Planning for a Pool
Spring is the perfect time to install a new pool in your yard. As you prepare your home and family for your swimming pool, there are many things to think about. Read below for 8 things to consider as you prepare yourself for your new installation!
Understand the Cost
Owning a swimming pool is a bigger financial obligation that just the initial cost. You have to pay for the electricity to run the pumps and heater, and chemicals to keep the pool clean. So while you are determining what type and size of pool that you can afford, make sure to keep these costs in mind.
Pool Size and Depth
The size and depth of your pool is entirely up to you. Of course you have to take into account the size of your yard, but other than that, you can do whatever you would like. Decide if would like a deep pool for diving, or a shallow pool for kids and adults to splash around in. Think about how deep you want your “deep end” to be. Is you pool going to be primarily for swimming laps or playing? Remember that you do have to be careful if there are any electrical or sewer lines in your yard, and you have to plan around them for construction.
Taking Care of Your Pool
Will you be the one maintaining the chemicals in your pool or will you hire someone else to do it for you? Do you have the time to take care of it or is the extra monthly cost worth it to you?
To install an above-ground pool, it can take as little as a few hours or a couple of days to prep the area and set up the pool. However, to install an in-ground pool, it can take anywhere from three to twelve weeks to install.
Plan for Insurance
As a result of your pool installation, your homeowner’s insurance might increase. Contact your insurance provider and figure out what will happen to your rates before you install your pool.
Determine the Kind of Pool That You Want
There are three main types of pool: vinyl, concrete and fiberglass. Vinyl is the fastest to install, and comes in many colors and patterns, but it can easily be punctured by sharp objects. Concrete pools can be shaped and customized in ways that vinyl and fiberglass cannot, but it also takes the longest to install. Fiberglass is a popular option, as it is less porous than concrete and needs less chemicals to keep it clean. However, fiberglass pools are pre-molded in a factory and don’t allow for much customization.
Do you prefer chlorine, bromine or salt water? Each type of chemical has its pros and cons, so make sure to thoroughly do your research before jumping into one!
Do you want to have extra features like a water slide, diving board, or rock formations? Make sure to plan ahead as they are more difficult to add later on.