All swimming pools work in the same manner - no matter the shape, size or whether it's a backyard pool or a commercial pool. They all use a combination of filtration and chemical treatment to constantly clean a large volume of water.
To maintain clear water, a swimming pool needs the following components:
- A basin
- A motorized pump
- A water filter
- A chemical feeder
- PVC plastic plumbing connecting all of these elements
Steps to Getting a Pool
The first step in building a swimming pool is making a plan. You must choose your site carefully, while remembering your budget restrictions as well as local laws that are in place. These decisions that need to be well thought out before your pool or hot tub becomes a reality. Keep in mind that inground pools and spas are permanent structures and will be prominent features in or around your home for years to come. Be sure to spend the time and energy necessary to create an environment that will last a lifetime.
Step 3: Determine Your Yard Size and Conditions
In addition to your yard's dimensions, consider your yard's slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is level. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and typically add to the overall cost and duration of the project. Consulting a pool professional is a good idea as they will be able to tell you which shape would best suit your needs and whether or not it would actually be possible to construct a pool in your desired location.
Step 4: Design Your Pool
Once you have determined the yard size and conditions as well as what your pool will be used for, you can begin to design your pool. When you choose to design an inground pool you can add customized features. Be sure to remember to design the entire poolscape including decks, water features, and the patio area.
Step 5: Consult a Pool Professional
Consulting a pool professional is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape would be an ideal fit for your particular yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs. Make sure to have the most up to date zoning and building restrictions for swimming pools and spas. Zoning is primarily handled on a local level and typically covers such issues as fencing and barriers, pool depth requirements for diving boards, set-backs and proximity to utility lines.
Step 6: Choose a Professional Builder
It is very important when choosing a professional pool contractor to do your research. You should talk to at least three builders when getting estimates. When interviewing possible builders, determine the number of years they have been in business, ensure that they are bonded and insured, visit their work firsthand or ask for examples of their work, and determine if they subcontract the work or use their own staff.
Step 7: Choose Your Equipment
By selecting the correct pool supplies for your needs, maintaining a gorgeous pool all year round will be an absolute breeze. In addition to choosing maintenance equipment for your pool or spa, you also want to consider safety equipment. Many specialty safety products are available on the market, including water alarms, high-tech laser technologies, safety covers and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.
Pool Installation Process
Before you can enjoy your beautiful new pool, you might have to endure a few weeks of inconvenience in your backyard. Once you’re past the stage of excavation and into the fun of designing, you’ll see that it’s all well worth it. There are three key stages of pool construction:
An access way to your sit will be made to begin excavation. The pool layout will be marked so that you can protect any trees or areas from being affected by the pool. Your builder will need to gather all of the necessary permits, and then the heavy equipment will be brought in to dig the hole. Underground utilities will need to be checked before the digging begins.
Your builder will set and secure the substructure of your pool to keep it in place, then the bottom of the pool will be shaped and smoothed. The plumbing system will be positioned, and any necessary wiring will be installed. Your builder will then frame the surrounding deck and walkway areas.
The interior finish will then be installed. Gunite pools are finished with pneumatically applied concrete. Vinyl pools will have a liner installed and fiberglass pools will have a one-piece shell installed. Once this is complete, the pool will be filled with water and the builder will finish it off with coping, decking and anything else you’ve planned for your poolscape.
One of the most common questions in the swimming pool industry is “How much does it cost to build an inground pool?” The answer to that question can vary based on your location, type of pool, size of pool, added features, etc. There is truly no simple answer. However, the most accurate way to get an answer to that question is to get a quote from a pool professional.
Before you contact a pool professional, you should first do some research.
In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for your swimming pool before adding features and extras. This is assuming an AVERAGE pool size, in an AVERAGE city with the AVERAGE cost of living, extras and materials. Here are a few things that will raise or lower the price of your swimming pool:
The size of your swimming pool is the biggest factor in determining the price. For every square foot, expect to pay around $50.
The deeper the pool, the more labor and materials will be required.
The materials that you use will definitely affect the cost of the swimming pool. If you choose a gunite swimming pool, this material is considered a premium material and will cost more than a vinyl swimming pool. A fiberglass pool will range in the middle as far as cost between a vinyl and gunite pool.
The cost of living in your area will determine what you will pay for materials. You will also need to pay for permits, which vary from location to location.
If you are looking for a custom shape, you can expect to pay more for your swimming pool.