How to install a semi-inground pool
Semi-inground pools have many benefits that have made them very popular in recent years. Are you wondering how to install one and what the advantages are?
The experts at Excavation Chanthier, Montreal’s top excavation and demolition company, will answer all your questions and explains how to install a semi-inground pool step by step.
What is a semi-inground pool?
A semi-inground pool is the perfect compromise between an inground pool that requires major earthworks and an above-ground pool that is easy to install and remove.
Unlike an inground pool, the semi-inground pool is made up of a buried part and a visible part. Earthworks are often necessary for the installation of a semi-inground swimming pool to stabilize the ground where it will be installed. However, these works are much less extensive than for an inground pool. This applies to both the installation and demolition of an inground pool, which will be more complex than that of a semi-inground pool.
These swimming pools are best suited for terrains with slopes or relief. The semi-inground pool is also safer, since the raised coping limits the risk of falling. This also does not prevent the installation of the safety structures required by law.
Installing a semi-inground pool in 3 steps
The installation of a semi-inground pool is relatively easy. Anyone with a minimum of DIY skills can install it themselves. The work involved in installing a semi-inground pool can be broken down into 3 steps.
1. Prepare the ground
Ground preparation includes earthworks, if necessary, and excavation work. Several options are available:
- Rent heavy equipment to do the work yourself using different types of excavators and excavator buckets
- Hire Excavation Chanthier’s residential excavation service and have the work done professionally
2. Install the semi-inground pool
To begin installing the semi-inground pool, start with the walls of the pool. The walls need to be raised with wedges in order to leave enough space for the concrete to be poured to support and stabilize the bottom of the pool.
3. Install the waterproof membrane
Once the ground is installed, install the waterproof membrane of your pool along with the modular panels. Finally, all you have to do is install the water filtration system.
What materials are needed to build a semi-inground pool?
Semi-inground pools are usually sold in kit form and consist of modular panels that need to be assembled together to form the structure of the pool.
Wood semi-inground pool
Wood is undoubtedly the most common material used for semi-inground pools. It is an affordable and visually appealing material, which can be enhanced with a coping or a terrace with a wooden staircase. The only drawback is that wood is sensitive to moisture. You should therefore make sure to choose an autoclave-treated pine or a composite wood, for example.
Metal semi-inground pool
Metal semi-inground pools, which are often made of steel, are much more resistant to moisture and ground movement (unlike wood). Because it has less aesthetic appeal, the exterior part of a metal semi-inground pool is usually covered with wood.
Concrete semi-inground pool
Concrete semi-inground pools are the closest thing to inground pools. The main strengths of these pools are their sturdiness and resistance. However, installing a semi-inground concrete pool demands extensive work, from digging the pool to pouring the concrete. You will almost always need to hire a professional to do the work.
Semi-inground pool shells
If you go for a prefabricated semi-inground pool shell, you can choose between polyester or resin. The main advantages of this type of pool are that it arrives ready-made at your home in the shape you want.
Semi-inground pool benefits
The benefits of a semi-inground pool are similar to those of an inground pool. These pools are some of the most comfortable pools available. The lifespan of an inground pool is similar to a semi-inground pool.
There is a wide range of pool depths to choose from, which are not much different from inground pools. Where semi-inground pools have the edge over inground models is in their aesthetics. They often add real charm to your exterior with their wood finish.
As mentioned earlier in this article, installing a semi-inground pool is easier, more accessible and, above all, faster than an inground pool. Semi inground pools generally require less maintenance because the elevation above the ground prevents leaves and other dirt from getting into the pool.
Last but certainly not least, semi-inground pools cost less than inground pools. They generally cost between $3,500 for steel pools and $15,000 for the most expensive ones on the market made of composite wood or concrete.
Excavation Chanthier, your Montreal excavation and demolition expert
In short, you have every reason to want to install a semi-inground pool.
To make the installation even easier, choosing the right company for your excavation work will greatly simplify your life. The experts at Excavation Chanthier are ready to help you with the installation of your semi-inground pool, whether you need excavation or earthworks done. Contact us today to tell us about your project.