DIY Pools – Tips for my garden

Types: DIY in-ground pools made of sheet steel

Many companies offer DIY in-ground pool assembly kits in their catalogs and the solutions vary depending on the type and material chosen. The easiest in-ground pools to build are those made of sheet steel, coated with PVC. Sheet metal pools have the advantage of not requiring complex masonry work, apart from the digging, the construction of the slab and the retaining wall. The structure consists of a roll of sheet steel which will represent the perimeter of the tank on which the liner cover will be placed. In addition, the advantage of not requiring costly periodic maintenance must be evaluated. Although it is the most requested solution due to its cost and ease of implementation,

One-piece fiberglass DIY in-ground pools

This type of self-assembly pool consists of a one-piece fiberglass structure ready to be placed inside the excavation, complete with lights, vents and everything necessary for operation. The advantage of this type of swimming pool is the possibility of having a structure ready for use in a short time at a limited cost, without having to carry out demanding construction work. But fiberglass has critical problems that make it undesirable because as it absorbs water, the surface of the material swells and cracks, and quickly degrades. Another limitation is represented by the difficult movement of the tank which is often done with helicopters or exceptional transports, as well as the choice of very stable floors because the glass cracks easily.

DIY swimming pools made of concrete and steel panels

Concrete pools represent a very expensive solution because, being entirely made with reinforcements, construction is laborious. But the advantages that make it one of the most used options are its robustness and its customization. Indeed, it is able to adapt to all needs in terms of design and robustness. Disadvantages, in addition to low cost, include heat loss, ongoing maintenance required, and long construction periods. Another possibility that finds an agreement between robustness and simplicity of construction are prefabricated steel pools. The structure is made of prefabricated steel panels and can be adapted to any shape, maintaining its strength and solidity.

Building a DIY swimming pool is a long job that requires time and skill. Also for plumbing work, if you are not competent, it is always better to contact a professional. Each assembly kit contains the tools for cleaning and maintenance of the pool, such as skimmers, nozzles and group of filters, as well as the accessories and the supporting structure of the construction, excluding the materials of coating. The costs vary according to the models and the size chosen and range from a minimum of 2,500 euros for sheet metal pools to a maximum of 7,000 for concrete ones. The total price of all DIY work would be around 15/20 thousand euros, compared to the minimum of 30 thousand that a professional might demand.

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