There are three basic types of inground pools you can install: vinyl, fiberglass, and the focus of this page, concrete.
What is a concrete pool? And how is it made?
As you’ve already surmised, a concrete pool is made from concrete, which is a mix of water, cement, sand, and stone or gravel. The pool builders dig a huge hole in whatever shape you choose. They then install steel bar cages (rebar) all along the bottom and around the edges. Concrete is then poured around the rebar. After it sets, it can be covered in a variety of finishes (e.g., gunite, tile, plaster).
Why would I want one?
Concrete pools are beautiful! And the sky's the limit when it comes to design. If you can dream it (and it does not defy physics), you can create it! Concrete pools provide endless customization and features. If properly maintained, concrete pools last for years and years. They are very durable. Another perk: they increase home resale value.
Why would I not want one?
It can take 3-6 months to install. Concrete is porous, which means it absorbs chemicals. The pool must be scrubbed and vacuumed regularly to keep algae from growing. Some finishes may affect the water’s pH levels. It needs to be resurfaced every several years and needs an acid rewashing every 10-15 years. And it scuffs up your feet.
What about the cost?
When comparing costs of different types of pools, it’s hard to pin down exact pricing because there are so many factors at play. A concrete pool costs more upfront to install than a vinyl pool (and about the same as a fiberglass pool), but usually requires less cost later on. If you’re local to New Braunfels and would like accurate pricing for your own backyard plans, give us a call and one of our swimming pool contractors would be happy to talk things over and answer any questions you have!