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Swimming Pools


Are you thinking of putting in a pool? If your pool is part of a new build or renovation project,  the first question to ask yourself is when does the pool need to go in? Before, during or after construction?

  • Will access be blocked once construction is completed
  • Is the pool attached to the house

If your house will not block the installation of the pool then I suggest you put it in later as all pools must be fenced or boarded over during house construction, as they can be a safety risk even with a small amount of water in them.

Which pool?

There are a number of choices when putting in a new pool

  • Concrete pool
  • Fibreglass pool
  • Refurbished fibreglass
  • Vinyl Liner (above or below ground) pool

Concrete Pool   

Concrete pools are custom built on site. They can be built to any size, shape or depth. They are the only pool which can have an infinity edge

  • Formed in any shape you desire
  • Customised finishes available
  • More expensive than fibreglass
  • Long lasting, easy to renovate when required
  • Colder if not heated (but retains heat longer)
  • Can be finished with paint or tiles
  • Maintenance normally required over pool lifespan
  • Access required for construction, but no crane required
  • Longer to build
  • Difficult/sloping blocks are fine
  • Infinity edges possible
  • Edging (coping) must be installed
  • Porous internal finish will use more chemicals

Fibreglass Pool  

FIND A SUPPLIER

Fibreglass pools are manufactured in a factory and transported to site. 

  • Set shapes
  • Set range of colours
  • Cheaper than concrete
  • Check manufacturer's expected pool lifespan
  • Low maintenance
  • Faster to install
  • Crane access required
  • Warmer (but loses heat faster)
  • Gel coat finish is algae resistant and reduced the level of chamicals required.

Refurbished fibregalss pools are also available. This is a great option if your budget is a bit tight.

Above Ground Pools    

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  • If partially below ground pool needs to be combined with decking and supports not ‘buried’
  • Usually shallow
  • Liner is soft reducing scrapes and injuries
  • Liner can be algea resistant
  • Limited lifespan on surrond and liner (check manufacturer warranty)
  • Liner can be replaced when worn out
  • Quick to install
  • Least expensive pool option

Concrete with a Liner

There are also below ground concrete pools with vinyl liners. These are an upmarket pool option. The concrete pool is built then the inside is measured using a laser, the custom made vinyl liner is then installed in the pool. These liners have a lifespan of up to 15 years. The pool will use less chemicals as the liner is algae resistant and the pool will have that lovely smooth finish underfoot- its the best of both worlds.

 

No matter when you plan to put in your pool, let your builder/project manager know. Pool fencing and safety laws vary widely from council to council. Some councils have rules as to how close your pool can be to the boundary. You also need to check there are no easements on your property. These issues may impact the position and size of pool you can install. If you tell your builder to make your house ‘pool ready’ then you can incorporate 3 phase power, power run, door self closers and window locks in your building contract rather than incurring additional costs later when you put the pool in. Have your pool contractor liaise with the builder so everyone’s on the same page and you don’t have to compromise later.

Heating and Covers

Don't forget your pool heating and pool blanket. In WA solar heating is a great option, though the up front cost is a bit higher your running costs are much lower. Solar tube (which goes on the roof) for heating is available in a range of colours to match your tile or tin, obviously darker colours are more effective.

Don't forget to purchase some sort of pool blanket as well, it will

  • Reduce evaporation
  • Maintain temperature from heating
  • Add heat on sunny days
  • Reduce Chemical evaporation
  • It will also reduce the time you spend cleaning the pool too.

Automated Fitted Pool covers are also available. These are top of the line and will provide a safety barrier as well when closed. (Standard pool fencing and gates are still required) Quick and easy to use the covers are electronically controlled and are exceedingly effective in stopping evaporation and heat loss. Some even heat the pool so well you may not need additional heating. Speak to your pool contractor as to who they recommend.

Council Regulations...see what the Building Commission has to say

Helpful Hints

Additional costs you may need/want to allow for:

  • Council application
  • Excavation/ retaining
  • Fencing and self closing gates
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • Cleaning apparatus/ skimmer, auto pool cleaner
  • Chemicals
  • Pool cover (50% Govt rebate no longer available)
  • Swim jet
  • Solar heating
  • 3 phase power
  • Smart Power / off peak power metre
  • Water feature
  • Sealing surrounding paving to avoid chemical damage

Good luck and enjoy your new pool! The eHomeBuilder Team.