An in-ground concrete pool is not a job for a do-it-yourself beginner. Fortunately, many contractors will work with you on certain tasks to help decrease the overall cost of installing an in-ground concrete pool. Understanding the basics of concrete in-ground pools can help you save money by being able to perform some or all tasks on your own.
Planning an Inground Pool on a Budget
An in-ground pool is a huge investing and a budget can be extremely beneficial in planning how the money will be spent. Set aside money for materials, contractor consultation fees, landscaping around the pool and any necessary permits. Some cities require permits to build a pool along with a law on fences around the pool. Fences also require a permit---so be sure to keep all of these little details in mind as you are planning your pool.
Concrete in-ground pools can be done as a fully customized do-it-yourself project by purchasing all the materials individually as needed. However, some manufacturers and contractors offer pool kits that include everything you need to install your own pool. Your budget will help you decide which option is right for you and your needs.
Installing an Inground Concrete Pool
Installing a concrete inground pool is not a one weekend project. A professional contractor may be able to install an inground concrete pool in just three weeks; however an inexperienced homeowner should not expect to get the project done in such as short period of time. In-ground pools can take up to 12 weeks to install, not including additional landscaping or other projects.
The project should begin in good weather, meaning rain shouldn't expected during the first few stages of the installation process. The beginning of the project involves excavating the pool for appropriate depth, length and width, followed by the installation of wall panels to hold everything in place.
Concrete is then poured around the other edges until half full, and the pool itself will begin to take shape. After the first layer of concrete is allowed to dry, pipes, skimmers, returns and drains can be installed. Then the rest of the concrete is poured over the pipes and allowed to fully dry before the project can resume.
Once the concrete has fully dried, the bottom of the pool can be installed. The entire pool needs to have a smooth, blemish-free surface for the pool liner. Otherwise, rips and tears occur and cause damage to the structure. To ensure an ideal pool base, a sand mixed cement or a vermiculite Portland cement mixture should be used; both are available at home-improvement stores, local contractors or pool-supply stores.
Again, the concrete floor will need to fully dry before the project can resume. A do-it-yourself in-ground concrete pool can be completed with a liner, followed by filling the pool. However, you can also choose to hire a contractor to finish the job by spraying a sand concrete mixture on the interior of the pool, or installing a tile finish. Finally, the project is completed with some necessary landscaping, followed by filling and enjoying your new pool.
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