What type of swimming pool should I build? Sprayed Concrete Pool review

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What kind of in-ground pool should I get?

One of the first decisions you need to make when you are thinking about getting a swimming pool. 

What kind of pool constructions are there? And what one is best for you?

Swimming pool construction can be a big investment, both in terms of time and money, so you want to make sure that you are completely happy with your completed pool. 
The way you build your pool can impact the cost; design; maintenance and installation time. 
To make the right decision you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of each different pool construction. To make the right decision for you.
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What are the options for in-ground swimming pools?

Over this series we are going to look at the three main types of in-ground pool construction. Please note, we have not compared above ground liner pools. 

There are three main types of pool construction:

One-piece Pool

Sprayed Concrete Pool

Liner Pool

This post will look at the advantages and disadvantages of the one-piece pool. Read the others here. 

What is a sprayed concrete pool?

in-ground spaThe sprayed concrete pool is also known as a gunite pool

It is an extremely strong pool construction and is built using reinforced steel rods to form the shape of the pool. This is then sprayed with concrete to form the base of the shell. This is then waterproofed using render. And finally tiles are usually applied to the surface to finish.

It is the ultimate in bespoke luxury and is traditionally what people think of when considering a pool construction. 

It’s common to see these types of pools in commercial properties such as hotels and gyms. Or in high-end pool installations in homes. 


Advantages Disadvantages
Can be any size The most expensive pool
100% customisation High maintenance
Very durable Long installation times
- Difficult to build

What are the advantages of sprayed concrete pool

Sprayed concrete pools are very popular, especially amongst high-end and commercial pool installations. It’s usually what people imagine when they first think of getting a pool.


#1 Concrete pools can be any size

swimming poolSprayed concrete pool are constructed on site. Steel rods are placed into the ground and the concrete is sprayed into these to create the strong structure. Therefore, a sprayed concrete pool can be built to any size. And any shape.

This is why they are common for commercial, olympic sized pools as there are almost no limitations to the size. 


#2 Concrete pools can be customised 100%

Again, as the sprayed concrete pool is built on site it can be moulded to any shape and any features can be incorporated into it. 

This give you endless opportunity and you can create a swimming pool to suit your style and the space that you have.  

However, we find that almost everyone goes with a fairly standard shape, so the chances are you can get the same look and effect with another type of pool construction.


#3 Concrete pools are very durable

Concrete pools are one of the most durable of all pool constructions. 

If built well, concrete pools are built to last a lifetime. 

If you don’t look after them, you may need to refurbish the tiles, which can be very pricey. But, the structure will last a lifetime.


What are the disadvantages of an in-ground sprayed concrete pool?

Sprayed concrete pools are what most people think of when they think about installing a swimming pool. As it’s usually what they will have seen.

However, that doesn’t mean that it is always the best option for you. 


#1 Concrete pools are expensive to build

All pool are expensive to build. But sprayed concrete are usually the most expensive to build.

This is due to the construction, time take and the tile finish which is usually incorporated into the design. 

You can expect to pay approx. £75,000-£150,000 for a sprayed concrete pool. However, depending on what size and design you go for this can be much higher. 


#2 Concrete pools require more maintenance

Concrete pools are usually finished with tiles. This makes the surface more porous than other pool constructions. And as such, there are more crevices for the growth of algae. 

This means that more maintenance and chemicals will be required to keep the pool algae and bacteria free. Additional sanitiser, algaecide and regular brushing of the walls will be necessary.

The calcium hardness of the water also needs to be monitored closely as the water will naturally source from the grout if that calcium levels are low. This will eventually cause the tiles to fall off the wall if not kept in check.

#3 Concrete pools have long installation times

Sprayed concrete pool take longer to install. After the concrete is sprayed, the pool needs to be rendered and stand tested. Once it is holding water it will be tiled.

The whole process can take 3-6 months However, it is not unusual for us to work with concrete pool customers for over 2 years from start to finish. 



#4 Concrete pools are difficult to build

Of all the pool types that we work with, concrete pools are the ones that we see the most problems with. 

Concrete pools usually require a lot of trades working together. And they have a lot of stages where things can go wrong. 

We’ve worked on our own pools from start to finish. And we’ve taken over from other pools part way through construction. And they without a doubt, have more issues than any other type of pool construction. 

It is for this reason, that we have decided to stop offering new build concrete pool and focus only on one piece and liner pools.


In summary

Concrete pools are typically what people think of when they think of building a swimming pool. 

And there are many great features of concrete pools that can make them a great choice for you. 

But, there are also a lot negatives associated with concrete pools. They are more expensive, require more maintenance, have long installation times and have more problems than any other pool construction type. 

For these reasons, we have decided to not to offer concrete pools any more and focus on liner and one piece pools.

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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