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Step 1 Initial Consultation – During the initial consultation, you and your design consultant will discuss the options and features available for your new pool. You will be shown various photos, slide shows, videos, samples, and pools during construction and after completion in order to give you a full understanding of what the finished product will look like. They will also give you step by step knowledge regarding our products and procedures.
(Very Important, your signed contract price is your final price no matter if there are missing Items or mistakes.) It is our job to make sure everything is charged for not yours. This is a key factor, we see it every day the horror stories of other builders going back for more money because they forgot to charge.
Step 6 Permitting – Superior handles the permitting for you! Your permit paperwork is submitted to the County office for permit review.During this time it is the responsibility of the homeowner to submit any documentation necessary to their homeowner’s association for approval.
Step 7 – Irrigation and Landscaping – Prior to the start of construction it is your responsibility to have your irrigation capped, all landscaping removed or relocated, and any other items in the way of the pool moved. We suggest having your irrigation capped immediately after signing your pool agreement. If for any reason these items are not taken care of prior to permitting approval, Superior Pools will not start the build until they have the proper clearance on the property.
Step 8 Pre-site/Sod Removal – One of our Superior construction crew members will come out and pre-site your property. The existing sod will be scraped off from the proposed pool area and hauled away. This process is done to ensure we have true elevations.
Step 9 – Pool Layout – Our in-house layout crew will layout the perimeter of your pool with stakes, wood forms, and string lines. This step is done in preparation for digging the pool. It is very important and must be done accurately which is why Superior uses our own employees in order to ensure accuracy.
Step 10 – Dig - Once the pool is staked out, our crew will begin digging your new pool. Our standard pools are 3’ – 5’ deep. A pool that is 5’ at its deepest point will be dug to approximately 6’ 6” in order to properly stabilize the shell, install your sump system line, and fit your channel drain correctly. Properly stabilizing the shell and installing a sump line is essential.
In Florida, we are surrounded by water. Ground water can cause issues with your new pool if it is not handled correctly. When choosing a pool builder be sure to ask if they take these precautionary steps and ask them what the benefits are.
Step 11 Form – This is when the elevation for your new pool is set. The step is very important and will affect every step along the way if done incorrectly. Superior Pool’s in-house crew will be onsite with their lasers triple checking everything to make sure the elevation is set properly and is level. Stabilization rock will also be installed during this step.
Step 13 Shell – At this step, you will really start to see the pool take shape. The Gunite concrete is shot through a high-pressure hose for structural strength. Gunite is a concrete blend of sand, cement, and water. It becomes rock hard, forming a thick, solid structure. Keep in mind this is the rough structure of your pool and will be finished off with plaster later in the process.
Step 14 Strip Shell – All form boards are removed and prep for plumbing is started.
Step 15 Plumbing - Our Superior in-house install team will plumb each job to our Superior standards. A special TDH engineering is customized for every job. Pipe diameters are determined by calculating flow rates based on water demand including pumps, filters, and water features. Superior uses a minimum of 2” schedule 40 PVC non-corrosive piping. We dig the plumbing trenches with our mini excavator. We are sure to dig at least 3’ down so your plumbing is protected. The pipes run from your new pool to your new pool equipment and are pressurized to be sure there are no leaks and to pass county inspections.
Step 16 Backfill & Compact – Once plumbing is complete, the dirt is backfilled into the trenches to cover any exposed pipes. The soil is then compacted using a heavy jumping jack tamper. Soil must be compacted properly to minimize shifting and settlement issues with your new deck.
Step 17 Tile & Coping – This step is where the artistry comes in. Our in-house crew will start by checking if your shell is completely level and will mud up any areas that may need it to ensure accuracy. Water doesn’t lie so ensuring that everything is level is vital. Each piece of coping and tile will be cut and set individually to ensure there are no feathered grout joints. Deco tiles and designs are added based on your color selections.
Step 18 – Footer – Footings are excavated on the perimeter of the deck to code enforced depths and require specific rebar steel. A copper wire continuous grid is installed completely around the pool shell and tied into the pool steel at least 4 points around the pool. Superior never goes less than an 12x12 footing. A code required termite spray is applied to the entire deck area.
Concrete - A fiber-mesh concrete is used. Same Bonding as footer and at least a 12x12 footer poured with all concrete decks. Saw cuts are then installed the next day to further mitigate cracking.
Pavers – Cement based pavers. Any color and pattern of your choice all standard here at Superior. You will also get two matching 4x4 door pads.
Travertine/Marble – Natural stone products. We only offer a select grade which is the best. Any choice of color and pattern at our standard price.
Step 20 Pool Equipment – Your new pool equipment will be set on an 8’ x 4’ concrete pad. The pad is oversized to leave enough room for a heat pump whether you install one right away or in the future. All of our equipment is labeled for your convenience. Proper placement for your equipment will be determined by you and your designer.
Step 21 – Screen Enclosure – Superior Pools has been partnered with Absolute Aluminum for all of our screen enclosures since 2001. Be sure to look them up at www.absolutealuminum.com. The screen enclosure is pre-cut at the factory and delivered in pieces to the job site. It is then assembled using screws to attach it to the deck and walls of the house. A super gutter is also installed to the roof fascia and enclosure in order to capture water and debris. The cage is a mansard style enclosure. Your choice of 2 color options (bronze or white)
Step 24 Interior Surface/Acid Wash – The pool shell is chemically treated, prepped with a waterproofing agent, and cleaned prior to installation of the interior finish. Your step diamonds, step markers, and any mosaics are installed during this step. Our #1 Superior Pools Plaster crew hand trowels the finish to the pool shell. Superior offers 7 different Stone Scapes Pebble finishes as our standard finish option. Your Stone Scapes finish comes with a limited lifetime warranty that we back the labor on. There are additional colors and types of finishes available. Your design consultant will help you choose the color and material from one of the many offered in our showroom. We also have a super smooth polished marble finish which is the best finish in the pool business.
The first our in-house plaster crew will install the interior finish, then it will sit overnight and we will be back the following day to acid wash and pressure wash the finish. Once this is completed we will start filling your new Superior Pool.
Step 25 Pool Fill &Start Up – Your new pool will be filled using your garden hose directly from your house or well immediately after the acid wash of the interior finish has been completed. City sewer customers will receive a sewage credit to submit to the water department in order to receive credit on their next bill. A typical pool takes 24 – 30 hours to fill. It is normal for your water to look green for the first few days. Superior Pools has full-time startup employees who will do a “soft start-up”. They will care for the pool for a period of approximately 30 days. Certain chemicals will be added in order to balance the water. Once the pool is ready for salt, our crew will add the initial salt needed to turn your pool over to a saltwater pool.