Types of Pools
Whether you’re considering an Indoor or Outdoor pool, an In-Ground pool, or an Above -Ground pool, we have the expertise to make your vision come to life.
Corfu Energy Experts can construct anything from stunning infinity pools to impressive natural swimming pools.
In- Ground VS. Above-Ground Pools
Consider your budget and surroundings when deciding what type of pool suits you.
A permanently installed in-ground pool can add value to your home. It can also enhance your landscape by providing a water feature that creates a pleasing view from inside the house or from a patio or deck.
An In-ground pool also provides a place for entertaining, exercise or lounging. An in-ground pool is a more significant investment than an Above – Ground pool, because it is a more permanent structure.
We have a broad variety of options for In-ground Pools, with countless shapes and styles available, as well as many options for the materials for the liner or walls, and the decking or paving materials to surround it.
We also offer a variety of extra’s , such as waterfalls, slides and diving boards.
Most in-ground pools are made of either concrete (gunite or shotcrete), vinyl or fibreglass with concrete being the most popular, according to The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP).
Above Ground Pools
The advantage with an above -ground pools is that they are quicker to install, they arrive in a kit form and are erected by our team of installers. An above ground pool usually does not require a licence making it a more cost effective option all round.
Many higher-end above-ground pools include decking and railing options that are included in the price or can be added on at purchase. They can be heated to extend your swimming time. An above-ground pool is, by far, the least-expensive option for a pool. Kids love them, and built-in fencing and locking gate options make them safe as long as an there is adult supervision.
Above-ground pools typically come in a variety of different shapes.
Concrete with Plaster or Aggregate Finishes
Using steel-reinforced concrete to form a shell, concrete and plaster are the most common in-ground pool-building materials and were the first ones used when residential pools became popular. Why? Concrete is durable and porous, allowing the plaster-coated shell to hold water, provide stability, and to be re-plastered when needed, adding to its longevity.
Here’s how it works: after a hole has been excavated, the sides and bottom of the hole are lined or framed with rebar (steel rods). Along with adding steps, ramps, and other features.
After the rebar is positioned, the pool shell is made by spraying a finish using shotcrete or gunite. This spray-on method helps a contractor in deciding the size and shape of a concrete pool. In most cases, a pool with modern curves should not cost any more than the same-size pool with a more traditional, angular shape.
Pools that are lined with vinyl are built with metal or plastic frames above ground or set into the excavated hole. Prefab supporting walls or panels made of plastic, steel, or aluminium are joined to the frame, making a form that is then lined with heavy vinyl to form the pool shell. The bottom of a vinyl liner sits on a bed of sand or other material, while the top is held down by the coping, which creates a finished edge and also acts as a border for the pool deck.
Like other materials. Some liners come equipped with fungus and UV inhibitors, which can extend the life of a vinyl liner from 10 to about 18 years onwards.
A swimming pool made of fibre glass will be sold as a large one-piece shell that arrives at your home by truck and then is positioned in the excavated hole with the help of a crane. Unlike concrete pools, fibre glass pools are ready-made, making it rare to request a customized design. Most fibre glass manufacturers offer many models and sizes to choose from. Steps, spas, and benches are usually preformed.
Fibre glass makes the pool-building process quick and easy. Its smooth interior surface is more slick, making it tough for algae to cling to.
Various materials can be added to pool surfaces made of concrete or plaster, including tile, stone, and man-made textures.
Alternative finishes with textures are becoming increasingly popular, like pebble aggregate or (Pebble Tec®, a glass alternative Beadcrete®, WetEdge’s Primera Stone®, NPT’s JewelScapes®, StoneScapes®, and QuartzScapes®). Expect these aggregate finishes to last about 8 to 12 years.
Corfu Energy Experts has over 15 years experience in designing and constructing hydrotherapy pools and has a unique understanding of the benefits of this form of natural therapy.
Each hydrotherapy pool is designed with the individual needs of the user, carer and family in mind.
What are the main considerations when building a hydrotherapy pool?
Unlike traditional domestic swimming pools, building a hydrotherapy pool requires specialist knowledge and equipment. A hydro pool needs to be tailored to the specific needs of an individual which will affect the planning and design, as well as the equipment required and cost of a hydrotherapy pool.
While a hydro pool is crucial for pain relief and treating major physical problems, it isn’t just the water that’s important. For many conditions, the lighting, heating, strength of the jets and even sounds can impact on the comfort of the user.
The Advantages of Hydrotherapy
Injury to any part of the body leaves the rest of the nerves, bone and muscle to re-adjust and compensate for the trauma. This frequently causes pain and spasticity.
Massage and standard physiotherapy does not always work, or provide relief from pain.
Hydrotherapy can be used many ways. It can speed up the recovery time after surgery or accidental injury.
Permanent injury can be treated with a more holistic approach to hydrotherapy, simply floating, gently moving and relaxing muscles provides a new freedom not possible any other way.
All long term users of hydrotherapy pools have specific needs, so each individual should have a hydrotherapy pool designed to meet their own requirements.
Access to the hydrotherapy pool should be easy and dignified, it should not feel like a medical assault course.
The whole experience of using hydrotherapy pools should be relaxing and pleasurable.
Hydrotherapy gives drug free respite from pain and a freedom of movement not possible with any other therapies.