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Pool Remodeling and Building? Start Thinking Now!

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Pool Remodeling

Pool Remodeling and Building

Christmas is less than a month away, meaning 2016 is right around the corner! If you’ve considered pool remodeling, upgrading, or installing a pool in the near future, it might be a good idea to start planning now! You can never be too prepared or start planning too early. Today we’d like to take a few minutes and remind you of some things to keep in mind when budgeting and planning a pool remodeling or installation.

  1. Budget: Once you’ve budgeted the cost of the installation of the pool itself (including excavation, shipping, labor pay, material costs, etc) you may want to take a moment to consider the cost of keeping a pool running. This will include pool cleaning tools, pool chemicals, and (when applicable) the cost of regular cleaning or maintenance with a reliable pool cleaning company—like Pool Daddy ! Give us a call for a quote on general pool cleaning. Pools are expensive to install, but don’t forget the ongoing cost. It may also be wise to converse with other pool owners in your area to talk about the changes in their power and water bills.
  2. Choosing the right pool: The first step is to decide if you want an in-ground or above-ground poo Then you must decide if you want fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete as your pool liner style. You will then want to consider the differences between different filter systems, salt water versus traditional chlorine water, and the type of pump you will need. There are endless combinations available, but choosing the right pool for your budget, lifestyle, and needs is important.
  3. Pool Repair Phoenix AZChoosing the location: Above ground pools can be moved around on your property (though the process can be difficult, depending on the type and location of the pool) but they can also be put in a more permanent location like built into a deck. In ground pools take a lot more time to install, and the process can be quite time consuming. Making sure you like the location before the digging begins is very important. You must consider sunlight levels, locations of sewer pipes and septic tanks or ground water, and other factors before installing your pool.
  4. Choosing the right crew: Give us a call about any pool installations, pool remodeling, and improvements. If we can’t do it, we’ll point you in the direction of the best crew to do it!
  5. Maintenance: Weekly maintenance is important for all pools. This goes from basic cleaning and chemical checking to ensuring the filters, skimmers, and vacuums are operating properly. Some pool owners choose to do this on their own, but we’d love to help you keep your pool running smoothly to keep you happy and swimming all season long.Related Topics: Swimming Pool Renovation
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Concrete Pools: Positives and Negatives

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Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesConcrete Pools: Positives and Negatives

Last week we talked about fiberglass pool lining, and today we’re going to switch gears and talk about concrete pools. While they are very common, they do have their perks and downsides. For more information about different pool types, check out this site.

Perks:

  • Durability and Strength: Concrete and fiberglass have similar durability, and higher durability than vinyl liners. It’s harder to cause damage to the concrete walls. Some pools can last up to 50 years, when taken care of properly. The base is sturdy though the main surfaces may need work every few years.
  • Features: Concrete pools offer a great number of available features, much like fiberglass. It’s easier to install custom tanning ledges for a concrete pool than vinyl.
  • Variety: These pools offer a greater variety of options of shapes and depths. Concrete pools can be made much deeper and bigger than other options.
  • Familiar: Most of us have been in a pool with concrete walls. It’s familiar, it’s trusted, and people know what to expect for the most part.
  • Upgrading: It’s easier to increase the size or alter the shape of a concrete pool.

Downsides:

  • Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesHigh maintenance: Concrete pools can be harder to clean and they require extra chemical usage. Refinishing needs to be performed from time to time and algae grows more rapidly in concrete pools than other types. Concrete pools may need occasional acid washing and increased electricity usage.
  • Long installation times: The installation of concrete pools is a laborious task. The concrete needs to be mixed, poured, and set. Concrete pools often take up to six months to finish. Depending on weather, availability of supplies, location, and other factors, a pool may take only a few weeks to install if all goes right, but with any pool installation, a lot can go wrong.
  • Smoothness: Concrete pools tend to be less smooth than vinyl and fiberglass, overall. Prolonged exposure to the surfaces of the pool can cause discomfort on the feet—water shoes can be worn to solve this problem.
  • High initial cost: Concrete pools are the most expensive pools to install, with vinyl being the cheapest.
  • Salt water systems: It’s nearly impossible to have a concrete pool with a salt water system. This type of system can cause damage to the pool, increasing the frequency at which refinishing is needed. You can still install a salt system in a concrete pool but be prepared to resurface or remodel it quicker than other types of pool.
  • Color fade: The color or ting of your pool surfaces may fade quicker when made from concrete than other materials due to sunlight, chlorine, chemicals, and overall time. This can take 8-12 years to change significantly.

Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesHow are they installed?

Concrete pools are sometimes called Gunite or Shotcrete because the concrete is shot from a gun-like device onto the steel-reinforced walls. Upon drying, there are a few options for finishing. Some are plastered smooth and then painted and finished with a textured aggregate surfaces or tiling. Some pools are installed similarly to the foundation of a house (structural concrete) and it’s usually used when pools are installed into hillsides.

Concrete pools are a perfectly acceptable option, but a lot of pool owners are leaning towards vinyl and fiberglass. For more pool information, stay tuned or call Pool Daddy!

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