IT IS NOT ONLY NOT EASY IT IS NOT POSSIBLE.CONCRETE POOLS ARE A CONCRETE "TANK" AND GUNITE OR SOME SIMILAR MATERIAL USED AS A SUFACE COATING . THE TANK IS MADE FIRST OF STEEL REBARS THEN THE CONCRETE IS SHOT IN PLACE GIVING YOU A CONCRETE SHELL .TO DO THIS TO A VINYL POOL THE ONLY PART YOU COULD USE WOULD BE THE HOLE IN THE GRUOND THAT YOUR VINYL POOL IS SITTING IN.IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU THEY CAN DO IT ...CLOSE YOUR CHECKBOOK AND WALK AWAY --THATS FROM SOMEONE WITH OVER 20 YRS IN THE BUSINESS.
IS IT EASY TO BUILD A GUNITE POOL OUT OF A LINER POOL SHELL?
A licensed swimming pool professional builder can build a new pool inside of your old shell, of course your new pool will be around 1-1.5 feet smaller. Count on demo costs with the old pool shell also. You have options with any kind of remodel job, another reason for hiring a professional with a license.
So is it easy - yes,yes, But only if your the licensed swimming pool professional or you just hired one. getapool.com take care good swimming
Easy? No way. As a professional pool builder that has shot gunite pool shells inside existing vinyl liner pools, I can tell you that the job is actually harder than building a pool from scratch. If your just going to shoot inside the existing hole the pool will end up being smaller as stated above and shallower as well to accommodate for the 6 inches of gunite that will be added. All of the existing returns have to be cut back and extended to allow for this, the main drain should be dug up and replaced with a gunite drain, and the skimmer should be cut out and replaced with a gunite skimmer. the deck should be cut back, but alternately coping can be installed to line back up with the existing deck. The deck will have to be cut out around the vinyl skimmer to make way for the gunite skimmer replacement, I have seen people not replace the skimmer but this leaves a good place for a future leak, I wouldn't recommend it. The plastic steps will have to be removed as well. You may want the bottom dug out so it can be made deeper and larger as the hopper area on most vinyl pools are small and tapered. It's a job to say the least, but it is possible. Cost wise it will probably run more than a gunite pool from scratch. The only things you are using over is the deck, the hole, and the plumbing.For more information go to howtobuildaningroundpool.com
If you are tired of replacing your vinyl liners, why not check out fiberglass as an option. A new fiberglass surface can be applied to your pool, and you will get a much longer life out of it. You can read more at: http://www.advancedpoolcoatings.com
Afraid not. Vinyl liner pools are built using "concrete receptor coping" into which the deck is poured. It also contains the "bead receptor" that the vinyl liner attaches to. Actually YES it can. You would want to do this during a liner replacement but it can be done. You would have to remove the concrete from around the perimeter of the pool, remove/ replace the "concrete receptor coping" with bead receiver, aluminum extrusion, form/pour a bond beam, then lay your stone. Not really an easy do it yourself job but it can be done.
No Gel Liner is better that liquid liner and pencil pencil you have to sharpen and it is hard to apply a neat straight line. Liquid liner smears easy and is hard to get off. Gel liner is perfect no sharpening or smears and neat fine line and is easy to get of with vasoline or soap and water. Hope this works for you!
I think you are asking about above-ground, versus a concrete inground. In ground:PROS:Nice looking, more durable/not very suceptable to damage or UV detioration (except for ground shift). Last many years (30+, if maintained well and in good soil) CONS: Expenseive to build. Expensive to repair. Permanent. Ground shifting, as with clay soils, cn cause structural damage. You are stuck with the design/style you have. Above ground:PROS: Cost less. Easy to put up. Easy to take down. Easy/inexpensive to get the latest style/features CONS: Some people consider them tacky compared to inground. More subject to damage and UV deterioration. Do not last very many years(3-5) I have inground gunite pool. I like the look of it, but if I were starting from scratch I would probably opt for an above-ground pool. == == Pros: don't have to deal with walls cracking, easier to install and cheaper, easier to clean since it has a smooth surface, quicker to install. Cons: can't let your animals swim on it for they might scratch the liner, can be subject to puncture and locating it could be hard.
I am a big fan of Fiberglass pools. I have had vinyl liner pools and concrete pools. Fiberglass pools are easy to clean, they manitain chemical balance better, and the surface does not need to be refinished as often as concrete pools. The only downside is that the surface of fiberglass pools can be a bit more slippery than concrete but that has not caused any problems for us.
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