Installing a pool in your backyard is no easy feat. Aside from the significant financial investment involved, a new pool entails a lot of hard work on either your part or the part of a construction team. Before you take the plunge on your own backyard oasis, take the time to do your research first. Here are six things you must know before putting in a pool:
- The Three Types of Inground Pools: There are three main types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. There are, of course, pros and cons to each of these, and you should make your decision based on your needs and expectations for the pool. Each type of pool involves its own filtering and cleaning system, and it’s up to you to decide exactly how much effort and upkeep you’re willing to dedicate to your pool.
- Get a Great Pool Builder: Yes, theoretically you could install your own pool, but you can also build your own house, and most opt to leave that important job to the professionals. The same goes for building and installing your own pool—doing it yourself may actually end up costing you more money in the long run. For most, it only makes sense to hire a seasoned pool builder. Collect references from your friends who have pools, and go online and read reviews of established builders. Be sure to interview possible candidates to glean their levels of experience, building philosophies and areas of specialization.
- Know Your Shape: You may have your heart set on that one stunning pool design you saw in a magazine, but that dream may be incompatible with the space you have. It’s a good idea to keep at least a few shapes in mind, whether it be classic and rectangular, free-form and organic, or something ultra-custom like this unique Texas-shaped pool.
- Your Local Building Codes: Inquire whether your local building codes require things like perimeter fences of a certain height, and read up on local building permits and noise policies. Your builder can be a huge help in this area, but it’s a good idea to know the rules yourself, as well. You can find most of this information on your city’s or county’s website, but you can always take a trip to the court house for more information.
- Projected Energy Costs: Research energy efficient ways to maintain your pool and keep upkeep costs as low as possible. Enclosures, pool pumps and timers are just a few things you can invest in to keep energy costs low.
- Your Pool’s Surroundings: It won’t do just to install the pool and be done with it. Consider the landscaping and decor you’d like to enhance the space around your pool. Maybe you want to include a hammock for summertime lounging, or you’d like to plant some flowers to brighten the landscape. Whatever you do, be sure to make the space yours.
Remember, before you break ground for your new pool, give Texas811 a call to learn the location of any underground utility lines you’ll need to consider.