Pools

At Landscape Concepts Inc, we’ve seen a huge boom in the swimming pool market recently. It seems more and more people are discovering that they can add value to their home and fun to their summers with an inground pool.

We bring our standout brand of professionalism and commitment to excellence to every pool we build. We don’t subcontract to other crews so that we can ensure that the job gets done the right way and that we can provide expert service after the installation. We only use top-quality materials, and we always leave your property in pristine condition.

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Beautiful backyard and pool

Why an Inground Pool?

It’s a hot summer day, you’re tired from work, it’s a long way to the community pool that requires an overpriced membership. Don’t you wish you had an easy, convenient solution?

A pool in your backyard could be your next project. Plus, it doesn’t need to be a big project! We will be there for every step of the process, including helping you with your custom design!

Just imagine, stepping into your backyard to a swimming pool. Not only is it a great way to cool down and have some fun, it is a simple way to beautify your landscape. You’ll entertain family and friends more than ever before.

We take care of the pool, you take care the party. And don’t forget to have fun!

Ideas for Swimming Pool Designs

With our pool design services, the sky’s the limit for your ideas. Designing your backyard space with a pool can be a little overwhelming so we have some tips for pool area design that might inspire you!

  • A great way to improve the look of your pool area is to use a variety of decorative stone veneers. This will keep your pool area cool and unique.
  • To create a summer oasis, introduce some greenery into your landscape to contrast the concrete and stone around your pool. The lush area combined with the pool will be inviting for anyone to come spend a lazy summer day there.
  • A great way to combine the nature tactic and get some extra privacy is by building a hedge around your pool area.
  • Another way to add some creativity to the hardscape around your pool is by adding designs into the pavers. Fun patterns make your pool area unique.
  • Additionally, an essential part of building a pool is making sure you have the space for gathering. This means building areas around your pool for lounge chairs or even tables for an outdoor meal. If you want to go the extra mile, think about a built-in grill or outdoor kitchen.
  • A submerged step in the water allows people to lounge within the water and makes it easier to get in and out of the pool.
Backyard with stone patio, pool, mulch beds, retaining walls

Gunite Swimming Pool Liner

We only use gunite to build our pools. Gunite is a concrete that is blended from sand, cement, and water and is applied through a high-pressure hose. Once it has dried, it becomes a very hard, sturdy structure.

According to the experts, gunite is more durable and lasts longer than any other material. We’ve found it to be by-far the best material for pool building, so it’s the only kind we use.

Gunite pools are built on site, so the design possibilities are endless. Many other types of pools, such as fiberglass, have to be premade and shaped off site. With gunite, we can make your pool any shape or depth you want. We can also include any extra features, like rock formations, with gunite.

Though gunite pools are made on site to fit the shape of your personal design, they actually hold shape for much longer than fiberglass pools and look much more natural.

Stone patio with pool and retaining walls

Swimming Pool Maintenance

Step 1: Balance the pH Level and Calcium Hardness

Having a pool with the right pH level means it has a good balance between alkalinity and acidity. pH runs on a scale between 0 and 14, with 7 being considered neutral. For a pool, a range between 7.2 and 7.6 is considered ideal, which means that it is slightly more basic (alkaline). A simple pH tester kit will help you figure out if your pH is balanced.

It is also important to have a good level of calcium hardness. “Hard water” contains too much calcium and magnesium. You do not want your pool water to be too hard or soft and again, there are simple tools to test this. If your water is too soft, add a calcium hardness increaser. If your water is too hard, which means it is above 500 parts calcium per million, drain some of the water and add fresh water.

Step 2: Chlorination

This is a step you are probably already familiar with. Pools can breed viruses, bacteria, and algae, all things that you don’t want harming the people using your pool.

A simple solution is to add chlorine, which keeps these unwanted visitors at bay. Your chlorine level should always fall between 1 and 4 parts per million.

There are several ways to chlorinate your pool. The first way is with a basic, slow-dissolving chlorinating tablet. They can be used in a skimmer, floating dispenser, or automatic chlorinator. An additional method is using a liquid chlorinator, which is very powerful and easy to apply. It does, however, have a pretty short shelf life.

Step 3: Shocking Your Pool

It may be shocking, pun intended, but this step is something that should be completed at least once a week. Shocking your pool prevents cloudiness, eye irritation, chlorine odor, as well as a breadth of other factors. Like chlorine, there are several basic products out there to shock your pool and disintegrate products such as sunscreen and cosmetics. There are also products like chlorinating tabs and granules that will both chlorinate and shock your pool.

Step 4: Algaecide

Don’t let algae swarm your pool. Algae can clog your filtration systems, lower water circulation, reduce effectiveness of chemicals, and just generally make your pool look dirty and unusable. A solution to this is to simply buy and algaecide to prevent and treat algae growth.

Step 5: Cleaning out Larger Debris

Never underestimate how much debris could get into your pool, making it look dirty and clogging your filtration systems. Make sure you clean things like leaves out with a net to keep your pool clean and your filtration systems unclogged!

Swimming Pool Filters

What does a swimming pool filter do?

A swimming pool filter is absolutely necessary for your pool. They push water through to remove debris and put clean water back into the pool. Pool owners typically run their pool filters 6-12 hours per day.

The Sand Filter

The sand filter is one of the oldest filtration systems around. It is also one of the more affordable options for a filter. How it works is that a tank is 75 percent filled with sand and the rest is empty space for water. As the filter fills with water, the water is pushed through the sand and the sand collects any debris. The water is then pushed back into the pool. There is also a backwash filter to remove the dirt and debris from the sand. The sand generally needs to be replaced every 3-5 years.

The D.E. Filter

The D.E. filter is pretty similar to the sand filter in the way it functions. Unlike the sand filter, however, the D.E. filter uses a grid with D.E. “fingers” as a medium for filtration. The fingers are coated with a D.E. powder that is made up of crushed sea shells and other sea materials. These fingers are much more effective in trapping microscopic dirt than sand. This leads to the water being safer and more purified. Like the sand filter, the D.E. filter also needs to be backwashed in order to remove dirt and debris from the grid and fingers. During this process, however, much of the D.E. powder is removed, so new powder must be added. While D.E. filtration systems are more effective than sand filters, they require more precautions and work, and are also generally more expensive.

The Cartridge Filter

The cartridge filter is one of the most popular around. The main decision to make is to either get a single element cartridge filter or multiple element cartridge filter. Water is pushed through the cartridge and the cartridge collects the debris and dirt in pleats. The cartridge filter is very maintenance friendly due to its high surface area, so the cartridges only need to be cleaned and degreased (to prevent algae and suntan oil build-up) a couple times per year. Replacement is easy and only needs to done every four to eight years. A cartridge filter does not need to be backwashed or have an added media like sand or powder.

Overhead drawing of landscape design

Installing Your Swimming Pool

Before you can enjoy your fabulous new summer activity, you might have to endure a few weeks of construction in your yard. But after the process is over, one cool dip in the pool will prove it was worth it.

Excavation

The first step in the pool construction process is excavation, or digging out the hole for your pool. Before digging can begin, the pool layout will be marked and we’ll collect any necessary permits and equipment. Then digging begins!

Framing

A substructure will be built in your pool to keep the shape of the pool. A plumbing system and any necessary wiring will be installed. The builder we’ll then build and frame the surrounding pavement or deck areas.

Finishing

The final step of the process is the finish! For our gunite pools, this will be done on site with gunite flowing from a hose. Water will then be added, as well as any other features you may want for your pool area!

Paving around the swimming pool

When designing a pool, you don’t just have the pool itself to think about, you also want to think about the general pool landscape, or poolscape as many call it. This can include any garden areas or nature around your pool, decks, or pavement. The options are endless!

A great way to make your pool unique is to have the area around the pool be made up of versatile paver stones. Pavers provide a plethora of design options from plain to patterned. Plus they aren’t slick when wet, are pleasant to walk on and are textured to help prevent falls.

Landscaped Backyard Pool area with grill and firepit

Landscape Concepts, Inc., will guide you from the start to the finish of any landscape construction project! Our friendly team is waiting and ready to turn your landscape visions into reality!