Concrete Swimming Pools
There is no better feeling on a hot day than to cool off by taking a plunge into a swimming pool. The cool waters of concrete swimming pools are ideal for summer days when there is nothing to do except to relax and sip a glass of cold fruit juice. There is that option of going to a local beach and try to lie on the sand â€“ sunscreen in tow â€“ and play with the waves. But if you live too far from the ocean, some concrete swimming pools in your neighborhood and/or at your backyard can substitute the waves and sand for a more personal and accessible experience of cool, wet relaxation.
Concrete swimming pools are a thing in many suburban homes. These swimming pools are the most basic kind around; elaborate swimming pools start as a basin lined by concrete at all sides before putting tiles and other decorations. Public pools are usually huge concrete swimming pools for use by the community. These pools are great for socializing with relatives, neighbors and friends and are good venues for parties. Swimming pools also function aesthetically. A well-made swimming pool enhances the beauty of the backyard by through complementing the house and the yard.
Before anything else, you must find a local contractor that specializes in creating concrete swimming pools in your area. Then, you negotiate with the contractor on the dimensions and the prices of your proposed swimming pool. Some contractors can also offer a backyard renovation package â€“ a patio, marble pathways, lawns, house renovations â€“ which is included with the construction of the pool.
Making concrete swimming pools:
The construction of concrete swimming pools always starts with excavation of land. The dimensions, such as depth, length and width depend on your preference. You can make a pool into any shape you wish. Common concrete swimming pools have figures such as rectangles, ovals, figure eights, or those that are shaped like kidneys. If you have a family with kids, it is best that you dig a shallow piece of land beside the site of the main pool in order to create a kiddie pool. You have the option of setting a desired fixed pool depth or making the pool's floor slope deeper. Another option is to include stairways for a better way of getting out of the pool while simultaneously making the swimming area larger.
An important part in excavation involves plumbing and linkage to the water system. Placement of tubes depends on the usage of these. Generally, tubes at the bottom help in regulating the water level of the pool and for drainage. Tubes at the sides are meant for filling up the pool and some drainage as well.
Lining with concrete
After you set the dimensions and added some physical specifications, your swimming pool contractor lines the sides and the bottom with concrete. The pool's floor is to be poured with a layer of concrete thick enough for the pool to hold all the water while not having the liquid seep through the concrete and into the earth. Then, concrete hollow blocks line the sides of the pool and attach to the base. After the concrete dries and hardens, then cover the area with waterproof render to effectively seal the pool from seepage of water.
The best concrete swimming pools have smooth edges. Once the physical outlines of the pool have been set, then it is lined with ceramic tiles. You cannot use a pool without tiles since dried concrete is both hard and rough, making the pool prone to wounds and bloody skin gashes. Tiles make the surfaces of the pool interior smoother and more comfortable for everyone to swim. After the application of waterproof render, tiles are now applied to the sides of the interior and at the floor. You can opt for different colors and tones of ceramic tiles that suit to your liking.
Applying a vinyl layer
Another way to cover the insides of concrete swimming pools is to apply a vinyl liner layer. First thing to do is to apply some foam onto the corners of the pool. Spray adhesive to the sides and bottom of the pool and remove any ledges found at all corners. Foam is then applied to all areas; instead of forming corners, slopes are now present. Then the contractors will attach the vinyl liner layer to the foam â€“ and the concrete â€“ through drilling and inserting stainless steel screws.
After your pool is finished and filled up to the desired level, you can now enjoy your brand new concrete swimming pool with a party or a personal relaxation on a recliner by the poolside.