How to build a concrete pool?
Town & Country Pool Builders, serving DC. Maryland & Virginia explain gunite pool benefits
Choosing the building material for your swimming pool is one of the many decisions you will need to make when beginning the journey toward swimming pool ownership. The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools in Virginia explain benefits to choosing concrete/gunite for the building material, and how to build a concrete pool. A concrete pool is ideal for the homeowner who wants a customizable pool design because gunite allows for free flowing designs that fit your budget, your yard, and your lifestyle.
How to build a concrete pool?
To answer “How to build a concrete pool?” we first talk about the benefits. Gunite pools cost more than other building materials including vinyl or fiberglass. On the other hand, they are easier to customize and are built of the longest lasting pool building material available. Here are some that your Town & Country Pool Builder share:
- First of all, a concrete in ground swimming pool can add to the value of your home. Swimming pools are considered investments that add to the resale value of a home. A potential buyer may be swayed to purchase your home over another simply because you have a swimming pool.
- Second, a gunite pool will last for decades! If you’re a new homeowner looking to put your unique stamp on a property, adding a swimming pool could be perfect!
- Because they are easy to customize, they will enhance the beauty of your existing landscape.
- Third, concrete pool provides a wide variety of options for the accessories and design. Choose mosaic tiles, colored concrete or concrete with quartz or other stones embedded. Adding tiles to the edging or beautiful coping can amp up the aesthetics of the pool.
- Lastly, this will be a pool that will be with you and your family forever. Moreover, there will come a time when the pool may need to be re-plastered. Re-plastering, for one thing, is simply a way to enhance its beauty and breathe new life into it.
When you’re researching your pool project, be sure to ask about the benefits of concrete! You certainly might find it will be the ideal building material for your custom swimming pool!
- Permits – Because this pool is being built in Fairfax County, a grading plan is required. For this project, the permit was obtained in about 4 months.
- Utilities – A utility company is called to mark the entire property to ensure that no lines get hit with construction equipment.
- Ground prep- A silt fence is required to ensure minimum land disturbance and is part of the grading plan requirements. The day of the dig there is usually a lot of Town & Country staff on hand to ensure that all measurements are perfect. The measurements are “pinned” on the house side of the pool. The excavator then grades the area down to the proper elevation. The house side is pinned again and forms are installed. Two deeper holes are made on both sides of the deep end, and the rest of the pool is formed. On average the dig usually takes two days depending on the fill conditions.
- Plumbing – After the digging is done our plumber plumbs the lines and sets the equipment.
- Forming – After plumbing, the pool is formed to ensure nice, clean edges for when the pool gets the gunite shell.
- Structural steel – Structural steel is installed.
- Steel and bonding inspection – The Fairfax County building inspector inspects the pool to make sure that the pool structure meets the county’s pool code.
- Tile samples – It is time to think about the pools aesthetics and choose tile.
- Gunite – The crew lays plastic down on the driveway to assist in keeping gunite off the driveway.
- Electrical – Trenches are made for the electrical conduits. The pool lights are installed and as well as any automation accessory.
- Tile selection and interior finish – Our design team helps clients to finalize the interior finish and tile choices.
- Coping, tile and deck installation – All of the finishes are installed. During this time, landscaping and decking can also be addressed.
- Automatic cover – Finally, an automatic cover is installed. All the pool equipment except for the heater will be started.