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In-ground Concrete Pools

In-ground Concrete Pools

It looks like you're almost ready to install that in ground pool you've always dreamed of. Congratulations on taking the plunge. Before you start digging, however, you're going to need to determine whether your pool will be made out of vinyl, fiberglass, or concrete?the three main options. Here are some facts about concrete in-ground swimming pools:

Installation process

First, concrete pools are generally less expensive than fiberglass, but more expensive than vinyl. As opposed to the other two styles that generally take a few weeks to install, concrete installations can take up to 12 weeks. After the hole is created and plumbing installed, a framework grid of rebar is assembled and put into place. The concrete is then poured over the structure and then smoothed. The concrete may need up to a week or more to firm up completely. Paint, plaster, or pebbles are usually used for a finish.

Benefits of In-ground Concrete Pools

Using concrete enables you to be very flexible with your swimming pool design. Fiberglass and vinyl liners are generally constructed in a factory, and are thus more expensive to customize. Since concrete is poured and formed into any existing shape, it is easier and less expensive to design a pool that fits the natural contours of your home. Designing a pool to complement its surrounding landscape enhances its aesthetic value, which can translate into an increased resale value for your property.

In-ground Concrete Pool Maintenance

A concrete pool will generally require more chemical maintenance than fiberglass, but not as much as vinyl. Concrete pools are very durable and shouldn't give you many problems from a structural standpoint. They will tend to stand up to climate changes and small ground movements.

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