The pool building process should always start with proper planning and research. An important part of this research is learning more about the different types of inground pools.
If you are considering adding a swimming pool in your yard, it is important that you know the differences – particularly the features, benefits, and installation of the three common types of inground pools.
In this article, we will discuss concrete pool building.
What is a concrete swimming pool?
Concrete inground pools are perfect for those who are looking for a highly customized look. This type of swimming pool can cater to any shape, size and style. You have complete control on the design of your swimming pool. Plus, it can easily complement any accessories that you may want to add. Some of the swimming pools that are made from concrete include beach entries, lap pools, and tropical lagoons.
Pool building process
Like any other inground swimming pools, building concrete pools also start with digging a hole. Plumbing and the steel grid framework will then be laid out in the hole. After securing the framework with wire, it will be sprayed with a thick layer of concrete – the perimeter should be 12-14 inches thick while the floors and walls are 6-8 inches.
The process of spraying concrete to the framework is called shotcrete. The concrete used for spraying is a dry mix that will be combined with water just before it comes out of the hose. Others opt to use premixed concrete.
After spraying concrete, the swimming pool will be cured for up to 4 weeks before finishing. There are different finishing materials that could be used – plaster, tile, and stone aggregate are the most commonly used.
Plaster can be easily colored and troweled resulting in a smooth waterproof surface. It, however, needs to be acid-washed or redone after some time. Tile is a costly option and the easiest to maintain because its ultra-smooth surface makes it difficult for algae and bacteria to adhere. A stone aggregate finish has a more natural look and comes in different color combinations. The way this finish is made is by mixing smooth and polished pebbles with clear epoxy. These are then troweled into the concrete to create a waterproof surface.
The approximate time to complete a concrete swimming pool is 6-12 weeks. Complex designs, however, can take longer to complete. Concrete pools are ideal for any kind of climate so you can choose to install it wherever you may be living. The cost for building a concrete pool ranges from $30,000-$50,000 depending on how you customize your pool.
Call Russell Cooper Pools now to learn more about pool building and the different types of swimming pools.
Russell Cooper Pools
101 Folly Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588