Have you thought about having a pool it’s a dream that many people aspire too
Especially when they think of moving to Portugal and renovating a stone house or building new.
The first concerns when thinking about having a pool are usually and understandably what will it cost, how big will the pool be, how deep and where will we locate it.
Then there is will it have a liner or glass mosaic tiles, ladders or steps, lighting, electric pool cover(costs permitting) and what about the patio, pool surround, and planting.
Oh yes and a shaded area for dining alfresco!
You have to admit there is a lot to think about when you have decided that you are having a pool.
From a practical point of view, we would have to say that you have missed a major point or three from your pool decision list.
Is the ground suitable for installing a swimming pool of the type and depth that you want?
Is there enough access to excavate the pool foundations and where do you want all of the earth to go.
Do I need planning permission or a license?
The final question of who is going to build the pool is possibly the easiest to answer. Castelo Construction can visit your home or building project. Tell you if the conditions to build a pool are in your chosen location.
They can advise on all aspects of pool design from depth, interior finish and even the type of patio or pool cover that will be most suitable.
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It can be a very attractive addition to your home making stunning pool side areas, flooring in a garden sun shade or outside dining area.
Why is it different ? Apart from the fact that here we have access to fantastic hardwood decking from the forests of Brazil and Guyana.
We also have treated softwoods and a whole range of man made products from recycled materials to plastics, rubber and aluminum.
The real difference is the huge thermal and humidity changes that any decking has to cope with in Portugal. Here are the enemies of any decked area in Portugal – Sunshine, Cold and Humidity/Rain Sunshine
Firstly the UV (ultraviolet light) in the sunshine will fade anything that is left out in it.
Decking takes the full force of the sun.
When the sun shines it heats the decking so much that you cannot bear to walk on it.
The extreme heat makes the fibers of the decking contract which causes buckling and warping of the boards which in turn can snap ever the toughest stainless steel fixings.
As most decks are laid without high quality fixings they become a mess very quickly. Some man made or recycled products can be unsuitable for bare feet in the summer. Cold Has many of the problems associated with high temperatures and sunshine. But when they are constantly heating and cooling the maximum amount of stress is applied to the decking. Take for example a deck that is laid half under permanent shade and the other half in full sun. The stress on the timbers will be immense and an alternative product or specialist decking installer should be used.
Decking which is laid without proper drainage will usually fail fastest. It will also encourage the growth of algae and lichen on the boards which can be very slippery to walk on. If the deck has been fixed with steel screws or a mixture of steel and aluminum fasteners then the humidity can lead to rapid failing of the fastening systems and loose, boards that rattle when you walk on them or boards which lift up at the ends making it unsafe to walk on the deck.
Portugal may throw lots of problems at an outside decking area but they can be avoided if the right supporting structure, board material, fixings and drainage is used. Ask Castelo Construction for advice on your Portuguese decking project.
Looking after a swimming pool is rather like looking after the lawn back in the UK and the work required is as regular but in this sunshine not as tedious.
The actual work involved in looking after a swimming pool is not hard at all you just have to understand what is happening to the water.
Take for instance a nice new swimming pool just filled with water its Perfect! Leave it three or four days and three things will happen. 1, The water level goes down with evaporation 2, The water starts to go green and cloudy because the chlorine level is reduced by the sun light. 3, Dust ,leaves and bits of rubbish will have blown in floating on the surface and settling on the bottom.
Add adults and children using the pool and 3 additional things will happen 4, Sun cream, sweat, pee and other human related residues will make the pool water cloudy. 5, There will be more dirt added to the pool from peoples feet. 6, The water level will go down due to jumping in and splashing and the water we take out on our bodies when we leave the pool.
So as you can see in three days the water balance and pool cleanliness has turned bad rapidly. What to do? Correct the chlorine level with a “chlorine shock” granulated chlorine application scattered across the water.
Check the PH level and make it higher or lower to get the correct level by adding PH+ or PH-
Clean the surface of the pool of any floating insects, toys, paper or leaves with the pool net on the end of the long pole.
Use the underwater hoover attachment on the long pole to hoover very slowly the entire floor area of the pool this is when it is really like cutting the grass.
If you don’t do it slowly the debris on the bottom of the pool will just swirl up in the water and settle on the pool bottom again. I always think of a Jamaican pool cleaner who looked like he had died standing up when he was cleaning the hotel pool he was so slow. Empty the rubbish baskets in the skimmers. Add a slow release pool tablet to the basket and put the pool pump timer back on.