Choosing a Backyard Pool: Top Tips to Keep in Mind

BY Kristen Fowler | Fri May 05, 2017
Choosing a Backyard Pool: Top Tips to Keep in Mind

With summer just around the corner, now is the time that many homeowners are once again thinking about taking the plunge (pun intended) and having a pool installed in their backyards. Particularly in warm areas like California, Florida, Arizona, and many areas in the South, a backyard pool can be a welcome addition to make the summer heat bearable.

When you’re planning to make a big investment like an inground pool, though, you shouldn’t just dive into it without doing your research and getting everything in order beforehand. We’ve gathered together a few tips to keep in mind as you’re choosing a backyard pool.

1. Know why you want a pool

A pool isn’t something you just build on a whim. It’s going to take up a lot of space in your yard, it will cost money to put in, and it will require maintenance. If just wanting a place to cool off in the summer is the extent of your thoughts on the subject, you may be better off just getting a membership at the local recreation center. If you want to be able to host outdoor gatherings or have a private oasis to escape to from time to time, then having your own pool may be worth the investment of time and money.

It’s not just important to know why you want a pool—you should make sure you want a pool at all, along with the work that goes into it. Make sure that everyone involved is willing to put in the effort to take care of the pool, because it will require you to either maintain it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. If a pool is worth it to you, though, then it’s time to move forward!

2. Plan out your budget

Before you can design the proper pool for your home, you have to know how much money you are able to invest in it. You will need to factor in things like materials, labor, and possibly even designers, whose prices and styles can vary depending on your location.

Pools are generally made from either concrete (also called gunite), vinyl, or fiberglass. Each material has its advantages, and each has a different price point. You will need to determine how important the material you use is and plan accordingly.

3. Know exactly where you want the pool to go

When you install an inground pool in your backyard, you need to plot out exactly where you want it to go. The space you have set aside will dictate the dimensions of your pool. Remember, when you’re designing your pool, you should also keep in mind that you will need space around the sides of the pool to walk, and if you have small children, you will likely want to install a fence around it for safety as well. The space you have set aside in your backyard will also determine which shapes and layouts will work for your pool.

4. Know the design and features you want

A pool is more than just a hole in the ground that you fill with water. You can customize your pool with different features that will set it apart and make it feel more like your pool.

A diving board in the deep end can be a fun addition. Perhaps you want to include a waterfall at one end. Lighting in case of night swimming? A hot tub? What about a slide? There are several things to keep in mind when you’re designing your home pool.

While there are plenty of variables that go into choosing a pool, these tips will get you a great start on the way to many summers of fun.

Guest Author Bio: Carol Evenson is a freelance writer. She recommends Blue Haven Pools for your backyard pool needs.

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