A good excavation requires a skilled excavator. These skills included hand carved walls, beams and seating areas. No loose dirt should be left behind in the cavity.
Steel rebar adds to the strength of a pool shell. No matter how big or small a pool is, all steel should be set at 8 inches on center. ½ inch steel on beams and 3/8 inch steel on walls and floor. Steel baskets for main drains make for a clean framework.
When plumbing a swimming pool, all plumbing lines should be aligned in rows and not stacked on top of each other. Where possible, 45 degree angles should be used when turning corners or going around a pool. Two skimmers with a duel main drain system should all be run separately back to the equipment. An ample amount of returns, usually 5 to 6, will give your pool proper flow..
All gunite companies are not created equal. Gunite is a cement product that is produced at the job site. A good gunite company creates the right mixture of cement to be shot in at the exact pressure, to create a pool shell that can withstand water pressure and ground movement. Also, thickness in the gunite should be as follows: Walls and floor 6 to 8 inches. Where the floor and walls meet should be 8 to 10 inches and the beam is 12 inches. The gunite company of choice for Piazza Poolscapes is Southbay Gunite, Inc., one of the most well respected companies in the industry.
A skillfully mastered electrician should do all electrical work. Every light that touches the water should be GFCI grounded. Bonding of the steel cage as well as lights and equipment are a must. We know that your family's well being is top priority. That is why we take every precaution to make your swimming environment safe.
Whether your preference is to have a contemporary brick edged pool or a natural flagstone coping, a master tradesman is a must. This stage of the construction process along with the decking, is the most eye-catching. When using brick, all cuts should be precise. Grout joints should not exceed more than ½ inch in thickness. All beams should be bullnosed on both sides for safety. If a natural appearance is what your looking for, than flagstone should be your choice. We use flagstone pieces that are large and 1 ½ inch to 2 inches in thickness. Any flagstone less thick could be easily broken and become a hazard. Also, small grout joints give the stone a more beautiful look. This requires cutting each stone individually. Hand chiseled or a ground soft edge will complete the crafted work.
We recommend using only ceramic glazed tile for your waterline. Using natural flagstone may be beautiful to look at, but requires more maintenance. Flagstone is porous so dirt and oil from the skin are attracted to the rough surface. Also, calcium that is naturally in stone can be pulled to the surface of the tile from the water and remain there for years. Acid contained in tile cleaners can breakdown the stone over time. Ceramic tile now comes in natural stone textures. The difference in looks is very minimal and the durability lasts a lifetime.
Our concrete decks are made with a steel rebar structure. The steel is put on 18 inch centers and tied to the dowels from the pool shell. This prevents the decking from moving away from the pool. Also, we put a poly-void expansion joint on the backside of the coping. Afterwards, the jointed areas are filled with a product called deck-o-seal. It creates a flexible jointed area for the decking to expand and contract. Our decks have drains, where needed, that run to the street. W e also install an overflow in the pool and connect it to the drains in the deck. There are many different types of decking. Cost, texture, color and durability will determine what style is right for you.
A good plaster job should be at least a 3/8 to 1/2 inch in thickness. All corners and edges should be rounded and smooth. Piazza Poolscapes uses, as a standard, a higher grade plaster called Armorcoat. It comes with a manufacturer's warranty of 5 years. It is more resistant to unbalanced chemicals that can cause etching and staining. There are several dye colors that can be used in the plaster mixture. The variety of colors can create a wide range of blue water appearances, all which are very natural and beautiful.
The Finished Product
When the poolscape is completed and the pool filled with water, our service technician will start-up the pool. He will label all equipment, add the start-up chemicals and hold a pool school with the customer. The new water in the pool will take about 1 month to balance completely. This is why we provide at least 1 month of free pool service. After completion of the first month free cleaning, we will clean the filter of the excess dirt and plaster dust. We never leave the customer unsure of how to maintain their pool.