Pool Kit Installation Tips

How To Pool Crete Your New Inground Pool Kits Floor

These pool kit installation tips are suggestions please refer to your accompanied installation manual for suggestions from the manufacture.  Most inground pool kits are finished with a concrete like material commonly refereed to in the swimming pool industry as, Pool Crete.  Pool Crete is a mixture of vermiculite and cement designed to be mixed with water.  You will find that pool crete mixes and feels very similar to concrete.  Once mixed with water your pool crete is troweled several inches deep to form up the bottom of your inground pool kit.  Pool Crete needs to dry for at least 24 hours to fully set up and become hard all the way through.  Once it’s completely dry you will need to cover your freshly finished swimming pool floor with a vinyl swimming pool liner for protection.  The pool liner will help keep the floor from being damaged and will keep you pool kit floor looking good for years to come!

This video can serve as a basic guide to finishing the floor of your swimming pool kit.

Pool Kit Installation Tips

We recomend that you start laying up your pool crete in the deep end of the pool hopper and work your way back to the shallow end.  This will leave a way to back out and exit the pool via the pool step in the shallow end.  When it’s hot outside you may want to dip your trowel in water frequently to keep the application of pool crete as smooth as possible.  Another method is to use a water bottle with the cap on and a small hole in the top to sprinkle water over the pool crete to smooth it out as flat as possible.
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Please Note!  Never attempt to finish your swimming pool floor if there is a chance of rain within 3 days of the project start and finish.  Rain can ruin your new pool kit floor.  Your new pool crete bottom needs at least a minimum of 24 hours to set up and dry.  As soon as it is dry you will need to install your swimming pool liner to insure the floor is protected from the eliminates.  Installing your swimming pool liner before the pool crete is dry will not protect the pool floor.  Ground water can seep in and push its way through the not fully dried pool crete and cause cracking.  Please make sure you have at least 3 days of no projected rain before you start this project.  These are just a few pool kit installation tips from Pool Warehouse!

Pool Kit Installation Tips

Suggested Tools For Installation

  • 1 Shovel
  • 2 – 4 Friends.
  • 2 Trowels Flexible Trows With Rounded Edges.
  • 4 Five Gallon Buckets
  • Mortar Mixer, easy to rent at a daily rate in most towns. *You can mix by hand but this will increase the amount of time need to complete the project.
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Access to water from a water hose.

Why Use Pool Crete Under Your Swimming Pool Liner Instead Of A Sand Floor?

A foundation of sand/cement can quickly wear out the liner when every step is like taking sandpaper to the underside of the liner, but Pool Crete’s non-abrasive formula can add years to the life of a liner.  A Pool Crete inground pool kit with a vinyl pool liner is more attractive and easier to maintain than other installations.  With sand, unsightly heel or footprints appear on the bottom.  With either sand or sand/cement, ironing the sand rusts and bleeds through pinholes worn in the liner.


Swimming Pool Liner

vinyl swimming pool liner
Pool Kit Installation Tips

Pool Crete Is Just Better!

  • Easy to Clean!
  • No Foot Prints!
  • Will Increase the Life of the Liner!
  • Will Control Root and Nutgrass Intrusion!
  • Will Not Support Algae Growth!
  • Will Not Wash Out!
  • A Firm Liner Foundation!

Have Questions?

If you have questions about our pool kit installation tips please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-515-1747 or send us an email, [email protected]

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