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Concrete Pool Construction — 1. The Pool Shell

Concrete Pool Construction — 1. The Pool Shell

To get a quality concrete pool, you need to start with a quality pool shell.

So how can you be sure that’s what you’re getting?

The quick answer:

One of the most important variables to look for in a quality concrete pool shell is the calibre of its concrete.

The very best concrete is made using the Dry Gunite process. It is superior to concrete made using shotcrete wet mix, which is pre-mixed in a factory.

It is also important to consider the quality and quantity of the reinforcing steel used to stabilize the pool wall. Betz uses more than other builders.

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Concrete Pool Construction — 2. Plumbing and Other Components

Concrete Pool Construction — 2. Plumbing and Other Components

A stable pool wall is critical, but plumbing and other components greatly contribute to the quality of a concrete pool.

The quick answer:

From professional design to meticulous plumbing layout and hydraulics to industry-leading features to ironclad warrantees, Betz has worked hard to earn its admirable reputation for quality in concrete pools.

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Concrete Pool Construction — 3. Concrete Finishes

Concrete Pool Construction — 3. Concrete Finishes

Today’s array of interior finishes can make it tough to figure out which one is best for you.

The quick answer

There are more choices in concrete finishes today than ever before, and they are all available in an assortment of colours and textures:

  • smooth plaster (under trade names such as Marbelite or Armourcoat)
  • smooth plaster infused with fragments of quartz, seashells and/or glass beads (such as AmorQuartz)
  • exposed aggregates like natural rock, seashells and/or glass beads (such as PebbleTec or DiamondBrite)

The best choice for you will depend on the cost weighed against the aesthetics, surface feel and durability. The cost range is significant and so are the benefits.

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