Before you call a contractor to dig a pit and pour concrete for an in-ground pool, you want to ensure you know everything involved in the process and are ready for the installation. This will ensure you've budgeted properly for everything needed for your new pool and know what to expect during the installation, and once it's ready for use. Note a few questions to consider if you're thinking of having a concrete pool installed on your property.
1. What type of safety barrier is needed?
This is important because you may be required to put up a safety barrier or fencing around your property, and there may be local regulations about whether or not it locks, its height, and so on. There may also be requirements when it comes to the spacing between bars for a wrought iron fence, and the like. Be sure you understand these requirements and are ready to have the right fencing or barrier installed according to your yard and local laws, rather than assuming that your current chain link fence or wiring fence will be sufficient to work as a pool safety barrier.
2. How can a concrete pool be more comfortable against the skin?
If you don't like the idea of scratchy concrete under your feet when you're in the pool, talk to your contractor about adding an aggregate. This is a type of additive that is mixed with concrete and that makes the surface bumpier. The aggregate can be made of a soft, safe glass or smooth pebbles so that those bumps are actually more comfortable under your feet than standard concrete. This aggregate can also be added to the concrete around the pool so there is less risk of sliding around on the wet surface.
3. How is a concrete pool maintained?
Don't assume that a concrete pool is going to last forever without some type of maintenance; concrete can develop cracks and other damage due to pressure on the outside and just due to age. You may need to put a sealer on the concrete every few years to protect it and keep it from damage. If you have an aggregate added or have the concrete painted, you may need to have a special sealant added that won't interfere with those additives or the color of the paint. Be sure you discuss this with your contractor before the pool is installed so you know how to maintain it and keep it in good condition over the years.