Swimming Pools: What You Need to Know
Swimming pools are very popular in the warmer parts of the United States because they provide great opportunities for entertainment, fun, and exercise. There are two fundamental options when it comes to purchasing a swimming pool for a home – above ground and in-ground.
Types of Swimming Pools
Above ground pools range in cost from $1500 to more than $5000, according to the specifications and size of the pool. Above ground pools are cheaper prices, portable, and easy to install. This type of pool can be installed and ready for use within hours. Above ground pools can also be self-installed to save installation costs, although professional installation is always recommended.
In–ground pools are significantly more expensive. They range in price from $7000 to more than $45,000, based on materials, size, and design. Concrete pools, the most expensive option, are available in any shape or size because they are custom-poured.
Heated Swimming Pools
As for water temperature, options include standard heated, solar heated, and non-heated traditional. For solar heated pools, location is very important, and the builder should position the pool in the best location to receive optimum natural sunlight. For every pool type, the color of the bottom surface is significant, because it dictates the temperature of the water. Dark-colored bottoms attract and retain heat for more comfortable water temperature in most climates, but those who live in very hot climates may want to do the opposite by choosing a light colored pool bottom for cooler water.
Zoning, Codes, and Specifications
The homeowner and contractor should confer with the city’s zoning department for any codes related to building a pool, deck or pool house. Also, the neighborhood association, if applicable, may set guidelines for any new construction on the property. You will need to fulfill all specifications to ensure that the new pool is not a future problem.
Safety is the biggest concern when it comes to swimming pools. For optimum safety, make sure that all accessories, such as water slides and diving boards, have been professionally installed and secure.
Include safety barriers, such as a fence and a pool cover in the pool area to prevent drowning. Store pool chemicals in a safe area that children and pets can’t get access to. And most importantly, make sure children are supervised at all times near the pool.
Pros and Cons of Swimming Pools
There are many positive aspects to build a swimming pool. The most important are health related. Swimming is one of the best exercises because it benefits the entire body. But if the pool is not heated, swimming can become a seasonal workout and can be substituted for another form of exercise in the cooler months.
The fun and entertainment that pools provide is a big plus. A clean, sparkling swimming pool is a terrific place to socialize with friends and family while enjoying outdoor living. Children love playing in a pool, although they should be supervised at all times.
Attractively designed pools and decks offer many hours of summer enjoyment.
There are also some disadvantages to buying a pool. Besides the high cost of buying a pool, there is also the expenses of maintenance. Whether the owner services the pool himself or hires a pool service to come on a regular basis, the equipment and chemicals to maintain the pool are expensive and time-consuming.
And if the owner wants to sell the home later on, will the pool be a good selling point or will it detract from the sale? The answer to this question is related to the climate in the area, the number of pools in the neighborhood, and of course, the personal preferences of potential buyers.