Common Types of Above and In-Ground Swimming Pools

Swimming pools come in many different shapes and sizes. They are built using different materials and construction techniques. There are several types of swimming pools but what’s the difference between them? To get a better understanding about this subject, let’s take a closer look at the most common types of swimming pools.
Above Ground Swimming Pools
Above-ground pools sit on top of the ground and are usually the most cost effective option for a swimming pool. Many times they are sold in prefabricated kits, which anyone can install. You just set up a perimeter track to support the pool walls, which are made of metal, plastic, or wood. Then spread sand in the pool area. The liner is then secured over the pool walls. Above-ground pools are not permanent, and aren’t durable. Some people feel that this type of swimming pool is generally less attractive than other types of pools.
Fiberglass Swimming Pools
Fiberglass pools are in-ground swimming pools that are made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic. They are prefabricated basins that are professionally installed by installers. A hole is dug in the shape of the fiberglass shell and the pool is lowered into the hole. The plumbing is added and filler sand is added to fill the hole and secure the pool. Fiberglass pools are installed faster than any other type of pool, but are limited in its size and shape
Vinyl Lined Swimming Pools
Vinyl lined pools are in-ground pools that are structurally similar to above-ground pools. A hole is dug in the ground and a frame is assembled. The frame can be made of metal, plastic, or wood. Sand is spread in the pool area and the plumbing is fitted. The frame is then covered with vinyl. Vinyl lined pools are more cost effective in terms of construction costs, but are less durable than other in-ground swimming pools. The liner typically needs to be changed once every 10 years.
Gunite Swimming Pools
Gunite pools are in-ground pools that are a popular choice among pool owners. These pools are created using steel reinforcing rods called rebar. A framework of rebar is created and built within the pool site. The rebar is spaced evenly into a grid and secured using wire. Gunite, a mixture of cement and sand, is then sprayed over the rebar grid. It is then smoothed and a finish is applied. It can be finished with plaster, tile, fiberglass, and concrete paint. Gunite pools are very durable and can be made in any custom shape or size.
Concrete Swimming Pools
Concrete pools are another in-ground pool. Unlike the other types of pools the concrete swimming pool is the hardest to install. A wooden form is built and the concrete is then poured into the form. When the concrete has dried it can then be painted. These pools are very durable. Concrete pools are no longer as popular due to the fact that gunite pools are easier to install and more cost effective.
All these swimming pools would be a great choice for any home owner. Knowing the differences between each type of swimming pool can help you decide which one is right for your home. Looking for a metal frame pool? Check out our large selection HERE!