Concrete Pool Q & A
How long do concrete pools last?
The longevity of a concrete pool depends on the quality of the materials used in its construction, as well as the level of care and maintenance it receives. G3 Pool and Spa uses premium grade Shotcrete cement and aggregate for the construction of each concrete pool and spa. The concrete used for our swimming pools is manufactured using high heat curing technology, which results in a stronger, longer lasting product. With regular cleaning and chemical treatments, a concrete pool can easily last up to 30 years or more. Additionally, if any repairs are needed, they should be done promptly to ensure that your pool remains structurally sound.
The best type of concrete for in-ground pools is known as shotcrete. Shotcrete is actually the name of the method where concrete is projected at high velocity onto the vertical surfaces of a swimming pool form. Upon impact, the concrete is instantly solidified to provide a build quality like no other. And with less formwork required, it adds multiple efficiencies to your project—stackable benefits you can count on. No other method even comes close to allowing the same level of customization and connection that shotcrete has to offer. Plus, shotcrete delivers a more stable base layer, so your project stands the test of time.
Check the local zoning regulations. The by-laws and regulations of each suburban or rural location are constantly changing. Details such as how far the pool is allowed to be from the lot line and what the fence height is are very important as, in some locations, a 4-sided fence at a certain height is required. Also, be aware of easements on your property. You should review your lot survey to see if there are any easements used for utilities or municipal services that could prevent you from building. In this way, when the permit application is submitted, you will not be surprised by any details that could impact the design or timelines of the project.
The addition of a well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing in-ground pool can increase both the immediate and potential enjoyment of a property as well as its perceived aesthetic value, especially in areas where pools and spas are in high demand. In spite of the fact that the investment and upkeep costs will not affect the home’s resale value, the enjoyment factor will increase its value immediately. Pools can contribute to a home’s aesthetic appeal to a greater extent than their functional value.
When installing a pool, there are several other features to consider. For example, you may want to install a pool cover or safety fence to protect children and pets from accidental drowning. You may also want to consider adding lighting fixtures or fire bowls around the pool area for nighttime swimming or entertaining. Additionally, you may want to add a deck or patio around the pool for a more comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Finally, you may want to consider adding a custom Shotcrete spa to allow you to enjoy a longer swim season through out the colder months.
It’s tempting to think about entertaining possibilities in the future, but the 80% rule applies when selecting a size. You should build a spa for four or five people if your spa will most likely be used by two or three people. A larger volume of water would require more time and energy to heat up each time the spa is used. Patios, seating areas, and other spaces for relaxation and activity follow the same principles. Our in-house pool designer will ensure you have the correct percentage of hardscape to softscape ratio in accordance with your locations by-laws.
When choosing a pool builder for your residential concrete pool, it is important to consider their experience and reputation in the industry, as well as any customer reviews or testimonials. Established companies are more likely to be able to stand behind their products and services than new companies. Make sure to ask questions about the materials they use, their construction process, and any warranties or guarantees that may be offered. Plus, it is important to ensure that the company is licensed and insured, as this will protect you from any potential liabilities.
Pool projects take varying amounts of time to complete, depending on their complexity and scale. A project can also be delayed by bad weather. The project manager will follow an established timeline, but most projects take between ten and fourteen weeks to complete. The landscaping and construction of a substantial backyard project can take one to three months. This accounts for permits, design work, excavation, plumbing and electrical work, construction, the final deck architecture, and details pertaining to landscaping.
The required thickness of concrete for pool walls depends primarily upon the state of the soil. Soft, sandy soils will require thicker walls than hard, rocky soils in order to ensure the stability and integrity of your pool. To reinforce the structure of the pool, the walls are usually made at least 10 inches thick with 10 millimeter rebar reinforcement and the pool floor is 12 inches thick with 15 millimeter rebar. They can be even broader, noting that the plaster finish of the inside should be a minimum of 1 cm thick. It is important to discuss this with your pool builder, as they will be able to provide recommendations based on the specific requirements of your project.
The best way to clean the concrete around your concrete swimming pool is by using a pressure washer. This will help to remove any dirt, grime, and debris that may have accumulated over time. Once you’ve finished pressure washing, it is important to use a brush and detergent to scrub away any stubborn stains or build-up. Finally, rinse off the area with clean water and allow it to dry completely before using the pool again. Consider also employing a professional pool company to provide this service on a scheduled basis.
Resurfacing a concrete pool typically involves cleaning and preparing the surface, repairing any cracks or damage, and then applying a new layer of Marbelite and tile line. Depending on the condition of your pool, additional steps such as acid washing or patching may also be necessary. If your concrete pool needs to be resurfaced, it is important to contact a professional pool builder who has experience in this type of work. They will be able to assess the condition of the pool and recommend the best course of action, which may include patching, acid washing, or applying a new layer of Marbelite finish. The cost of resurfacing will depend on the size of the pool and the extent of the work that needs to be done.
Vinyl pools are typically cheaper than concrete pools because they require less labor and materials to install. Vinyl pools are pre-manufactured, meaning they can be installed quickly and easily with minimal disruption. The main disadvantage of installing a vinyl pool is that it is not as durable or long-lasting as a concrete pool. Vinyl pools are also more prone to punctures and tears, and they require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Additionally, vinyl pools do not offer the same level of customization as a concrete pool, so if you’re looking for something unique, concrete may be the better option.
If you have an older concrete pool which is beyond repair or it’s too big for your needs, you can install a fibreglass pool shell into the existing concrete pool’s place. Typically, we do not suggest this approach as we would prefer to properly remove and rebuild a new Shotcrete concrete pool for our clients if budget permits. Installing a fibreglass pool shell into an existing concrete pool can be an effective cost effective short term fix.
The answer to this depends on several factors, such as the size of your pool, the water table in your area and seasonal weather conditions. Generally speaking, you should only leave a concrete pool empty for the least amount of time necessary if you are doing any type of repairs. You also want to have enough water in your pool over the winter months once it has been properly and professionally closed for the season to ensure it does not shift or pitch due to the ground freezing and thawing.