Unless you are lucky enough to live in a tropical paradise, the fall and winter aren't exactly pool seasons. However, if you are planning to have a custom pool installed by the time it gets warm again, this is a good time to be thinking about your pool. Pools are a great retreat and can help increase the value of your home, but only when done right. Here are just some of the things you should consider as you prepare to have your pool installed.
How you plan to use your pool is important because it will help determine the shape of pool you need to have installed. Will it just be a quiet, relaxing retreat for adults, is it for exercise laps or is it a water playground for your children?
For example, a pool that's basically for adults to lounge could be designed in a dramatic shape, such as a mountain lake, mountain pond or oasis. However, it wouldn't be a good idea to design a pool intended for swimming laps in these shapes. A pool for laps is better suited with a rectangle, true ell or Grecian pool shape.
It's easy to get caught up in the frilly purchases that come along with pools, such as lighting systems or beautiful tile work. Make sure you are leaving enough money in your budget for protection features. For example, depending on the local building codes in your area, you might be required to have a fence installed around the perimeter of the pool.
If you don't already have a fence, this is a new cost you will incur. Additionally, when you're not using the pool, you want to have a high-quality liner to cover the pool, which will be an additional expense.
Owning a pool comes along with a maintenance requirement. The type of pool you have installed will determine just how significant your commitment is. Two of the more common material options include fiberglass and concrete. Both options are highly durable; however, fiberglass comes along with less maintenance.
For example, concrete pools require frequent cleaning and brushing to remove algae buildup along the surface. Fiberglass has a gel, protective cover over it that actually inhibits the growth of algae. This gel coating also reduces the amount of sanitizing chemicals needed to keep the pool water balanced.
For more information, contact A & G Concrete Pools, Inc. or a similar company.