Everyone wants a pool, but very few people know the differences between them. There are actually a few different options for installing a pool on your property. Each route provides different benefits and meets different needs. These explanations will help you to choose the right pool for your yard.
Above Ground Pools
The most common and least expensive of all pool types, above ground pools are usually prefabricated. Requiring little more than a flat building surface, above ground pools consist of a vinyl liner inside of hard plastic walls that the owner fills with water. Supports around the exterior walls hold the pool in place, while a hole in the wall of the pool connects to a pump to filter and clean the water. These pools are easy to move if you relocate, which makes them a great choice for people who move a lot.
Vinyl In-Ground Pools
These pools require professional installation, which sets them apart from above ground pools. However, they share several similarities in that. After the hole is dug, the construction crew places a rigid wall around the edges that supports an interior vinyl wall. Sand is placed underneath the lining so as to make walking inside the pool more comfortable. However, unlike other in-ground options, this type of pool is somewhat inexpensive, though not as long-lasting.
Much like a vinyl in ground pool, fiberglass pools must be installed through professional installation. However, the crew first digs the right sized hole, then adds in the plumbing and filler material. Fiberglass pools are preformed, so the basin itself is placed inside of the hole, after which the area is refilled with soil. A concrete deck is usually built around the pool afterward.
These are likely the pools most people are familiar with, as it is the most common design in the United States. Gunite pools are built first out of rebar, which then has a material called gunite sprayed on it. Gunite is a mixture of cement and sand which hardens into the pool material everyone is so familiar with. The construction crew uses a trowel to level out the walls and bottom of the pool, letting it harden for a week before placing a secondary finish on it. These pools are highly customizable, able to be built to any specifications, but they are also the most expensive variety and the longest lasting. Swimming pools come in different materials, but these four are the most common, and the most likely options for you to build with. The right pool for your yard can be decided based on your personal budget and the amount of space you have to work with; larger pools, like fiberglass and gunite, can completely dominate a backyard area. A tip for a pool patio: If you are considering a pool, include a pool patio with the installation to enhance your backyard experience. Often we think that the best look for a patio is a stone patio. However the more economic route is to use concrete. Concrete can be used to imitate different stone looks very well. H&H Concrete on Demand does some of the very best of this designed concrete.