Like all constructions swimming pools will require work in their lifetime to keep them in perfect condition. This can be from an acid wash and re-grouting to retiling, installation of entrance steps into the pool. In addition to these aesthetic works, owners may experience problems such as leaks, cracks, staining of tiles, or problems with pipe work and plumbing.
On this swimming pool in Cumbre del Sol the clients needed to make it easier for a disabled member of their family to get in and out of the swimming pool. The original pool had stainless steel ladders that the family member could not use. We installed full width steps with two rows of dark blue tiles along the step edges for safety. We also installed a made to measure stainless steel handrail in the centre of the steps. As the pool had to be empty for these works the owners also opted to have a mosaic dolphin installed and then we re grouted the whole pool. We repaired the coronation where the ladders had been mounted and also installed a salt electrolysis system due to the owner’s sensitivity to chlorine. The end result is a swimming pool perfect for the owner’s requirements.
With this swimming pool in Denia the owner had serious problems with the tiles falling off the pool. Due to the amount of damage the only option was to complete a retile. This allowed the owner to choose the tile colours to their personal preference. We removed all the old tiles, smoothed out and prepared the pool walls and floor for the new tiles, applied two coats of waterproof material and then retiled and grouted the pool. Now the pool looks brand new and has revived the outdoor pool area for the owners to enjoy for many years to come.
This swimming pool in Javea is 40 years old. The pool was looking very tired but the construction was in good order. The original mosaics had delaminated and splintered making it very dangerous. The coronation had also began deteriorating so was in need of updating. The owner also opted for steps to be built rather than stainless steel ladders. We retiled the pool and restored the coronation.
The next stage is to tile the pool to the choice of the client. On this construction the client opted for a dark blue border and step edges to define the steps for entering the pool with a contrasting light blue tile for the rest of the pool.
The terracing around swimming pools is often not considered during the construction. We consider the terrace area an important part of the construction process as this is where you will be spending most of your time when using your pool. Due to the space constraints on this construction we finished the terracing direct to the pool edge to give the client more usable space for sunbathing and relaxing. There are many alternatives and we can advise you on different styles.
1. Which type of swimming pool will suit my needs?
Swimming pools are custom constructions and are built by pool contractors (Builders) with varying standards. All pools are not built the same way; they are not mass-produced in a factory under controlled conditions. With a swimming pool much of what you do not see will impact the cost of pool ownership. Infact the most important part of your pool construction you will never see. What type of pool do I want and what am I using it for. Is it for family recreation, entertaining guests, physical therapy, exercise or just personal recreation? Would I like to use it throughout the whole year or just in the summer months?
2. Asking plenty of questions.
Your builder will be able to explain in detail how your swimming pool will be constructed and its process from start to finish. The more you know and understand about swimming pool construction the better buyer you will ultimately be. This helps you and your pool contractor. Do your homework. Your resources are endless, so use them!
3. Get 2 or 3 estimates.
Get 2 or 3 estimates from reputable swimming pool companies, ask around then make your decision and go with it. Don’t go crazy with too many quotes it will only hamper you making the right decision in the end.
4. Not checking out the experience level, history, or background of a Contractor.
What makes them qualified to build swimming pools? Consider the saying, “If you think the cost of a Professional is expensive, wait until you hire an Amateur.”
5. Shopping based on price.
Usually if a deal seems too good to be true, it is! If you shop for price alone you are destined to be disappointed. Bottom line: you pretty much get what you pay for.
6. Shopping over the phone for a pool.
It is impossible and a waste of time. If someone can quote you over the phone keep clear it’s impossible! Ask them to come to your home to provide you with an estimate. Visiting a contractor’s place of business will tell you a lot about the type of business it is.
7. Your contract.
Make sure you understand what you are getting into. Make sure everything is in writing. The contract should protect you and the contractor. If you are not 100% sure don’t sign it!
8. Remember there is more to your pool than just aesthetics.
Flow rates, pipe size, pump and filter types, chemical management systems, and many other factors will make a difference in the enjoyment you get from your pool and its cleanliness and hygiene.
9. Am I restricted to shape and design?
Your restrictions are as limited as your imagination although most pools are rectangular or kidney shaped the shape of the pool is down to you, generally the prices for more elaborate swimming pools are only represented by the quantity of materials used. The most popular choice of pools constructed in Spain are “gunite” because it is highly durable and can be created into just about any shape.
10. Why “gunite”?
Gunite is a mixture of concrete and sand , this method is preferred as it exceedingly durable and pools made from gunite are designed to last. Adding to their versatility gunite swimming pools allow you to create an unlimited array of shapes and designs.