When you’re deciding to build an inground pool in your backyard there are a lot of options. Choosing designs and materials that will flow together and create something that your whole family will love. Keep reading to figure out what the most common pool designs are for new swimming pool builds.

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What are the most Common Pool Designs

There are four common pool designs when it comes to pool building. You’ll find during your search for the perfect pool contractor that not everyone build all of these types of pools. These types of swimming pools are based on longevity, style, and price.

Concrete Pools

 These types of swimming pools are constructed with poured concrete.  The concrete dries to form the walls and floor of your swimming pool. Then, it is painted to the pool owner’s desired color. This is a common pool design, but will eventually require a touch up paint job. Be sure to use the same type of paint, if you decide to install a concrete pool. Concrete pools are also more costly than a fiberglass pool because of the concrete instead of a pre-cut out liner.

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 This is the most common pool design that Premier Pools & Spas uses. It is created with both concrete and gunite. The difference between concrete and shotcrete is that shotcrete is sprayed with a pressurize hose to form the pool walls and floor. If shotcrete cracks or decomposes, a pool professional must repair it. Shotcrete is also the number one family pool because the pool designs can be endless and they last the longest.

Vinyl Liner

Vinyl liners pool base is not made of concrete. There are wall panels that the manufacturer bolts together to form the base structure. Vinyl liner comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs. It can last an average of 8 to 10 years. It all depends on your water chemistry and maintenance procedures. When the vinyl liner is bleached, torn, or not usable, it should be repaired and replaced. This common pool design is the most cost effective if you are looking to put in a pool as quickly as possible, but they don’t last as long as a shotcrete pool.


This type of pool is a one-piece design of a fiberglass shell. This type of pool is typically installed faster than other pool designs. However, the downside of fiberglass is that you have fewer choices for size, shape and depth. Also, any blistering or cracking of the fiberglass must be repaired or replaced.

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Build a Swimming Pool with Premier Pools & Spas

It is important to build with a swimming pool builder that has been around for a while and knows what they’re doing. Premier Pools & Spas has been around for over 30 years and has built over 70,000 swimming pools. Not only do we care about customer service, but we want to make families dreams come true across the nation. Let Premier Pools and Spas build your backyard oasis, contact us today and receive a free design quote.

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