Beginner’s Guide to Press Pools
Spring is quickly approaching which means pool season is right around the corner! Designing your backyard escape can be a fun and exciting process that showcases your style and creativity, but it’s also important to know the facts. Press pools are widely known for their versatility in shape and accessories as well as their durability. Because of this, press is the most common pool type seen at many resorts, and now, homes. Before deciding on your material, learn a little more about this unique pool process and the future maintenance involved in protecting your investment.
The first step to any pool is a vision. Maybe watching gave you this incredible idea for your new pool, scrolling through gave you your color scheme, and this great magazine just came in with this incredible hot tub that you MUST have! Your inspiration can come from anywhere – media, the environment, a restaurant, your favorite store. Whatever it may be, jot it down!
Installation of your new pool will begin with the digging of your pool shape and installation of the iron rebar. This is where all your planning and designing will pay off. The rebar framework creates a grid around the perimeter of your pool and/or spa to reinforce the structure. You’ll begin to see your vision come to life as your pool builder sprays a heavy coating of press around the rebar. Press is a mixture of cement and sand that is mixed with water in the sprayer right before applying it to your pool. The press is then smoothed and left to set.
Your swimming pool is everything you imagined and was the perfect addition to your otherwise bland backyard. You’ve created the perfect place to daydream, staycation, and the best background for all your backyard barbeques. Now what?
As the proud owner of a press pool, there are a few things you need to remember when maintaining this addition. Because of its porous surface, your pool will be more prone to algae growth. To counter this, you will find yourself using more chemicals and filtration as well as brushing your pool more often to remove any algae. Make sure to take the added cost of chemicals and time (if cleaning the pool yourself) into consideration when deciding on a type of pool. With that exception, maintenance is simple. Standard swimming pool upkeep will keep your pool running smoothly, and draining your pool for a total scrub down will be a breeze. The sturdy structure of a press pool will maintain its original shape whereas vinyl pools run the risk of the structure collapsing.