Three Inground Pool Types To Consider For Your Home
If you have decided to add an inground pool to your backyard, you might be surprised to learn that there are three main types to choose from. Keep in mind that there are also variations of these three main types, providing you with even more options. This can be problematic when you have no idea what you’re doing, as you won’t be sure which pool will best meet the needs of your property and family. You’ve come to the right place for more information!
The most common inground pool material is steel-reinforced concrete that is used to form a shell. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that concrete is durable and porous (allowing the plaster-coated shell to hold water, provide stability and be replastered when required). A hole is first excavated in the backyard. Then, the sides and bottom are lined and framed with rebar (steel rods). They can be sculpted in nearly any shape imaginable, as well as steps, ramps and other features.
After the rebar is position, spraying a shotcrete or gunite finish creates the pool shell. This spray-on method helps contractors to craft the size and shape of the pool. There are various other finishes available, including: tile, stone and manmade textures.
A pool made from fibreglass will come as a large, one-piece shell that is delivered by truck and positioned into the excavated hole with the help of a crane. Unlike concrete shells, fibreglass ones are readymade, which means that you can rarely request a custom design. Most manufacturers do, however, offer many shapes and sizes to ensure that you’re able to find a match for your backyard. Any steps, spas and benches are usually preformed and their positioning cannot be altered.
The use of fibreglass makes the construction process quick and easy. Its smooth interior surface is slick, making it difficult for algae to cling to, and it is prone to deteriorating after 10 to 15 years of exposure. Recoating is not easy, as it often cannot grip to the old one.
The third and final material that we wish to discuss, vinyl inground pools are built with a metal or plastic frame set into the excavated hole. Prefab supporting walls or panels made from plastic, steel or aluminium are joined to the frame, making a form that is then lined with heavy vinyl in order to create the shell. The bottom of the vinyl liner sits on a bed of sand or a similar material, whilst the top is held down by the coping (which creates a finished edge).
As with other materials we’ve discussed, vinyl is prone to deteriorating with long-term exposure to the elements and pool chemicals. Some liners come equipped with fungus and UV inhibitors, which can extend its life from 10 to about 18 years or so.
We hope that the information provided above has given you a better idea of the three main inground pool types available, as well as a better idea of which one you would like to invest in. No matter which type you have ultimately decided will best meet the needs of your property and family, it is important that you have chosen a reputable pool builders with a reputation for delivering quality constructions that will stand the tests of time.