Selecting the right contractor is a difficult decision. For many consumers, price is the number one reason for their selection. However, be aware that while purchasing construction services from an unlicensed contractor may be cheaper, it is also riskier for the homeowner.
The Right License for Pool Builders
Per the California Contractors State License Board, swimming pools and spas can be built by contractors with a:
C-53 Swimming Pool license
a General Building (B) license or
a C-27 Landscaping contractor
Both the B and C-27 are required to contract with a licensed C-53 to perform the work or also carry a C-53 classification.
Contractor License Requirements
Contractors in the state of California are required to carry a current, valid license for any work contracted for $500 or more. The license must be in their trade classification or as a General B they can contract with other subcontractors licensed in their trade. Licensing provides some basic securities to protect the homeowner. Licensed contractors are:
required to pass a trade examination
verify that they have four years’ experience at the journeymen level
pass a background investigation
carry a bond in the amount of $15,000
and carry worker’s compensation insurance, at the amount required
In addition, sales representatives are required by the CSLB to be registered as a Home Improvement Salesperson which requires, they pass a background check.
The Contractor’s Board is your Partner
The Contractors State License Board serves as a consumer advocate. Should an issue arise when working with a licensed contractor, consumers can file a complaint with the CSLB who can step in to help settle disagreements.
Homeowner’s who choose to work with unlicensed contractors may have little recourse if the project runs into trouble.
Working with a licensed contractor can be a bit more expensive because the contractor does incur additional cost to maintain their legal standing. However, it will also afford you protection as a consumer, in addition to safety and protection of your home.
A homeowner who wants a little extra warmth, as well as a little extra beauty and coziness in their yard, will most like wan to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. A fire feature can fit in with the area in a homeowners yard around a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, or garden.
Fireplaces can be made of many different types of materials. There are some portable options, but most do not last too long and untimely do not have the same beauty as a fireplace that was built to be part of the yard’s overall look and décor. While metal and wood burning outdoor fireplaces are available, you’ll find stone, stucco tile and brick are among the most common. There are so many options for fireplaces so it is best to review magazines or peruse showroom for ideas. In addition, it is very important to work with your designer to find the right option that will work in your yard.
A fire pit is exactly how it sounds. It is a pit that is excavated into the ground where you can enjoy fire, normally coming from an installed gas line. There are also many options and materials when choosing the right look for the fire pit. Work with a professional designer to determine what will work best with your particular yard.
To learn more about the type fireplaces or fire pits that you can install in your yard, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.
Most people recognize that in order to enjoy a pool in their yard, it requires the services of experienced and skilled professionals. Here are the steps it takes to build an in-ground swimming pool:
Plan & Design
A plan and design is the first step. A designer can help a homeowner decide on the right pool. Does the homeowner want a big pool for family and friends? Or simply a lap pool for morning exercise? What is the shape of the pool? Will it have a spa? Will it be on more than one level with a cascading waterfall? Is there going to be a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and how will the yard get shade? As you can tell, there are a lot of decisions to be made before a pool can be built.
Digging, Plumbing & Electrical
Once the blueprints and plan is in place, it is time to dig the hole in the ground. The next step is to add rebar to reinforce the bottom and the sides of the pool. After this, the plumbing is installed and an electrician will wire the pool for lights and other features. These steps all require licensed professionals.
Form & Surface
The next step is to give the pool its form and shell. A shell can be made of fiberglass, vinyl or poured concrete. Concrete is the strongest material. It is also more expensive than the other choices, but lasts longer and is ideal for large pools. Then the pool needs its surface. It can be plaster, but Pebble Tec® has become increasingly more popular in the last couple of decades due to its longevity.
Water & Chemicals
Next, the pool is filled with water. The pool is usually filled with water from the garden hose. It can also be filled from a water truck. Once it is filled, the water will need chemicals to kill algae and microorganisms and make sure the water is sparkling clean. Once the chemicals are applied, it will take a little some time before the pool is ready to use.
To learn more about putting a pool in your yard, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.
A raised bond beam, or RBB, is a wall on your pool that extends above the surface of the water. It usually ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet in height. Not only does it add depth and dimension to your pool and yard, but it also supports the pools integrity with reinforced rebar. Read on to learn more about the benefits of RBB.
While a RBB can be built on level land, one of the great benefits of RBB is that it allows pools to be built in areas of a property that would otherwise be unworkable, such as on a slope. The RBB serves as a kind of retaining wall to keep back the soil. This allows the pool to be built into a slope that results in one part of the deck being a different height than other areas which separates the pool itself into two or more levels.
The RBB raised wall can be covered with stone or quartz or tiles that really will give your yard beauty and depth. It can also accommodate a waterfall or light fixtures and can even allow your spa to be elevated so that the warm water flows down to your pool. The options of incorporating an RBB are only limited by the imagination of the owner and the pool designer.
Raised bond beams are not only functional and allow for more options with a yard that has a slope, but add to the pool’s luxurious look. The creativity and beauty is endless when including a raised bond beam in your pool. To learn more about RBB, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.
There is nothing like a warm pool! But to keep the heater on at all times could be expensive. It is important to understand what temperature your pool should be kept at especially when you are a new pool owner.
What is the Best Temperature?
According to the American Red Cross, the ideal temperature for a swimming pool is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not only a comfortable temperature for most swimmers but saves energy. However, if the pool is used by the very young or the elderly, the temperature is best set a couple of degrees warmer.
How Much Does it Cost to Heat a Pool?
The cost to heat a pool depends on the size of the pool, the heating system, how much the pool is used and how warm the pool owner wants their water. There’s also the cost of installing the heating system in the first place and making sure it is maintained regularly.
A heated pool does add to the cost of having a pool, but few things are more incredible than swimming in a body of warm water. To learn more heating for your pool, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.
Pool covers can be made out of vinyl, polyethylene, bubble wrap or even solar. While every pool does not need a cover, there are a variety of reasons that is beneficial, including save an owner a lot of extra work and even extend the pool season. Read on to learn some benefits of a pool cover.
Keep the Pool Warm
Covering up a heated pool when it’s not in use saves energy and will reduce heat loss. This is especially important if you live in a location where the temperatures drop significantly at night. If the pool is not covered, the water temperature can drop as much as 5 degrees during the night. With a cover on, the temperature loss is about half that. The cover also stops the water from losing heat by protecting it from cooling winds. It is a good idea to keep the pool covered at night to retain the warm water. This will also save you money as you will not need to spend as much to heat your pool.
Slow Down Evaporation
A pool that has no cover loses about an inch to an inch and a half of water every week because of evaporation. Though that may not sound like a lot, for a large pool, it means hundreds of gallons. The pool cover also prevents the chemicals that keep the water clear and clean from evaporating as well.
Covers prevent debris, such as leaves and bugs, from entering your pool. A cover saves you time from having to strain the pool with a net every time you want to use it. Just think, you’ll be able to spend this time swimming instead!
There are many pool covers to choose from. Some are manual, where the owner has to pull it on and off and others allow you to put it on and off with the push of a button. The takeaway is that a pool cover can save you money, time and labor. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.