Different Inground Pool Types
By: Dave Montague
If you have made a decision to install an in ground pool, there are several things to consider. There are vinyl and fiberglass pools, and concrete pools which can all be installed in ground. These pools have different aspects to each of them, it is up to you to pick the pool which is right for you.
One of the most popular types of pools are concrete pools. The walls of a concrete pool are reinforced with steel, and the concrete is then applied. The concrete is at first lumpy and uneven, but it is leveled out to create a smooth surface and then a liner can be chosen for the pool. The liner can be made of vinyl or can even be finished with decorative tiles.
Concrete pools can be created to your taste. Depending on the style of landscape and architecture in your back yard and what type of design you would like to see, the pool can be designed in a rectangle, an oval, a kidney bean shape, or a completely unique shape.
The finish on the inside of the pool can also be customized for your pool. Pool finishes last for quite a long time before they need to be replaced. Expect your pool finish to hold up for about 13 years.
Concrete pools can be installed almost anywhere, and because concrete is such a strong material, a pool made of concrete is the most durable and long lasting type of pool. Because installing a concrete pool involves moving and leveling land, installation can take weeks to months, but the strength and durability of the finished pool is worth the wait.
Fiberglass pools are manufactured and moulded into shape before they go into the ground. The installation process of a fiberglass pool can be completed in as little as one week.
The fiberglass pool is delivered to the property in one piece by a large truck, and it is lifted and put into the ground using a crane.
The fiberglass material of the pool is not the ideal grounds for algae to grow upon. This is a nice aspect as the pool bottom and sides will not have to be cleaned as often as they would if they were made of another material.
Vinyl pools are also manufactured before they arrive to be installed. Vinyl pools are made into their shape and size before delivery and are delivered in one piece.
Before the pool is installed, the hole for the pool is dug into the shape of the pool which is to be installed. The hole is then lined with a material which is strong enough to create a barrier between the pool and the hole it sits in. The barrier can be made of wood, but a stronger and more durable material to line the hole with is concrete or steel. The choice is yours to make, and the pool company can usually answer any questions you may have about the best option.
The vinyl pool is then lowered into the hole and filled up with water. All vinyl pools need to have a liner installed, and they usually remain intact for long enough to be replaced after 10 years of use. Rips can appear in the liner, in which case they need to be fixed, which sometimes requires draining the water out of the pool in order to repair the liner.
In order to protect everyone including your own children and the neighbors children as well, safety must be a first priority. A fence must be installed along the entire perimeter of the pool with a locked gate so that neighboring children do not find their way to the pool without supervision.
Different towns and cities have different laws and codes about having a pool built on your property. It is important to find out what these laws are and to discuss any details which seem unclear.