You can increase the value and appeal of your home with a professionally installed inground swimming pool. The modern homeowner has multiple choices in pool design, including the construction materials. Once you see the advantages and disadvantages of each, you can discuss your options with your backyard design team.
Concrete was the primary material for many years, allowing homeowners to create pools of any size and shape. You have creative control over this durable material, which can stand for decades. The installation of a concrete pool will take more time than your other options, though it provides the greatest remodeling flexibility of all of your choices. The porous materials demand greater maintenance, including chemicals and occasional resurfacing.
On the other hand, fiberglass is gaining popularity for multiple reasons, including much faster installation times. The fiberglass liner is molded at the factory and placed into a hole that has already been dug and shaped to fit well. You can often have your new pool in less than a week. The nonporous surface does not provide little nooks and crannies for algae to hide and grow. Therefore, you will spend less time and money on chemicals and maintenance related to algae growth. However, you have fewer creative options with fiberglass than concrete and vinyl. Likewise, because the units are shipped on the road, you can’t opt for an inground swimming pool greater than 16 feet in width. These are priced comparably with concrete.
Vinyl Liner Pools
This type of pool is the least expensive to install and provides much of the same flexibility regarding size and shape offered with a concrete pool. The liners are smooth to the touch and are algae-resistant. Because the liner can be punctured and repairs are costly, you should consider opting for the thickest liner available. Kids, pets and sharp objects falling in the pool are all risks. Using at least a one-inch thick liner will minimize the potential damage. The long-term costs of purchasing a vinyl liner will add up, In addition to the potential repair costs, the liners must be replaced approximately every decade. If the liner is more than a couple of years old, you will lose on the resale value of your home.
A professional pool and landscape team is essential to making the best choices for your home. From ensuring your new inground swimming pool fits in with local zoning and building code regulations to finding the right value for your budget, they are an invaluable source of information. Research your options, discuss them with the pool builder, and then make your choices. Doing so will get you on track to having a backyard retreat you deserve.