Part 3 – The Keith Zars Pool Build

Today, we continue our 6-part series in showing you the Keith Zars Pools difference.

We’ve talked a bit about the basics (we’ve been in business for over 30 years, we’re locally owned and operated, etc.).

We’ve also had the chance to tell you about our wonderful employees and how they can help you during and after the pool building process.

Now we’re really going to dive right in (no pun intended). Let’s talk a little bit about the pool building process and and how Keith Zars Pools’ unique process makes us different from every other pool builder in San Antonio.


Cantilever Pool Construction System

The cantilever system makes your pool a one-piece construction. This ensures that your pool and decking will stand the test of time by preventing separation from occurring between the pool shell and the decking. It also removes the expansion joint from behind the coping to eliminate movement.

In fact, we’re so sure of our cantilever system, we actually warranty our tile, coping and deck work for five years.

Wet Mix Gunite

Our specially formulated wet gunite pool mix creates a more consistent, stronger and dependable pool structure.

Swimming pool structural engineers prefer a wet mix over a dry mix because of its uniform consistency, and with a compression strength of no less than 4,500 PSI, it is 50% stronger than the industry standard.

Straight Line Plumbing

Our plumbing is installed under the pool instead of around the perimeter. These straight lines improve water flow and equipment efficiency for cleaner water and lower energy use. In addition, the plumbing itself is stronger because it has fewer joints throughout.

All plumbing lines are systematically pressure tested before concrete is poured.

Deeper Excavation

We over dig the pool depth for less movement and floatation. We use this extra space below the pool to place a minimum of four inches of washed gravel and a 1 1/2 inch hydrostatic relief port under each pool to reduce structural movement.

Grade 60 High Tensile Steel

The grade 60 steel that we use in each of our pools is 50% stronger than the industry standard. Plus, we put more steel throughout the structure, tied in the floor, wall and cantilever to create a monolithic structure.


The ZarStar

The ZarStar, our proprietary pool skimming system, combines a pre-filter basket, seven to eight times larger than a standard basket, with a 300-micron pre-filter bag.

Combined, the large pre-filter basket and the pre-filter bag will give you a lower maintenance pool.

They remove more than 5 times the debris from your pool water than conventional skimmer systems do. Plus, the need to backwash the pool is reduced by 30%, which saves water. All of this means your Keith Zars Pool will have cleaner and healthier water with less maintenance by you.

Direct Injection Ozone System

Our Ultimate Ozonator reduces chlorine demand by 60-90%, while still maintaining clean and healthy water.

Our system works 24/7, killing and removing more than 99.9% of present bacteria and viruses in the pool awarer and is more effective than an ultra violet light ozonation systemm

Pebble Tec Products

Keith Zars Pools is the only licensed Pebble Tec pool builder and applicator in San Antonio. Pebble Tec only allows their products to be crafted and installed by applicators who have been carefully selected, trained and licensed by Pebble Technology, Inc.

Their incredible 10 year warranty means it’s the right choice today and tomorrow.

For more information about Pebble Tec products, click here.

These are just a few of the things that make Keith Zars Pools a leader in the pool industry.


Looking for more information about the KZP Difference? Read more in this blog series:

Part 1 – Intro
Part 2 – Our Amazing Employees and Pool Construction Crews
Part 4 – Our Swimming Pool Warranties

Request A Quote

If you have questions about a commercial or residential project or would like to schedule a no-obligation, one-on-one consultation with one of our designers, please call us at 210-494-0800. If you prefer, you can e-mail us at info@keithzarspools.com, or fill out the form right here on this page.

  • Coping/Decking: 
    • Keith Zars Pools delivers a wide range of coping and decking edges and finishes, and our stone masons will construct your coping and decking to flawlessly fit your pool. 
    • For a more contemporary look, consider clean, square-cut edges paired with a stunning array of elegant cut stone, travertine and porcelain finishes. 
    • For a more traditional look, consider bullnose-edge coping and freeform deck shapes coupled with the soothing textures and colors of flagstone, salt and cool coat finishes.

Water & Fire Feature Additions

The addition of water and fire features can enhance your entire outdoor experience in a variety of ways. The soothing sights and sounds of a new waterfall or water feature, or the warmth and light created by a fire bowl or fire pit, can create striking visuals, new focal points, and add a heightened level of symmetry, originality, functionality and luxury to your overall pool design.

  • Water Features: 
    • Adding water features, such as delightful bubblers on an existing sun shelf, lively deck jets around your pool’s coping, and stunning sheer descents or scuppers that allow water to gently cascade down a raised pool wall, provides gorgeous highlights and accents to your pool that you can marvel at.  
    • Waterfalls create a cozy, perennial and soothing look and feel to any pool. The beautifully colored stones and gently flowing water can bring balance and harmony to your outdoor space and transform your entire outdoor experience.
  • Fire Features: 
    • Fire bowls, fire pits and custom fire accent features give way to a spectacular display of color, vibrancy and light that allow you and your family to enjoy your pool day and night. Discover how the elements of water and fire combined create a magnetic and harmonious balance and produce a gorgeous chemistry that’s both subtle and bold.

Decking & Spa Additions

  • Added Deck Space
    • Expanding the amount of decking in your back yard can allow for more space to entertain and relax poolside. Imagine a new patio addition around your pool to place a set of comfortable lounging chairs, a stylish outdoor dining spot, a stunning outdoor kitchen area or a striking fire pit and seating area. 
  • Add a Spa
    • Adding a spa to your existing pool is a great way to bring a new level of functionality and enjoyment to your personal outdoor retreat. Spas offer a therapeutic experience and, with vast array of styles and custom features from which to choose, your new spa will not only relax and invigorate you, it can become the focal point of your pool and serve as an energetic and complementary addition to its entire design. 

New Pool Amenities

  • Are you looking to find new ways to spend time in your pool? Adding a swim-up bar, a sun shelf, and umbrella anchors can boost your experience and bring a new level of luxury to your outdoor space. 
  • For added recreational fun, consider incorporating a water slide, a diving board, a basketball goal or a volleyball anchor. 
  • You can even add or relocate steps and seat benches in your pool, or have new LED lights installed to broaden your pools functionality and visual appeal.

Alone you can dream of your ultimate backyard sanctuary. Together we can achieve it. Contact Keith Zars Pools today to schedule an appointment with one of our renovations experts and begin your pool remodeling project.

Call Us at 210-494-0800 Or  Fill Out the Form  and We’ll Be in Touch!

Our Reviews

What Happy Customers Are Saying About Us

We had a cocktail pool installed by KZP and the pool turned out fantastic. We received quotes from two other pool companies, and while KZP was the higher, they were also the only ones willing to work with our custom design. They use top-quality materials and offered a huge selection of pool fittings/finishes. Kent Ely in sales was easy to work with and was pressure-free at making the sale. Bill Sturgis was our site supervisor (we didn't see him very often but was very responsive to email, phone calls, or text messages). Elizabeth, in the design department, was fun to work with while we picked color scheme and tiles. They had a very small space to work with and they did what they had to do to make it work. I would recommend KZP to anyone.

- Roberto Garcia | Google Review

We are very excited to start using our Kieth Zar's pool this summer. They turned our backyard into our dream. Tony came out and answered all our questions on the initial visit, and measured everything in our backyard, including trees. He returned the next week with an outstanding design on paper and a 3-D model on the computer that made it come to life. We had some delays and struggles with HOA, but knowing that Zar's was in our corner and doing all the work to get everything approved, we had no worries. Work was completed on schedule, even with weather delays. John and Toby walked us through and answered all our questions along the whole build process. We also know we can still call with any more questions we have along the way, even though the job is complete.

- Guardian Angel Vacations | Google Review

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Winner Of Multiple PSN Top 50 Awards & Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Awards

Keith Zars Pools is dedicated to designing and constructing breathtaking custom pools and spas that transform each customer’s backyard into their own personal retreat. We are committed to total customer satisfaction, not only with the end result but with every step of the design and construction process. Our attention to detail is second to none.

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