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Types of Inground Pools
Once you’ve decided that you want an inground swimming pool, the next step is to choose which one is the best for you. There are three types to choose from.
Gunite is considered the highest quality material for a swimming pool. It is a mix of cement and sand. It is similar to concrete, but where concrete contains fine and large aggregate particles, gunite only contains small particles. Concrete also uses a wet-mix process, while gunite is the dry mixed form.
It is highly customizable; you can use gunite in any shape of the pool you want. There are different options to choose from for the interior finish. With proper care, it can last for decades without any major repairs. It is the most durable of the three types of inground pools.
In terms of maintenance, it is also the most time-consuming in all inground pools. Proper pool maintenance will prevent algae buildup. Your swimming pool needs regular brushing and occasional acid washing. It typically requires resurfacing every ten years or so.
Because a gunite pool is built on-site, you can save on the delivery cost though the entire pool will still be more expensive compared to fiberglass or vinyl pools. Depending on the pool size and other features you choose to add, the construction could take anywhere between two to three months.
Fiberglass is one of the most popular materials for inground pools, and its popularity across the US and globally has grown throughout the years. It is a non-porous material and very durable.
A fiberglass pool shell is pre-manufactured in a factory. The pool shell is transported as it is to the construction site of the swimming pool. Because it is prefabricated, you may have to sacrifice some of your ideas for the design. If you want a small pool or a design that’s not too complicated, fiberglass will work for you.
Unlike concrete or gunite, it is smooth to the touch and resistant to algae. Minimal cleaning or brushing will suffice. If installed properly, fiberglass is very durable. It does not require resurfacing, and repairs, if any, are easy to do.
The initial cost is closer to gunite and higher than a vinyl pool. The costa includes the delivery of the pool shell to your location. It is easy to acquire fiberglass pools, and they are easy to install as well.
Vinyl pools are constructed similarly to gunite, but instead of spraying gunite, a custom-made vinyl layer is applied to the steel pool walls. The liner is vacuumed and tested for possible leaks. Then, pre-decking steel and interior block walls are installed.
Shapes, sizes, and designs are highly customizable. You can also incorporate a lot of design elements.
Advances in technology have made vinyl liners more durable over the years. You can also choose them in varying thicknesses, which is very important because vinyl can tear easily. With proper care, vinyl lasts up to five to nine years.
The surface is very smooth and also resistant to algae. Minimal brushing is required though you need to be careful with sun exposure because vinyl can sag or wrinkle. If you encounter problems with your pool, it is best to deal with them immediately before the problems become worse and become more expensive to fix. A vinyl pool is easy to install and can be ready in as short as four to eight weeks.
Custom Pool Design
Our expert pool designers and builders will guide you through the custom pool design process. We will recommend pool features, pool equipment that reflects your personality and lifestyle. We work hard to bring every client’s dream swimming pool to life.
Pools come in different sizes, shapes, and even depths. Owners typically want a design that suits their lifestyle, whether it’s a fun swimming pool just for lounging or one that’s for athletic training purposes. Here are some popular pool shapes to choose from.
The most common pool design is a rectangular pool. Not only are rectangular pools practical for swimming, practical for swimming laps, but they were also pleasing to look at. Rectangular pools are the best choice for people who want to train regularly in a pool.
Round pools were popular in the 1930s in Hollywood. The design, which deviated from the usual rectilinear shape, kept being featured in magazines along with their famous owners. It increasingly became popular among the stars as well as fans who could afford it.
As the name suggests, the figure-eight pool looks like the number eight. The ends are circular with a narrow or tapered middle. The ends could be the same size circles or different sizes.
Multi-sided pools take on different shapes but with straight edges and are geometrical.
Let your imagination go wild with novelty pools. Novelty shapes or designs are something that would be particularly personal to the owner. You could have a heart-shaped pool or a guitar-shaped one.