Deciding on Different Types of Pools

by Pool Builders on 08-14-2011 in Articles

Pools are mainly thought of as concrete holes filled with water in backyards across America; however, there are actually many different types of pools. No matter what you choose, children and adults alike will love taking a dip during the hot summer months.

A few options include:

  • Concrete: For a concrete pool, concrete is poured into a wooden form and dried. While this may be the traditional way of setting pools, easier methods have been developed over the past decades, and Gunite pools have surpassed concrete in popularity.
  • Gunite: A Gunite pool begins with an initial hole; plumbing is then put in place, and finally builders assemble a framework with supporting rods. A heavy coat of Gunite, sand and cement is sprayed around the structure and is left to set for about a week before it is smoothed and finished with plaster. These pools are very durable and allow for a multitude of shapes and sizes.
  • Fiberglass: First, the fiberglass is reinforced with plastic and molded into a hollow shape. The fiberglass is then placed inside a fitted hole, and the plumbing is laid. Sand fillers are added for a snug fit, and then the pool is leveled. These pools are usually enclosed in a concrete deck for greater stability.
  • Vinyl-lined: In this type of pool, metal, plastic, or wood are used to frame the hole in the ground. Sand is laid along the bottom and a vinyl lining is secured onto this frame. These pools are generally cheaper than some other options, but they are not as durable and usually last only about ten years on average.
  • Above-Ground: By far the cheapest option and easiest to build, these summertime watering holes are made from prefabricated kits, and can be installed by a professional or by the homeowner. The first step is to level the ground where the pool is going to be placed. A perimeter track is assembled to support an outer wall, and plumbing and sand are laid down. A vinyl lining is attached and, once the pump and filtering systems are working, the pool is ready to go. Being above the ground makes these pools less durable and less aesthetically pleasing; however, they are easy to disassemble and relocate.

With so many options you are sure to find a pool that fits your swimming needs and your budget. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the different options available can help you decide what would be best for your home. No matter what you choose, your new pool will be a fun place to cool off during the hot summer days.

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