How to Choose a Swimming Pool

There are many different kinds of swimming pools you can choose from, depending on your budget and where you want to install the pool. Here are the most common options, along with the pros and cons of each.

==> Above Ground Pools

This type of pool is the easiest to install. There are many different sizes and styles you can choose from. Because the pool is above ground, you don’t have to excavate the ground which makes the installation much easier and cheaper.

If you have a small area or a small budget, an above ground pool is a great option.

==> Fiberglass Pools

A fiberglass pool is pre-constructed and simply lowered into a hole in the ground. If you decide to purchase a fiberglass pool, a construction crew will come and excavate a hole the size of the pool, then lower the pool into the hole.

==> In-Ground Vinyl-Lined Pools

This type of pool is installed in the ground, but in a very inexpensive manner. A hole is excavated, then a pool structure is erected inside the hole. A sheet of vinyl is then stretched over the structure, creating the pool.

This is much less expensive than just about any other method of building an in-ground pool. The trade off is that the vinyl needs to be replaced about every 10 years or the pool could start to leak.

==> Custom Built Pools

Finally, you can custom build your pools. Those pools are either made out of gunite or out of concrete.

As you might expect, purchasing a custom built pool is much more expensive than purchasing any of the above pool types. The upside is of course that you can design the pool however you want it to be built.

When you purchase a gunite or concrete pool, the crew will first excavate the hole, then put in the water pumping and drainage systems. Then the crew will create the framework for the pool out of rebar and metal wire.

Once the framework is complete, gunite will be sprayed onto the rebar framework. This works a lot like cement. Once it dries, the crew will apply either plaster or paint on the pool.

==> Which Pool Should You Choose?

Start by determining the area that you want to install the pool in. How big is the area? Is it indoors or outdoors?

Then get price quotes for the various different kinds of pools that you might install. Look at pictures and visit various pools to get a sense for the different kinds of pools that you could choose from.

Once you know the different types of pools that your area qualifies for and their respective prices, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.