With the summer on the way, many builders and pool installation experts are receiving inquiries from residential developers, property managers, homeowners, and even commercial/municipal interests about outdoor swimming pools. It is becoming more and more common for them to follow-up with ICF experts and suppliers. This comes as no surprise.
Amoung the common applications for insulated concrete forms, swimming pool installation is becoming a mainstay. It is even being used for more unique features surrounding pools, including waterfalls and grottos. Why has the use of insulated concrete forms for this specialized building project become so popular? Let’s find out.
Why Insulated Concrete Forms are Preferred for Swimming Pool Construction
Helps Maintain Optimal Temperature
The same thermal resistance that makes ICF the preferred method of choice when comfort of occupants is key (i.e. medical facilities, schools, safe rooms, etc.) makes it highly attractive for pools. Experts calculate that up to 80% of a pool’s heat escapes though its bottom and sides. This occurs because the ground conducts heat far more effectively than air can ever accomplish. How do you prevent this? By installing insulated concrete forms that feature continuous insulation. When you use NUDURA ICF (supplied in Alberta by Total ICF) for swimming pools, you prevent heat loss, creating an environment that will allow residents and guests to enjoy the pool longer, without excessive dependance upon the pool’s heating system.
A NUDURA constructed swimming pool
While pools can be attractive for residential property managers and prospective homeowners alike, it can scare them away because of the potential longterm maintenance costs. However, when you build a pool using ICF materials, you significantly reduce the monthly expenditure required to maintain it. It is not uncommon to witness a reduction in total heating requirements by a range of 20 to 70% when compared to traditional pool installation materials. Given Alberta’s climate, those cost savings often fall on the higher end of the scale. In addition to the immediate reduction in ongoing expenses, ICF pools are durable and built to last longer. They can better withstand the brute force of mother nature and other external threats. This feature requires fewer maintenance repairs and overall upkeep, further reducing the lifetime cost of managing an outdoor swimming pool. View more on how ICF construction results in a direct reduction in total operating costs.
“In Time” Construction for the Season
Whether you are building a swimming pool for a single detached family home or residential complex, time is of essence. A homeowner may have decided upon the build in the early spring and hit the market to find a contractor who can provide a quick turnaround time so that the household can enjoy the pool in the coming summer. On the other side, management of a multiunit complex may be looking to fill occupancy as fast as possible. They understand that amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool can be a huge selling point with the warm season on the way. Whatever the case may be, you will want to offer clients that fastest installation. A traditional swimming pool takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete. But when you use insulated concrete forms (efficiently), that time can be cut in half. ICF blocks are lightweight, durable, and can be easily shaped, stacked, manipulated and modified for your custom build. View more on how ICF equals faster construction.
Ready to dive in with insulated concrete forms on your next swimming pool construction project in Alberta? Contact Total ICF at 403-887-2214.