Indoor ready-made polypropylene pool

Indoor pool at the cottage: photos and types of pools

The pool is an opportunity to improve physical fitness and diversify your vacation, and therefore its construction is so popular among summer residents. But entertainment only in summer is often not enough, and if you need to go in for sports, you need to take care of an indoor pool in the country.

These constructions are quite convenient, their advantages cover the high financial costs. The benefits of indoor pools are obvious:

  • year-round access to water treatments
  • installation of a shelter helps to maintain the temperature of the air and water in the room for a longer time, which saves energy for heating
  • does not allow the ingress of debris and dirt, and this helps to save on water purification.

Moreover, the costs of additional equipment of the ventilation system... To create an optimal microclimate, there is a need to install dehumidification and air conditioning systems, since constant humidity must be removed from the room.

Pros and cons of a polypropylene pool for a summer cottage

Before buying a propylene font, you need to find out its strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Subject to the rules of operation, the polypropylene bowl can last up to 30 years. A concrete hot tub will last longer, but it is more difficult to build, more expensive, and the cladding needs to be renewed from time to time.
  2. Polypropylene is both waterproofing and finishing material. There is little dirt accumulation on smooth walls. The pool is easier to disinfect and clean.
  3. The price of a polypropylene hot tub is available to a consumer with an average income. When the bowl is used as an insert for a concrete pool, the owner saves on waterproofing and finishing materials.
  4. The speed of installation work is considered a big plus. A qualified team will hand over the "turnkey" pool in about 1-2 weeks.

  1. Country pools made of polypropylene, obtained by soldering sheets, have more disadvantages. The service life of such a font is much shorter than that of a cast bowl. Even the best quality welding leaves seams that spoil the pool's appearance.
  2. The variety of colors is limited. Polypropylene is usually blue with a greenish or turquoise tint.
  3. For cast bowls, the choice of shapes is limited. Here the owner will have to choose: install what the manufacturer offers or create a font from polypropylene sheets of the desired shape, but with welded seams.

Despite the existing disadvantages, polypropylene is considered one of the best materials for arranging a pool.

Polypropylene for the construction of pools, what you need to know when choosing this material, useful tips

Polypropylene is a special type of plastic that is optimal for the construction of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The material has high performance characteristics, due to which polypropylene hydraulic structures successfully compete with other types of pools (reinforced concrete, fiberglass, collapsible and frame). In addition, polypropylene is easy to work with, which allows you to create various forms of structures and bring unusual ideas to life on your own.


Polypropylene for the pool: technical and operational characteristics of the material

The installation of polypropylene pools has become very popular, since such structures have high-quality, durable waterproofing, have an attractive appearance and a long service life. In technical terms, polypropylene pools are reliable and are not inferior to traditional reinforced concrete hydraulic structures.

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic material characterized by high water resistance and toughness tested for bending, impact and torsion

For the manufacture of pools, standard polypropylene sheets are used with a size of 4 * 1.5 meters and a thickness of 8 and 5 mm. In addition to its special flexibility, polypropylene has the following technical and operational characteristics:

  1. Resistant to temperature fluctuations. Polypropylene sheet for swimming pools retains its qualities in the range from - 40 to + 85 degrees. Withstands short-term temperature exposure + 95 degrees.
  2. The strength of the material. Polypropylene is resistant to high static loads (it is much stronger than polyethylene).
  3. Good dielectric. Polypropylene sheets can be used as electrical insulation material.
  4. Resistance to chemicals. The material can withstand contact with acids, alkalis, liquid metal, corrosive gas.
  5. Low density. Polypropylene sheets have the lowest density among plastics (0.7 g / cc).
  6. Environmental Safety. The material is non-toxic and can be used to make not only bowls for swimming pools, but also containers for transporting food.
  7. Ease of processing. Polypropylene is easy to cut with scissors, sawn, drilled and bent.
  8. Polypropylene sheets are easily polyfusion welded, hot air from an industrial hair dryer and an extruder.

Products made of polypropylene sheet have high performance characteristics (wear resistance, low solubility, elasticity, durability) and have a wide range of applications.

Advantages and disadvantages of polypropylene pools

Polypropylene pools have become widely demanded due to their advantages:

  • versatility - a polypropylene structure can be installed outdoors or indoors (basement, sauna, basement, detached building)
  • the tightness of the hydraulic structure is 100% - this property completely solves the issue of waterproofing the pool
  • low heat and vapor permeability of polypropylene allows you to reduce the consumption of electricity and heat carrier for heating water
  • there is no need to drain water from the pool even in severe frosts (polypropylene is resistant to seasonal temperature fluctuations) - the pool can even be used as a winter ice rink
  • after installation, additional surface finishing of the pool bowl is not required, since the polypropylene sheet already has a finished, attractive appearance (usually blue, white or blue)
  • the surface of the pool when wetted does not slip, is injury-free, does not need complex maintenance and does not fade
  • the surface of polypropylene significantly reduces the likelihood of the appearance and reproduction of fungi and algae in the pool (the cost of purchasing chemicals for pools is significantly reduced)
  • modern technology of "polyfusion welding" allows you to create pools of any complexity and any size
  • the pool can be equipped with additional installations (skimmer, counterflow, hydromassage jets, underwater floodlights)
  • production and installation time for a polypropylene pool is less than for a reinforced concrete structure
  • competitive cost of polypropylene pools (at a price 1.5-2.5 times less than a reinforced concrete pool, a polypropylene structure is in no way inferior to a traditional analogue)
  • the maximum turnkey completion date for the pool is two weeks
  • the manufacture and installation of a polypropylene pool bowl can be done by hand.

The disadvantages of polypropylene pools include:

  • the color of the pool bowl can only be monochromatic, there is no possibility to create a mosaic pattern
  • if the welding of polypropylene sheets was carried out on an automatic machine, then barely noticeable seams may remain.

Creating a pool from a finished polypropylene bowl

Selection of the shape and size of the pool bowl

The variety of sizes and shapes of polypropylene pools surprises and allows you to embody the most daring design ideas.

The size of the pool will depend on the purpose and location:

  • a large bowl will be required to create a fully functional swimming pool
  • medium size suitable for family or counterflow swimming pools
  • Compact bowls can be used to create a decor pool, hot tub or sauna hot tub.

The shape will be determined by the configuration of the site and your own imagination. Typical forms of polypropylene pools include structures in the form of: circle, oval, bean grain, rectangle, corner.

Making a pool bowl with an intricate shape is a more complex process that requires special skills in working with polypropylene

In addition, a pool of complex shape requires more painstaking care - it is necessary to calculate the location and capacity of the filters, regularly purchase additional reagents.

For a home pool, the best shape is a circle, an oval and a rectangle. The traditional design can be diversified with interesting steps, handrails and other functional and decorative elements.

The standard depth of the pool is 1.5-1.6 m, but if you wish, you can order or build a pool bowl with your own hands with other parameters. In the pool where children will swim, it would be good to provide a separate zone with a depth of no more than 1 meter.

Fans of extreme diving from a springboard should provide a zone in the pool with a depth of about 2.5 meters. Alternatively, you can install a pool in which the depth increases gradually.

Foundation pit

First of all, you need to choose a site for the future pool. It is desirable that it is on clay soil. The area around the pool should not be planted with shrubs and trees, so that fallen leaves do not clog the water.

After that, you can start arranging the pit.

  1. Mark the pit. It should be borne in mind that for the convenience of performing the work, the length and width of the pit should be 1 meter more than the dimensions of the pool bowl.
  2. You can dig a pit manually or using an excavator. The depth of the pit should exceed the height of the pool bowl by 30-50 cm.
  3. The bottom of the pit must be leveled, covered with medium-sized crushed stone (layer thickness - 20-30 cm) and tamped.
  4. A mesh of reinforcement is laid (the section of the bar is about 3 cm, the size of the cell is about 25 cm). The grid is placed on bricks, at a height of 5-7 cm from the level of crushed stone. Bricks are installed evenly along the entire bottom of the pit.
  5. Pouring concrete. The thickness of the screed should be about 30 cm. The concrete layer is leveled and left until it hardens completely (about 5 days).
  6. A dense geotextile should be laid on concrete, and on top of it - a heat insulator (foam or extruded polystyrene foam). Foam or EPS sheets are connected together with paper clips or tape.
  7. The resulting "pie" must be covered with black plastic wrap and proceed to the installation of the pool bowl.

Installation of the structure

Depending on the size of the pool, the bowl can be assembled as a whole or assembled from parts already in place. After the pool body is installed, it is necessary to connect the devices (water treatment, filtration, heating systems). The pipes from the systems are led to the service room, from which the equipment maintenance will be carried out.

The subsequent fixing of the pool bowl is as follows:

  1. Spacers are installed inside the pool to hold the walls and the shape of the bowl.
  2. A protective sleeve must be put on all pipes adjacent to the pool.
  3. Formwork should be installed around the pool bowl and reinforced.
  4. Fill the pool bowl with water to a depth of about 30 cm.
  5. Pour concrete around the pool (concrete layer no more than 30 cm).
  6. When pouring concrete, it is important to control that the walls of the pool do not bend. If necessary, install additional spacers.
  7. After the first layer of concrete has hardened (after about a day), add water to the pool by 30-40 cm and pour the second layer of concrete no more than 30 cm thick.
  8. Step by step, adhering to the described technology, it is necessary to make concreting of the external walls of the pool.
  9. After the concrete has completely solidified, the formwork is dismantled, the space between the wall of the pit and the concrete must be filled with sand and ground.
  10. The territory adjacent to the pool should be “refined” (lay tiles, plant a lawn and flowers, install lighting).

How to independently make a pool from polypropylene sheets: an algorithm of actions and useful recommendations

If you wish, you can buy sheet polypropylene for the pool and create a bowl yourself. To do this, you need to prepare the following tools and materials:

  • polypropylene sheets of dimensions 4 * 1.5 m (the thickness of the sheet for the bowl is 8 mm, for the manufacture of internal steps you can take thinner - 5 mm)
  • soldering iron for polypropylene (hand extruder or hot air gun (hair dryer))
  • extruder attachments for joining sheets at different angles
  • polypropylene rod for welding seams
  • tools for cutting polypropylene (tools designed for cutting wood are suitable).

Tools for welding polypropylene are expensive, so it is advisable not to buy them, but to rent them from a company that works with plastic sheets

The manufacturing technology of polypropylene pools is as follows:

  1. Draw up a drawing indicating all the required dimensions of the pool (height of the sides, length, width of the pool, turning angle or radius of the circle).
  2. Show schematically the location of the steps (internal - from polypropylene or hinged - from metal). The steps inside the pool look very nice and they are more convenient than the hinged ones, but in order to build them you will have to work extra: calculate the number of steps, material consumption, "cut out" the elements of the steps from polypropylene sheets and weld them together.
  3. We make the base of the pool - weld the required number of sheets together and lay the canvas on the prepared bottom of the pit.
  4. Draw the outline of the future pool on the basis.
  5. Solder the polypropylene sheets in such a way that a canvas is obtained:
    • canvas width = height of the sides of the pool
    • canvas length = pool perimeter - the length of the side with steps (if hinged steps are installed in the pool, then all sides of the pool are taken into account).
  6. Install the canvas (pool walls) on the base of the bowl (strictly along the contour) and weld from the outside to the bottom.
  7. Install spacers and center the pool walls against the bottom.
  8. Craft steps. On the inside, the joints between the steps are better welded with a rod (oval), and on the outside - with an extruder with a seam nozzle - 90 degrees.
  9. Connect the finished steps to the side of the pool and check the joints.
  10. Mount the pool side with steps to the overall structure (weld from the outside with a hand extruder - side seams and seams along the bottom).
  11. After welding the stairs, bottom and walls, stiffeners must be welded. A hot air gun and welding rod can be used. The distance between the stiffeners is about 60 cm, the polypropylene thickness is 8 mm.
  12. If desired, the walls of the pool can be insulated with foam.

The do-it-yourself pool bowl is ready. The further procedure for installing the pool ("wiring" communications, pouring concrete, decorating the territory) is similar to the installation of the finished bowl described above.

Polypropylene is easy to use and durable in operation, and pools made of "thermoplastic sheet" are gaining more and more popularity every year due to their numerous advantages.

Finishing work with a bowl

When the installation of the polypropylene pool is over, everything is installed, the space around the bowl is filled up. It is advisable to assemble the formwork and concrete the given space.When pouring with concrete, care must be taken that the walls of the bowl do not bend. Only before the start of the last stage of excavation is it necessary to make a trial run of the pool. For this, spacers are installed from the outside and the bowl is poured with water. This technique allows you to make sure the quality of the welding, that there are no leaks.

Repair and maintenance of a propylene pool

Pools made of polypropylene belong to the category of the most reliable structures. But even with high quality, such pools have to be repaired.

If you do not need to make any global changes - replacing waterworks, or re-equipping the pool lighting, or the pool room itself, which can be attributed to a major overhaul - then only minor and medium repairs remain.

Small repair Is an unforeseen repair. It can happen anytime: a backlight or a water heating element burned out, or a water supply pipe burst (usually made of PVC), or something else - these are all minor repairs.

Medium repair it is provided when not individual elements of a system fail, but the whole system: filtration, or heating, or hydraulic control of the spa pool. It may also require repair of the pool bowl itself (more often this is due to poor-quality welding of the seams).

So that there are as few repairs as possible, need proper care behind polypropylene pools. The main scourge of these structures is dirt and chemicals. It is necessary to completely clean the pool from dirt at least once a year mechanically, but for this you need to use detergents and disinfectants that are neutral to polypropylene, which are sold in all household chemical stores.

If you decide to build a pool with your own hands, then will need special equipment, materials. The most popular artificial water structures are made from propylene.

This does not require large finances, the technological process of manufacturing a pool from polypropylene will save almost 2 times the budget, and a multifunctional, easy-to-feed material will allow you to design a structure of any complexity.

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