Should you have your pool built or build it yourself?
Building a swimming pool involves several types of expertise, all of equal importance: structural engineering, (masonry, earthwork, concrete), hydraulics (water, hoses, pump, filter) and electricity (which is particularly tricky since we are working in the vicinity of water).
It is therefore generally advisable to call in a professional (pool installer or pool builder) who will also deal with the administrative procedures and give you a ten-year guarantee on the pool. There are pool builders in all regions of the country and you should certainly be able to find one not far from where you live.
Having your pool built
You have looked at all the pool stores and pool manufacturers and read all the pool documentation available on the Internet and you have an idea of what you want. How should you go about building your pool?
Start by asking for estimates from several professionals (pool builders or pool stores), compare prices, estimates, types of pools and technical equipment. Your pool estimate should contain details of the make and type of equipment. Also ask for photos of completed projects, but not just the pools. You should know that, for example, the layout of the equipment room (good pipe alignment, suitable bends, finishes) speaks volumes about the professionalism of the person you are dealing with.
Word-of-mouth can give you valuable information in a very short time about your potential pool builder. Membership of the FPP (French Federation of Pool Professionals) is often a guarantee of reliability.
Finally, when you have chosen the company you want to do business with, make sure it is available for the envisaged period. Also, always ask for guarantees. Any reputable company will offer you a ten-year guarantee. Remember that this guarantee will be your sole recourse in the event of a problem with the structural work or a construction fault.
You should quickly agree an operational schedule with your pool builder for the installation of your pool, which will allow you to keep a watchful eye on the progress of the project at every stage of its development.
Building your pool yourself
Self-building a swimming pool is generally related to economic constraints and is perfectly feasible for those who are really skilled and have time at their disposal. Otherwise, you should avoid embarking on an adventure that may become very complicated: it is better to wait until you have the appropriate budget and then have it built by a professional.
However, if you choose this method of construction, prefabricated kits containing all the necessary equipment for building your own pool are available on the market. They come with instructions for use, but more importantly, you can rely on technical advice and possibly help from the manufacturer.
You may of course decide to build a masonry pool without any outside assistance, provided you can get detailed information on the best practices to be applied and the administrative procedures to be completed. Also bear in mind that the structural work will not be covered by any guarantee.
Our pool advice: with respect to building your own pool, take the necessary time pto assess the situation, so that you can embark on the work in full knowledge of the facts, and remember that for your pool to remain a pleasure, it must not become a chore.Administrative considerations How much does a pool cost? How to choose the right pool equipment