CONSTRUCTION

BUILDING AND REDESIGN

There are different kinds of pools that you can order in Aquamaid: Concrete Pools, Vinyl Pools, Fiberglass pools.

Concrete Pools

Concrete pools may be constructed using many differing methods. Concrete pools are similar to concrete ships: they are a contiguous shell that will float under certain circumstances. It is therefore essential that an unrestricted hydrostatic valve is incorporated in the pool design. It is not advisable to empty these pools unnecessarily – especially during rainy months – as the operation of the hydro valve is necessary to avoid flotation (and possible destruction) of the swimming pool. The emptying of all pools must be conducted strictly under the supervision of the pool builder or an authorized consultant. Aquamaid is glad to provide you with these services.

Concrete pools offer great design flexibility and can be constructed in any size, style or shape. This makes them ideal for more challenging sites such as those with limited space, narrow blocks and hillside locations. The ability to individually design a concrete pool means the consumer is not limited to pre-moulded designs. Concrete pools can take on any form including L-Shaped, Geometric, Freeform, Lap Pools and Out-of-Ground pools.

Concrete pools are constructed completely onsite to custom specifications. They take approximately two months to build. The concrete pool construction process includes:

  1. Set out and pre-start meeting
  2. Delivery of materials for form work
  3. Earthworks and hole digging
  4. Formwork and steel placement
  5. Concrete shell pour
  6. Backfill and plumbing
  7. Electrician
  8. Waterline tiling
  9. Step treads
  10. Bull-nose header on pool edge
  11. Water features and paving
  12. Filtration equipment delivery
  13. Shell clean out and plaster delivery
  14. Internal finish application
  15. Fill with water
  16. Chemical treatment
  17. Client instruction and handover

In grounds concrete swimming pools mostly consist of a steel reinforced unite or a concrete shell, capped horizontally with coping. The pool surface is typically marbleized plaster, a cement based coating sometimes called as a whitecoat or marcite. The waterline is finished with a perimeter band of tiles.

Re-plastering concrete swimming pools

Aquamaid conducts re-plastering services for already existing swimming polls. When re-plastering of a concrete swimming pool, a saw cut with a diamond masonry blade is used to cut under the tile line preserving the pool tile, the plaster chipped with electric chisels. Where new tile is being installed, a saw cut is not needed. Or workers will simply set the tile out by 0.5 inch, after that, the pool is checked for loose plaster by tapping on various areas of the pool with a tool, which determines where it is needed to remove the delaminated plaster down to the structural shell. Then workers should apply a bond coat to the structural shell. While bond coat is the preferable way to prep the swimming pool for plaster, sometimes the old surface are in poor conditions that all the old plaster has to be chipped off them and this cannot be determined until the pool is empty and inspected.

After that air is hand driven via hand held chipping tools to remove the existing plaster down in a narrow band or "keyway" under the tile and around all penetrations of the plaster shell. The purpose of this wide grove is to give a nice smooth even transition where the new plaster end at the tile and other in pool fittings.

Any other work or improvements to be done on the pool, including transition tile, drains or fitting replacements, should be done prior to the pool being plastered.

Vinyl liner pools

The term "vinyl liner" describes the method of lining the interior, not the construction materials, which may be concrete, pressure-treated wood, galvanized steel wall system, structural foam wall system, and recently introduced, fiber reinforced composite wall system.

Vinyl pools are very popular, because they are considered to be a less expensive option to concrete pools and can be quickly installed during a single week. These pools still provide a durable, quality product that can last for several decades.

Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools are one piece, factory built shells made with fiberglass, resins, and finished with a gel coating, a non-porous surface similar to modern day boats and pool slides.Fiberglass pools are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with various tile patterns, fiber optic lighting, and in-floor cleaning systems. Some forms of maintenance like acid washing, resurfacing, and liner replacements don't exist with fiberglass pools, but proper weekly chemical and cleaning maintenance are still needed to protect the gelcoat finish.

Fiberglass swimming pools tend to be less expensive than gunite swimming pools. If your budget is a priority, you may prefer fiberglass. They take less time to install. Not long after the hole is dug, the pool is delivered and lowered into the hole.

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