Frequently Asked Questions
Why Choose a Concrete Pool?
Whilst initially concrete swimming pools are slightly more expensive than fiberglass or vinyl liners, there are far more advantages for choosing a concrete swimming pool:
Flexible: Concrete pools offer more flexibility when choosing a swimming pool as they are built to suit your unique location. Any shape, size or depth and can be designed to meet your specific requirements. Contrary to common belief, concrete swimming pools can be built both in-ground and out-of-ground.
Individuality: Because they are so flexible, concrete swimming pools allow you to choose to add special features such as islands, steps & ledges, wet edges, beaches, bays and more.
Finishing: When it comes to choosing interior finishes, concrete swimming pools are far more versatile, offering a wide range of finishings such as as tiles, pebbles, quartz, coloured render and more.
What are popular pools sizes and where might it go on my block?
The average pool size has reduced over the past 10 years along with the size of the average Brisbane backyard. We are Brisbane’s most technically capable pool builder and we’ve built every sized pool for every size of property.
Some of our pools have been positively enormous, while in contrast we also regularly install the smallest plunge pools in homes only a few metres wide. Consideration of uses for the total outdoor space, as well as budget, will determine how much of your yard can be occupied by the pool.
Other factors that may influence your sizing choice may be; position of water or sewer mains, shading from major trees or the dwelling, access to other parts of the block (eg garage at back), topography of the land.
Average plunge pool are typically 5×3 metres, 6×4 metres to 7×3 metres
Average family pool size are 7×3 metres, 8×4 metres or 9×4 metres
Typical lap pools sizes can be 9×2.5 metres, 10×3 metres to 15×3 metres
I don't have much space. Can I still have a pool?
With an inexperienced builder the list could possibly be endless. Financial problems, completion delays, arguments over additional payments, damage to sewer or water mains, warranty claim issues. We’ve even heard many stories of pools popping out of the ground like a boat because the hydrostatic valve was incorrectly installed and failed (you get the picture).
When shopping around ask the potential builder… Do you look after council approvals and water board? Do you offer a completion guarantee? How many pools have you built? What are your inclusions? Are your components (pipes, steel etc) imported or Australian made? Are you a Master Builder? Do you charge extra for temporary fencing? Can I inspect a pool you’ve built in a suburb nearby to me? If so, look for cracking, large radius corners (pool is shaped like a bowl), poor craftsmanship such as loose or uneven tiling, signs of messy mortar and concrete, even staining!
Contact us on 0417 736 086 for no-cost expert advice on what else to look for or ask about when shopping around.
Is salt water better than chlorine?
Chlorine has been around for many years and is still the best way to achieve the cleanest and safest water to swim in.
Salt water chlorinators also produce chlorine in smaller doses to keep your pool clean and safe to swim in.
Aztec Pools is still yet to be convinced with some of the alternative products on the market. We have used other products on customers’ request over the years and have always reverted back to chlorine and salt chlorinators as they are proven performers.
What are Waterline tiles?
Waterline tiles are set directly under the coping and help with the appearance of your pool as well as the colour of the reflection on the water.
The main reason tiles are great for your new pool is they are easier to clean and avoid the bath-ring effect should you ever let the water quality degrade dramatically. We recommend up to a 300mm waterline tile band to give the appearance the tiles are well under the water line.
Do I need my neighbours permission to build a pool?
Aztec Pools can organise all of your approvals and any notifications required.
We always follow the QBCC (Building Code of Australia) and build within these codes ensuring approval is achieved without delay.
What if we hit rock during the excavation process?
With so much experience in all areas of Brisbane, Aztec Pools has a good understanding of which suburbs are more likely to contain rock. Also we have found that most clients already know if there may be rock their area.
Prior to excavation, we try to estimate the amount of possible rock so there is less likelihood of unwelcome surprises.
How long does it take to build a quality pool?
An engineer will be required to provide the necessary drawings and documentation for Local Council Approval.
After an engineer has designed the structural requirements and specification Aztec Pools & Landscaping can then carefully cost out the scope of the work and materials required and the time frame to complete the construction of a quality pool including landscaping if required.
You should allow 3 to 6 months for the entire consultation, design, construction and finishing process. This will vary moderately depending on your approval type, weather, complexity of construction, as well as the landscaping along with the unknown. However this is an estimate only.
Note: Depending on location soil foundation testing may also be required.(Adding addition time to complete the pool).
How much does the average pool cost?
In fairly answering the hot question ‘how much does a pool cost?’, we first have to say that a pool will vary in price greatly depending on the size, complexity of construction and amount of features and finishes selected.
Get in contact today to receive a quote.
What type of warranty comes with a pool built by Aztec Pools?
We build it right the first time. We Back it. We Warrant it. We Honour it.
Structural work: We provide a 6 year warranty on the swimming pool structure as well as full statutory warranties on the pool interior lining and coping finishes.
Plumbing: We provide a full statuary warranty on the swimming pool plumbing.
Pumps & filtration: Pumps and filtration equipment have the manufacturer’s warranty.
What are the stages of construction?
There are three main stages you will go through before your pool is ready for swimming:
Pre-construction (site & needs assessment, design, proposal, engineering)
Pool construction and finishing (which may include fencing and landscaping)
Does Aztec Pools organise building approval from my local government?
Once the Engineering Drawings have been completed Aztec Pools will prepare the paperwork and submit a building approval application to your local Council. We keep you up to date with the progress of your application.
Why do cost estimates vary so much when all pools seem to be the same?
Many factors, other than size and depth, create the total construction cost of your pool.
Many of the important factors that affect the cost are not visible on a quotation, but if craftsmanship, quality of materials, design strength, durability, customer satisfaction, and warranties are important to you, then you should consider Aztec Pools as your pool builder. Remember, good work is never cheap and cheap work is never good.