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 basic options when it comes to buying a swimming pool for a private home – above ground and in-ground. Above ground pools range in cost from $1500 to upwards of $5000, according to details and size of the pool. The advantages of above ground pools are the cheaper prices, portability, and ease of installation. In fact, an above ground pool may be installed and ready for use within hours. These type pools can also be self-installed to save money on installation, though professional installation is always recommended.
In–ground pools are considerably more expensive. They range in price from $7000 to over $45,000, based on materials, size, and design. Concrete pools, the most expensive option, can be formed in any shape or size because they are custom-poured. 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 make sure to place the pool in the best spot to receive optimum natural sunlight. For any kind of pool, 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.
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. It is very important to be aware of and fulfill all specifications to ensure that the new pool is not a future problem.
There are many positive aspects to build a swimming pool. The most important ones are the health benefits they offer. Swimming is one of the best exercises and it benefits the entire body. Unless the pool is heated, however, swimming becomes a seasonal workout and must be substituted for another form of exercise in the cooler months.
The fun and entertainment that pools provide is another plus to building a pool. A clean, sparkling swimming pool is a great place to socialize with friends and family while enjoying the great outdoors. Children love playing in the pool, but should be supervised at all times to avoid accidents.
Attractively designed pools and decks offer many hours of summertime enjoyment.
Of course, there are bound to be some downsides to purchasing a pool as well. Besides the high price of buying a pool, there is also the costly maintenance. Whether the owner does the servicing himself or hires a pool service to come on a regular basis, the equipment and chemicals required to maintain the pool are expensive and time-consuming.
Another consideration is the possibility that the owner will later want to sell the home with the pool in the backyard. Will the pool be a good selling point or will it detract from the sale? Many factors are involved in the answer to this question, including the climate of the area, the presence of other pools in the neighborhood, and of course, the personal preferences of potential buyers.
Safety is the biggest concern when it comes to swimming pools. For optimum safety, make sure that all accessories, such as waterslides and diving boards, have been professionally installed and are very secure.
Also, include safety barriers in the pool area, to prevent drowning, such as a fence and a pool cover. Store pool chemicals in a safe place that is inaccessible to children and pets. And above all else, make sure children are supervised at all times near the pool.