How to Build an Inground Swimming Pool
Backyard Pool Construction - Knowing What To Expect
Building a backyard pool has become an increasingly popular home improvement project. It is estimated that there are 5 million backyard pools in the United States. There are DIY pool kits but unless you have some past excavation and concrete experience this project can be more trouble than it’s worth. Knowing a little about the requirements and how the project will progress will help you work with a contractor. Knowing the basics will also insure that your vision of the finished pool matches what you actually get and you have a realistic idea of the time and cost that will be involved. Here are some of the basic steps that you should follow.
Getting Started - Inspection
First have a pool contractor inspect the site with you. There may be buried utilities or utility easements that dictate where the pool can be placed and there may be bedrock that must be blasted out to complete the excavation. You should avoid locating the pool directly under overhead wires and in low lying areas where the pool may be flooded during heavy rains. It is also good to locate your pool where you can take advantage of the sun to help heat your pool and in an area protected from the wind. The slope of the lot can also be a consideration requiring the addition of retaining walls or other methods of stabilizing the slope.
Choose Your Pool
Next choose the type of pool you want. There are three basic types which all have different costs and requirements. A concrete pool takes the longest to construct and can be the most costly, but it is considered the strongest and longest lasting. Concrete pools are custom built and can accommodate almost any design that you can dream up. The concrete is either sprayed on a steel reinforcing grid or poured much like the foundation of a house. The concrete can be plastered and painted or tiled. Unlike other types of pools a concrete pool can be renovated in the future to make it larger or simply to update it.
Fiberglass pools are completely non-porous and require fewer chemicals to maintain than concrete pools. The pools come in preformed shapes and arrive on a truck like a giant tub. Depending on your state and the location of your home, there may be some restrictions on transporting and installing a large fiberglass pool.
Vinyl Pools use a thick vinyl liner that is attached to a rigid frame made from aluminum or other non-corrosive material. There are several standards shapes available although most are rectangular. Remember that vinyl pool liners can be punctured by sharp objects. Repairing the liner is possible but it is a good idea to make sure the liner is sufficiently thick to handle the odd scrape.
When estimating you costs many contractors recommend that you anticipate spending about twice the cost of the pool. You’ll be spending money on things like fencing, new pathways, decks, pool furniture, lighting, and pool maintenance equipment.
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