Deciding to build a pool at your home is a big undertaking. From size and style to design and maintenance, there are many things to consider. However, you can rest assured that you’ll have plenty of memories in store with your new backyard oasis.

Lucas is a licensed commercial and residential pool contractor. Working in the pool building industry for over 20 years and as a small business owner for more than 10 years, Lucas uses his expertise to build pools of the highest quality and to provide superior customer service to every client. No question or concern is too small for us. At Lucas Firmin Pools, we stake our reputation on each and every pool. Here is everything you need to know about building a residential pool. 

Our Residential Services include:

New Construction | Remodels and Total Pool Rehabilitation | Endless Swim Units |Fountains & Water Features

There are three main types of in-ground pools. A vinyl-lined pool uses a custom piece of vinyl that separates the water from the pool’s structure. Fiberglass pools are built from one single piece of fiberglass, known as a shell. There are also concrete or gunite pools that can be customized in design and offer durability. Each type of pool construction has its different benefits. Your pool builder should explain the different options you have for your pool.

Gunite is a solution made of sand, water, and cement. It is similar to traditional concrete; however, instead of being poured into frames, gunite is applied in layers by a special gun that sprays it. This type of application results in surfaces without seams, making the pool more durable.

Depending on the size of the pool and other design elements, it typically takes 8 to 12 weeks to complete the construction of a gunite swimming pool. For fiberglass pools, the average construction time is between two and four weeks. Vinyl liner pools take about two weeks to complete. Overall schedules can change based on landscaping, patio, and deck construction.

The overall cost of building a pool depends on many different factors. The most significant variables are the size and material of the pool you’d like to build. 

Other considerations like dirt hauling, land clearing, extended decking, electrical work, landscaping, taxes, and permit fees also contribute to the overall price tag of a new pool. 

A pump is like the heart of your pool. It powers the circulation system to keep water fresh, healthy, safe, and sparkling. Your pool builder should be able to recommend an energy-efficient pump that will be reliable and durable, keeping your pool operating for years.

If you have a small yard or simply want a pool that requires less maintenance, a cocktail pool is the perfect option. Simply put, cocktail pools are small pools that allow for a relaxing, elegant atmosphere. This type of pool can be designed and built to include all of the features of a traditionally sized pool, just with a smaller footprint.  

There are many different types of water features that can be incorporated into a residential pool. These elements can add to the aesthetics, comfort, and overall function of your pool. 

From sheet and rock waterfalls to pool deck jets, spillover spas, and tanning ledges, you can truly create a unique pool that meets all of your needs and wants.

Whether you have an older pool that is simply due for an update, bought a home with a pool that needs to be repaired and upgraded, or want to expand or contract the size of your pool, a residential pool builder can do all of these things. The remodeling begins by draining the pool. Depending on the size of your pool, this could take 6-12 hours. Once cleared of water, the chipping out process can begin. This is where the pool’s surface is chipped and primed. If you opt for tiling, it is also done after the chipping is completed. The surface application is performed next. This is the part of the process where a pebble and plaster mixture is pumped into the pool and then hand troweled. Once the surface is completed and dried, the pool can be refilled, followed by chemical treatment.

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