What to Consider When Building a Pool
Building a swimming pool is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make.
Swimming pool types in Australia are typically defined as ‘above ground’ or ‘in ground’ and then by the type of material that they are constructed from. Your selection of an above ground or in-ground swimming pool will depend on your budget, how quickly you want the pool installed and other factors affecting your lifestyle.
Thanks to advancements in pool manufacturing, you can enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool even if you're on a budget or you don't own a house. Above-ground pools can be vinyl-lined or made of composite fibreglass and come in a range of styles and finishes. And because they're usually prefabricated, you'll be able to dive into your pool at a fraction of the cost and time. You can also take it with you if you move house. Above ground swimming pools are generally made from steel walls and supporting structures with a long-wearing vinyl liner on the inside. Many above ground pools are now supplied with plastic or plastic-coated supporting structures for use with saltwater. Above ground pools can also be installed partially or fully in ground when following the manufacturer's instructions.
In ground swimming pools are generally made of concrete, fibreglass or vinyl liner. Concrete pool interiors are finished with river pebbles, colour pebbles, fully tiled, plastered or sometimes a combination. All interiors are robust and long lasting providing the pool water is maintained according to the builder's instructions.
Fibreglass swimming pools have a wide range of colour and interior finish options. Vinyl liner inground pools come with a wide selection of colours and prints, and the pool shell can be stainless steel, galvanised steel or even concrete block construction. Generally, all construction types are long-lasting, fully engineered and documented to satisfy council approval requirements. Some fibreglass pools also have the option of an in-built spa or water feature.
A concrete pool is a completely customised swimming pool solution. It can be placed virtually anywhere and gives you unlimited design possibilities. You can choose the size, shape and depth and add features such as vanishing edges, steps, beach entries, rockeries and much more. Finishing options include ceramic tiles, natural pebble, coloured quartz, epoxy resin paints, vinyl lining and a range of other finishes.
Vinyl-lined pool is a popular and cost-effective option. The vinyl lining is usually tailor-made to suit the size and shape of your swimming pool. It provides a smooth and durable surface that's resistant to algae and fungus and won't chip or crack. Thanks to these properties, you'll use fewer chemicals to maintain your pool.
The choice is really about your personal preference, budget and the location where the pool is to be installed. Once you decide what type of swimming pool is best for you or you require more information, then your next step is finding the right pool builder.