The swimming pool construction process happens in phases, beginning with pool layout and excavation. Steel reinforcing rods are bent to the shape of your swimming pool and gunite is applied. Plumbing and equipment installation, tile, decking and interior finish complete your swimming pool.
Each step in the swimming pool construction process is listed below with a corresponding image. If you have any questions, please contact us. One of our sales people will be happy to assist. We believe the more you know about the pool construction process, the happier you will be.
Layout and Excavation
After marking out the exact contours of your new pool, your swimming pool builder is ready to dig in. Heavy equipment is used to remove the earth from the location that will soon be your new pool. This part of the process is often noisy and dirty, but it delivers visible results. You’ll see your new pool beginning to take shape.
Stub Out and Steel
Preliminary plumbing lines are run for skimmers, jets and other features in a step called the stub out. Some electrical work may also be done. In addition, steel reinforcing bars are carefully placed and bent into shape for your new pool. These function as a skeleton for your pool.
Pool contractors use gunite, a blend of water, sand and cement that can be applied with a pressure hose and cures to form a dense, durable layer of concrete. The gunite is sprayed all over the steel skeleton, surrounding it. After being hand-finished by installers, it is left alone for a few weeks to cure. Weather is often a big indicator of how long this step will take. Sometimes, summer humidity can delay this step.
Setting the Surround
Next, attention turns to the area surrounding the pool. Any electrical or plumbing lines needed are put in place. The pool deck area is graded, and the tile that forms the top edge of the pool is installed. Finally, the pool deck is poured, and the surface that you selected for your pool surround is put into place. Are you getting excited yet? We’re almost there!!!
Pools require an assortment of mechanical equipment to function well, and this is the time to install them. Items like the pool pumps & filter system, time clock, automatic cleaner and heater are installed. (Yes, homeowners install pool heaters in Florida) Any electrical work is completed. If natural gas or propane is being used for heating, this will also be accomplished during this time.
With your pool nearing completion, any unneeded equipment or materials are removed to reduce the risk of contamination during the plastering of the pool. Debris that enters the pool during the finishing process can mar the final look of your pool, so it’s important to keep the site tidy.
With the site ready and the gunite fully cured, installers waterproof the shell with an interior finish. There are a variety of color and texture options, so the exact process utilized will depend on your selections. Once this is in place, the pool is filled with water. Then, the mechanical equipment is started. You’ll also be given information about how to maintain your new pool.
At American Pools & Spas in Vero Beach delights in providing homeowners with top-quality custom swimming pools that provide years of enjoyment. If you are interesting in building a pool and have questions about designing a swimming pool, pool installation cost, swimming pool construction or how to minimize pool maintenance, we’re ready to help. Contact us today at 772-777-8655 or fill out our online form to explore the possibilities and request your free estimate.