Step 1: Layout
After you have experienced our custom pool design services and you and our in-house designer have planned the perfect Atlas pool for you, it's time to get started. We place wood framing that shows the size, shape and location of your pool. The wood framing provides a guide for the excavation crew. Once the pool has been excavated, the framing helps secure the reinforcing steel for the shell and helps set the final elevation of your swimming pool.
Step 2: Dig
This excavation is an exciting time for the kids as well as the adults. Everyone loves big machinery, and you will be able to watch your backyard take the shape of your new swimming pool right before your eyes. Our craftspeople make it look easy, but it takes a lot of time and experience along with a lot of hard work to gain the knowledge and ability to do what they do.
Step 3: Steel
Adding the steel is an important part of the structural integrity of your pool. You might find it interesting to see the workmanship and techniques used to bend the steel into the shape of your new swimming pool.
Step 4: Gunite
Gather the family or the neighborhood kids to watch the hole in your backyard become the shell of your new swimming pool. Gunite is a type of concrete that we use to create the shell. Experienced craftspeople use considerable strength to lift the hose filled with pressurized concrete and guide it to the place where the concrete needs to be. It is amazing to watch the craftspeople sculpt the concrete into the shape of your pool, spa, steps, swimout, sunshelf and any other features you have chosen.
Step 5: Pregrade
When the gunite has set, we remove the wood framing. We begin to set the grade for the deck area, and you can start to imagine your favorite place to sit poolside.
Step 6: Plumbing
Plumbing is an important part of installing a pool and can get complicated depending on the features you have chosen. The plumber will put in the circulating system, main drain and skimmer. In addition, he will install other features based on your pool design, for example a pool sweep line that draws water from the pool and brings it to the filtering system. He will also begin plumbing in the returns, therapy jets, deck jets, sheer descent, or any other water features that return the water to the pool after filtration.
Step 7: Tile
Laying the tile requires detail orientation, skill and focus. The tile setter is a craftsperson as well as an artist. To add beauty, he installs the tile that you chose to the location in the pool design. Tiles often decorate the perimeter, steps, swimout and sunbench of your pool. Tile is one of the details of a pool that often catches the eye and imagination.
Step 8: Electric
Most of us don't think about electricity when we think about swimming pools, but the electrician is the unsung hero. Many of the amazing, beautiful, and relaxing features of your pool and spa require power. The electrician connects everything we have installed to the power source, making it all work beautifully.
Step 9: Rough Decking
During the rough decking stage, an experienced craftsperson performs important foundation steps for the deck area. He sets the pitch of the deck area, builds any riser steps, installs the deck drain and pours the concrete.
Step 10: Texture Coating the Deck
At this stage in the process, customers often express that is all coming together. We spray the concrete coating onto the deck, knock it down and then apply the 1st coat of paint. We'll wait to apply the 2nd and final coat until the end of construction, but the 1st coat gives a good idea of what the deck area around the pool will look like.
Step 11: Interior Finish
The interior finish is a concrete coating on the floor and walls of the pool. Craftspeople need both strength and expertise to direct the flow of pressurized concrete and then to use trowels to knead the surface into the final product. It's an amazing sight, which is usually followed by another amazing sight: water flowing into the swimming pool! In most cases, they will start the water immediately after they finish the plastering process.
Step 12: Start Up
At this point, your swimming pool is almost ready for you to dive in. Our start-up technician will test that everything is working properly. For example, the technician will start the circulating pump and set the timer. If your pool design has eyeball fittings in the returns and jets, he will install them. He will also brush and vacuum the pool and clean any residue off the tile. The technician will simmer and balance the water and start the slow chlorine start up. In a slow chlorine start up, we add chlorine slowly over a period of a few days. So, it will take a few more days for the water to turn completely blue.
Step 13: Final Coating the Deck
The final coat of paint on the deck is the final step in our complete swimming pool construction process. The deck man will apply the paint to make everything look brand new and clean. Just wait 12 hours for it to dry, and then dive right in to your Atlas pool!