The decision to install and construct a swimming pool can be overwhelming due to the numerous decisions and options. In many ways, a swimming pool is a great investment. An individual will have to invest not only in cash but their energy, yard space and their personal time. The issues that need to be considered when planning for a pool will be discussed below.
Type of swimming pool
A pool can either be above ground or in-ground.
Above ground pool
These pools are more often than not installed rather than being built. They are more economical in terms of buying it and the most basic of these pools do not require any filtration. These pools are commonly known as ‘splasher ‘pools and the smaller models cost a little less than a few hundred dollars.
In-ground pools are more expensive to build due to their construction and design. The more elaborate designs are even more expensive with the choice of building materials, lighting, patio materials and any extra features making it quite costly.
Conditions for the pool
Most people look at their backyard as their only gauge for building or installing a swimming pool but other conditions have to also be checked. Consider the slope of your backyard, the accessibility for the equipment that will be used during the construction and the type of soil. Pools are much easier to construct or install if the backyard is level even though technology has made it virtually possible to install a pool in any type of yard. Moreover, severe conditions like rocky soil, limited access, and steeply sloping yards need special installation and construction considerations. This process ends up costing more and the duration of the project will be longer.
These expenditures are the funds that will be required to maintain the swimming pool once it’s done.
The cost of pool chemicals can be rather expensive but it all depends on the frequency of the chemicals being used, the climate and the size of the pool.
Maintaining the pool
After buying the chemicals required to keep the pool hygienic, we have to think about hiring someone to take care of your pool. Opening and closing the swimming pool during the different seasons requires funds. Also, storing and cleaning the cover of the pool is an additional charge. In addition, the largest expense when it comes to maintaining a pool is the interior finish. A vinyl liner can last an approximate five to seven years. On the other hand, painted concrete requires a new coat of paint after about every five years. The plaster finish can last from ten to fifteen years while the cement coated products like the Pebble Tec can last a lifetime. When planning for your swimming pool these expenditures have to be factored.
The quality of the equipment used for the pool varies depending on the brand. Elements like the location of the equipment and the chemistry in the water affect the lifespan of an equipment. An example is the water pump that is required to push rather draw water. The pumps that are placed at the level of the pool tend to last longer than those that are higher and need to pump harder. These equipment are costly and they require to be well maintained for sufficient functioning of the pool.
Size of the swimming pool
The size of the people is based on a person’s preference. Some people may want their whole yard to be a pool while some want to retain some grass in terms of landscaping. It’s important that the contractor that you wish to hire is aware of the building and zoning restrictions for spas and swimming pools. Having the knowledge about the permit process is important when planning a swimming pool. With respect to zoning, it is usually handled locally and it covers particular issues like barriers and fencing, the depth of a pool when it comes to diving boards, the proximity of the pool to utility lines and the setbacks.
Simple criteria when choosing a pool contractor include:
- Having proof that the contractor is insured and bonded
- Ensure you have talked to at least three other contractors in order to get the best one who will suit your needs.
- Ask your neighbors and friends for referrals.
- Go for a site visit to one of your contractor’s work site in order to get first-hand information from his clients on his work ethic.
- Ensure you are aware of how many years the contractor has been in business under the same ownership and name because it will determine the quality of his craftsmanship.
- Does the contractor offer design services and if so, ensure he has some design experience.
- Ask your suppliers about the status of your contractor.
- Ensure you are aware of whether your contractor has his own staff or if he subcontracts them.
During construction, there will be noise and pollution especially if it’s an in-ground pool. depending on the complexity of a pool, an in-ground pool takes approximately three to twelve weeks to complete while above ground pools can be installed in just hours or a couple of days. The contractor can give an estimation of when he hopes to complete your project, but be aware that weather patterns can lengthen the construction time.
Safety and insurance
When planning on having a pool constructed, safety is usually a primary concern especially in households with children. Proper supervision and enclosures should be set up at all times. The market has a variety of special safety products such as water alarms, safety covers, personal accessories like pool floats and technology in high tech lasers. In addition, if you are planning for a swimming pool then pool insurance should be on your mind. This insurance is usually included in the homeowners’ insurance but not all insurance agents have it. It’s important to speak with your insurance provider about swimming pool insurance.