Concrete Pool Construction
The construction of a tiled concrete pool involves the use of structural steel and concrete and allows you much more flexibility in the shape and design of the pool. They are the preferred option if you want to build a Level Deck Pool or a Pool Disappearing Edge/infinity pool and also can easily incorporate a tiled spa into the pool as part of the structure. They also lend themselves more readily to the installation of safety covers.
Concrete pools can be constructed using either shuttered and poured in situ concrete, Gunite, Shotcrete or subject to size, depth and design, they can also be built using hollow concrete blocks. The fastest and most popular method is Gunite/Shotcrete. Pool shells constructed using these methods are all built to BS 8007, which means that the shell, after forming, is inherently water tight, and does not rely on waterproof renders or applied finishes to stop leaking. They are generally rendered in any case in order to provide a suitable surface for tiling.
The construction of a concrete pool is not normally recommended for the DIY enthusiast as they are difficult to build and rely on considerable knowlege of concrete and structural steel.