In the past, options were limited when it came to pool construction. Fiberglass and concrete were standard – and they still lead the market. However, innovations in production and materials have led to new and exciting alternatives. Now architects and designers are exploring everything from glass to aluminum! Check out our guide to today’s less traditional pool construction materials.
Tried and tested materials
Before we get onto the merits of more exotic materials, let’s take a moment to think about why concrete and fiberglass are so popular.
Concrete is still considered one of the best pool construction materials. It’s durable and adaptable: unlike fiberglass, concrete pools can be built to any shape or dimensions. Want steps or waterfalls? No problem. Concrete pools can also be lined with beautiful tiles for an attractive bespoke finish. The only issue is cost: a customized pool can take time to build and may prove expensive.
These one-piece, ready-made pools can be installed directly into the ground. It’s a far easier process than pouring concrete, which means it’s quicker and cheaper. Although there are many shapes and sizes available, customers are limited to what’s on the market.
New pool construction materials
Imagine diving into a stunning, see-through pool! Modern and sophisticated, the glass pool is undeniably cool. At the moment, you’re likely to find them in high-end developments – but interest is growing in the residential market too. Despite this, glass pools are still very new: if you plan to build a glass pool for a customer, you might need to hunt out a specialist who can offer expert advice.
Stainless steel is strong, durable, hygienic and light. If you wanted, you could place a steel pool on the first floor of a building. Steel is also resistant to corrosion and easy to maintain. Despite this, steel will eventually weather and deteriorate. On the plus side, stainless steel pools can be laser-cut to order and installed very quickly. This makes them ideal for places where construction must cause minimum disturbance.
Rust-resistant and even lighter than steel, aluminum is flexible and easy to transport. It’s better at handling the movement of water and becomes even stronger when exposed to cold. This makes it ideal for all kinds of outdoor pools. However, it’s generally more expensive than the stainless steel equivalent. The downsides? Aluminum pool walls are often riveted together. If they’re not sealed properly, this can cause big problems. Aluminum pools can also become pitted due to oxidation.
If you want natural and hard-wearing, stone is the perfect option. It can come in all colors, formats and sizes, from huge boulders to beautiful tiles and flagstones. That means it’s possible to create a wide range of effects – from a dramatic rockpool to an elegant outdoor space. Sculpting stone is a skilled job, so you’ll need to hire professionals. With a beach-style entry or waterfall, the finished result can be simply stunning.
Most ceramic pools aren’t actually 100% ceramic. They’re actually a composite – over half of which is silica. This ceramic core is said to bring greater strength and water-proofing qualities. Ceramic pools are sold as one-piece shells just like fiberglass pools.
Choosing the right materials can make all the difference. It should also be considered as a very important part of the overall pool design. It’s worth taking time to consider all the options!
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