In Ground Pools
Rectangle pools offer the most functionality for the most affordable price. They can be either patio pools (3′-5′ in depth) or diving pools (8′ plus depth), lap pools or sport pools.
Roman & Patrician PoolsProvide the functionality of a rectangle with a classical design element. They are most often diving pools, but can have any bottom, depth and graduation you choose.
All of our pools are custom built to not just meet, but exceed your expectations. We can build an affordable rectangle or create a custom backyard getaway complete with a one of a kind pool, cooking area, fire pit and/or pool house. We can even landscape your yard, add fencing or a retaining wall to fit your family’s needs. We are an Association of Pool and Spa Professionals member and all our pools meet or exceed APSP safety standards for construction.
We build custom vinyl pools as well as gunite and fiberglass. Each type has unique characteristics. Vinyl pools are the most common in this area because they are well suited for our Midwest changing weather conditions. Their construction is more flexible than rigid gunite or fiberglass pools and they move with the freeze-thaw cycles without damage.
Vinyl lined pools have three basic parts that help make them flexible. The walls are constructed of stainless steel that is warranted for life. They are stabilized by a donut of concrete 6″ thick and 24″ wide that secures the a-braces and footing. The top of the wall is stabilized by the concrete decking. The second part is the floor bottom material. It consists of a mixture of concrete and vermiculite that is hand troweled to a smooth finish. Its consistency when dry is like a bar of soap, firm yet flexible so that it holds the shape of the bottom of the pool without being abrasive to the liner. The third part of the pool is the liner. Liners are 20 mil thick and are strong enough to last for 10 to 15 years. They come in a variety of colors and designs so you can achieve a custom look suited for your home and landscape needs.
Advantages of building vinyl-lined pools:
- Best design for our weather conditions
- Quality control monitored because no sub contractors used
- Little or no maintenance needed over lifetime of pool
- Easy and inexpensive to repair or patch
- Easiest to clean
- Comfortable and easy on your feet
- Liner replacement is more economical than gunite upkeep and repairs over the lifespan of the pool
- More choices of colors and design
- Less expensive to install than gunite pools
- Many custom designs available due to straight and radius panels
- No wait-time for sub contractors …continuous work progress to a short three week span for clients from excavation to raking out topsoil (weather permitting)
Disadvantages of building a vinyl-lined pool:
- Ceramic tile not available
- Fewer design options than gunite due to some limitations in panel shapes
- More difficult to add rock outcroppings and special natural features
- Sharp objects can puncture
- Vinyl liner can be damaged with acidic water chemistry or over chlorination
Gunite pools are not flexible like vinyl pools. They are a unibody or single poured unit of concrete over a pre -constructed grid of rebar that has been tied together to create a strong foundation. Water passes through this structure so it is necessary to seal the gunite or concrete shell with a material that holds water so the pool will not leak. Highly skilled teams of workers are used to trowel on a plaster mix that will be smooth and hold water. A water tight tile is then added at the waterline.
Advantages of building a concrete-unibody pool:
- Variety of unique shapes
- Ceramic tile has its own beauty
- Water features and decorative rocks can easily be added or integrated into the design
- Ideal for southern and northern states where temperatures do not vary as much and thus create a freeze and thaw issue
- Very durable, the longest lasting when appropriate measures are taken
Disadvantages of a unibody pool:
- It is not flexible and therefore subject to cracking and damage with freeze-thaw cycles and the movement of the earth
- Plaster surface can be damaged with acidic water chemistry or low water hardness
- Prone to staining and more difficult to clean
- It may require maintenance such as replastering, sandblasting, painting, repair of tile that comes loose, plaster stains and etches easily, poor construction technique can cause plaster to flake off or rust spots to bleed through from rebar, and other problems that occur from plaster’s performance being unpredictable
- More expensive to repair and maintain than vinyl lined pools
Difficult to find qualified personnel to repair and maintain
- Cost of building is labor intensive and more expensive
- Wait-time for family is longer than for vinyl installations due to sub contractor teams used for specialized skills. Family often must wait for periods of time for specialized crews to arrive and begin work.
These notations are the opinions of Blue Water Pools and may not be shared by other contractors in our industry or area. Our opinions stem from 20 years of experience, in maintenance, construction and renovation of both gunite and vinyl lined pools.