Swimming Pool Builder - Swimming Pool Contractor

Swimming pool construction is growing again, with more people interested in making fabulous memories entertaining in the backyards of their own homes. For many, deciding what kind of pool can be daunting, with many options available from construction to water systems. One type of construction that is gaining popularity is the gunite pool, which is also known as a concrete swimming pool. There are a list full of benefits to gunite, with most of them being aesthetic.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to owning a concrete pool instead of a fiberglass or vinyl one is the customizable features that can be added. Because pools are created on site, concrete swimming pools can be structured into any size or shape that the owner wishes. However, customizing a pool too much can detract from its value, in turn lowering the overall property value. If the homeowner is planning to sell the house anytime in the future, it may be wise to stay away from initial-shaped pools or other odd shapes.

Another benefit to concrete swimming pools is the additions and accessories that can be added to the pool area. Backyard landscaping is key to property value, so adding waterfalls, pool lights, and even custom tiles to the area can really raise some eyebrows. Many people choose to build a jacuzzi up out of the pool with a waterfall spilling over the side into the pool. This effect is growing increasingly popular, along with negative edge pools, in which the side of the pool seems to disappear over an edge. All of these effects are the result of a concrete swimming pool.

Owning a concrete swimming pool can be very rewarding, but the overall costs are going to be much higher than with tradition swimming pools. Not only does the pool have to be dug and created on site, but it also requires a tile lining on the walls to prevent injury. The edges of the pool are often stained or tiled as well, with surrounding landscaping and decking rounding out the overall cost. Despite this, many homeowners are still choosing gunite for its flexibility and aesthetic potential.

If you are installing a new inground swimming pool there are many options when it comes to choosing building materials. The top choices are fiberglass pools, gunite pools and concrete pools.

Concrete makes an outstanding building material for inground swimming pools because its durability is unmatched. When installed properly, a concrete pool will last indefinitely.

Unlike other pool choices your options for design are limited only by your imagination. Because concrete is installed on site instead of being pre-formed at a factory, you can make allowances for terrain that would otherwise be impossible.

Concrete swimming pools are themselves the least expensive pools to build. The installation of a concrete swimming pool also requires the least amount of terrain prep work than any other pool building material. This adds to the cost savings.

You are not limited in color as you are with other building materials. You can paint the concrete any color that you choose, have a design painted, have a design stamped into the concrete or even use a vinyl liner. If you wish to change the color or design at a later time, it’s as easy as repainting the pool or changing the liner.

Paint considerations for concrete pools are now limitless. Any color can be mixed into a paint formula suitable for pools. No other building material allows for the kind of creativity with paint that concrete allows.

Concrete pools are also the easiest pools to tile. This is important if you want a mosaic design. This can be done at installation easier than with any other building material.

The installation of vinyl liners is also easier in concrete pools than in other types of pools. This is because vinyl liners were originally designed for concrete pools. These can be installed professionally or personally.

Concrete pools are also easier to clean than other building materials owing to the simple fact that they are so durable. While many people choose to clean by hand, concrete pools are not limited to this option. Some pool cleaners and vacuums that are more likely to damage fiberglass and gunite pools are perfect for concrete swimming pools. Concrete is also the least likely to be negatively impacted by the use of chemicals in the pool.

Overall it is a matter of preference as to what material you ultimately choose to use when creating your new inground swimming pool. When taking all factors into consideration concrete is clearly the best building material in terms of durability, design and cost.

Here is a great video that shows the steel & gunite steps of how a concrete swimming pool is built.

You have several options when it comes to the interior finish of your swimming pool and spa. A quartz aggregate product called DiamondBrite manufactured by SGM is a very popular option. They offer the 17 colors shown below, and you can see how the color finish you choose plays a very big role in the color reflected in your pools water.

As you can see there is quite a range in colors and shades to choose from in just this one product. The darker colors like Onyx and Midnight Blue while beautiful will run you a bit more cost wise.

Another option is a pebble finish. Again this product comes in various colors, as well as sized aggregates. The aggregate gives a comfortable texture and a naturally beautiful look.

Aqua Blue

Aqua Cool

Aqua White

Black

Caribbean Blue

Emerald

French Gray

Irish Mist

Jade

Mauve

Midnight Blue

Salt N Pepper

Sand

Tahoe Blue

Tropics Blue

White

After the design and price are agreed upon, the contract is written up. Pool Captain immediately sends the plans to the surveyor, and gathers needed documents for permitting. Here is a brief overview of what to expect in terms of how the process moves along.

Remember, each pool is different, so this may vary depending upon the size and complexity of your particular job.

1. Permitting. Six weeks to Eight weeks after we receive the permit back from your City or County, you are swimming!

2. Layout pool. Outline pool with wood framing to match the print shape. Any fence panels needed to be removed to gain access are removed.

3. Dig. A backhoe digs the pool, and workers hand shape the walls. Payment Draw Due.

4. Steel. Wire mesh and steel rebar is placed in the pool hole for reinforcement creating a basket like structure.

5. Preliminary Plumbing.Any plumbing that will not be accessible after the concrete is sprayed is installed now. This includes things like the main drains, any floor cleaners or caretakers, wall jets and returns, faountains, etc.

6. Shoot Gunite. High PSI concrete is sprayed into pool shape covering “wire basket” like structure. Walls will be approx. 6” thick when completed this stage, and floor approx. 12” thick. Payment Draw Due.

7.Pre-grade. Any extra dirt removed from the pool hole has been removed, forms are removed and deck area is graded.

8. Plumbing.2” plumbing pipes are run from the pool to the equipment location. All lines are connected and the contractor runs a pressure check to be certain there are no air leaks (any air leaks would become water leaks once water is added to the pool. Cover in- ground plumbing with dirt.

9. Form Deck. Perimeter of deck, any steps or risers and planters are framed with wood.

10. Form Deck. Perimeter of deck is formed with wood. Plumbing is covered. Deck drains are installed.

11. Set Tile. Waterline tile is applied.

12.Power. Electricity is run to the equipment, panel is set, deck is grounded, light is installed, and equipment is hooked up.

13. Pour Concrete Deck. Concrete Decking is poured as 4” slab with drainage and pitch. Payment Draw Due.

14. Apply Deck Top. Acrylic texture is applied or pavers are set.

15. Screen Enclosure. Aluminum screen enclosure is built on site.

16. Clean-up. Your pool is almost finished! The sub-pumps are turned on and the interior of the pool shell is cleaned with an acid wash.

17. Interior Finish Applied. Marcite or exposed aggregate finish is applied. Final Payment Due.

18. Fill with Water. This may take up to 2 days.

19. Start-Up. Chemicals are added to balance the water chemistry, pump is turned on, pool is cleaned. It is important that

20. Sod, Seed, & Landscaping. Any grass or landscaping destroyed during construction is replaced per contract and yard is cleaned up. Any fence removed for access is replaced.

21. Pool School Begins. One day a week for 4 weeks, the owner and builder representative meet in order for the new owner to learn how to use all of the pools equipment.

22. Go Swimming!