ANTONIO-AUSTIN TEXAS CUSTOM IN GROUND POOLS
of pool is right for my family?
In ground Pools
In-ground pools typically come in three
varieties: concrete (with various finishes); vinyl-liner; and fiberglass.
In-ground pools are more expensive than
above-ground, but they are also a permanent home improvement. They add
aesthetic, as well as intrinsic, value to your home. And when it comes time to
sell your house, an inground pool is generally more appealing to potential
Ingrounds range from play pools with
depths of 3-to-5 feet to diving pools with deeper depths appropriate for the
divers in your family. Before you purchase an inground pool, you need to think
about how your family will use it. Do they like to play a lot of water sports?
Then maybe a play pool with sports set-ups is the answer. Do they like to swim
laps? Perhaps a rectangular design is best for you. Or do you have a combination
of swimmers and splashers? How about an L-shaped pool so everyone is happy?
Thinking about usage and then designing with those needs in mind is the key to
building a pool that your entire family will be happy with for years to come.
Okay, let's assume you've decided how your family will use the
pool and what your approximate budget is. Now, let's talk about your primary
options in an inground pool.
Fiberglass In ground Pools
A fiberglass pool is
factory-manufactured and then installed in one piece in your back yard when your
excavation is completed. Basically, a fiberglass pool resembles a giant bathtub.
are generally more expensive to purchase than concrete inground pools, but
can save you money over the life of the pool. This is because they typically
will require fewer chemicals than concrete pools. You also avoid future
replastering and liner replacement costs.
plaster finish, a fiberglass shell does not change the chemistry of the
water, so you often will use less acid. Because of the non-porous surface,
you don't need to brush the pool nearly as often as a plaster-finished
concrete pool. However, you typically do not need to brush a pebble-finish
concrete pool as often as a plaster-finish pool, so when discussing this
option with a dealer, be sure you are comparing apples to apples.
Once your yard has been excavated, the pool is delivered
in one piece and installed. Construction time is generally about two weeks.
What happens if
the earth moves? Fiberglass has a shock-absorbing ability that allows it to
flex up to 2 feet. However, there also are new concrete construction
techniques that allow concrete to flex. So, it's important to remember that
if you live in an earthquake-prone area, be sure to have your dealer explain
the features and benefits of fiberglass and concrete construction.
Concrete gunnite or shotcrete Inground Pools
Aconcrete 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;
gunnite 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
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.
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
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
Vinyl-Liner In ground Pools
Avinyl-liner pool is furnished to
the installer in kit form. After excavation, the panel walls are bolted or
fastened together and supported at the bottom by a concrete footing. The vinyl
liner is spread over the interior of the pool and covers the excavated floor and
paneled walls. It is connected to the top of the panel walls by a vinyl rib at
the outside edge of the liner. Be sure to ask your liners generally have to be
replaced in your area of the country. Construction time for vinyl-liner pools is
typically one to three weeks.
Vinyl-liner pools are popular in cold-weather areas of the country. These
pools can be easily winterized by draining them down and covering them until
The vinyl liner is
smooth and nonporous, making stain removal easy if stains are treated
Other Things To Think
Important laws regarding safety
must be considered before choosing your new pool. Specific regulations vary with
each community, so be sure you are clear about the letter of the law before
There are myriad other options and
accessories available to complete your backyard retreat. Once you've decided on
the pool type and style best suited to your needs, be sure to ask about the
cover can be a wonderful addition to your pool and/or spa area, and one of
their main benefits can be increased safety. Covers come in many varieties
and can extend the swimming season of your pool by several weeks by
retaining the solar heat that is generated each day. Also, if you live in a
highly wooded area, they can be used to keep leaves and other debris out of
your pool. Many covers come in automatic or manual versions.
Pool heaters come in
many shapes and sizes. In milder climes, you can enjoy year-round swimming
by adding a heater to your pool set-up.
There also are
many types of pool filters designed to meet the particular needs of your
pool. Your dealer or builder can help you choose the one right for you.
Cleaners and Water Levelers:
From automatic inground cleaning systems that you just "set and forget" to
jazzy, high-tech pool vacs that literally climb your pool walls, there are a
variety of systems available to help you keep your pool sparkling clean. If
you're the type who likes to splash and dash, you'll certainly be interested
in learning more about automatic water levelers that keep the water level in
your pool at just the right setting.
Swimming pool Landscape And
Always wanted a Swimming Pool
oasis-like lagoon in your back yard? Or perhaps an elegant, serene setting is
more to your liking. The use of water features and other design enhancements is
a perfect way to integrate your pool into your overall design concept.
Water features run the gamut from
simple fountains that provide a relaxing environment to intimate, cave-like
waterfalls. Rolled bond beam is an oh-so-cool, tuck-and-roll method of edging
that allows concrete to be ribboned around your pool to soften the perimeter and
give the pool a tropical effect. And for that "how'd they do that?" result,
sophisticated negative edges are a state-of-the-art way to incorporate the view
beyond the horizon right into your own back yard.
Finally, for a truly dramatic look,
fiber optic lighting can be installed using multi-hued color wheels. When the
neon-like lights are turned on, you're guaranteed to add drop-dead drama to the
nighttime look of your pool. And you can even integrate the lighting into your
landscape design for just that much more of a dazzling effect.
as you can see,
there are nearly as many choices and options for your pool as there are as
many types and styles. So take a deep breath and dive right in - you'll be glad
Questions to ask any
dealer or builder you visit
What's their percentage of on-time installations?
How do they resolve complaints?
Do they belong to your local Better Business Bureau or the National Spa and
Pool Institute? Have they had an excessive number of complaints lodged
against them? Have they satisfactorily resolved most of the complaints? (And
call the BBB to verify!)
What percentage of their work is done by in-house crews vs. sub-contractors?
How long have their crews been working for them?
What kind of crew turnover do they have?
What kind of financing options (if any) do they provide?
What kind of warranty do they provide and what does it cover?
And of course, ask for references.
When you are having a swimming designed
you usually are considering it being designed and built from the bottom up.
There are, however, many properties that have an old pool in them, or maybe one
was started and not finished, or even worse, neglected and a bit of an eyesore.
Designer Properties can handle all
types of Pool Refurbishments and make sure that you are left with a pool you are
proud of, want to use, and will increase the value of your property.
Repairing and renovating old pools
is a regular source of work for our team and we understand the unique
requirements of this type of work. By using our years of experience we can
instantly understand the style, quality and build of an old pool.
A full array of pool
renovations & modernizations can include:
Design modifications to
shape, depth, and style
Custom tile, stone,
brick, and masonry
Slides, diving boards,
and exercise swim jets
Expert deck repairs &
waterfalls, fountains, and lighting
resilient color quartz finish
you are looking for more information about Swimming Pool Refurbishments then
please give us a call. We may need to arrange a visit to look at any projects
but will always Endeavour to give a price indication over the phone. You will
also not be charged for initial consultations or quotations and these come
We look forward to speaking with you.
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Introduction to San
One of Texas' most famous cities is the City of San Antonio-Austin. Located in the
south-central part of the state, San Antonio-Austin is Texas' second-largest city and
serves as an economic and cultural gateway to the American Southwest. The city
lies about 140 miles northwest of Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico and 150
miles northeast of the city of Laredo on the Mexican border. Several major
freeways service the city, including Interstates I-10, I-35, I-37, and I-410;
U.S. Routes 87, 90, and 281; and Texas State Highways 16 and 151.
Named for Saint Anthony of Padua, on whose feast day (June 13) a Spanish
expedition explored the area in 1691, the San Antonio-Austin River was the principal
tributary which spawned the founding of its namesake village in 1718. The site,
on the river's west bank, was initially a stopping place on the Texas wilderness
trail leading to French trading posts in Louisiana. By 1731 the town was known
as San Antonio-Austin de Béxar, which in 1773 became the capital of Spanish Texas.
During the Texas Revolution, San Antonio-Austin was the site of several battles,
including the battle of the Alamo in 1836, in which 189 defenders held the old
Alamo mission for 13 days against some 4,000 Mexican troops. Although the
defenders were ultimately killed, the memorable phrase "Remember the Alamo"
became forever known as the rallying cry of the Texas Revolution against Mexico.
After the Civil War, San Antonio-Austin prospered as a cattle industry hub and military
center serving the border region and the Southwest. During the twentieth
century, San Antonio-Austin became an important military center for the Army and Air
Force through both world wars; a distinction which it has retained to this day.
San Antonio-Austin is the current home of Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base,
Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis
located just outside the city limit