Pool Tips & Advice
Q Do I need planning permission for a swimming pool?
A As a general rule planning permission is not required for outdoor swimming pools unless the property is "listed". Indoor pools however will require planning consent in most cases but not all. We would advise contacting us for advice or consulting your local planning office.
Q What type of pool should I have?
A There are three main types of swimming pool which are categorised as Concrete, Liner and One piece pools. The differences between these pools are their method of construction and water retention. Liner Pools are quicker to build and offer cost savings when compared to concrete pools. Constructed from concrete blocks, these are then rendered in preparation for the vinyl lining.
Concrete Pools are at the luxury end of the market and are constructed by spraying concrete onto steel mesh at high pressure more commonly known as the gunite method. This form of construction allows much more flexibility when deciding the design and shape of your pool. The pool can then be finished with tiles or pacelite to your specification.
One Piece Pools are considered the quickest of all pools to install. They are less labour intensive as the construction of the pool structure and installation of the pool finishes has already been carried out in the factory. All that is usually required is for us to prepare the excavation and put the pool in. It is possible for this to all be carried out in 10 days!
Q What type of pools do we design and install?
A We are specialist designers and installers of sprayed reinforced concrete luxury swimming pools with tiled finishes. A large proportion of our outdoor installation work covers vinyl liner pool construction and are one piece pools.
Q What size pool should I have and how deep?
A A typical residential pool will be 12’ – 20’ wide and 24’ – 40’ long. The depths of the pool vary depending on the location, budget and intended use but usually 3’ at the shallow end, extending to 6’ at the deep end. However many of our recent pools are built with a level depth of 4’.
Q How much does it cost to build a swimming pool?
A As every pool is different and designed specifically for a particular customer it is very difficult to provide a price list. Our initial consultation is free where we discuss your requirements and method construction, and calculate a quotation after working out the basics of the project. That quotation is yours to consider and adjust or modify as required and approve if you feel comfortable with it.
Q I have been told that swimming pools take a lot of effort to maintain is this true?
A In a word no, as with all mechanical equipment some maintenance will always be required and this should take 1 – 2 hours per week for the average size family swimming pool. This will usually consist of water testing, cleaning and the addition of chemicals. If however you would prefer us to maintain your pool this can be catered for under our maintenance and service contracts.
Q We are on a water meter and want to know what it will cost to fill and top the water up.
A Once the pool is full, it will only need topping up periodically. Water will be lost through evaporation backwashing and general use. The pool will not require emptying unless the liner needs to be changed or tiles re-grouted. Even then with the largest pool, the cost of filling it is a fraction to the overall cost of the pool.
Q How much will it cost me to run a pool and heat it?
A Chemical maintenance if carried out correctly will prevent the water from turning green or cloudy and protect the pool equipment. Swimming pool covers are an essential piece of equipment preventing debris getting into the pool, but they also retain pool heat and some actually transfer the suns energy into the pool water. Using a gas or oil boiler to heat your pool can often be less than you might think. With the advent of higher fuel prices heat pumps are considered to by very cost efficient in the long run with minimal maintenance.