The realm of personal swimming pools is a dauntingly broad one that can be an intimidating one indeed. One of the most attractive and appealing methods of pool installation is the in-ground or submerged style of personal pool. Most often made up of three different material compositions, in ground pools can be found in as fiberglass pools, gunite pools, and vinyl liner pools. The first of these, the fiberglass pool, is an attractive option for many for good reason. The fiberglass pool configuration allows for an average budget’s approach to a lower maintenance, easier pool option. Despite being unable to shape the perimeter of the pool to your liking, the fiberglass territory allows for a faster installation, and a cheaper approach to cleaning that takes less time and often does not require acid baths and excessive scrubbing.
Another approach to pool installation lies in the form of gunite application. Gunite, or cement and sand, mixed with water at the place of application, is sprayed onto the pool’s surface. This allows for an almost limitless potential for various pool shapes, that can match or conform to the unique backyard of a homeowner, for instance. Gunite installation takes anywhere from 8-12 weeks and can demand higher cost premiums as well. Gunite pools will often allow the concrete to mix with the water, changing the pH acidity level, and demanding that additional chemicals be mixed in to the water to balance out the offset of the concrete. Additionally, many homeowners pay for a greater degree of flexibility and attractiveness by having to create other features, such as stairs, that would have come built into the shell of the fiberglass pool frame.
Lastly, vinyl liner pools are those that allow for a layer of vinyl to be applied to the interior of their structure, and serve to protect that structure from build-up and algae. Vinyl Liner pools often will be subject to a decreased level of flexibility in their application, as unique shapes will often be unaccommodating to the personalized perimeters of many themed pools, etc. Vinyl liners in pools are often subject to pH levels and chemical content, as various kinds of chemicals, will collect on the bottom of the liner and bleach it, discolor it, or compromise its general integrity, especially if left over time.
Vinyl liners can also find themselves prone to leakage, and often a Wet Patch kit will be necessary to allow for the repair of those breachings found most often between the seams of the vinyl layers. If a leak is suspected, a Leak Detection official can be hired to assess the integrity of the suspected breach. There are many options to take into consideration when determining which type of pool is best to suit the needs and perimeters of your projected location or environment, but given the wide variety of varying pool types, all of the many styles available allows for an ability to determine which type will give optimal attention to those factors.