A B C of a swimming pool

Are you thinking on build a swimming pool in your backward, or you already have one but don’t really know much about it?

Well, here are some definitions that could help you to understand what you’re dealing with, since it is very important for Lighthouse Point pool owners to know the different parts that make up their pool, so they can avoid any pool problem, and if any arise, know how to fix it.

To begin with, a swimming pool is  a structure capable of containing water, which is self-regenerating naturally or mechanically, and whose use or destination is mainly leisure or sport.

A swimming pool  is mainly composed of three different parts: The  basin, the water treatment equipment and the auxiliary elements. Let’s start with the first part:

Diamond Brite Finish Miami BeachThe basin

This is the structure where the water will be contained. The basin has different shapes and is made with different materials and is one of the most important pieces, which must be adjusted to the ground conditions (especially in seismic zones or very variable climates), and must allow the installation of complementary systems.

During the construction phase, are installed a series of accessories like plumbing, lighting equipment, cleaning, decorative accessories, etc. which will allow the proper functioning of the pool, or aesthetic improvement.

Building materials for the pool basin

In theory, you can use any material that is able to provide a guarantee of sufficient impermeability to contain the water without losses, and what is more important: No leaking from the outside in to avoid problems of water contamination.

  1. Gunite

This is a popular choice because it is highly durable and it can be created in just about any shape. This method of projecting the concrete at high pressure is a system based on the projection of a jet of dry mixed concrete aided by a powerful flow of compressed air, which is directed to a wall of bricks, wood, composite or metal that serves as a container or mold.

The Gunite is one of the safest systems, and with the most resistant results known. It also has the advantage of allowing the construction of a pool with infinite dimensions and shapes.

  1. Formwork

It is the oldest swimming pool construction system. It is based on the same principle used for the construction of buildings. Basically the floor is extended, which is the bottom of the basin, then, after about three days, the formwork for the construction of the walls begins to be assembled. This method is very complicated for the construction of pools with irregular shapes, so it is more common in the construction of pools of straight lines.

In addition, because the concrete of the floor is different from that of the walls in time of setting, in this type of constructions the points of union usually break.

  1. Fiberglass

 Normally is used in prefabricated pools. Sometimes they are an economic solution, given that the savings are mainly due to a considerable reduction in the total labor employed in any work. They are molded pools that are installed in your yard in one piece.

  1. Thermal-formed metals or plastics.

This type of structure is used in a type of pool known as a liner. They are only used to give the forms to assemble modules, so that the entire interior is covered with a sheet of vinyl which is actually what makes the whole waterproof.

In our next post we continue with those definitions that could help you to know a bit more about you pool. And always keep in mind that at Urban Pool Services, we specialize in custom residential swimming pool design and inground pool construction for homes across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.


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