Having a pool at home is convenient, private and great for relaxation on a summer day. However, installing a pool comes with challenges and needs to be approached properly.
One of the most essential elements of any plan is pool safety; the pool needs to be installed in a way that is free of all dangers, especially for the children and seniors in the family.
If you do plan to add a pool to your yard, get in touch with your insurance agent first. Your coverage may need to be updated, as the insurance risk may change.
Above-Ground Versus In-Ground
While above-ground pools are much easier and more convenient to install, you’ll miss out on the deeper water and the more luxurious experience of an in-ground pool. It’s sometimes possible to install an above-ground pool by yourself with the help of a few friends, but an in-ground pool will require a lot more time, money and a contractor.
Generally, if the pool is just for the kids to play in, above ground gets the job done. If it’s for fitness or is meant to complement your house and landscape, consider an in-ground installation.
Potential Pool Landscaping Issues
You’ll want to investigate your soil and landscape to make sure an in-ground pool can be built on your property. Soil that is too sandy or too rocky might make construction more difficult. The same goes for property that has a slope or a high water table, so make sure you know what you’re working with. If it’s not possible to move soil and build an in-ground pool, it still may be possible to build a rectangular, sophisticated above ground pool, depending on the landscape.
Be sure to research your local building and zoning laws before starting the pool landscaping process. Some municipalities require a fence around the pool, which can also help as a pool safety measure. You’ll also want to make sure you know if your in-ground pool will interrupt any underground gas or electrical lines, as you’ll probably have to choose a different location or have them rewired. Your homeowner’s insurance can also be influenced by having a pool, so be sure to talk to your insurance company to discuss any potential changes.
The Shape and Style of Your Pool
Decide what your pool’s purpose is going to be. For instance, if you plan to install a pool for fitness and want to swim long laps, your setup will look much different than a pool intended for pool parties and entertaining. Have the dimensions of your future pool and deck written down to show your contractor so they can give you a reliable estimate.
It’s also crucial to make sure your pool architecture matches the style, shape and aesthetic of your home and landscape. Pool contractors can design a pool in a lot of different shapes and styles, so try to get as specific as possible when describing your vision. While artsy mosaic or glass tile might look good in a chic city environment, a stone material could look better if you’re building your pool in a natural setting.
The Importance of Pool Safety
Pool safety is one of the most important concerns when planning your pool. A pool cover can definitely come in handy to prevent the little ones from sneaking into the pool at night or jumping in unsupervised. Aside from this, you might want to install an alarm system to alert you if anyone’s in your pool. This is a convenient way for you to know if your kids are entering the pool unsupervised. This is also a good option to keep unwanted visitors (including animals) away.
If possible, fencing in the pool area is a great way to add an extra level of security to your pool safety plan. Finally, confirm that safety equipment is freely available, such as life vests or floats, in case there’s any concern for danger.
Taking Care of Your Pool
Maintenance is just as important as pool safety. If possible, you’ll want to make sure your pool uses large pipes and variable-speed pumps. If you want the easiest maintenance, choose to construct your pool with fiberglass. Vinyl-lined and concrete pools will generally need repairs every five to ten years, which adds up to additional costs. Usually, it’s a good idea to leave maintenance work to a qualified professional, as it can take a lot of time and effort.
Having a pool is a great investment for your family to enjoy the summer months, but make sure you know exactly what will be required to build and maintain your pool. And remember to always keep an eye on the kids and take pool safety seriously.