Picking the right pool materials

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A swimming pool is a great investment for your home. There are few things in life more refreshing than...

A swimming pool is a great investment for your home. There are few things in life more refreshing than a dip in the pool during the warm summer months. The pool provides you with a great way to stay fit, and you can also host pool parties and other social gatherings based around the pool. Building a pool you and your family will enjoy may seem daunting, but the help of a licensed contractor and knowledge about the types of pool materials and designs available can mitigate such stress and have you dipping your toes in the water in no time!

During the construction process, contractors hire excavators and plumbers to remove dirt, install the necessary piping and create a basin. Most swimming pools have basins made of one of these types of pool materials: fiberglass, vinyl and concrete. You should carefully consider each type of material before commencing construction. Choosing materials that are congruent with your intended use, family and even geographic location is important to your enjoyment and the pool's durability.

Fiberglass pools feature plastic fortified with fiberglass and finished with a gel coating that resists staining and the build-up of algae. These pools are pre-molded and inserted using a crane. You should make sure you have adequate space in your yard to accommodate such equipment. Consequently, fiberglass pools are the fastest to install. The flexibility of fiberglass makes it ideal for use in Georgia because the freezing rain and snowfall periodically experienced during the winter months lead to a cycle of freezing and thawing that causes materials like concrete to crack.

Pool liners made of vinyl first gained popularity in the 1980s. Just like fiberglass, vinyl is a preformed structure; however, pool builders must attach the liner to a reinforced wall structure made of concrete, aluminum, steel or wood. Vinyl is the most affordable of all pool materials and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Durability is a possible issue; these liners are more susceptible to puncturing and should be replaced roughly every 10 to 20 years. Choosing a vinyl liner that is 1-inch thick may increase longevity.

Concrete pools take the longest to install, but they are the most durable of the three pool materials. During the installation process, construction crews create a grid of steel rods held together with wire. A mixture of sand, concrete and water is sprayed around the steel, troweled until smooth and allowed to dry for roughly a week. Plaster, concrete paint and even tile are possible finishes for concrete pools.

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