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Why hire Gilley's Custom Pools?

Searching pool builders near me? Gilley’s Custom Pools is the most reliable Florida pool builder for more than 30 years. We are renowned for our outstanding customer service, honesty, and high quality. Our knowledgeable staff is among the top in the country with years of experience to construct your pool to your complete satisfaction. Let our highly skilled Team start your project today in any of these areas: Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, & North Port, as well as the surrounding local regions.

What are the phases of construction?

Step 1 – Permit, Engineering Plans & HOA

The process begins with permits for the construction of the pool. All plans must comply with state, local and HOA building requirements. The homeowner is required to get HOA approval.

Step 2 – Layout

A representative from Gilley’s Custom Pools will come to your home and lay the pool out that you approved with your sales consultant. This layout will indicate the shape, size, and location of your pool in your yard for the excavation crew.

Step 3 – Excavation

The excavation crew will come in with equipment and dig the pool to the standard engineered plans. We cannot be responsible for any decorative rock, landscaping, irrigation, or sod from the front of your home to the dig site. You most likely will need to repair irrigation, replace plants, and purchase additional decorative rock from the front of the home to the dig site. We make every effort to make a minimal mess, but it is an excavation site!

Step 4 – Plumbing & Equipment Set

The plumbing for each pool is designed specifically to give it the best circulation and filtration for crystal clear water and ease of maintenance. Specific hydraulic calculations are done to ensure that all equipment and piping are of the correct size to combine water clarity and energy conservation. Our Team of professionals will plumb in all of the filtration equipment for the pool, including water feature pumps and other optional equipment.

Step 5 – Structural Steel

Structural Steel is the steel reinforcement structure for the shell of your pool to give it added strength per the engineering plans. It consists of a series of bars placed horizontally and vertically specifically engineered for your pool design requirements.

Step 6 – Electric

Skilled Electricians will trench and install electrical conduit/wire from the house main electrical box to the equipment and all other locations specified on the plan. Our Team will be onsite to wire all equipment from that point to the equipment location.

Step 7 – Shotcrete/Gunite

Gilley’s Custom Pools has used both methods of securing your concrete shell: Shotcrete is concrete that is shot through a high-pressure hose to create the shell of your new pool. Gunite is a dry mix shot mixed with water onsite, while shotcrete is mixed in the truck prior to shooting.

Upon completion it is recommended that the homeowner lightly water the concrete 3-4 times per day to allow the concrete to cure slowly. We will then need to wait another 5-7 days before we can begin the next step to allow the concrete to cure properly.

Step 8 – Tile/Coping/Water Features

At this step we will install the waterline tile, coping around the pool edge and any water features such as waterfalls, water sheer, rain descent, deck jets, laminar jets etc. The time required will depend on the number of features and their complexity.

Step 9 – Decking/Footers

Footers for the “Cages” and equipment pads get poured at this point to prepare for the Screen rooms and equipment sets.

The two most popular decking options are concrete or pavers. Pavers have become the most desirable because of the beauty, longevity and maintenance free. Pavers come in brick pavers, concrete pavers, and tumbled travertine.

Step 10 – Final Clean Up

At this point, the project is nearing completion. We will now remove all extraneous construction materials and waste from the construction site and prepare the pool interior to be finished.

Step 11 – Pool Surface

Your pool project is almost complete. The most popular finish is Pebble which is a finish that it shot out of a high-pressure hose and comes in a variety of colors. After applying the finish, we come back and perform an acid wash. Once we complete the acid wash, we will start to fill the pool up with water from either a water truck (usually customers buy at least 1 truck), then fill the rest from their water source.

Step 12 – Filling & Start-up

The kids are probably ready to jump in by now! A little patience will be needed as our staff starts up all the equipment and starts to balance the water chemistry. Our start up crew is there to get the water moving as quickly as the pool can get filled so you can begin to enjoy your new pool. A technician will set up a convenient time to go over all the equipment and care instructions with you. This is the hardest part! Staring at your beautiful, finished project and not being able to swim! We do adhere to the 30 day start up guide by the National Plaster Council, so try and be patient in this final process!

There are numerous inspections that take place during this process! Each phase has to be inspected by local officials prior to moving on to the next phases of construction! This is the best protection a customer has to ensure that they are receiving only the Top Quality Construction that Gilley’s Custom Pools Offers!