The ultimate place to put your feet up and revel in the sun’s rays, installing your first pool is a momentous occasion. With the bonus of increasing your property value, a private in-ground pool will become the hub of your home during the summer months, but it’s important to get it right. No cowboy builders or cut-cost companies, just high-quality, well-versed pool builders.
Here is our step-by-step guide to building your first swimming pool:
Step 1: Make those all-important decisions! Heated, or non-heated? A cost-effective solution, or a lavish alternative? Sea-blue, or something a little different? Gunite, vinyl, or fiberglass? If you’re looking for versatility and flexibility, gunite is it, with its ability to create pools of any shape or size, including head-turning infinity or plunge pools. While gunite pools are the ultimate bespoke option, as well as being built to last, fiberglass and vinyl have the benefit of being nonporous, therefore easy to clean, without any algae build-up.
Step 2: Locate the experts to help you realize your creation! This is a crucial step in securing the pool you have been dreaming of. When looking for pool builders , you should always ensure your building company is fully licensed and insured. Cutting costs is not advised, as if there is an on-site accident, you may have to pay out of pocket.
Step 3: So, you’ve found your pool builders, and planned your new pride and joy. What next? Well, it’s time to get started! All in-ground pools start with an excavation of the earth, and preparation of the ground beneath the pool. A strong foundation always bodes well for a reliable pool to serve you for years, or even centuries, to come.
Step 4: This is where the magic happens! Depending on the material you have opted for, this determines what happens during this process, but it’s generally when things start coming together. For gunite pools, the plumbing will go in first. A rebar framework is then installed to create your shape of choice, followed by the powerful duo (sand and cement) sprayed under very high pressure. It’s a time-consuming, repetitive process, but yields stunning results.
Step 5: The finishing touches! Most people opt for plaster, quartz, or tiles, although pebble and aggregate are also popular selections. Plaster is lauded for its smooth, timeless look while being relatively inexpensive, although it does require maintenance every 7 years on average, similarly to quartz. However, a quartz pool finish will set you back slightly more, with a high-end look. Tiles are acclaimed for their durability, coupled with the advantage of being selected to meet your individual tastes, in terms of color and texture.
It is at this stage that you will also install the ‘coping’ around the pool. Most popular is bull-nosed coping, which can be made with almost any material, although concrete is most common. Your builder can help you with selecting the best materials for your needs, although travertine is a strong choice for those with children, due to being slip-resistant and staying cool – no more hopping out of the pool when the ground is hot! There is a wide choice of options when it comes to coping, so we recommend thinking about color coordination, so it blends seamlessly with both your landscape and your pool.
Step 6: Enjoy your new pool! The hub of your home, summertime will have a whole new meaning when you can kick back and enjoy the rippling waters after a long day at the office. Install a decking, sun loungers, and maybe even a barbecue, and you have created a brand new space to enjoy the Texas sunshine!
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