Garden swimming pool what pool to choose and how to take care of it

Sep 12, 2019 House

Garden swimming pool what pool to choose and how to take care of it

Until recently, few people could afford to have their own swimming pool in the garden. This was a rare luxury, and building permits were also required, not to mention demolition in the garden. The prospect of a construction site in the garden effectively discourages even the greatest supporters.
A few years ago, the expansion and rack-mounted swimming pools entered the market by storm. Intex and Bestway companies, which specialize in their production, began to launch larger and larger models. Currently, we can have a 132 cm high swimming pool in the garden with a capacity of 30,000 litres in about 2 hours. What are the characteristics of particular types of pools?
Expansion pools
These are the easiest to set up swimming pools. Their common feature is an inflatable collar, which prevents water from splashing and at the same time is a comfortable backrest. Swimming pools are made of three-layer PVC foil, reinforced with polyester mesh. They are filled with about 80% water. Due to the flange and general structure of the pool, the diameter of the water surface is about 20% smaller than the size at the base.
Setting time: 10-30 minutes
Maximum height: approx. 120 cm
Capacity: from about 2,000 l to about 17,000 l
Prices: from 119 to 1500 USD
Rack swimming pools
This type of swimming pool is suitable for people who care about a large swimming area. The pool is laid out on special tubular steel frames, which makes it more robust and resists more resistance than expansion pools. It is decomposed a little longer and requires a level, preferably hardened surface. The rack-mounted swimming pool is filled with about 90% water. It is made of three-layer PVC foil reinforced with mesh, and the interior of the pool usually imitates a mosaic of tiles.
Setting up time: 30-120 minutes
Maximum height: approx. 132 cm
Capacity: from approx. 1700 l to approx. 30000 l
Prices: from 229 to 3500 USD
Steel swimming pools
Less common, much less popular garden pools. They look very modern, the walls are entirely made of steel, protected against corrosion. They are more expensive than expander and rack-mounted pools of the same size, but very comfortable to use. They are more difficult to decompose. The pool is filled with 90% water. Some steel pools can be used all year round.
Setting up time: approx. 120 minutes
Maximum height: approx. 132 cm
Capacity: from approx. 8500 l to approx. 50000 l
Prices: from 1000 to 14000 USD
After purchasing a swimming pool, you should properly prepare the ground on which you will spread the pool. The surface should be flat and padded with a protective mat. Under larger swimming pools it is necessary to harden the ground properly. Styrofoam may be an alternative to the mat. How to prepare the subfloor?
Sand
One of the best and most comfortable options for subsoil under the pool is sand. However, to prepare the ground in this way requires work – it is necessary to select the ground to a depth of 25-40 centimetres. After levelling the terrain we fill the formed hole with fine sand. Remember to prepare a surface with a slightly larger area, so that after spreading the pool on each side there is an additional tens of centimetres left.
Paving stones
The cube also requires digging a hole to the right depth. Make sure it is well seated. It is best not to lay the pool on freshly laid ground – under the influence of weight the cube will “work” and there is a risk that sharp edges will damage the bottom.
Concrete
As with the previous options, this one also requires intervention and some effort. Concrete slab looks a bit worse than paving stones, but it is perfect for large swimming pools with prices starting from 1000 USD.
Styrofoam
This is a very economical solution – it is suitable for swimming pools with a capacity of 2000 to 15000 liters. The foil should be laid on a level, level ground, and then polystyrene foam with a thickness of about 10 cm should be placed on it. After the foamed polystyrene is laid, the top should be protected with a mat. The foamed polystyrene will also be an insulating layer against water cooling.
The mat
For small pools there is no need to harden the terrain – just a mat for the pool, which is usually included in the set. However, you should pay attention that the terrain is level and the substrate is cleaned of stones or other sharp elements. It is not advisable to lay the pool directly on the lawn. After folding, there will be bare soil left, which will not be a decoration of the garden. That is why many people decide to harden the area with paving stones.
How to take care of clean water?
A set with a swimming pool usually includes a pump and basic chemicals. The pump should be installed already when the pool is being disassembled. It is important to use chlorine after the pool is filled with water; otherwise within a few days algae and microorganisms will develop and it will be very difficult to restore freshness to the water. You should also check and adjust the pH of the water regularly. The key to success is a pump with the right water capacity. This should be selected according to the size of the pool. Pumping alone will have very little effect if there is no chlorine and a clean filter inside the pump.