Important Factors to Consider Before You Build Your Swimming Pool
Having a swimming pool is most everyone’s dream – imagine being able to take a dip in crystal-clear waters any time you like and having access to an enjoyable cardio activity which beats going to the gym every time!
But before you take the plunge, as it were, and begin building your own pool, there are a plethora of factors that you should consider. Keep in mind that building a pool is a once-only deal, and you can’t simply go back and change some aspect of it that you don’t approve of unless you feel like wasting more money and time.
Consider the climate where you reside
For people living in warm, tropical climates, it’s easy enough to install a pool outdoors. They don’t have to think about freezing temperatures and all that comes with them. But if you live in a place where there are four seasons, it’s important for you to consider exactly what type of pool is best for your area — whether it’s an outdoor pool that would be covered up several months in a year, or whether it’s an indoor pool that could be used at all seasons.
Weigh the advantages and disadvantages between indoor and outdoor pools. If you opt for an indoor pool, it can be easier to clean and be kept free from dirt and debris. An outdoor pool needs regular cleaning of leaves and other plant materials that might find their way to its surface. Aside from this, outdoor pools need to be chemically treated more often than indoor pools, simply because they are more exposed to the elements.
Consider your budget
There are various pool styles and swimming pool designs to choose from, and it can be confusing to select the style that’s right for you and your family in the long run. But if you are on a budget, it might be wise to consider an in-ground pool. There are what you call fibreglass pools that are already pre-moulded and can easily be lowered onto a hole in your backyard. But if you don’t want a fibreglass pool, it may also be less expensive to install a gunite pool in your yard, which is reinforced with a steel frame that is covered in a sand and cement mixture.
Consider the depth of the pool
The depth of your pool also determines your budget – the deeper the depth, the more expensive your pool may be. But here is where another factor comes to mind: what would be the overall purpose of your pool? Are you going to use it for playtime and fun and frolic as a family, or are you also planning to use it for exercise? Also, consider the extra features that you may want to add. Do you want to add a diving board to the pool? If you do, then it’s better (and safer, of course) to settle for a depth of at least 8 feet. If you have young children, it would be wise to settle for a 4- or 3-foot depth at one end that gradually deepens to 6 or 8 feet for adults to use.
There are other things for you to consider when it comes to installing your own pool. Speak to professional pool installers who can guide you into making the right decisions based on your preference, needs, and budget.
Tom Van Cauwenberghe is a freelance writer and loves to swim in his garden pool in his spare time. He has done reviews for the best swimming pool design trends in recent years, and extols the virtues of proper research before having one’s own swimming pool made.