Swimming Pool Construction - A Refreshing Plunge

by Pool Builders on 10-21-2008 in Articles

Swimming pool construction involves several steps and aspects that you have to consider before finalizing your decision for this project. Just before you shell out some cash, try to ask yourself:

  • Why am I building this pool?
  • What changes will it provide to my life and my family?
  • Where should I position the pool?
  • What type of pool and pool design should I choose?

These are only a few questions you have to answer yourself before taking the plunge. Other considerations could be whether you are going to make this a DIY (do-it-yourself) project or you are going to leave this to the experts. We suggest the latter.

Therefore, if you are going to get the help of contractors, make sure that you will check the background, reliability and experience of the contractor you will hire. Try to limit the number of estimations you will review to three to four since more than this number will just be confusing. Read the contracts that will be presented to you, and if the price estimate is too good to be true then it probably is. Make sure to ask all the questions that will satisfy your curiosity and needs especially when it comes to how much you are going to spend for this project. Avoid shopping for pools like you are shopping for cars like doing it on the phone or on the Internet. Remember that a pool should not only be beautiful but also functional and safe to use.

Once you have answered all the possible questions before having your own swimming pool constructed, the next step would be to decide on the following:

  • Designing the pool and the surroundings - involves the pool design and finishes, the internal and surround design and whether you want to include a spa or a whirlpool.
  • Pipe work and hydraulics - entails the calculation of the size of the pool, which in-pool equipment to choose such as the pump and filter as well as the pipe work design.
  • Pool area - you need to decide on selecting the area, picking the level area point, choosing and checking utilities, drainage, how to remove spoil and how to reuse this.
  • Accessories - choose which accessories to include in your pool such as lights, auto chemical and auto cleaning, pool heating, and electrical connection among others.

After all the necessary materials are prepared, the swimming pool construction will be done in the following sequence:

  • layout - position
  • excavation
  • fitting incorporated items
  • formwork and steel base
  • concrete spray
  • coping finish
  • internal finish
  • equipment installation
  • electrical connections
  • surround work and design

After the work is done for the swimming pool construction, the next step is to develop and design the surrounding area. Whether you have the pool adjoining a garden, house or driveway, you also have to take in consideration the design you will use, the types of materials, and drainage. Landscaping is an important factor in making your swimming pool and swimming pool area beautiful and functional.

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