How Do They Build An Inground Swimming Pool?
On this page we will show you some actual construction photos from a few inground swimming pool installations. These photos cover steel wall pools, polymer (plastic) wall pools, vinyl liner inground pools, and gunite (plaster/cement) pools.
We’ll give you a brief description of each photo to explain each stage of pool construction. This should give you a better idea of the construction process when buying a pool. Please note that the installation process for each type of pool (vinyl, steel, polymer, gunite, plaster, cement) is significantly different.
Let’s discuss price: Below is a chart of rough prices for various sized inground pools. Please realize that these are only rough prices and that building costs do vary greatly from state to state – and pricing also depends a lot on the specific features and options you decide to add to your pool.
Rough Average Base Prices (very few options) for Inground Swimming Pools Across The USA
(prices do not include deck work, fencing, heaters, or other high-end options)
|Size||Steel Walls / Vinyl Liner||Polymer Walls / Vinyl Liner||Cement or Block Walls / Vinyl Liner||Gunite / Cement|
|16 x 32||$17,000||$18,000||$19,000||$37,000|
|18 x 36||$18,000||$19,000||$20,000||$38,000|
|20 x 40||$19,000||$20,000||$21,000||$39,000|
Inground Swimming Pool Construction Photos For Steel and Polymer Walled Pools with Vinyl Liners
(Cement & Gunite Construction Photos Further Down On This Page)
Here you can see a lonely skimmer that has been installed toward the end of the pool wall. You can also see that the Aluminum Receptor Coping that the homeowner picked out has been started (the white metal piece screwed to the top of the wall).
The braces must be attached to each pool panel. They are the metal pieces you see here at an angle to the pool wall. Cement must be poured on each brace after the wall has been set to the right height and is plumb. The cement helps to keep the wall in place when it is being backfilled. It also adds strength for when the water is put into the pool. Later on, a solid concrete collar is poured around the bottom of all of the panels to ensure stability.
The pool floor must have sand added to it to make a nice smooth, comfortable pool bottom. In this photo, you can see that the deep end of the pool (the hopper) has already been floated. This means that the sand is smoothed out with trowels. This is actually the step where your pool shape comes to life and you can finally get an idea what your pool may look like when it is done! Notice the difference in the pool floor in the photo between where the Pool Guy is standing and in the hopper.
Once the pool floor is ready, it is time to get ready to put the pool liner in. In this photo, you can see it rolled up at the end of the pool – ready to be installed. This is usually a nervous time for both the installation crew and the pool owner ! Hope it fits. Hope it is the right color. Hope it doesn’t rip!
Once the liner is put into the pool (otherwise known as dropping the bag), the installers will hang into the pool to make the fine adjustments necessary to guard off wrinkles in the liner. In a new pool, there should not be that many wrinkles (although sometimes a few cannot be helped).
Now it is time to fill the pool up with water. If you are friendly with your neighbors, it doesn’t hurt to ask them if you could borrow a little water. The more neighbors and hoses – the faster the pool will fill!
After the dirt around the pool has settled for a few weeks, the cement, bricks or other deck-work can be added to the pool area. After that, the ladder, rails, diving board, landscaping and other finishing touches can be installed. Then it’s time to jump in and enjoy your brand new pool!
Inground Swimming Pool Construction Photos For Gunite, Cement, Plaster Swimming Pools
The actual surface of the pool walls and floor then get installed. You can chose tile, Diamond Bright, gunite, marble dust, plaster or paint for your surface. The cost of the surface can vary greatly.
In these photos, you get a good ‘before’ and ‘after’ view.