The modern swimming pool is a marvel of engineering. The sheer number of innovations that needed to come together for the modern pool to become a reality is a bit staggering actually. Advances in chemistry, materials, fabrication, landscape engineering and more all helped contribute to the advent of the modern fiberglass inground pool. In this post our pool builders will take a look at those structural elements that make your pool possible as well as the more obvious components that you interact with directly and which make the pool accessible and enjoyable.
A Short Primer on Pool Structure from our Pool Builders
While most pools in Toronto vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer they share some common structural characteristics and it’s those elements that we’re going to take a look at here. Got your notebook ready? Let’s begin.
- The foundation: The foundation of an inground pool is typically composed of either sand or gravel. The foundation is important because it underpins the entire pool, keeping it from shifting this way or that or from settling in a way that could cause the walls to bulge or buckle. The foundation layer is placed into the excavation and will never be seen again.
- The body: The body of a fiberglass inground pool arrives on site in one piece. It’s hoisted over the excavated area by crane and carefully and meticulously lowered into place. Levelling the body is another key element in the long term stability of the pool. Typically our pool builders strive to have the pool levelled to ½” or less all around.
- Plumbing and filtration: The plumbing system is composed of 2 elements: the filter and the pump. The pump keeps the water moving and the filter removes dirt and debris from the water. Without the pump the pool would quickly become unswimmable and without the filter you’d be swimming in a pool full of floating leaves, dirt and dead insects.
- Entryways: The entryway can be anything from a gently sloping incline to a grand staircase, to a series of small terraces leading down toward the pool’s shallow end. The type of entryway you’ll have in your pool will depend on A) who will be using the pool and B) the style of the pool itself.
- The Ledge: The deck area of an inground pool is often called that tanning ledge since that is where people relax and get some sun before and after going for a swim. The ledge can be made of anything from slate to granite to marble to limestone, flagstone or interlocking pavers. It can also be wood.
- Overflow Perimeters: The overflow perimeter is a component of more recent pool designs like the infinity pool and the knife-edge pool. The overflow perimeter is a narrow slot the water spills into so it can be recycled. The overflow perimeter also keeps the deck dry even though it’s at the same level as the water.
- Depth: For pools that will cater mostly to kids pool builders recommend a depth of 4 to 5 feet. Same for a lap pool. If you have a diving board installed however the pool will need to be anywhere from 8 to 12 feet deep depending on the size and type of the board.
There are a number of components that make up the modern swimming pool. In this post we’ve only had space to look at a few. If you’d like more information on swimming pool construction call M.E. Contracting on 416-238-6700. We’re the Toronto area’s #1 pool builders and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.