Sydney’s summer days are long, hot, and sunny. In order to escape the heat and spend quality time with family and friends, there is nothing more relaxing than diving into a swimming pool.
Your swimming pool, as well as the surrounding space, should be designed to promote relaxation and restoration. Exquisite concrete pool surrounds are vital components of establishing a relaxed ambience, making the pool area a personal statement about you as an individual, and transforming your pool into a work of art.
Different Styles of Concrete Pool Surrounds
Exposed aggregate pool surround is created by putting course materials into the concrete, such as a range of quartzes, pebbles, or natural stones, and allowing the concrete to dry naturally after mixing. Once the concrete has dried, the aggregates along the surface of the concrete provide adequate traction for the pool surrounds while also adding to its natural beauty.
Pavement with polished aggregate is constructed in the same manner as concrete with exposed aggregate. The only difference is that we use abrasive discs to grind and polish the surface of the concrete after it has dried in order to give it a more opulent appearance when it has been finished.
The usage of polished aggregate concrete in pool areas is safe, but if you would like additional slide resistance, we may put an anti-slip coating to the surface of the pool surrounds to help prevent accidents. Anti-slip coatings are made up of an adhesive base and fine aggregate particles to promote friction and grip on surfaces.
Things You Should Know About Concrete Pool Surrounds
1. Concrete pool surrounds construction takes time.
It takes time to do quality work, and this is especially true for concrete in-ground swimming pools. The excavation of the design into the ground, the application of the layers of concrete, and the drying of the surface before the application of finishing touches are all parts of a lengthy procedure. As a result, most homeowners begin swimming pool installation well before the summer season begins, ensuring that their pool is ready for use when the season begins.
The construction of a concrete pool takes an average of 3–6 months to complete. During that period, the concrete pool shell must be left empty for 30 days to allow the concrete to cure properly.
2. The construction process is messy.
Pool construction is inherently untidy, but a concrete pool that is currently under construction is particularly unpleasant. A hose is being used to spray concrete, and the concrete is getting everywhere because of the wind. They are attempting to control the problem, but there is a great deal of dust and over-spraying.
Take that figure and multiply it by three to six months. Discuss a difficult scenario that has occurred. That is right, you thought the dishes on the kitchen counter were a terrible thing.
3. Unbalanced water can damage the pool surface.
The process of setting up a concrete pool is extremely complex and time-consuming. Unless you perform it correctly (for example, if the pH, hardness, or chlorine levels are incorrect), you risk staining or damaging the surface.
4. Multiple phases involve multiple teams
A concrete pool is designed, built, and installed entirely in your own backyard. Ten phases are involved, with each phase requiring a different skillset from the participant. Sometimes you will have one person excavating, another person tying steel, another person doing plumbing, another person shooting the pool shell, one company for the tiles, another company for the plaster, and another for the coping and decking. All of those different phases might represent a variety of different persons. That is a lot of individuals who are coming into your backyard at the same time.
5. Concrete pools are less conventional than vinyl pools.
Vinyl pools, which are constructed of a thin, elastic liner, are the most commonly encountered type of swimming pool in the world. In-ground swimming pools are typically constructed of concrete or grey concrete, however vinyl pools are becoming increasingly popular as a result of their lower cost. Concrete, on the other hand, is highly recommended by top pool builders because of its durability.
6. Concrete is essential for out of the box designs
Pools with unusual shapes, such as natural pond-like shapes, complex Grecian designs, or built-in elements such as a swim-up bar, must be constructed of concrete. What is the reason for this? Vinyl, fiberglass and other pool materials are less adaptable and versatile than concrete, and they are more difficult to shape into distinctive patterns than concrete.
Investing in concrete pool surrounds or any simple project is indeed daunting, especially if it is your first time. In this day and age, the world seems to evolve at a faster rate than it has ever been. As an example, think about or consider just one of the global megatrends that are shaking up the construction industry: the global urban population is growing by 200,000 people per day, and all of these people require affordable housing, public transit and utility infrastructure to live comfortably in their cities. When confronted with such obstacles, the sector is almost under a moral imperative to modify its operations.
Its evolution will have transformative effects in other areas as well: on society as a whole, by lowering construction costs; on the environment, by improving the use of scant materials or by building structures more eco-efficient over time; and on the economy, by closing the global infrastructure gap and stimulating economic development in general, among other things. These are just few of the manifestations of future industry trends that we hope to see among our present infrastructures. But this growth could take on a small-scale — something as minimal as concrete pool surrounds.
With the growth of the ornamental concrete industry, the demand for coping and edge forms has continued to grow. Some producers are attempting to meet the special needs of decorative concrete craftsmen in this niche market by developing products specifically for them. They are introducing new materials and technology into the form production process in order to directly satisfy the needs of decorative concrete applicators. Thus, in this article, let’s take a peek into how concrete pool surrounds will look like in 5 years.
1. Infinity-Edge Pools
Who doesn’t enjoy swimming in an infinity pool? Unique in design, this pool stands out from the competition. Infinity edge pools, which are simple and minimalistic in design, look magnificent and are frequently used in resorts, spas, and major hotels. Infinity pools are becoming extremely prevalent among homeowners who have a vast backyard garden and want to create a one-of-a-kind oasis within their property grounds. The fact should be highlighted, however, that swimming pools require a suitable site in order to function properly. In this case, concrete pool surrounds are more emphasized on only a part of the pool, providing flow allocation on the other.
2. Incorporation of Baja Shelves
For relaxing in the shallow part of the pool without having to totally immerse yourself in the water, baja shelves are the ideal pool accessory incorporated among the concrete pool surrounds. The majority of the time, they’re essentially a super-sized rendition of a podium, where you can plunge in and out or lounge on loungers.
3. Pool Hardscapes
While some pool owners love the smooth, clean lines of a minimalist design for their concrete pool surrounds, others desire their pool to appear to be a work of art created by nature itself. In altering the area surrounding the pool with rocks and plants, and developing an irregular pool shape, they will be interested in creating the appearance of a naturally formed pool within the landscape. Swimming pool owners can create a one-of-kind shape for their pools that fits into their environment and gives them a distinct appearance because of the breakthroughs in materials and construction processes.
4. Raised Concrete Pool Surrounds
Build a pool into the terraced area of your sloped landscape, and utilise the coping stones to serve as seating. The use of composite decking (wood blended with polymers and other materials) for raised concrete pool surrounds is highly recommended because it is non-slip and requires little care, as opposed to traditional wood decking. A pool specialist will be on board to ensure that the pool is properly integrated into your overall design. This results in wide stairs that are at an angle to the pool, making it easier to approach the pool while also creating an eye-catching aesthetic feature.
5. Installation of LED Lights on Concrete Pool Surrounds
On a cool fall evening, as the evenings become darker, you may now don’t have to swim in utter darkness. LED lighting can now be installed in a variety of styles, and the variety of options available on the market, ensuring that there is something to fit every taste and budget. Because of its high energy efficiency, LED lighting, also known as light-emitting diodes, is more expensive upfront than halogen or incandescent lighting. However, you will save money in the long run if you use LED lighting. LED lights, in particular, have become one of the most popular pool accessories in recent years.
In addition, LED lighting has a longer lifespan and low maintenance cost than incandescent lighting, which more than compensates for the higher price. Aside from that, LEDs are more adaptable, smaller, and more versatile than their predecessors, and may be controlled remotely with the use of a control panel. As more focus has been placed on energy saving, LED technology has emerged as a standard feature, displacing old-fashioned incandescent bulbs as a result of the shift in emphasis.
6. Incorporating Elements of Fire and Water
They have returned! Water and fire are both visually appealing components that have been used in space design for hundreds of years. They are currently being used into pool design in order to create a mind-blowing impact. A simple fire wok or a fire bowl incorporated on your pool surrounds will enhance the beauty of your pool, resulting in a backyard that you will like spending time in every evening. You can come up with more ideas and discuss them with your pool designer in order to finally build a luxurious spa-like backyard.
Thrilled with the future innovations of concrete pool surrounds? Why not have make it a reality today? Being concreting specialists, we have done this so many times, we can basically do it with our eyes closed. We not only work professionally but our work also speaks for itself. We make sure that all the materials that we used are of high quality, making sure that your pool stands out from the rest. This is important because it is not something you want to risk. After all, your pool is a valuable asset and risking shoddy work from inferior concreters would be a real shame.
Since every job is different, we cannot give you a quote here on our website, but if you are serious about making your pool area look like a million bucks, then get in touch and request a free, no obligation quote. May your preference be on exposed aggregate pool surrounds, honed concrete pool surrounds, or either polished concrete pool deck, we have it all for you!