Concrete patio thickness

Poolecw

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Apr 5, 2019
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NW Ga
Hi guys, I am working through some cost estimates for putting in a new vinyl liner pool in our home. What is a common thickness for concrete surrounding the pool? I know 4in is a typical slab thickness for most applications, but I do not know what is standard for a concrete apron around a swimming pool.

Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
 

uxbridgechris

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Jan 25, 2018
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uxbridge, Ontario Canada
I’m gonna say that most pool builders do a 3.5 to 4”. From what I’ve seen anyway. I did way more than that. 6 to 7” average because more must be better? Lol.
More important than thickness is the use of a high quality mix with fibre mesh. Just my opinion.
 

uxbridgechris

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Jan 25, 2018
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uxbridge, Ontario Canada
I have done my fair share at work of ripping out old concrete slabs on commercial properties. Usually with a excavator mounted breaker. 99% of the time, that steel is in the bottom 1” of slab or directly on the gravel. For that reason alone I don’t believe in steel. Use steel if it makes you feel good but use good quality concrete and fibre mesh.
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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I would definitely recommend steel for strength and for good bonding.

Many of the pools that give people tiny shocks don't have steel in the concrete.

In addition,

1) Use a high strength (psi) mix.
2) Use a properly prepared subsurface.
3) Use properly designed expansion joints and control joints.
 

jimmythegreek

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I beleive you only need a single ring of bonding wire in a non rebar deck. I agree that fibre mesh will do way more than rebar will and properly compacted base is the key with expansion joints well placed. I've ripped out a few pool decks in my days and every single one had voids, sometimes huge, from settling soil behind the walls. I let mine sit all winter even tho I used clean 3/4 gravel for backfill. As said 4" and a thicker 6" turndown on edges with 4000 or better mix is a quality job. Here in NJ its 20bucks a yard difference from sidewalk mix to 4000 and 30 to get 5000mix. For a couple hundred bucks it's cheap insurance
 
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JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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I am aware of multiple pools that give people tiny shocks and most of them seem to have decks with no steel reinforcement.

Regardless of whether it's required or not, I highly recommend adding wire mesh or rebar.