If you are looking into buying a swimming pool than you should consider what type of swimming pool you would like. Swimming pools come in all different shapes and sizes as well as in a variety of different materials.
Above Ground Pools
Above ground pools are the single most affordable type of swimming pool on the planet. These pools are generally constructed of a thin plastic that can be easily constructed and deconstructed. Above ground pools are also generally the most suitable for the average person because they can be taken down or set up at will and put away in the months of winter when they will not be used. However; due to the fact that they are often made with thin and cheap materials. Above ground pools are the least durable type of swimming pool.
Blow Up Pools
Blog up pools are the most common type of above ground pool. They are constructed of a thin polyurethane plastic and can be set up by the insertion of air into a tube inside of the pool. Blow up pools come in a variety of sizes, from very small ‘kid’ pools to larger pools that accommodate adults.
This type of pool is also suitable for almost anyone because they can easily be set up by amateurs. A constructed pool will generally require a frame to be bolted together and a large piece of waterproof plastic to be spread over the frame. In many cases the plastic should be filled with air but this does not hold true for all pools.
Below Ground Pools
Below ground pools are more popular for use in very large yards, indoors, on commercial sites such as hotels and water parks and by government for public benefit. In most cases, the only difference between below ground pools is the size and the method of construction.
Vinyl Lined Ground Pool
Vinyl lined ground pools are constructed by digging a pit, building a frame and lining the frame with a waterproof vinyl plastic. This is the cheapest and easiest underground pool to build. It can also be put into use more quickly than any other type of underground pool which makes it optimal for short term pool usage (such as a pool being set up for an event). On the other hand, vinyl lined pools are not as durable as other types of underground pools.
Cement Lined Pool
This was at one point the most popular type of underground pool. The pool is built in a pit that has been dug in the ground. A mold is built to hold the cement which is then allowed to dry before the frame is removed. A protective and smooth waterproof layer is added to the cement and it is filled with water. This type of pool is very expensive and can take several weeks to be usable, however; it is very durable and will likely never require repair.
Gunite pools are currently the most popular type of underground pool available. They are durable, easier to set up than a cement pool and generally slightly cheaper than their cement counterparts. The pool is built in a pit that has been lined with metal mesh (usually rebar) and sprayed with gunite and cement. The mixture is allowed to dry, coated with a protective waterproof layer and filled with water.
When choosing which type of pool you need, there are a few things you should consider. First, your budget; many pools can cost a lot of money. Two, how much will the pool be used? If you are just going to use it a few times a year, a simple plastic pool is probably the thing for you. However; if you are practicing for swimming in the Olympics, you might want to consider getting a bigger, more expensive pool, or even endless swimming pools, which are the swimming pool equivalent of a treadmill.
Even in the UK swimming pools are increasing in popularity, maybe one of the pools above will take your fancy!
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