Construction of your pool will vary depending on what type of pool you are looking for. There are three primary types of in-ground pools: fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl liner. Read on to learn more about how each is constructed.
Fiberglass pools have two stages of construction—manufacturing and installation. These pools are manufactured as shells which are crafted from a mold off-site. Once you select your desired pool design and consult with your pool builder, the shell is transported to your home in one piece and installation begins. Before the pool can be installed, a large hole the shape and size of your pool must be excavated and lined with a base material. The base material is usually sand or small crushed stone. The pool is then lowered into the hole using a crane or other equipment and leveled to make sure the top edge is even with the ground surface. Finally, base material is added around the sides of the pool at the same time that the inside is filled with water. This process ensures that the pool remains level until fully secure.
In contrast to fiberglass pools, concrete pools are constructed entirely onsite. Once excavation is completed, steel rebar is shaped to fit into place before concrete is poured into the hole. Once the steel rebar is fully engulfed by concrete, the shell of the pool is formed. Rather than leaving the concrete exposed, tile is layered along the inside of the shell and a plaster finish holds everything in place.
Vinyl Liner Pools
Vinyl liner pools rely on thin, flexible, and durable liners to hold water in place. The benefit of vinyl lined pools is that you can be quite flexible with the shape and size of the excavation for your pool. Once a hole is excavated, the sides are lined with plastic or metal walls and the floor is covered with a cement based product. The vinyl layer is then draped over these and secured into place.
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