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Common Terms for Swimming Pool Construction

Swimming Pool Construction Terms

If you have never had a swimming pool of your own, the people who create them may speak a language that you are not yet familiar with. Many of our customers are first-time pool owners, and they have mentioned that they are unfamiliar with the vocabulary that pool builders use to describe and calculate the layout of swimming pools. You will have a better understanding of precisely what we mean when we talk about the technical specifications after reading this article.


The “beam” that runs across the middle of the swimming pool is an essential component of the construction. This section of the pool may be found at the very top; it outlines the curve of the perimeter, and it will be helpful in determining how far around the pool structure the perimeter goes. Typically, this is the location where the ornamental stone edge is laid directly above the tile that lines the inside of the pool.


The term “coping” refers to the material that lines the top of the “beam” of the pool and follows the form above the tiles that line the waterline. The edge of the pool is not submerged in water. A “control joint” will connect the backside of this material to the concrete decking that will be installed on top of it. Brick, flagstone, or travertine are the available options for your included paving material.


The measurement of the pool beam is similar to when the form of the pool is being traced. In certain circles, it is also known as the “pool beam.” The graphic that may be seen below serves just as a high-level overview of the terms. When figuring out the size of the pool’s interior surface area, the perimeter of a free-form pool is very important.

The usual measurement for rebar is 10 inches “o/c,” which stands for “on center.” This results in a square that is 10 inches on each side. This standard specification is rendered obsolete by the increased use of steel spaced at 8 inches on center. Therefore, we erected a sturdy steel cage made of rebar. The “boxed beam” is superior to the norm because it incorporates four of the 5/8″ steel bars into the pool beam in the form of a continuous loop.


It is a kind of concrete that can be “shot” via a high-pressure hose and poured at a high velocity; when it has had sufficient time to harden, our gunite can cure to a pressure of up to 4,000 psi. Gunite applicators are REQUIRED to have certification in order for us to honor our lifetime guarantee. Concrete’s curing strength is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI), which indicates how much pressure the material can withstand before breaking.

Surface Area

This term refers to the total square footage of space that is comprised solely of water inside the swimming pool. This is a top-down, two-dimensional picture of the pool’s footprint, which may be interpreted either as the size of the pool itself or as the amount of space in the yard that the pool will take up.

The Interior of the Pool

Before a gunite pool can contain any water or be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the inside must first be finished to a high standard and then sealed. The inside surface of the pool is made of a substance that adheres to the gunite shell. This material not only prevents the pool water from leaking out, but it also adds a very great aesthetic appeal to the appearance and feel of the pool as a whole. There are all sorts of wacky additions and pricing, but we can provide you with a quartz mix that is forty percent quartz, with blue flakes that are optional on a white foundation and a guarantee that lasts seven years.


Concrete, textured concrete, pavers, wood, Trex, tile, or any of these other materials may be used to construct the pool decking. The region that is regarded as decking is the area that surrounds the perimeter of the pool. Decking may be concrete that is 4 inches thick and should have footing and piers as necessary around the sides to prevent cracking or separation.


The substance is known as “mastic” will be used to seal the pool perimeter control joint once all of the coping and decking have been completed as described above, as well as after some time has passed. If you choose a sealant of the exposed flexible kind that has a beautiful finish, you can make sure that water from the pool or rain does not seep into the control joint gap.

The Primary Dugout

This is the point at which the nine to fourteen individual pipes that make up the pool’s plumbing system come together. The main trench will lead to the pool’s equipment, and each pipe will be connected to its own connection.


The filtration pump is the primary pump in the swimming pool (or spa), and its job is to circulate water through the system and all of the pool’s components. When combining a pool and spa, the necessary equipment will be shared. We provide a number of options for selecting the appropriate pool filtration pump, including models with a single speed, two speeds, and variable speeds. This is the pump that will turn on every day and contribute to the maintenance of a clear pool.

Control Center

The components that make up your pool’s equipment need to be managed by a single device that is able to keep track of recurring timers, schedules, and run times. We provide a variety of options, ranging from conventional analog timers to comprehensive digital automation equipped with WIFI connectivity. All of our digital pool controllers have the ability to manage devices, set schedules, and control the lights. Several versions also come with wireless remotes and other high-tech features as standard.

Cleaner for the Pool

Our swimming pools are equipped with self-cleaning systems as standard features. It is a robotic form of pressure-side cleaner that will capture leaves, filth, pine needles/cones, gumballs, and anything else that falls to the bottom of the pool. These cleaners work by applying pressure from the side. In each of our pools, you’ll find a Polaris 280/380 automated pressure side pool cleaner that we’ve installed. Better than any cleanser manufactured by the AquaBot or Dolphin brand, period!

Filtration is one of the most important factors to consider when trying to achieve a brilliantly clean appearance in your pool. Our cartridge filters are able to remove particles from the pool water that are so minute that they are undetectable to the naked eye. In a combination pool and spa, the filter may be shared between the pool and the spa, depending on which mode the combination is operating in. Our swimming pools are filtered by Hayward Swim Clear cartridges, each of which has four components and should only need to be cleaned once every half a year on average.

Sanitation refers to the use of chlorine as a method for maintaining the cleanliness of the swimming pool’s water. The presence of chlorine in swimming pool water helps prevent the growth of microorganisms. We provide a variety of alternatives, including chlorine tablets, salt chlorine generators, ultraviolet and ozone chlorine generators, to ensure that your pool is clean and free from danger at all times. Because some choices, like chlorine pills, have the potential to irritate certain swimmers, you can be certain that we will provide the most appropriate chlorine solution for your pool.

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