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What to Know If I Want to Put in an In-Ground Swimming Pool

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by Dave No Comments

After moving into your dream home, you realize the only thing missing is a backyard oasis complete with a swimming pool. You have visions of summer afternoons spent with the kids splashing and larking about while Dad grills the burgers. If this is your dream, review our check list to ensure your dream becomes a reality with the least amount of stress and money.

 Decide on what type of pool you want

There are three types of in-ground swimming pools available for installation. You can choose from concrete pools, fiberglass pools and vinyl-lined pools.

Here is some information on each type:

  • Concrete pools provide the greatest flexibility when it comes to design. They can be formed to virtually any shape or size and can be easily configured to your yard’s shape constrictions. Concrete pools are typically referred to as gunite pools. There are a variety of wall textures available from smooth textured to aggregate textured. Concrete pools can be built in anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks and are considered the strongest and most durable types of pool.
  • Fiberglass pools are manufactured in the factory and are pre-molded to a predetermined shape. This can restrict your ability to design a specific shape, but it leads to a quicker installation time, typically around three days.
  • Vinyl pool liners are available in a variety of colors and patterns. They are often rectangular in shape, but they can be ordered in freeform and L-shaped designs. A word of caution about vinyl pool — the vinyl material makes them valuable to damage from toys and sharp objects. Construction time lines run from 1 week to 3 weeks.

Your swimming pool contractor will be your best source for determining what type of pool is right for your area. They are skilled in what materials work best for your climate and topography.

Determine a Price

Estimating the cost of an in-ground is difficult. There are many factors to consider:

  • The first is determining what type of pool will be built.
  • You also have to take into account soil conditions, pool shape, accessories, additional hard-scaping, regional permit fees and more.
  • Your best bet is to contact three reputable pool builders to receive comprehensive estimates to get started. You can discuss your design ideas and they can put together an estimate that will get you an idea of your base point. 

Investigate the Permit Process

Building a swimming pool will subject you to building and zoning requirements. Each city and county has different code requirements. It is imperative you apply for a building permit and receive approval before you begin digging.

Each area has specific requirements in regards to depth requirements, property setback lines, pool barrier, and gate hardware requirements. Knowing how your code reads for swimming pool construction will lessen any surprises and will give you a set of guidelines in which to work.

Select the Pool Location

Once you know how your city or county building code reads, you will be in a position to determine a good location for your new pool. Working in concert with an experienced pool contractor can offer some valuable insight, but to cover all your bases, remember to follow these guidelines:

  • Wind: Chose a pool location away from strong winds. This will lessen water evaporation and keep you warmer while enjoying your pool.
  • Sunshine: Placing your pool in a sunny location will take advantage of the sun’s warmth to heat your pool.
  • Trees: Pick a location far away from trees to avoid root damage to your pool and to help keep it free from leaf debris.
  • Sightline: When at all possible, chose a location where you have a direct line of vision from inside the house. This will allow you to watch pool users from inside.
  •  Pool Accessories: When finalizing your pool location think about your pool accessories. Be sure there is room in your plans to include items such as a diving board, slide, or spa. Also, don’t forget a utility shed or accessories bay to keep your pool equipment up and out of the way.

Plan Your Budget  

When finalizing your pool moving budget, don’t forget to include the finishing touches you want. Outdoor lighting, decks, patios, privacy fencing, patio furniture, pathways and more are just a sampling of the extras you might want to your budget. Don’t get caught off-guard when establishing a budget for your dream backyard and allow for the extras that will make your dream a reality.

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