pool is right
for my family?
In-ground pools typically come
in three varieties: concrete (with various finishes);
vinyl-liner; and fiberglass.
In-ground pools are more expensive
than above-ground, but they are also a permanent home
improvement. They add aesthetic, as well as intrinsic, value to
your home. And when it comes time to sell your house, an
inground pool is generally more appealing to potential buyers.
In grounds range from play pools with
depths of 3-to-5 feet to diving pools with deeper depths
appropriate for the divers in your family. Before you purchase
an in ground pool, you need to think about how your family will
Do they like to play a lot of water sports? Then maybe a
play pool with sports set-ups is the answer.
Do they like to
swim laps? Perhaps a rectangular design is best for you.
you have a combination of swimmers and splashers?
How about an
L-shaped pool so everyone is happy?
Thinking about usage and
then designing with those needs in mind is the key to building a
pool that your entire family will be happy with for years to
Okay, let's assume you've decided how your family will
use the pool and what your approximate budget is. Now, let's
talk about your primary options in an in ground pool.
Fiberglass In ground Pools
A fiberglass pool is factory-manufactured and then installed in
one piece in your back yard when your excavation is completed. Basically, a
fiberglass pool resembles a giant bathtub.
Price: Fiberglass pools are generally more expensive to
purchase than concrete in ground pools, but can save you money over the life of
the pool. This is because they typically will require fewer chemicals than
concrete pools. You also avoid future replastering and liner replacement costs.
Maintenance: Unlike a plaster finish, a
fiberglass shell does not change the chemistry of the water, so
you often will use less acid. Because of the non-porous surface,
you don't need to brush the pool nearly as often as a
plaster-finished concrete pool. However, you typically do not
need to brush a pebble-finish concrete pool as often as a
plaster-finish pool, so when discussing this option with a
dealer, be sure you are comparing apples to apples.
Installation: Once your yard has been
excavated, the pool is delivered in one piece and installed.
Construction time is generally about two weeks.
Shock absorbent: What happens if the earth
moves? Fiberglass has a shock-absorbing ability that allows it
to flex up to 2 feet. However, there also are new concrete
construction techniques that allow concrete to flex. So, it's
important to remember that if you live in an earthquake-prone
area, be sure to have your dealer explain the features and
benefits of fiberglass and concrete construction.
Concrete gunnite or shotcrete Inground Pools
A concrete pool is -built to your specifications
by the pool-builder you choose. It is the most common type of
in-ground pool, and the initial installation generally costs
less than a fiberglass pool. Concrete pools are constructed in
stages, including pool layout and excavation; steel
installation; plumbing installation; equipment set; gunnite or
shotcrete application; tile and coping installation; and
interior finish installation. Although they take longer than
fiberglass pools to construct, they have the advantage of
virtually unlimited shapes, sizes and designs. The construction
time on a concrete pool is generally three to 12 weeks.
Points to Ponder
Price: The initial installation of a concrete
pool is generally less than a fiberglass inground pool. So, if
you want an in-ground, but the total up-front outlay is of
concern to you, a concrete pool might best fit your needs.
Variety of Finishes: A variety of interior
finishes is available, including plaster, paint or pebbles.
These provide you with several options to best suit your budget
and desired design.
Weather Resistant: Some industry specialists
believe that concrete pools are well-suited to parts of the
country that have extremely high summer-time temperatures.
Concrete also is perceived by some to function better in areas
where the soil is very expansive.
Strength: Both fiberglass and concrete are
materials of great strength. Talk to your dealer or builder
about the implications of your soil type and weather on both
types of materials.
Vinyl-Liner In ground Pools
A vinyl-liner pool is furnished to the installer in kit
form. After excavation, the panel walls are bolted or fastened
together and supported at the bottom by a concrete footing. The
vinyl liner is spread over the interior of the pool and covers
the excavated floor and paneled walls. It is connected to the
top of the panel walls by a vinyl rib at the outside edge of the
liner. Be sure to ask your liners generally have to be replaced
in your area of the country. Construction time for vinyl-liner
pools is typically one to three weeks.
Points to Ponder
Weather: Vinyl-liner pools are popular in
cold-weather areas of the country. These pools can be easily
winterized by draining them down and covering them until the
Smooth Surface: The vinyl liner is smooth and
nonporous, making stain removal easy if stains are treated
Other Things To Think About
Important laws regarding safety
must be considered before choosing your new pool. Specific
regulations vary with each community, so be sure you are clear
about the letter of the law before installation begins. There
are myriad other options and accessories available to complete
your backyard retreat. Once you've decided on the pool type and
style best suited to your needs.
When you are having a swimming designed
you usually are considering it being designed and built from the
bottom up. There are, however, many properties that have an old
pool in them, or maybe one was started and not finished, or even
worse, neglected and a bit of an eyesore.
Designer Properties can handle all
types of Swimming Pool Refurbishments and make sure that
you are left with a pool you are proud of, want to use, and will
increase the value of your property.
Repairing and renovating old pools is a regular source of work for our team and we
understand the unique requirements of this type of work. By
using our years of experience we can instantly understand the
style, quality and build of an old pool.
A full array of pool
renovations & modernizations can include:
Design modifications to shape, depth,
and style tile, stone, brick, and masonry Slides, diving
boards, and exercise swim jets Expert deck repairs & replacement
Gunite spas, waterfalls, fountains, and lighting.
Resurfacing with resilient color
quartz finish If you are looking for more information about
Swimming Pool Refurbishments then please give us a call. We may
need to arrange a visit to look at any projects but will always
Endeavour to give a price indication over the phone. You will
also not be charged for initial consultations or quotations and
these come without obligation.