Top Tips For Pool Installation
Installing your own swimming pool at home can be a wonderful addition to your garden. Pools are great entertainment.
Whether for the kids to play in or the adults to host pool parties.
Swimming is a great form of exercise for the whole family too.
Chances are if you’re here right now, you’re looking to see if installing your own pool is for you.
Here are some top tips to get a pool installed this summer and make the process as stress-free as possible.
Decide On Above Or In-Ground
In-ground pools look great and come in a wider range of sizes, shapes, and depths. The downside is that they are a lot more expensive than an above-ground pool.
Above-ground pools are often sold as kits and need less labor and materials to install. That is why they are more affordable.
Above-ground pools can also be disassembled if you want. Whereas in-ground pools are easy to customize with diving-safe or wading depths, or made big enough to swim laps.
In-ground pool installation can take several weeks, whereas above-ground options can be ready to use in just a few hours.
Choose The Right Contractor
If you choose an in-ground pool, this will likely be a complex addition to your property. A contractor will need to assess your land for building compliance, ease of access for equipment, and additions like fencing and walkways.
A professional should be able to do all this, but a disreputable contractor could end up being an expensive mistake.
Avoid anyone who promises cheap prices and bury the necessities like pumps and steps in the fine print.
Get references and quotes, and choose carefully.
In-ground pools can usually only be placed where there is space and where it is easiest to dig. Some gardens have issues like hidden rock formations that can’t be moved.
You will also need to think about where you want the pool in relation to other parts of the backyard.
If you have trees that overhang the pool, you can get some natural shade but will need to skim the pool for leaves more often.
A shaded area can make the pool too cold if you don’t have it heated.
You also want to make sure you can see the pool from the patio or the house to keep swimmers safe. This is most especially if you have children who need to be supervised in the pool.
Be Prepared For a Spike In Power Consumption
Your pool can easily use up to 20,000 gallons of water. All that water needs to be filtered, and if you chose a heated pool, heated.
All that power can soon add up and drive up your power use (and your bill) by a lot more than you were expecting.
Don’t forget to include this in your budget.
Plan For Maintenance Costs
A pool costs more than just having it installed. You also need to pay for the chemicals to keep it free of algae and bacteria.
Professional cleaning saves you doing it but also needs to be paid for.
An in-ground pool might also need refinishing or repairing occasionally, depending on what it is made of.
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While having a pool can be great fun, there are a lot of factors to consider before moving forward.
I hope these tips can help you make your decision!
Are you looking to take care of your own pool installation?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.