If you have been planning your swimming pool construction, now is the best time to start. Late summer to early next spring is the slow business period for pool installations. This is when pool contractors usually offer discounts on pool purchases. And before you start on the construction, you need to know about the various types of inground swimming pools. Then you can decide on the best swimming pool for your backyard. Let us have a quick look below at the three main types of in-ground pools.
Fiberglass Swimming Pools
Fiberglass pools are prefabricated giant bowl-shaped shells, which you install into the ground. Installation time for a fiberglass pool can be done in 6-8 weeks. This is because the project mainly involves only the site excavation. And into the excavated hole, you just install the factory-molded fiberglass pool. For this reason, fiberglass pools are also the most affordable type of in-ground pools.
One other benefit you have with a fiberglass pool is its finish: you get a smooth gel-coat finish. This gives it an extremely durable and nonporous surface. Hence, the pool needs fewer chemicals compared to other pool types. However, there is one thing you should make sure before you start installing a fiberglass pool. Start your project only if there is plenty of space in the site for a crane to enter and excavate. Also, your backyard must not have any overhead wires or power lines above.
Often known as gunite pools, these are made of concrete and are the most expensive inground swimming pools. These are also the most popular in ground swimming pools in Houston. A gunite pool installation involves shooting wet concrete onto steel reinforced walls inside the pool. You have to allow enough curing times so that the concrete sets in. The walls are then plastered and using a trowel, smoothed out and painted.
One of the biggest advantages of concrete pools is that you can make them into any pool shape or size. It takes around ten to twelve weeks to finish the pool installation. So, it takes a longer time when compared to other types. Concrete is also one of the most robust and durable materials used for pools. One key point to note is that if you think of remodeling in the future, concrete pools easily allow for upgrades.
Vinyl-lining pools are second only to gunite pools in popularity. Most Houston homeowners wish to get these inground swimming pools since they are convenient to install in one to three weeks. Although they are mostly available in L-shape or geometric form pools, you can also get freeform liners.
Generally, they are made out of a single piece flexible vinyl liner that fits right into the excavated hole. As many as there are advantages, vinyl liner pools also need you to be very careful. For instance, sharp and pointy-ended toys might puncture the material. You can repair the damaged liner, but as a precautionary measure, it is best to invest in a heavy-duty liner.
As you can see, different benefits come with each pool type. To summarize, choosing an in-ground pool comes down to your personal preferences. Besides, some pool types fare well in certain regions. Hence, ask your pool contractor on advice about which pool type works for you.