Inground Pool Types

Gunite

If you are installing a pool in your backyard, there are many types to choose from. A popular choice is a gunite swimming pool because it is highly durable and it can be created in just about any shape. Gunite pools use a rebar framework that is sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture. The method is preferable over a traditional poured concrete pool that requires a wooden framework to hold the shape of the basin. Gunite is exceedingly durable, so swimming pools made of this substance are built to last. The versatility of gunite swimming pools means more than the ability to create an unlimited array of shapes.

Pool owners with gunite pools can also choose from a variety of finishes to coordinate with the rest of their outdoor living area. Plaster finishes come in an array of shades to coordinate with the pool decking you choose. Other finishes can be created from pebbles or glass for a truly unique, high end look in your swimming pool. Homeowners can also opt for a variety of features to be attached to gunite pools including waterfalls and custom steps. The flexibility of the material means you can customize a swimming pool to your specific taste and budget.

Gunite pools are one of the top choices for homeowners today, due to their beauty, versatility and durability. If you are in the market for an inground swimming pool, find a pool professional that will give you precise building terms and a construction timetable to ensure your project is completed properly and on time for your needs.

FiberGlass

Fiberglass pools come in most any size and shape imaginable. They are molded pools that are installed in your yard in one piece. Pools can be heated to extend the swimming season and can be installed with fiber optic lights for night swimming. Fiberglass is a strong, lightweight material that is constructed by weaving small glass threads into fabric and hardening the fabric with a special polyester resin. A smooth finish is made by adding weather-resistant gel.

A great advantage is that fiberglass pools can usually be installed very quickly – sometimes as fast as a few days! The time frame will vary depending on how long it takes for excavation of the pool site and electrical work. 

Because they are so smooth, fiberglass pools are more resistant to algae formation and maintain more stable pH levels. Another bonus is that fiberglass pools never require resurfacing or liner replacement. 

Vinyl

A vinyl liner pool has a custom made sheet of vinyl between the water and the pool structure. Vinyl liners typically lock their top edge, called a bead, into a track located on the bottom of the coping, which is at deck level. Underneath the liner is a sand or cement-like floor, specified in dimension to the "cut" of the liner that is to be used. The floors come up to meet the walls, which are commonly 3 ft by 8 ft panels made of galvanized steel or thermoplastic. These walls are supported from behind so that they won't bow out against the weight of the water. All of the wall panels are secured together to make up the perimeter shape of the swimming pool.

There are many advantages to installing a vinyl liner pool. Vinyl pools are very flexible and cannot crack like a concrete pool. You will never have to repaint or re-plaster a vinyl pool. A vinyl liner makes all surfaces of your pool smooth. Because of the flexibility with the steel walls, a vinyl pool offers unlimited design options, sizes and shapes for your backyard. A vinyl pool is also less expensive than a fiberglass pool or concrete pool.

Vinyl liners are not limited in colors and patterns as they used to be. Over time, changing the liner will dramatically improve the visual effect of your pool.  The cost of the liner will depend on its shape, size, thickness, and pattern choice.

As in all inground pools, a variety of features may be added to your vinyl pool including spas, waterfalls, decking, laminar jets, lighting effects and pool heaters.