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CONCRETE

 

photo of concrete poolGeorge Kazdin, president of Kazdin Pools Inc., Southampton, N.Y., renovated this 70,000 gallon pool in upstate N.Y.

A concrete pool is custom-built to your specifications by the pool-builder you choose. It is the most common type of in-ground pool, and the initial installation generally costs less than a fiberglass pool.   Concrete  pools are constructed in stages, including pool layout and excavation; steel installation; plumbing installation; equipment set; gunite or shotcrete application; tile and coping installation; and interior finish installation. Although they take longer than fiberglass pools to construct, they have the advantage of virtually unlimited shapes, sizes and designs. The construction time on a concrete pool is generally three to 12 weeks.

Points to Ponder:

Price:
The initial installation of a concrete pool is generally less than a fiberglass inground pool. So, if you want an in-ground, but the total up-front outlay is of concern to you, a concrete pool might best fit your needs.

Variety Of Finishes:
A variety of interior finishes is available, including plaster, paint or pebbles. These provide you with several options to best suit your budget and desired design.

Weather Resistant:
Some industry specialists believe that concrete pools are well-suited to parts of the country that have extremely high summer-time temperatures. Concrete also is perceived by some to function better in areas where the soil is very expansive.

Strength:
Both fiberglass and concrete are materials of great strength. Talk to your dealer or builder about the implications of your soil type and weather on both types of materials.


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