Keep Cool with a Pool

Types of in-ground pools common in the northeast

 1. Concrete (Gunite or Shotcrete) -

  • Construction: The most popular type and most versatile for design. Concrete is shot from a gun onto a steel frame then once cured it's coated with plaster, tile, textured aggregate or paint.
  • Time frame: 3-12 weeks
  • Durability: The most durable lasting over 50 years.

2. Vinyl-lined -

  • Construction: Usually rectangular in shape. A  flexible liner is formed to fit into the excavated hole and is attach to a steel or aluminum wall frame. Liners come in many colors and patterns.
  • Time frame: 1-3 weeks
  • Durability: Liner can be punctured by pets, toys or other sharp objects, but can be patched.

Cost and Pricing

Cost will vary widely depending on a number of factors:

  • Site work involved
  • Size and shape of the pool
  • Time of the year
  • Accessories

The true price of an in-ground pool will most likely end up being twice the cost of the pool itself. This is because the following typically are not included in the initial price:

  • Lighting
  • Fencing 
  • Decks/Patios
  • Electrical
  • Maintenance costs (water testing, chemicals and accessories)
  • Landscaping
  • Shade structures and furniture
  • Storage or equipment shed

Zoning Regulations

Pools are subject to zoning and building regulations. Before construction begins you must apply for a building permit and receive approval from your town. Rules are different in each town, but they usually include the following:

  • Setbacks - Site restrictions that require the pool to be a certain distance from the property line, well, septic tank, leach field....
  • Fencing - Typically a 4 ft fence or wall is required as a barrier around the perimeter of the pool. There are also requirements for gates and fence board spacing. 

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