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Restoring an Old Swimming Pool

Last year, I purchased a wonderful property which was located in an old town just south of Sydney. The property had been constructed in the 1920s and still looked absolutely wonderful. However, the pool had not been used for many years and it was in a very bad condition. The concrete was cracked and chipped, and weeds had grown up and pressed through the cracks in the pool surface. I called in a pool contractor who assessed the condition of the pool and then carried out renovation work. I am really pleased with the work and I learnt lots of cool things about looking after my pool.

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Answering Some Common Questions About Concrete Pools

A concrete pool is a great choice for any property, as concrete is very durable and requires few repairs over the years; concrete can also be poured in any shape or size, so you can work your new pool around obstacles and obstructions in the yard with relative ease. If you're thinking of having a concrete pool poured in your yard, note a few questions you might have about this type of pool and material, and this can ensure you make the right choice for your property.

Is the surface rough underfoot?

An unfinished concrete pool might be rough underfoot, but note that you don't need to have concrete poured and then leave it uncovered. This material can be covered with a variety of other coatings to create a softer surface, and a better appearance. This might include decorative pebbles or gravel, tiles, quartz, and many similar materials. Note, however, that you don't necessarily want a completely smooth surface to your home's pool, as this can mean slipping and sliding while in the water; otherwise, any of these decorative materials will make the pool more attractive and more comfortable.

Will an in-ground concrete pool interfere with landscaping roots?

As said, a concrete pool can be poured in any shape, so you can work the pool around the roots of any trees on the property, and also keep the pool away from a garage, shed, septic tank, or other such structure. This will reduce the risk of damage to these structures if the concrete pool should develop leaks.

Before your pool is built, a contractor will usually want to take a full inventory of your property and check for underground wires, pipes, and other such items, and also note the location of larger landscaping features, the property's fence, and so on, and then work with you to create a pool size and shape that would fit the property.

What about the edge of the pool?

The surrounding edge of a pool is called coping, and this area doesn't need to be made of exposed concrete. You can have this area tiled to match the pool bottom, or even have wood decking installed right up to the edge of the pool. The entire concrete surface can also be painted or stained to look like stone or another material, although you might be careful about one solid colour for both the coping and the pool surface, as you want to ensure you can easily see the edge of the pool when walking or lounging poolside.

If you'd like more information about pouring a concrete pool, contact pool builders in your area.