Wouldn’t it be great to have your very own Luxury Swimming Pool?
Before you take a headlong plunge into owning your own pool, it might be a good idea to consider what is involved with owning and maintaining a pool.
What type of pool should you have for your property?
What exactly is involved when installing a Swimming pool?
How do you determine a budget for your project?
These considerations will be based on the main types of pools, listed below.
Gunite (Concrete) FOR THE PROFESSIONAL
By far, the most permanent (and expensive) pool is the Gunite, or concrete pool. Installation is best performed by a contractor. It is advisable to get at least three estimates on this type of pool before beginning. A search of pool manufacturers shows that one can run anywhere from £55,000 + vat to £100,000 + vat, depending on how elaborate you wish your pool to be.
The installation begins with the contractor excavating the pool site. Following this, a grid of rebar is placed into the hole for reinforcement, and the Gunite is sprayed behind and over the rebar to form the walls of the pool. When the Gunite has cured, plaster or a combination aggregate is then placed over the surface to give the walls of the pool the finished look desired. The pool is then finished off with the desired decking — either brick or ceramic tile. Many owners place ceramic tile around the perimeter of the pool and down below the water line to give a clean, finished look.
Plumbing and electrical concerns should be handled by licensed contractors. Expect this process to take 8 to 12 weeks to finish, and expect your back yard to be a mess until the process is finished.
FIBREGLASS / DURA POLYMER POOLS FOR THE DIY OR PROFESSIONAL
Less expensive than a Gunite pool, the pool is simply a one piece pool insert that is placed into the ground. For this type of installation, you must have room for a flat bed truck and a crane to access your property. Expect to pay £15000 + vat to £25000 + vat for a premium fibreglass pool, Dura Polymer pool depending on the size and shape.
The installation is quicker than a concrete pool. A hole is excavated, and the Pool insert is placed into the ground by a crane, with special attention paid to the shell being placed level. A foot of water is then put into the insert to anchor it in place, and then water is added to the pool.
As water is added, a dry concrete mix is packed along the sides in proportion to the amount of water put into the pool to insure there is no bulging of the liner. The One piece pool is often preferred to Gunite pools as there is no need for resurfacing or liner replacement.
DURA POLYMER POOLS ARE USED FOR THE CUSTOMER THAT WANTS A BESPOKE ONE PIECE CUSTOM SWIMMING POOL
LINER TYPE POOL **FOR THE DIY PROFESSIONAL**
typically made of steel, aluminum, Blokit polystyrene or pressure-treated wood. A bracing system is sometimes used to keep things stable. Installation is accomplished by excavating the hole for the pool, placing the support walls with bracing, and then installing the vinyl liner. The hole is always lined with a layer of sand to produce a good foundation for the liner, and to insure that there is nothing in the ground that may puncture the liner.
After the installation, coping is installed to secure the liner, and holes are cut for the pool attachments, such as the skimmer and filtration system. Many people like a vinyl pool for its ease of installation and the fact that vinyl pool manufacturers offer a wide variety of patterns and colors to suit any taste.
Above-Ground or in ground pool kits **BUDGET POOL SOLUTION**
These are often seen on properties that do not have room for an in-ground pool. Adding an above-ground pool is an ideal project for the average do-it-yourselfer. Prices range anywhere from £1400 + vat to as much as £2000 + vat, depending on the accessories you add, of course this is in addition to the size.
Above-ground pools come in a variety of sizes from the 18ft x 12ft oval pool to a fully equipped large pool with 30′ x 15′ x 4″ dimensions. Many of these larger pools are fitted with decking for sunbathing and pool lounging, and many accessories are available. One of the nicest features of an above-ground pool / inground pool is that removing the ladder helps to ensure that unattended small children or pets will not fall into the pool.
Finding the right pool for you is simply a matter of deciding what your needs and budget are, and what your property can accommodate. There are a plethora of styles that are available, which means that there is surely something out there for everyone. Always remember to shop around, and get the best estimate you can for installation of an in-ground pool. You also want to make sure you get the best contractor for the job, not just price, so be sure to ask for references.