A swimming pool is, for many South Africans, an essential addition to their property. It can be costly, so it is vital to choose the right kind of pool for your budget and soil. A skillful and professional pool installation can significantly increase the value of your home.
Things to consider before contacting a pool contractor
Before contacting your local pool contractor, consider;
- The dimensions, terrain and lay out of your yard. This will determine the size and type of pool you install.
- Your swimming pool will probably be the focal point of your garden, so take the time to select a style that will compliment your house.
- Keep in mind that you need to steer clear of sewerage, water pipes and buried cables, before identifying your pool site.
- Check with your local municipality to adhere to any regulations or by-laws.
- Consider having your pool installed during the winter months. Swimming pool contractors are apt to be less busy. This will also mean that your pool and surrounds will be settled and ready by the time warmer weather approaches.
- Choose a reputable pool company. Make sure you understand their payment terms. An upfront deposit is usually required, with a percentage of the balance payable halfway through the installation and the remainder on successful completion.
- Ensure you know what your contract entails. Does the contractor handle the excavation, rubble removal and plumbing, for example? If needed, does he do any rock breaking? Is the price of coping and/or paving included?
What type of Pool to Install - Marbelite or Fibreglass
Additionally, you need to deliberate over what type of pool to install. Marbelite and Fiberglass are some of the more popular choices.
A lot of pools are built using hand-packed steel reinforced concrete or Gunite. (A mixture of sand and cement that is sprayed on.) This forms the structural shell of your pool.
Marbelite is a cement-based waterproofing plaster finish that is added over the concrete. Your other option is a fiberglass liner.
Alternatively, you could have a pre-molded fiberglass pool installed. This is a factory completed, ready-made pool shell that is transported to your property for installation.
The Marbelite vs Fiberglass installation challenge can only be solved by carefully evaluating the pros and cons of both and making a choice dependent on your personal circumstances. For example, restrictive access to your property might preclude you being able to even consider a Fiberglass shell.
Marbelite is more porous than Fiberglass, so your chemical cleaning costs will be higher. But, a Fiberglass installation is so much quicker. In clay soil a concrete pool will often crack as it cannot absorb movement, whereas the fiberglass can stretch.
On the other hand, you can have a Marbelite pool installed of any size, depth, design and colour. You can add slopes, mosaics, waterfalls and custom steps. With a pre-manufactured Fiberglass shell your choices are limited to what is available.
With smaller pool installations fiberglass pool shells are the more affordable option. Remember that travelling distance to and from your site will affect the pool installation price.
With concrete pool installations, there is a slight variation between the price of Marbelite and Fiberglass linings, with Fiberglass normally around 10% more costly.
Read more about Fiberglass pools.
There you have it, the choice is your.
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We do Fiberglass & Marbelite (Gunite) Pool Installations in the following areas:
Randburg, Northgate, Linden, Fairlands, Illovo, Greenside, Melrose, Sandhurst, Bryanston, Boskruin, Bromhof, Northcliff, Craighall Park, Rosebank, Parkhurts, Darrenwood, Olivedale, Rivonia, Krugersdorp, Roodepoort and the West Rand