9102 Sweetbrush Dr, Houston, TX 77064
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27 Jan 2022  /  by Aqua Blue Custom Pools   /   0 Comments

QUICK FACTS ABOUT AQUA BLUE SWIMMING POOL CONSTRUCTION

Concrete Pool Construction
Approximate Completion Time: 6 to 10 weeks (Business Days Weather Permitting)
Vinyl Liner Pool Construction
Approximate Completion Time: 5 to 8 weeks (Business Days Weather Permitting)
Fiberglass Pool Construction
Approximate Completion Time: 5 to 10 weeks (Business Days Weather Permitting)
PROCESS OF GUNITE POOL CONSTRUCTION
Gunite is a pneumatically applied concrete mix reinforced with steel bar. This is the best way to make a concrete swimming pool. Gunite is more durable than other pool construction methods such as fiberglass or vinyl liner in strength and design options. Gunite is a porous concrete mix that is more flexible in expansion and contraction and less susceptible to shifting, sinking, translation, cracking, or shifting.
Except for the concrete shell or structure, vinyl, gunite, or fiberglass, most of the steps required to install a pool are the same.
These are the steps to build inground granite pools:
  1. PHASE 1 – DESIGN & PROPOSAL
  2. PHASE 2 – PERMITTING
  3. PHASE 3 – TAKEOFF
  4. PHASE 4 – FORMS AND EXCAVATION
  5. PHASE 5 – REBAR AND STUB-OUT GUNITE (SHOTCRETE).
  6. PHASE 6 – EQUIPMENT PLUMBING AND EQUIPMENT
  7. PHASE 7 – TILE AND COPING
  8. PHASE 8 – DECKING
  9. PHASE 9 – PLASTER & STARTUP
PHASE 1. – DESIGN & PROPOSAL
An in-home consultation is the first step. Our pool designers are skilled in designing backyards that complement the natural elements. Your pool designer will fully understand your vision, scope, and details. You should allow for upgrades and improvements to make your pool a perfect complement to your lifestyle.
Our pool design advantages: Our pools – Always customized
Three Free Revisions: Our engineers will ensure that your pool design is both elegant and functional. They will also ensure that all municipal ordinances, HOA restrictions, and utility setbacks are met. A customized swimming pool design proposal package will be provided to you.
PHASE 2. – PERMITTING
After you have approved the final pool design, budget, and design specialist, the designer will meet again with you to close the agreement. After 72 hours, it is time to submit adequately scaled and rendered drawings for approval to your local neighborhood association or architectural committee. Sometimes, you might not have to comply with local regulations to build a pool. In these cases, we can start a little earlier than waiting for approvals by homeowners associations or the city.
PHASE 3. – TAKEOFF
We are often asked the most common question: “How long does it take for a pool to be built from start to finish?” A pool construction project can take anywhere from (6) six to (8) ten weeks, depending on weather delays and the fact that most skilled tradespeople don’t work on Sundays.
Some aspects of a project may require additional steps, such as an outdoor kitchen, living space, or other features. These extra steps can add up to 2 weeks to a 6–10-week pool project, depending on the project’s scope and the included features.
PHASE 4. – FORMS AND EXCAVATION
This is where the fun begins: digging with heavy excavating equipment. Everything is fine, the weather is good, and we can now carefully dig the ground to the exact shape of the swimming pool. The professionalism and expertise of our team of experts in swimming pool excavation will be a surprise to you. To properly excavate a pool, it takes about a day to prepare for the structural reinforcement stage.
We have many advantages in excavation:
  1. Excavated is done to increase strength—standard pool floor thickness of 10 inches.
  2. When possible, soil reclamation is used to adjust the topography of your yard in order to improve drainage.
  3. When saving spoils is not possible, haul away excess.
PHASE 5. – REBAR AND STUB-OUT
Gunite pools require a minimum of 8” on the center #3 rebar grid. A 4×4 or 1/2” four-bar boxed beam is needed to ensure beam integrity. The pool beam connects the outer decking slabs and flushes pool level. It also allows for expansion or contraction of both decking slabs and pool beams.
Water weighs in at 62.42lbs per cubic foot and can exert pressure of up to 0.050 lbs/square inch on the bottom and sides of the pool. As you can see, water pressure exerts a tremendous force against the swimming pool’s structure. You must take the necessary steps to strengthen the swimming pool’s shell.
Our structural strengths:
  1. Minimum industry standards superseded.
  2. GUNITE (SHOTCRETE).
After the structural steel is installed in the excavated form, installing the tub-out plumbing is time. Refer to our detailed construction drawing to determine the correct placement of water-return jets and water features. These stub-out locations will ensure that your pool is as efficient and durable as possible.
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PHASE 6. – EQUIPMENT PLUMBING AND EQUIPMENT
The network of pipes carrying water from the pool to the pool is known as the “Long Plumb.” This part of the pool plumbing system must be designed correctly.
Consider all aspects of the swimming pool, including its location, elevation, water features, and requirements for “turnover,” based on its overall capacity and the pool pump size. The typical pool and spa combination will have 12 pipes in the main trench.
PHASE 7. – TILE AND COPING
The pool will look more interesting once the tile installers have completed the installation. It is hard work, especially in the heat, but the result of our masonry craftsmen will amaze you as you see the formations of beautiful natural elements.
PHASE 8.DECKING
It is time to move on from the dirt and mud. After the decking installation has been completed, you’ll notice the flow of space. The installation process may vary depending on the materials you have used before. Suppose your choice of decking material is natural stone pavers like travertine or limestone. In that case, we will follow the standard procedure and install a concrete foundation to inset the stones with stabilized soil.
There are many options for pool decking, from the more popular to the most unique. We also offer hand-crafted natural stone pavers and concrete slabs. You can rest assured that your foundation will be solid no matter which decking option you choose. Your pool deck will last a lifetime.
PHASE 9. – PLASTER & START UP
It can take two days and nights to fill the pool entirely before the startup process. We will test all components installed during this time to ensure that they work correctly. After the startup process has been completed, you will not be allowed to swim immediately for at least seven days.
About Us

Aqua Blue Custom Pools is an inground swimming pool contractor located in Houston, TX. We specialize in creating custom pools and outdoor living spaces that are shaped around our customer's lifestyles.