When you’re considering a pool for your Omaha home you’ll want to consider working with the only Omaha pool company that specializes in building custom in-ground shotcrete pools. It’s one of the services we’re known best for and have a lot of experience doing. In this article we’re going to break down the benefits of in-ground shotcrete pools and why you should consider them if you’re looking to get a custom pool installed.
What is Shotcrete?
Shotcrete is a method of applying cement. When somebody says shotcrete they mean the method of spraying cement at a high velocity to reach a certain compaction or density level. Shotcrete is applied wet as opposed to “gunite” which is applied dry. To make sure your pool is structurally sound, you want to make sure you’re working with a builder who follows the guidelines outlined by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Shotcrete Association. Both suggest wet-shot concrete should be water-tight and between 4,000 and 8,000 psi. We test and make sure our concrete strengths pass these standards. This ensures that your pool will not crack or leak and remain water-tight throughout its lifespan.
Benefits of Shotcrete Pools
- Precision – Concrete is composed of 3 basic ingredients – sand, cement, and water. With shotcrete, the water, sand and cement are all pre-measured precisely at the factory and monitored as it’s poured into the truck. The concrete that is used to build your pool is consistent throughout.
- No Rebound – When building with cement anything that falls off and hits the ground is called “rebound.” Using the rebound material forms a “cold joint” which has a high probability of failure. Pool builders who use the gunite process instead of the shotcrete often times knowingly or unknowingly use the rebound. With shotcrete there is no rebound, so the problem cannot occur.
- Hard as a Rock – Shotcrete pools are harder than gunite pools. Gunite can be drilled through. Shotcrete is impenetrable.
- Faster – Building a pool with a skilled shotcrete builder takes less time. This reduces cost and gets you and your family in the pool faster.
If you’re considering a custom in-ground pool give us a call and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions and give you a free estimate. Currently, our Doughboy above ground pools and Bullfrog Spas are on clearance. Stop by either one of our stores and take advantage of the great deals we have going on.
We’re excited to announce that Phoenix Pools, your favorite Omaha pool company, now has TWO locations. In April, you’ll be able to find us at our second location in the Pacific Pointe Shopping Center. The shopping center is located fairly close to Elkhorn, Nebraska. We will now have stores conveniently located at each end of town! Here’s the official address:
Pacific Pointe Shopping Center
1405 South 204th Street
Omaha, NE 68022
Second Store Same Great Products
Our second store will be carrying the famous Bullfrog Spas Omaha has come to know us for. In-ground self-cleaning pools will be another product you can inquire about at our new location. We’ll also have our full line of pool and spa chemicals and supplies for both in-ground and above ground pools available.
Self Cleaning Pools
As we mentioned, our in-ground self-cleaning pools are going to be a featured product at the second store location. A lot of people don’t even know such a thing exists. Well, it does, and we can build you one. The obvious benefit of a self-cleaning pool is… you don’t need to clean it! Or pay somebody to clean it. We use a system by Paramount called Vanquish. The system is built into the pool and is designed to clean the entire pool floor and walls. There’s not robots or anything that is aesthetically unpleasing. The cleaning nozzles retract into the pool when they are not cleaning. It’s guaranteed to clean 99% of your pool.
The cleaning nozzles, which are strategically placed shoot a strong stream of water which push all debris to the deepest part of the pool. Wall mounted down jets create a sweeping motion that pushes debris into the safety drain. From there, debris is transferred to a hidden collection canister. And just like that, in a matter of minutes, your pool is clean. In addition to having a clean pool, the system circulates the water more efficiently which reduces chemical use and heating costs.
Give us a call or come into the shop and we’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to seeing you!
It may seem like an inappropriate time of year to talk about inground pools. But, just in case you’re considering giving your family an inground pool for the holidays – let’s talk about planning ahead for the summer months.
Planning and building a swimming pool isn’t something you should do on a whim. It’s a big-time investment that can both dramatically alter your landscape and lifestyle. Starting the discussion with our Omaha pool company in the spring won’t get you swimming by Memorial Day. So, consider the following:
- If your space is suited for a pool – Is there enough room? Are you willing to give up a large portion of your yard?
- Zoning restrictions
- Time management for pool maintenance
Figuring out the logistics and finding a trusted Omaha pool company to plan and install an inground pool takes some thought. Meeting with our inground pool experts can help kickstart ideas, or even assist in deciding if an inground pool is right for your family.
The planning and installation of an inground pool should be trusted to a professional with a large portfolio. Our Omaha pool company has planning and installed pools across the Omaha-metro, and we are marked by quality work and excellent customer service.
So, don’t wait until April to begin planning for an inground pool. Call our Omaha pool company today to begin the process, and maybe even surprise your loved-ones with the good news this holiday season!