Pool construction can be overwhelming at times, especially for those who have no prior experience in this field. If you have decided that you wish to construct a pool for your backyard, it’s important that you take the proper
steps to get started. The first thing you should decide is which type of pool you want to build. There are three main varieties: fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl. Each style is slightly different and the method of construction is outlined below. All pool builders will offer a free estimate, but it is suggested that you visit several pool builders prior to making your final decision.
Fiberglass pools are the least expensive pool construction option but require the most skill to install. These pools are made out of reinforced fiberglass material that is then painted to cover the seams. Unlike concrete or vinyl pools, fiberglass pools cannot be supported by rebar. The reason for the higher price is due to the skill required in fiberglass pool construction.
Concrete pool construction is much easier and less costly than fiberglass. The process involves placing the concrete base of the pool in a large, well drained hole. Afterward, a thick layer of top plywood is placed over the base to keep it in place. A pump system is used to induce the water into the proper area of the pool. Unlike fiberglass, concrete requires very little plumbing work.
Vinyl – A vinyl pool is an inexpensive alternative to fiberglass. The construction process consists of removing the old pool and installing a new one. The new pool is then installed with the help of a strong ladder. Unlike with fiberglass, a safety fence is not required for vinyl pools because they are not supported by rebar. However, it is recommended that you install a new pool fence even if you do not have to enclose the pool.
Tile – The main advantage of using tile is the longevity. Tiles can last up to 30 years if they are properly maintained. Plus, they require very little plumbing work and do not need any additional support. However, their longevity results in a high price. Tile lasts for about five years, but after this period, they may crack. The cracks may spread and cause further pool damage.
If you choose a material other than concrete or vinyl, remember to thoroughly test them for size and shape compatibility before installation. It’s always a good idea to confirm that there will be no leaks at the bottom of the pool while it is in use. Make sure that you get the best quality vinyl or tile you can afford, because quality matters. Finally, keep the weather out of your pool – cover it when not in use!
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