Buying a new pool is an extremely exciting process for you and your family. However, understanding exactly what is going to be happening in your backyard can be a little confusing at times. As you can imagine, the construction of an in ground swimming pool is no mean feat and requires significant time and effort to be carried out effectively. All of this construction takes place literally in your own back yard so it pays to understand what the steps and procedures are around constructing a pool.
In order to assist and inform you, we here at Palm Pools and Spa’s thought we’d provide you with an step by step overview of exactly what will be happening at ‘your place’ during the construction of your concrete pool.
Design and Approval
We believe the design and approval process is what really makes Palm Pools and Spas stand out from the competition. At Palm, we’re not in the business of sending a salesman around to your house to quickly close a sale and move into the build phase. We prefer take a collaborative approach to the design of your pool. We’ll sit with you to get an understanding of exactly what it is you’re looking for in a pool. We’ll analyse your site and let you know in advance of any potential issues or limitations you may face during the build. Ultimately we’ll work with you through a methodical design process to ensure that you get the pool you’ve always dreamed of.
If you are in the process of building or renovating a home, we can work directly with your builder or designer to ensure that your pool will complement the other facets of your house. We’ll also work with any contractors you have working on your house to ensure disruption to you and your family is kept to minimum.
Once we’ve settled on the design, there is the matter of local government approvals. While this can be a tricky area, you can rest easy because Palm Pools and Spas will manage the entire process for you. We’ve been dealing with local government approvals for years, we know how the system works and we know the fastest way to reach approval.
This step involves marking out exactly where the perimeters of your pool will be, determining the depth of the different parts of your pool and digging a hole large enough to meet these parameters. Palm Pools and Spa’s uses a variety of industry leading excavation tools meaning we can access difficult to reach areas of your block and complete this phase of your pool build in a clean and timely manner. Regardless of ease of access, pool size or block shape, Palm Pools and Spas have an innovative solution that will make excavating your site a breeze.
Palm Pools and Spas is committed to minimising home owner impact through the construction of your pool.
Installing the Steel
The next step is to install the steel reinforcement to your pool. The steel framework acts as your pools skeleton and provides the support and structure that will keep you pool looking great for years to come. The steel bars are joined together to form a net-like structure that will provide shape and support to your pool.
It is at this stage of the construction process that we will begin installing the plumbing that connects your pool up to your pump.
Filling your pools shell with concrete is one of the messier steps in a pools constructions but it’s also one the most exciting. After this step your pool will really be starting to take shape. Our highly trained builders will be using a pump to spray concrete into your pools steel framework. Once this work has been completed we’ll come through with a hand trowel to ensure that your pool is as smooth as possible.
Once your pool has been sprayed, we need to leave it to ‘cure’. This process normally takes about four weeks. Curing allows for some of the moisture to be removed from the concrete and will result in a very slight shrinkage in the concrete supporting your pool. This is a vital step before adding water to your pool.
Once your pool has been concreted and cured we begin work on the coping. Coping involves installing tiles or pavers around the top of your pool. Your choice of coping is entirely up to you and is limited only by your imagination.
The final step of the build is to apply your choice of interior finishing products. Pebbles, tiles and quartzon are popular choices. Once this is done one of our trained staff will connect your pools plumbing up to the pump.
You are now in position to fill your pool with water. In accordance with safety measures you must have a pool fence erected prior to filling your pool.
Once your pool is filled with water it’s time to test the mechanical equipment. For the next 7-10 days you should run the following tests.
- Testing your pools PH level adjusting if they are not as they should be.
- Brushing the pool.
Our highly trained staff will be there to walk you through each step of your pools construction and will provide a detailed handover and training on how to use and maintain your pool once it is complete. After the construction phase is complete you’re all set to dive in and start enjoying your new pool.
At Palm Pools and Spas, we’re not just selling you a pool. We’ll be there to help you manage and understand the whole process from design, through the approval process, construction and ultimately to the handover of your new pool. If you have further queries, we’re only a phone call away, please give us a call if you’d like to know more.