Gunite Pool Construction ProcessSSPadmin2016-01-11T15:27:28+00:00
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Gunite Pool Construction Process
Building Your Dream
The first step to building your backyard dream is to schedule a consultation with one of our gifted, in-house designers. Our designer will assess the location based on your desires and discuss the various options available to you. There is no limitation on creativity – we can create any size, shape, or depth of pool or spa you can imagine although some options are dependent on the varying elevations or unique shape of your yard, and location of the pool or spa. After we fully understand your requirements and wishes, we deliver clear information on features and construction time. Should you decide to proceed with the pool building process, we will ask you for a plot plan of your residence so we can create and present you with a 3-D full-color design of the customized pool that your designer creates based on your input. This gives you an opportunity to see your ideas for the pool take shape, and gives you an opportunity to discuss options or make changes relative to value and costs. Your input is instrumental to making your pool truly unique – you are an active member of the design process. Our individualized approach to pool design and building insures we can bring your vision to reality with a pool that fits your needs, your property, your budget and enhances your lifestyle. Once you contract with EWP, we will obtain the necessary permits, have utility lines marked and begin building your dream.
Prior to any work being done, we paint the shape of your pool on the ground as a guide for the excavators. You approve the pool’s outline and position prior to the scheduling of the dig.
Our unique excavation specifications include vertically excavated walls and flat floors. This creates a safer, more enjoyable and spacious swimming pool compared to the industry norm. Our excavation crews are equipped with the newest trucks and equipment. This equipment, combined with our training and policies, results in crews that are able to leave your property free of damage, oil spills and any unprofessional mess.
Plumbing and Equipment
Your pool plumbing and equipment are the guts of your pool. Done correctly, a pool’s hydraulics will ensure years and years of trouble free enjoyment with minimal maintenance. Special features standard on our pool include dual main drains for safety, a high flow skimmer and looped returns for balanced water flow. The schedule 40 PVC piping will be buried below your excavated pool forms to ensure long-term integrity. Easy to operate, and labeled for simplicity. Water flow is increased by the size of the pump and by the diameter of the piping. We routinely bid against undersized systems that will not provide enough water for good pool circulation, spa action or water feature needs. Compare these features and you will get an idea of a pool company’s desire for long term customer satisfaction.
Steel rebar is placed throughout your pool on a steel grid pattern. The steel reinforces the tensile strength of your pool’s concrete shell. The vast majority of pool companies use standardized steel specifications driven with the belief that the least expensive is the best. Our steel specifications will be developed and engineered for your particular pool, in your particular soil and with the unique load and stress of your pool design. Our one-pool-at-a-time engineering generates steel plans that will have a grid patterns that are typically 10″ apart. Under boulders, near the patio or fences, and in other stress areas, we will place steel on 5″ grids. We have never had a structural failure due to too little steel. This includes hundreds of pools on hillsides and with features such as disappearing edges. We will not sacrifice long term durability and peace of mind to save a few dollars!
Standard Features include a full –sized pool light with remote control abilities. A control panel will be placed at the equipment for daily, effortless pool system control. Many optional lighting and spa control systems are available to meet your budget and needs.
Our pneumatically placed (shot in place with air pressure) shell is a minimum thickness of 6″. In coves and stress areas it is a minimum of 8″ thick. Our bond beam and other structural load areas will be 10″ minimum thickness. We never come back to the homeowner and charge for additional concrete known as overbreak. (This can add up to several hundred dollars with other pool companies.)
Masonry and Rock
Like all the initial phases of construction, our masonry and rock work are built and engineered with long-term durability in mind. Now we add a new criteria—-appearance. Our rock installers and masons are closer to artists than construction workers. You may have chosen our pool because of our design awards, customer service reputation or how our pools look. Now you will see why we shine above our competitors. It comes down to pride in what we do, the attention to detail and the artistry these crews put into their work. The bottom line is if it doesn’t look great, we will do it again until it does. This approach develops crews who do it right the first time!
Tile deck, spray deck, pea gravel decks, pavers, colored concrete — you dream and we can do it. The large horizontal covering we call a pool deck is the most visible part of your pool. A deck must be well built for durability, heat resistance and chip resistance. It must stay in place, withstanding the movement of the soils it is built on. The artistry of this stage must combine with many important construction issues. Frankly, our deck prices may be slightly higher than many of our competitors. But when you compare the thickness, the footings and the aesthetics, you will probably decide, as we have, that an extra few hundred dollars here is well-spent when it buys a lifetime of practical use and maintenance-free beauty.
Again, there are many choices here. Tile surfaces, pebble surfaces, stone surfaces, plaster and an array of colors and textures allow for the pool to be individualized for your décor and needs. These surfaces must resist a wide variety of chemicals, constant attacks from hard water scaling and the sun. Our project manager will discuss the features, benefits and costs. Whatever your choice, we pledge the highest quality in materials and workmanship.