Questions First Timers Ask About Building a Pool

Posted on: 18 September 2015


When you are considering building an inground pool for the first time, you have a lot to think about before you break ground. So before you begin the process, here are the answers to some of the common questions first-time pool builders ask.

What Are The Typical Construction Steps? -- The first step in building your pool is for your pool contractor to obtain the necessary building permits required by your local Council. Once the permits are in place, contractors will commence with excavation of your backyard, which involves digging out dirt and soil to create a hole big enough to fit the dimensions of your pool. The next step is to build the walls of your pool, then lay concrete for the foundation. After the foundation is set, the contractors will set up the plumbing and electrical wiring, line your pool for protection, build the pool deck and landscape the perimeter.

What Are the Main Types of Pools One Can Build? -- The three most common types of inground pools are concrete pools, fibreglass pools or vinyl pools. Concrete pools don't have any limitations in terms of size or depth, so they offer more flexibility than fibreglass or vinyl pools. However, because concrete pools are porous, you will need more chemicals and maintenance to keep the pool from wearing down. And because concrete is heavier and needs to be poured on-site, it takes longer to build these types of pool. Fibreglass pools are nonporous, which means less algae build up and lower cost for maintenance. They are also prefabricated, which means they are less expensive, as most of the shell is built in a controlled factory setting. They are also quicker to install than concrete pools. However, the fact that they are prefabricated also limits the number of sizes and shapes you can get with a fiberglass pool. Vinyl pools are the cheapest to install and are nonporous, but you will have to replace the liner every few years, because it is vulnerable to tears and punctures.

What Other Issues Do You Need to Consider? -- Contractors ask that you think about the location of your pool to maximise the amount of direct sunlight on the water. You should also remember to leave enough space to build a fence, which is a Council requirement for all inground pools. In some instances, it may be more cost-effective for you to build a pool cover instead of a fence, but your contractor will have to ensure that Council regulations allow you to substitute a cover instead of a fence.

For more information, contact a local pool company like Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas