A Step-by-Step Guide to the Pool Construction Process
When you’re having a pool built, it’s important to be involved in the process. Not only will this allow you to have a reasonable understanding of how long construction will take, but it also keeps a line of communication open so that you stay informed. Find a company that builds and installs pools in Atlanta that’s also willing to discuss each step of the process any questions you may have. After all, it’s your pool, and you should know what it takes.
Step 1: Digging the Pool
Once your swimming pool contractors in Atlanta receive approval from both you and the local authorities to begin construction, the workers will dig out the area for the pool. In most cases, companies prefer you to be available while this happens so they can discuss the pool and help resolve issues that may arise. It’s common for companies to have supplies delivered throughout the digging process.
Step 2: Building the Cage
After the hole is ready, pool installation continues with the construction of a large steel cage along the sides and bottom of the pool. This helps hold the building materials steady and provides added structure for the pool. At this stage, workers will also map out where specific pool features belong. Laying out the plumbing for suction, returns, and electrical elements also begins at this point.
Step 3: Pouring the Material
Depending on what material you chose, contractors will continue by spraying concrete or gunite over the metal skeleton with a high-pressure hose. Other workers will use shaping tools to outline the pool’s features. You can expect this step to take between two and three weeks to complete. Contractors may ask you to water the pool walls when they’re not around to ensure the material cures slowly and properly.
Step 4: Installing Plumbing and Electricity
Professional plumbers and electricians will trench and install the various components your pool needs. This includes basics such as chlorinators, filters, and pumps, as well as additional features such as heaters. Depending on the number of components being installed, the length of time it takes to complete this step varies.
Step 5: Tiling and Coping the Pool
At this stage, you’ll begin to see the unique elements of different swimming pool designs. Coping is the material that lines the walls of your pools. You may have chosen granite rocks, elaborate tiles, natural stone, or pre-cast concrete. Contractors lay the coping and waterline tiles onto cement and sand. Carefully leveling the materials is integral to a beautiful and elegant pool. This stage can take a while, especially for more elaborate or feature-rich designs. If you chose to have a deck or path installed, professionals will also begin construction on them.
Step 6: Setting Up the Pool Fence
One of the last steps is putting up the pool fence. Contractors must follow local building code guidelines, and local authorities may need to inspect it. While construction of the fence occurs relatively quickly, it can take officials several days to find time for an inspection.
Step 7: Finishing Up
Your pool is almost complete! All that’s left is the pebbling. This is a finish that’s similar to the building materials used before. Contractors spray it onto your pool’s surface and then level it with trowels and other tools. After it cures for 24 hours, workers will then acid wash the pebbling and fill your pool with water. Experts will also take the time as the pool fills to balance the water chemistry.
If you’re thinking of getting a swimming pool in Atlanta, contact Hilltop Pools and Spas with any questions about the process or visit our website for more information. Our swimming pools are among the best in Atlanta, and we ensure that you’re involved in every step of the construction process.
We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!
We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”