WaterView Custom Pools in Austin
FAQs and More
Regardless of the pool builder you choose, we feel that the more informed you are, the happier you will be with the quality and design of your pool. We are always open to your questions throughout the introduction, proposal and construction phases and will do our very best to provide answers and solutions to your satisfaction.
All pools have characteristics in common: design, water, tile, and plaster. Just as all cars have four rubber tires, a windshield, and body, we know that some are designed and made better than others. The same is true of pools. Some are built better, last longer and have no major problems.
These are some key points for you to know and discuss with your chosen and trusted pool builder, and of course, we hope it will be WaterView Custom Pools!
What is the best overall concrete construction for my pool?
In-ground pools are typically designed with a steel reinforced gunite or shotcrete shell, capped horizontally with coping. The usual pool surface is marbelite plaster, a cement coating sometimes referred to as whitecoat or marcite. The waterline is finished with a border band of tiles, commonly six inches tall.
The bond beam is the top section of the pool wall directly under the coping. It contains steel reinforcement bars, and adds strength and surface area to attach the coping. Bond beam size is the single most important component of construction to ensure pool strength and durability. White many builders use 3/8” rebar to build the pool shelf, we use 1/2” rebar through the steel cage and add 5/8” rebar to stress areas to virtually eliminate stress cracks in the plaster.
What are the choices for the interior surface of my pool?
The shell of a pool consists of an exceptionally strong concrete applied over a steel-reinforced cage. Plaster, consisting of white cement and crushed limestone or marble dust aggregate, is applied to the porous concrete. This waterproof coating protects the structure of the pool and enhances the appearance of its surface. Pebbles or quartz may be added to the plaster for aesthetics. The white in the plaster may be dyed to create a colored base, but owners should know that darker colors are more likely to show stains and streaks.
It is important to know that plaster ‘cures’ under water. To avoid staining and deterioration, newly plastered pools should be filled immediately, using the proper water chemistry and maintenance procedures for the type of material used. The plaster will continue to cure for up to a year.
What do I need to know about coping and tile?
Coping finishes the top of the pool shelf horizontally and tile is placed on the vertical edge at the waterline. Coping usually has a rounded bull nose, and material choices include brick, pre-cast cement, or natural stones such as travertine or flagstone. Tiles provide an aesthetically pleasing, non-porous element, and its smooth surface makes for easier cleaning. There are types of stones that require wetting prior to installation. If not wet properly, they will absorb water from the cement product and weaken the attachment.
Do WaterView Custom Pools services include a warranty?
All Equipment is warrantied for 3 years. We also provide a lifetime, transferable warranty, pending inspection, against pool leakage.
A member from our team is waiting to speak with you and answer any other questions you have. Contact us at (512) 541-0073 to get started!
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