Once you’ve decided that you want to build a pool in your backyard, it’s important to understand some of the basics of pool construction so that you’re somewhat informed when you meet with the pool builder. While your builder and designer will answer all your questions and make the right recommendations, having a little knowledge will help save some time.
There are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration before construction begins from what type of pool you want to how you will maintain it. In-ground pools come in three basic types: gunite, fiberglass, and vinyl. Deciding which material is best for you is determined by variables such as your budget, location, the desired style, size, and shape, and how you plan to use the pool.
Gunite (concrete) is the best option for a homeowner seeking a completely custom pool design. If you have a unique style in mind, the design team at Hawaiian Pool Builders can help you create the pool you envision. It’s wise to consider all aspects of your yard so that you are creating a backyard oasis in harmony with the natural setting and aesthetics of your home.
Once you settle on a design, it’s time to start the construction process. After the hole is dug, plumbing is installed along with reinforcing rods known as rebar. This rebar is then covered with a thick layer of concrete that is sprayed onto the grid of rebar and troweled to form the shell of the pool. After curing for about a week, concrete pools are typically finished with plaster, tile, or stone aggregate permitting you to design a beautiful finish.
Fiberglass pools are formed from a one-piece shell made from a mold and come in a variety of models. They can also be enhanced with features such as jets, mosaics and water feature. The smooth surface of fiberglass pools helps to defend against algae and other contaminants, and this reduces the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool clean.
Once you’ve selected the shell you like, the crew will dig the hole, lay the plumbing and lower the fiberglass pool shell into place. The perimeter is filled with sand and the added finishing touches. These pools typically take the least amount of time to install depending, of course, on weather conditions.
A vinyl pool usually consists of steel or polymer walls that are lined with a thick vinyl liner on a bed of sand or concrete. Because the liner is smooth to the touch, it helps prevent algae growth. The number of patterns and colors is nearly endless and some even have patterns along the floor and walls with a complimentary border at the waterline. These options help you create a design that is unique to you.
A vinyl liner can last 10-15 years with care but over time, sunlight and chemicals can deteriorate the liner. Many owners find that this allows them to update their pool after many years giving them a completely new look. You can also add waterfalls, in-pool barstools and other water features.
Installation generally takes a few weeks and they are ideal for any location including areas such as ours where there is a freeze/thaw cycle.
How, then, do you choose which type of pool is best for you?
If you want fast installation, vinyl liner or fiberglass pools are your best option. However, scheduling a gunite pool early in the pool season permits you to customize the pool in so many ways that you may find this to be the best option for you.
Call us for a free estimate or to ask questions to help you decide on the type of pool best suited for you and your family.