Summer Backyard: Designing the Right Pool

Swimming pool with hot tubSummer is approaching, 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. 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. As you start to come around to the idea of one day purchasing your own in-ground pool, here are some important things to consider when searching and designing the right pool.

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 the most common in-ground pools seen today. The reason being is that 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 a fiberglass pool is restricted in size since it will be shipped via freight truck.

Vinyl Pools: Great Value

Vinyl pools are some of the most cost efficient pools offered on the market. They do not foster any algae if fully maintained and are available in any length, width, or depth. However, vinyl offers an issue in the sense that around every ten years the liner should be replaced. On top of that the liner is only around 30 millimeters thick meaning that it could easily be punctured and torn by a pet or sharp object.

Concrete Pools: Endless Possibilities

Unlike vinyl and fiberglass, concrete pools can be designed 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: Maintenance, including scrubbing and chemical management, must be done every so often to ensure any algae is removed. 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 pool in your backyard there are still other 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 and windy locations should be avoided so that water isn’t constantly spilling out 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.

Here at New England Enterprises we have 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 we can turn your backyard into a “vacation getaway” with the help of an in-ground pool or patio, please contact us.