Pool construction is a highly professional and meticulous process. If not done well according to specifications and laid-down jurisdictional procedures, one can run into several problems. If you are living in Miami Florida and you wish to construct a swimming pool in the near future, this information is for you. In this article, you will learn about the core steps our pool builders in Miami undergo when constructing a pool.
Step 1: Project Design
This is perhaps the most important step in pool building. Many factors determine the design of the structure to be constructed. First is the customer’s budget and preferences. Depending on the money set aside for the project, a pool designer can recommend the size to be constructed. Other factors include the landscape of the area including adjacent structures and the terrain of the area. Design also depends on the jurisdictional requirements of the city and county. This step requires the services of a landscaper and an architect. This is also the process where layout plans are drawn.
Step 2: Seeking of Approvals and Permits
The second step is obtaining approval and permits for the project. Swimming pools use several utilities such as gas and electricity. This means formal permits must be obtained before such utilities can be hooked up. The professional contracted to carryout the construction seeks such permits and approvals. The owner or the general contractor may be required to obtain approvals such as for easement variances and poolside cabanas. In general, the structure to be constructed must comply with the local as well as state building codes, with that said our pool builders in Miami already have all the connections to get this done.
Step 3: The Excavation
After all the permits and approvals are obtained, digging of the pool area previously laid out commences. To make excavation easier, the process must be mechanized. Most commonly, contractors use skid-steer front-end loaders for their accuracy. Such machines are capable of precisely trimming back wall of the pool and providing additional maneuverability within the structure and around the site. Usually the pool is over-dug to allow space for pool shell construction. Not only does our pool expert in Miami have superior tools to our competitors, we also have the contractors with vast experience and knowledge to carry out the task in South Florida.
Step 4: Installation of The Braces And Walls
Also referred to as forming, this step involves placing of wooden forms up around the perimeter of the structure and any other sections of the pool projecting above the ground. These forming will later serve as the forms for concrete placement.
Step 5: Structural Steel
The step involves reinforcement of the pool shell with steel rebar, placed vertically and horizontally. Contractors usually use Grade 60 #3 steel rebars. Good construction practices for pools recommend placing of vertical and horizontal bars at 8 inches on the center to a height of 5 feet. In case the desired height of the pool exceeds 5-feet; horizontal-bars are placed at 6 inches.
Step 6: Plumbing and Electrical Installation
This step include placement of water pumps and pipes, special lighting lines and water features among others. Adding special features to the pool happens now but it is not the end. Some pool owners may realize later the need to have more of those special features. It is important at this time to let the contractor know if that would be the case. It is difficult to add more features once the pool is completed.
Step 7: Pool Floor and Gunite Application
The pool floor is filled with concrete with a compressive force of up to 4,000 pounds per square unit (4000psi). The floor concrete should be 6 inches in the minimum thickness. The walls of the pools are made of gunite (a mixture of cement and sand) applied via a hose with air under high pressure in order to obtain a compressive strength of 4000psi. The concrete shell is responsible for longevity of the pool, especially in Miami were there is year round heat from the sun.
Step 8: Backfilling and decking
Once the pool floor and shell are done, dirt is returned around the pool covering the braces, plumbing, and board beam and creating base for decking. Poring of the concrete deck then follows. There are many options when it comes to decking. Customers can choose from pavers, brick, stamped concrete and many more. A bracing system is installed to support the decking in order to keep it from cracking or shifting.
Step 9: Finishing
This last step involves clearing of the pool construction Miami site is , landscaping, lighting, patio furniture, fencing as well as other accessories. All the accessories and infrastructure are inspected and tested to see if they work well or there is a hitch. If all is well, then the pool is ready for use.
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