Thinking of a New Pool?

by Pool Builders on 08-30-2009 in Articles

The summer months can get unbearably hot in some places and cooling off can be a challenge. If you live in one of these areas, then you may be considering having a pool installed. Is having a new pool installed a wise move? The choice ultimately lies with you, but here are some facts that you will want to consider before getting your own mini water wonderland.

Pools use up a lot of water. The water also needs to be conditioned to prevent algal growth. Pools are generally static bodies of water, so there are serious risks of algae growing on the surface. Also, will you be using the pool often enough to make it worth the investment?

Pools consume a lot of space that cannot be used for anything else. Unlike an inflatable pool which you can put away after use so you can use the space for something else, pools are immovable. Worse, since the configuration of a pool is such that it is essentially a big pit, you cannot put anything above it. You cannot for example place boards or sheets over it and use the space to host a party, not without some misgivings anyway. If you have the space, then that is one worry of the list.

Size is just about the largest consideration. How big and how deep do you want it to be? Will it be deep all throughout, or graded such that some parts are shallower? Do you want to be able to swim laps around it, or will you mostly be just chilling at the sides? The scale will affect everything, so think upon it carefully.

Next you must think of the soil. Any pool will require a lot of digging and moving of soil, which immediately brings up some questions. Where will the removed soil go? Is it possible to bring in heavy equipment to the work area? Is the soil compact enough to support the weight of the concrete, tiles, and of course water? You may need to compact the soil to handle the pressure of thousand of liters of water, and that means more costs and time. You might also have noise problems while this work is being done, so make sure to inform your neighbors.

Once you have the pit dug out and the soil in usable condition, it is time to mix and pour concrete. That means buying cement, sand, and gravel and getting the right proportions. The concrete will be rather thick, in order to resist the pressure of the water that will go in. Over the concrete layer will be the tiles. While mostly serving aesthetic purposes, tiles will consume a fair chunk of any budget you will make.

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