Summer is approaching. And with it comes warm weather and some much needed relaxation. Your backyard is a sanctuary. And while you enjoy spending time there already, imagine it with a new in-ground pool. As you begin to imagine one day having an in-ground pool, begin your plans with research into what is available. Make sure you consider a swimming pool design that will work for your home and lifestyle. Here are some important things to consider.
The Three Types of Pools
In-ground pools are normally constructed from one of three materials, they include: fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete.
Fiberglass Pools: Affordable and Durable
Fiberglass pools are some of todays most common in-ground pools. Why? Fiberglass pools are affordable and very durable. A fiberglass shell is first made in the shape of the desired pool (this adds restrictions towards the design) and is shipped by large trucks.
Installation of a fiberglass pool can be a lot quicker than other models. However there are size restrictions for a fiberglass pool since it will be shipped via freight truck.
Vinyl Pools: Great Value
Vinyl pools are some of the most cost efficient pools on the market. If fully maintained, they do not foster any algae. And they are available in any length, width, or depth.
However, there is one issue with vinyl. About every ten years you should replace the liner. In addition, the liner is around 30 millimeters thick. This means you could easily puncture the liner or it could tear by a pet or sharp object.
Concrete Pools: Endless Possibilities
Unlike vinyl and fiberglass, a skilled contractor can design a concrete swimming pool into actual pieces of art with the surrounding landscape. Concrete pools can be formed in any shape or size based on what the customer wishes. They can incorporate in-pool seating, vanishing edges, beach entries, and tanning ledges.
Countering their beauty, concrete pools have some disadvantages too. You need to regularly do maintenance, including scrubbing and chemical management, to ensure you remove any algae. When planning, it’s important to keep in mind an elaborate concrete pool can take months to finish.
Location, Location, Location
Before jumping head first into the idea of putting a swimming pool in your backyard, there are still other design factors you’ll want to consider. For instance, make sure to understand the cost of the entire project. Some areas of the United States are harder excavation areas than others. Whether it be because of hard rock or loose sand the initial excavation cost can fluctuate. Once identifying the dig area, it is important to make sure that your pool will be positioned where it will be most successful.
Sun light should be able to shine down to heat up the water. Windy locations should be avoided to maintain water level and there is no constant fight with a breeze.
Pools should ALWAYS be clear of any electrical wiring including telephone wires and those coming from outdoor lighting. Lastly, construction of a pool should be on the highest point available in a yard. If flooding were to occur ensuring that mud and debris stays out of the pool will save you money on maintenance costs.
Benefits of selecting the right swimming pool design
There are several benefits to installing a pool in your backyard:
- An in-ground pool can create that “vacation getaway” you have been desiring without having to leave the comfort of your home.
- Pools also have the ability to increase the value of a home as they are a valuable asset to have as well as a luxury item.
- In-ground swimming pools are truly pieces of art. They can be as elegant as something out of The Great Gatsby with intricate designs and patterns running throughout.
New England Enterprises has over 25 years of expertise in construction and excavating to help with your new pool. We offer some of the highest quality of services and truly care about our customers.
If you would like more information about how designing the right swimming pool can turn your backyard into a “vacation getaway”, contact us.