Understanding Pool Terminology: A Dive into the Essentials

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Due to the complex pool terminology, diving into pool ownership or revamping an existing one can feel like navigating uncharted waters. To simplify, we’ve crafted an essential guide covering everything from Shotcrete to Autofill. Whether you’re crafting your ideal pool or decoding your backyard oasis’s components, this guide clarifies the terms for a smooth journey.

The Foundation: Shotcrete, Concrete, Gunite

The pool’s durability starts with its foundation. Terms like Shotcrete, concrete, and gunite are key in pool building talks. Concrete, a mix of cement, water, sand, and gravel, forms the structural base of many pools. Shotcrete and gunite, both concrete types, differ in application. Shotcrete, a wet mix, is sprayed onto the pool’s framework, allowing for quick shaping. Gunite, a dry mix, is sprayed and mixed with water at the nozzle for precise control. Both methods yield a strong, customizable pool shell. The choice between them usually depends on the contractor’s preference and project needs.

The Skeleton: Rebar and Steel Cage

Rebar and steel cage refer to the pool’s reinforcing framework. Rebar, or steel bars, underpin the pool walls and floor. These bars, arranged in grids and covered in concrete or gunite, ensure the pool’s durability. The steel cage is a network of rebar essential for the pool’s shape and strength over time.

Leisure Features: Tanning Ledge, Baja Shelf

Terms like tanning ledge, Baja shelf, and tanning shelf describe a shallow pool area. These 6 to 12-inch deep ledges are ideal for lounging in the sun while partly submerged. They add a resort vibe to any pool, perfect for relaxation and kids’ play.

The Enclosure: Pool Shell

The pool shell is the waterproof barrier holding the water. Made from concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl, it includes the walls and floor. Its design is crucial for preventing leaks and damage, ensuring the pool’s longevity.

The Edging: Coping

Coping, the material edging the pool, offers both style and function. It directs water away from the pool, preventing spillage, and provides a non-slip surface for safe entry and exit. Available in concrete, stone, brick, or tile, coping adds a unique touch to the pool’s edge.

The Surround: Pool Decking

Pool decking is the area around the pool for lounging, dining, and walking. Choices include concrete, pavers, travertine, and porcelain tile, each with unique looks and benefits. From the versatile concrete to the cool travertine and durable porcelain, the selection caters to preference, budget, and design.

The Enhancements: Ozone and Autofill

Ozone systems, an eco-friendly choice, minimize chlorine use and sanitize the water, improving clarity and comfort. Using an Autofill system adjusts the water level automatically, keeping the pool ready for use and maintaining chemical balance and efficiency.

This knowledge of pool terminology equips you for discussions with contractors or planning upgrades, ensuring informed decisions for your pool project.

Azalea Pools and Outdoor Living, your go-to custom pool builder in Raleigh, NC, is thrilled to help bring your dream pool to life. Reach out at 919.263.5538 or via our contact form to begin your pool journey with us!

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