Everything You Need To Know About Family Pools
Building a swimming pool is a dream for many families. But many people worry about not having enough knowledge and resources to build a pool. There are doubts regarding the costs, maintenance, and pros and cons of building a pool. A swimming pool is a long term investment, and you need to weigh various factors before coming to a decision.
Pros and Cons Of A Family Pool
- A family pool increases the value of the property
- It serves as a perfect spot for parties and recreation
- Children can learn to swim safely
- It keeps you active
- A family pool is a good way to distract children from their gadgets
- You need lesser beach vacations.
- Pool building and maintenance are expensive activities.
- You need to spend time and effort to maintain the pool.
- An ill-maintained pool can reduce the value of your property.
Types Of Pools
Family pools can be installed inground, above ground, or partially above ground. Most people prefer inground pools. But if your house is situated in a low-lying area or the soil is unsuitable, then above ground pools are a good option.
Cost Of Building A Pool
Building a swimming pool is an expensive activity. The cost of building a pool varies according to the material used. Add to that the finishes, landscaping, design, size, lighting and water features and the cost escalates. If you are building a concrete pool then you have to spend extensively on tiling to make the surface smooth. Fibreglass pools have a smooth surface by default. You will also have to budget for filtration and heating system, pool cover and other safety features like fencing and rails. You will incur lifelong expenses in the form of chemicals, heating expenses, cleaning of the pool, resurfacing etc. Pool builders usually offer a free onsite quote, which will give you an idea of the cost to build the pool.
Installation Of The Family Pool
Installation of the family pool can take some weeks or many months depending on the material of the pool. Family pools are built in concrete, vinyl or fibreglass material. Fibreglass pools are made from prefabricated moulds and then transported to your house. They can be installed in a week or maximum two weeks.
The concrete pool has to be built from scratch in your backyard. It takes longer to build, and sometimes the cost escalates due to various factors. Climate changes, the time lag in receiving a permit and certain times of the year can delay the installation process. The installation time will also depend on the additions you make to your pool.
Swimming pools inevitably require maintenance. An ill-maintained pool is unsafe to use and becomes a breeding ground for algae and mosquitoes. The time and money required for the maintenance of your pool will depend on the material used. Larger pools will incur more maintenance costs. Concrete pools require extensive maintenance in the form of brushing, acid washing and resurfacing. You have to check the water chemistry daily and add chemicals to maintain the water chemistry.
Fibreglass pools are easier to maintain. They don’t attract algae and affect water chemistry adversely. Fibreglass pools require fewer chemicals. The filtration system will also require periodic cleaning and maintenance. The plants, fencing and water fountains all have to be maintained.
Design And Size Of The Pool
Concrete pools can be made in any size and shape. Your intended use, the size of your backyard, and your budget will all play a role in deciding your pool’s final size and shape. Fibreglass pools are transported from factories; hence they have size limitations. Fibreglass pools have a maximum length of 40 feet (ca. 12 m) and width of 16 feet (ca. 5 m). This is sufficient for most family pools. The pool design must blend with your house and your backyard. There are innumerable choices in design and finishes.
Safety Of Pools
Family pools must be safe to use since members of all ages will be using the pool. Fibreglass pools come fitted with anti-skid steps and tanning ledges at no extra cost. You can also install fencing, pool cover and child safety locks in the fence for additional safety.
All states have regulations regarding fencing, water requirements, drain covers and safety devices. You need to follow these rules. Your pool builder will know the latest regulations and building codes for swimming pools.
There are numerous alternatives for landscaping, finishing, lighting and water features. You can also consider environment-friendly heating and filtration system. An experienced pool builder will take you through the options most suitable for your budget and lifestyle. You can add a gazebo, fire pit, jacuzzi, pergolas and outdoor kitchen to your pool area. It is worthwhile to note that budgetary constraints may not allow you to go for all the additions initially. But you can leave space in the original plan for any additions at a later date. Remember that any renovation of an existing pool is a difficult and unsatisfactory activity.
Life Of A Pool
Inground pools have a longer lifespan when compared to above ground pools. Inground pools with vinyl liners will last more than two decades but you will have to replace the liner every 6-12 years. Concrete pools have lengthy lifespan provided you resurface the concrete every decade. Fibreglass pools have a lifespan exceeding 30 years. Many manufacturers offer a lengthy warranty on fibreglass pools. Factors such as maintenance, use and water quality will have an impact on the lifespan of your pool.
Finding A Pool Builder
When it comes to building family pools locating a good pool builder is half the battle won. Ask your friends and colleagues for references for pool builders. A good pool builder will be able to guide you in all aspects of pool building. They will also have sound knowledge about the latest technology and materials available for your swimming pool. Once you get your pool right, you are guaranteed a lifetime of serenity in your backyard.