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
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:
- Maintenance costs (water testing, chemicals and accessories)
- Shade structures and furniture
- Storage or equipment shed
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.