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Inground Pool Shopping – What You Need to Know

Inground Pool Shopping – What You Need to Know

Deciding to build an inground pool is a big choice to make. There are so many things to consider, such as available space, cost of construction, ongoing maintenance costs, etc.. It is important to do your homework. Precision Pools & Spas is here to help. Here are a few ideas about what to ask a pool contractor.

Inground Pool Questions – FAQs

What is most important to consider when buying an inground pool?

The first thing to consider is the pool’s purpose. Determine who is going to be using the pool and design it around them. If it is for kids and family, you may want to include an area for a barbecue or fire pit. There will also be special considerations if elderly or handicapped persons will be using the pool.

You’ll also want to think about how much time and effort you want to put into the endeavor. The costs of installing saltwater pools are higher than conventional chlorinated pools, yet maintenance is cheaper. Which option best suits your lifestyle and budget?

The position is a huge factor when deciding where to put the pool. For some people, it is important to be able to see the pool from the house, so children or guests can be monitored for safety. That leads us to the next question.

Is the location I have chosen for my inground pool going to work?

It may not be the first thing you think of, but you’ll want to consider sewer lines if you’re installing a new swimming pool. Usually, there is a house sewer line that is connected to the main one. If your system has a septic tank, that is a completely different consideration.

You will have to decide how close you want the pool to the house or retaining walls if you have them. It is important to really look at the area to make an accurate assessment of the space that is available.

Always ask your HOA or other neighborhood entity if there are any rules and regulations to follow. You do not want to commence building and then be forced to stop because you are in violation of HOA rules.

What is the difference between concrete, shotcrete, and gunite?

Concrete, shotcrete, and gunite are basically the same product. In swimming inground pool construction it is the variations in strengths and weaknesses, inherent water-tightness, and methods of construction that are what make them different. When designing a new construction swimming pool the two main variations that are most important are the strength and water tightness.

Concrete (cast in place) is created by using small pieces of natural rock in various forms known as aggregate. To form concrete, this aggregate is mixed with a bonding material that holds the tiny rock particles together, turning it into a solid usable structure of any size and dimension. The overall strength of the concrete will depend on the effectiveness of the bonding material when mixed together. The drawback of concrete is that the mixture needs to incorporate a large volume of water. It is critical when pouring to get the proper thickness in all places enabling a smooth and even surface. Any voids in the finished product can cause cracking down the road.

Shotcrete is generally a bit rougher than concrete. Most shotcrete pools are finished with a pool plaster material known as Diamond Brite. Concrete is finished with an epoxy-based pool paint. This epoxy-based paint will not look at good on shotcrete as it does on concrete and gunite. In order to get the perfect look and texture, it is extremely important for the installers to be highly experienced in installing shotcrete.

Gunite, when properly designed and constructed, will be the strongest and most watertight. The overall compressive strength will be higher than the other methods. There will be less water used during the process as compared to concrete which will minimize the number of pool joints between the concrete sections in the pool. The overall finish if done properly will have a smoother surface and can be finished by epoxy-based paints or pool plasters. Bottom line, the gunite application makes it possible to end up with an extremely strong pool of any shape and with total watertight structures.

How should I maintain my inground pool?

Testing pool water chemistry and maintaining the proper balance of water and chlorine will be your main goal. You can purchase a service agreement and have a technician test it for you or collect the samples yourself and take it to a pool professional for testing.

There are special procedures involved in opening your pool and closing it down for the season. You can familiarize yourself with the process with readily available online resources.

Precision Pools & Spas located in Richmond Texas and has built a great reputation within the Houston Pool Contractors inground pool industry. Precision Pools services Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. The entire staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have. Pool ownership is a great way to enjoy the warm weather and getting started isn’t as hard as you might think.

Are you inground pool shopping? Stop! Look no further. Contact Precision Pools & Spas today to get your FREE, NO OBLIGATION quote.

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