Inground Pool Types

Inground pool is popular for homeowners who love swimming, enjoying the benefits of a pool in the yard. An inground pool is built directly into the ground as a permanent fixture, usually using concrete as the primary material for construction. Unlike above ground swimming pools, an inground pool is extremely difficult to remove should the need arise, as they are designed to be permanent structures in private or public spaces. The size, shape, and design of the inground pool varies depending on the builder’s desires, and while many pools designed for home use are small enough to fit in a back yard. The versatility of inground pool designs is simply incomparable. You can choose to have them in any design and shape.

Inground Pool With Handrails

Inground Pool With Handrails

There are 4 types of inground pools are available: fiberglass, vinyl, gunite and concrete pools. Each type has its own advantages. Fiberglass pools take the shortest time to complete, vinyl pools are the cheapest to build, and concrete pools offer the most flexibility and options. Fiberglass pools offer the timeliest option for building an inground pool and having it ready to use. They can be delivered to a house or building in one piece, so there must be access for a crane to lower the pool into its designated place. Positive features of fiberglass pools include stain resistance and algae prevention that make for minimal maintenance needs.

Vinyl Inground Pool With Fountain

Vinyl Inground Pool With Fountain

The most commonly used type of an inground pool is the vinyl-lined type. In this type, soil is dug out, a frame is constructed for the pool, and sand is placed at the bottom. Metal, wood or plastic walls are constructed, which are then lined with a vinyl liner. These pools are relatively cheaper, however, do not last long. The vinyl lining has to be replaced once in every ten years.
Backyard Fiberglass Inground Pool

Backyard Fiberglass Inground Pool

The creativity available in building concrete inground pools makes them the most popular option, even though they are the most expensive to build of the three styles. Concrete pools utilize quick-dry concrete to fill in the area that has been excavated for the pool. After work begins in filling in the area, it must be completed in short order, approximately 30 minutes. The base of the pool needs to conform to a prearranged design, but the stairs and entry areas of concrete pools can be decided on in a freehand manner. Maintenance of concrete pools can be costly because the concrete starts to crack and stain and might require a refinishing of the pool surface.

Gunite Inground Pool With Border

Gunite Inground Pool With Border

These pools are installed by creating a ‘steel reinforcing rod framework’ called ‘rebar rods’. This framework of steel rods is built within the space dug out for the pool. The framework is then sprayed with a heavy gunite (a mixture of cement & sand mixed with water) coating, smoothened and left for a week. After a week, plaster is added to give it a smooth finish. These pools can be designed as per requirement, and last longer than other types. This type is more convenient as compared to the concrete type, and has thus gained a lot of popularity.
Outdoor Gunite Inground Pool

Outdoor Gunite Inground Pool

No matter which type of inground pool a prospective builder decides upon, it must be equipped with a pump, filter, drains, returns, plastic piping and a chemical feeder. And also depending on one’s budget, space availability, time and convenience, one can choose the type of swimming pool to be installed.