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Your New Pool – The Best 4 Types

fiberglass new pool

A fiberglass pool that is ideal for any smaller property.

A New Pool – Decisions Decisions…
Making the Right Choice 

Having taken the plunge and decided to build a new pool, it is important to know what you want. Below we refer to 4 types that you might like to consider. Pools come in a huge selection of sizes, shapes and finishes, and you will do yourself a favor if you do some serious homework before you sign the contract.

Hand-packed concrete, gunite, fiberglass and vinyl-lined?

Reputable swimming pool builders – particularly those that belong to a National Spa & Pool Institute (US, Canada, South Africa) – can offer you a range of options including hand-packed concrete, gunite, fiberglass and vinyl-lined pools.

new pool built with concrete
Fiber-lined reinforced concrete. The combination of a blue poolcoat inside and white poolcoat to the rim flow, was chosen to complement the house on this property.

Your decision will depend on numerous factors including the site you have chosen (which may be the only site you can use); the finish you want; and price.

The best advice is to shop around and ask for references. If possible visit completed pools.
The NSPI in South Africa categorizes pools for its awards competition according to construction method. Gunite, handpacked concrete and concrete pools in general are in one category; and fiberglass and vinyl in another. Size and surround further separates categories.

Fifty years ago most pools were built using shuttering and concrete. Then gunite – which uses a strong sand/cement mixture – was invented in the US and the industry boomed.

Mosaic tiled new pool
A stunning indoor swimming pool finished with 100 mm x 100 mm navy blue mosaic tiles. The pool itself was built using the gunite construction method and the design incorporates a simple but sophisticated looking flushdeck.

New Pool with Gunite

Gunite pools are still very popular in South Africa, and hand-packed concrete is becoming more widely used in certain areas due to the high specification of concrete design by ready-mixed suppliers who can guarantee a 30–35 Mpa.

Fiberglass for your New Pool

Fiberglass pools are molded in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can be supplied in various colors as well. Vinyl-lined pools are the cheapest option, but be sure you buy these from a reputable manufacturer.

Finish of concrete and gunite pools

Finish of concrete and gunite pools is another mine field. There are various plasters which may be used, including the traditional marble plaster. Make sure your builder is using a product manufactured by an NSPI member.
If you don’t want a plastered pool shell, a mosaic or tile finish is another option, and in certain areas chip tile is popular.

Chip tile pool
Chip tile is an interesting and effective, but labour intensive option. It is important that tiles are spaced and laid correctly for the best aesthetic effect. Various colors are available, depending on the visual effect you want to achieve.

Chip-tile Coating for New Pool

In the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, chip-tile pools were introduced as an alternative to marble plaster in the late 1960s. While relatively few pools are finished this way elsewhere in South Africa, they have remained ‘the norm rather than the exception’ in that part of the world.

An advantage of chip-tile pools is that they don’t stain, form hairline cracks or ‘go rough’, as is experienced with some other surfaces. However, the process of finishing a pool using this method does require intensive labour and there are skills required to do it properly.

Of course there are always pros and cons, and it is up to you to ask the right questions and to demand satisfactory answers.

If You Choose Not To Go With The Options Above Then There Is The Highly Rated And Popular Above Ground Pool, Here Are a Few.

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