The 16x34 Sunset Cay model
Pictured in this post is the 16x34 Sunset Cay model. The Sunset Cay, which slopes down to 6 ft deep is in the Custom line of Custom Fiberglass Swimming pools. This particular model is in the Pearl White finish and has a beautiful ring of blue tile around the top perimeter, just below the concrete cantilever coping edge. Adding tile to any water line not only gives your pool a splash of color, but also helps to mask any sort of oil/dirt ring that can accumulate at the water line, from oils and other particulates in the water. This pool project has an extensive amount of additional concrete (note, we typically will figure 4 ft. of concrete around the perimeter of the pool when quoting, but more concrete can be added at your request). The Sunset Cay model offers a vast amount of swimming room with it’s oval shape. It offers a wide step entry at the shallow end, as well as a wide bench seat across the deep end.
More information about the Sunset Cay and all other models from Custom Fiberglass Pools can be found at their website at: www.custom-fiberglasspools.com
The 14x34 Tahiti model
Pictured in this post is the 14x34 Tahiti model. The Tahiti, which slopes from 3 ft. deep at the shallow end to 6 ft. at the deep end is part of the Lagoon series from Custom Fiberglass Pools. The Tahiti features three different seating areas - this model has a rounded step entry way at one corner, opposite of that corner is a rounded bench and another bench can be found on one corner at the deep end. This particular installation comes with the concrete cantilever coping and comes with the standard Pearl White finish, which is no extra charge. The most prominent feature of this installation is the beautiful stamp concrete deck around the perimeter of the pool. The color/stain combination is a dark red, with a little bit of gray and black to create a textured look, along with the stamp pattern all the way around. Up close pictures of the stamp concrete can be found below …
The 13x29 Acapulco
Pictured in this post is the 13x29 Acapulco pool. The Acapulco is one of the Grecian styled pools available from Custom Fiberglass Pools and is 5 and 1/2 ft deep. This particular pool is finished with the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish. Installed as well with this pool is the concrete cantilever coping, which is an upgrade over the standard exposed fiberglass coping that you may find in other pool installations. This pool has a 4 ft concrete walkway around three sides of the pool and an area that is 8 ft on the long side in between the pool and the house, which is a great width for tables, chairs, and loungers. The Acapulco features a wide step entry and two bench seats along both sides of the deep end. For a smaller-sized pool, the Acapulco offers a great deal of swimming space, with its lack of curves and sweeping rounded edges.
Securing Permits - We take care of it
When you call us and we give you a quote, we generally will give you a turn-key quote. Included in that quote, in addition to the pool and all of its components, the concrete installation, and the electrical work, is securing the permits. We will take care of all of the permits for you, with whatever city, county, or municipality in which you live. Typically, each county we work in requires zoning approval and a building permit, and we take care of all of this on the front end, prior to the swimming pool installation actually beginning. All that we ask of you is to secure any Home Owner’s Association approval that you may need. Everything else, just leave it to us.
How It’s Done: Installing a 16x37, 8 ft deep pool shell
We get asked a lot how our fiberglass pool shells are installed. Generally, the pool shells, which are manufactured just south of Atlanta, arrive on-site on a flat-bed truck. We either use a lull forklift to lift the pool shells off of the trailer, and down into the hole, or a crane. (This depends on the site and amount of space available). One of our larger pool shells is the Atlantic. It is one of the Freeform models and is 16 ft wide and 37 ft long and 8 ft depth. The pool shell weighs 2800 pounds. Pictures below are of the steps involved in transporting a shell this size from trailer, up into the air, and finally down into the pre-dug and pre-prepared pool hole …
Step 1 - The pool arrives
The pool arrives on the trailer and pulls in with as much proximity to where the crane sets up as possible (dependent upon the lot and space available).
Step 2 - The crane sets up and hooks up to the pool shell
The crane will set up next, setting up its four outriggers for support and extending the boom into the air. With four straps, it will pick the pool up off of the trailer. Small chains are placed at four corners of the pool shell and the straps are shackled to the chains at the four corners.
Step 3 - The pool is picked up off of the trailer and transported
In the pictures above, you can see the pool being lifted. For this particular installation, this large pool shell was lifted high in the air and actually up over the corner of the house.
Step 4 - Pool is lowered down into hole
The pool is finally lowered into the hole. Once it is determined that the pool shell is level, the chains are unhooked. The trailer returns to Atlanta and the crane returns to the yard. The backfill process is ready to begin the next day.
The finished product
This is what the finished product for the 16x37, 8 ft deep Atlantic model looks like. This picture was taken on the same day as the concrete deck was poured. This pool shell is in the Pearl White finish and has concrete cantilever coping
Separate Tanning Ledges - new for 2013
Custom Fiberglass Pools is introducing a new design in fiberglass swimming pools for 2013 - separate tanning ledges. Two of the current pool shells, the Abacos and the Monaco Bay, have tanning ledges built into the shell. Custom has now built separate tanning ledges that can be installed along the curves of a few of the existing pool shells. Three separate tanning ledges are already available for sale, with more coming. These tanning ledges hold 10 inches of water and are perfect for very small children or for adults who want to have the benefit of lying in the sun, while remaining cool in the water. Concept pictures are below, showing looks of what installed tanning ledges may look like, as well as spec drawings of each …
The Moroccan Tanning Ledge - fits the Moroccan pool shell. Tanning ledge is 9’6”x18’ and 10 inches deep
The Cascade/Abacos/Laguna Tanning Ledge - fits these pool shells. Tanning ledge is 8’6”x18’ and 10 inches deep
The Large Freeform Tanning Ledge - fits the Key West, Atlantic, Pacific, and Rio Grande pool shells. Tanning ledge is 9’6”x18’ and 10 inches deep.
These are the first in a series of new tanning ledges coming available. For further information about Custom Fiberglass Pools (also Tallman Pools), please visit their website at www.custom-fiberglasspools.com. On their site, you can see more benefits of fiberglass manufacturing and all pool shapes, sizes, and models
Financing for your swimming pool
We get asked from time to time about financing for your swimming pool. While there are options such as your local bank which you can check on, we are connected with a company called AMS Financial that specializes in swimming pool loans.
For more information about AMS Financial and what they can offer you in terms of financing for your soon-to-be swimming pool, please check out their website at www.mypoolloan.com. Stewart Spyker is the name of our contact within AMS and will be glad to speak with you about their financing options and provide a loan application.
Refresher on how to use this site
Just a quick reminder on how best to use this site and its purpose. We use this site as a continual source of information about our company and our products. We will continually add new posts to this site with everything from installed pictures of our pools, new pool models soon becoming available, and various tips on how best to research your pool purchase or maintain your new swimming pool. Also, we will have series of posts with basic how-to’s for fiberglass swimming pools including “how it works” posts and “how it’s done” posts, educating you on various aspects of the construction process or how various equipment works.
Use the hashtags (#) at the bottom of each post to navigate this site more easily. For instance, if you are searching for pictures of installed pools, find the (#pool models) at the bottom of a post, click on it, and up will show all of the posts from that particular category.
Typically, you can expect to find about 4-5 new posts per month, so make sure to either bookmark this site or check back periodically for the latest information.
A reminder about us - we are a family business, local to the Charlotte area, having been in business in the area for over 30 years. In addition to the sales, we do all of the on-site work, except for the electrical and concrete work, which are subbed out.
For information about our manufacturer, Tallman Pools or Custom Fiberglass Pools (also a family business, now in the third generation, outside of the Atlanta area) look at the site: www.custom-fiberglasspools.com.
Any additional questions, feel free to call or email …
Happy Swimming. We look forward to serving you in the future.
How It’s Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 5
Part 5: Shell removed from the mold and sanded and buffed
Finally, our pool shell is nearing completion. Once the shell is constructed and each layer of the surface has been added, the pool shell can be removed from the mold. With machinery, the shell lifts straight up off of the mold and is stored on site, ready for delivery. After each shell is removed from the mold, prior to delivery, workers at the manufacturing plant walk around the shell searching for any blemishes. If any are found, they are sanded and buffed out, so by the time the pool shell arrives in your backyard, it is in pristine condition. Pictures below are of the shell being removed from the mold and stored, workers removing any blemishes from the pool shell in the construction process, storage of completed pool shells at the Tallman property just south of Atlanta, and a pool shell loaded and ready for delivery. Will the next pool shell to leave the lot be coming to your home?
How It’s Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 4
Step 4 - Applying the black sealer coat
The pool shell is now nearing completion. The gel coat has been applied and layers of the fiberglass woven cloth has been applied, layer on top layer on the high traffic areas of the pool, sealed in with the vinyl ester resin. Last, added to the pool shell is a special sealer coat. This black sealer adds a final layer of protection against any possible moisture penetration entering the structure of the pool shell from the outside. Picture below is of a pool shell after having a fresh coat of the black sealer applied …