1. Know Your Pool Options
Depending on the size of your yard, the number of people you’d like to share your pool with, and your budget, there are several types of in-ground pools made from different materials, which you can choose from.
Most common pool are made from concrete, and is a good choice for in-ground pools that are under 2 meters deep. Concrete is poured in the pool’s shape around the steel, which makes construction simple and quick. This pool type is also extremely sturdy and durable, so you won’t have to worry about it cracking or puncturing often found with vinyl and fibreglass pools. It is important to note, however, that concrete pools require a tiled or pebblecrete interior finish to maintain optimal aesthetic appeal and durability.
Pools made concrete are also very low maintenance, as they require little to no chemical treatment – especially when fitted with a chlorinator or mineral system. You can also expect to pay a slightly higher price for a pool of this type, but it will outlast any other material.
Fiberglass pools are made of layers of fiberglass that are layered over a reinforced steel frame to create the pool’s shape. Fiberglass pools come in either one- or two-layer construction. In one-layer construction, the pool’s liner is made of fiberglass and is supported by a steel frame. This type of pool is often cheaper, less durable, and more difficult to repair than a two-layer pool. In two-layer construction, the liner is made of a vinyl and a fiberglass, and is supported by a steel frame. Fiberglass pools are more expensive than polymer concrete pools, but require little to no maintenance.
Above-ground pools are pools that cannot be completely submerged in water, as they are made to sit above ground. They are typically made of vinyl and come in different shapes and sizes. Above-ground pools are a great option if you don’t have enough yard space for an in-ground pool, or if you are looking to upgrade your existing pool to a larger one.
2. Know Your Pool Lifestyle
Before you start looking at designs and materials and making initial estimates of cost, it’s important to determine how much time and money you want to invest in your pool, as well as how much time you can spend maintaining it. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be in a better position to make an informed decision about the type of pool that would work best for your family and your home.
3. Know Your Pool Size and Shape
There are a number of factors that go into determining the size of your in-ground pool. One of the most important considerations is your yard’s size, as you’ll need to ensure that the pool will fit neatly within your yard. It’s also important to consider the amount of people you’d like to be able to use your pool at one given time, since many in-ground pools can hold up to 10-12 people.
4. Know Your Pool Features and Your Budget
Many people take out a loan to pay for their pools, so it’s important to make sure you fit your pool into your budget. If you can, try to get an idea of what a pool of a certain size and shape would cost in your area before you start shopping around.
Once you have a rough estimate of how much your budget is, you can then decide on what features you want.
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