A swimming pool is a luxurious addition that enhances recreation and aesthetics for any home. If you’re planning on building a pool, here are key steps to ensure proper construction:
Choose the Design
Select from in-ground or above-ground pools. In-ground pools are recessed into decks and require excavation. Above-ground pools are built onto a stable surface. Decide shape – kidney, oval, freeform or geometric. The size should suit your space. For aesthetics, consider stone or tile finishes.
Hire Qualified Contractors
Work with licensed, insured pool contractors with extensive experience and good reviews. Obtain quotes from at least three reputable builders. Ask to see examples of completed projects to assess quality of work. Carefully review contracts.
Local permits are likely required for pool construction where you live. The contractor will guide you through this process, including submitting necessary documentation to local authorities for plan review and approval. This ensures compliance with state and city regulations.
The area must be leveled and cleared of any debris, trees or structures. For in-ground pools, the layout is staked out and digging commences based on depth measurements. Proper slope is essential for drainage. For above-ground pools, a flat level surface is prepared.
Install Pool Foundation/Structure
For in-ground pools, the excavated site is layered with gravel, steel bars, plumbing and an underground concrete foundation. The pool structure like concrete, fiberglass or vinyl-lined walls are erected on this base. For above-ground types, assemble pool frame, walls and supports.
Add Pool Elements
The necessary mechanical elements like filtration systems, pumps, heaters and motors are installed per manufacturer instructions. Electrical work is also done, including lighting. The drainage system is connected. Prepare the deck area around the pool.
Install Safety Features
Essential pool safety devices like fences, gates, covers, alarms, anti-entrapment drains and suction devices are now put in place following local building codes to prevent accidents and unauthorized access.
Plaster/Tile the Pool
For in-ground concrete pools, the interior walls are plastered with a smooth coat like Marcite, exposed aggregate or pebble finish. Tiling is also popular. The chosen material affects appearance and maintenance needs. Above-ground pools usually have a vinyl liner.
Fill the Pool
It’s time to fill the pool with fresh water! Let the pool stand for a few days to allow plaster or vinyl to set completely. Balancing chemicals are added before further testing and adjusting water parameters.
With proper planning, preparation, materials and contractor selection, you’ll be able to construct a beautiful swimming pool that enhances recreation and aesthetics for your home. Maintain water quality for many summers of fun!