If you are considering adding an in-ground pool to your home, there are many different decisions that have to be made. What size do you want? What shape is best? Should it include features such as an infinity ledge, a slide, or an elaborate tile design?
One of the first decisions, however, is what sort of material your in-ground pools should be made out of. There are three that are the most common.
Perhaps the most popular is concrete. The benefit of using concrete is that it can be formed into any size or shape. Your builder will pump wet concrete through a hose and shoot it from a gun onto walls that have been erected using reinforced steel. The concrete is then given to cure before being plastered over, troweled smooth and painted any color you would like.
The drawback to concrete is the expense. Generally, it is the costliest option.
Vinyl is a second option. These types of in-ground pools are made from a flexible liner that comes in a single piece. It is then fitted into a hole in which a steel or aluminum frame has been constructed.
While vinyl pools come in many different shapes and sizes, they tend to be standard. So if you are looking for a customized in-ground pool, this may not be the option for you.
Vinyl also tends to be less durable than other types of building materials. They can be punctured by something sharp, which can lead to costly repairs.
A third alternative is fiberglass. These are in-ground pool shells that are molded in a factory then dropped into a hole using a crane. They are tougher than vinyl and very quick to install, often as little as three days.
Fiberglass also usually is the most affordable type of in-ground pool.