Beat The Heat This Summer with an Inground Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 04-07-2006 in Articles

Driving back home after a splash at the local pool is not a very good idea. It takes all the freshness away. Beat the heat this summer by setting up an inground pool in your own backyard. Enjoy with your near and dear ones and let your worries wash away.

Whether you want an inground pool or above ground is a matter of personal choice. Inground pools are permanent structures so you have to decide carefully where exactly you want your pool before you start digging that hole. Inground pools are more expensive than above ground pools but surely are a value addition to your property and are more appealing.

You have three primary options with an inground pool - fiberglass, vinyl or concrete. A fiberglass pool comes in one piece and once the hole is dug out in your backyard, the pool-shell is installed. These are generally more expensive than concrete inground pools but have a better lifespan because fiberglass pools are easier to maintain, requiring fewer chemicals. Fiberglass pools also eliminate the need for future re-plastering and liner replacements thus reducing your expenses in the long run. Construction time is roughly about two weeks.

A vinyl inground pool is furnished to the installer in kit form. Panel walls are joined together and a concrete footing is placed at the bottom for support. A vinyl liner is then spread over the excavated floor and the sides and connected to the top of the panel walls by a vinyl rib. Panel walls maybe of wood, steel or polymer. Vinyl pools are smooth but require replacement every 10 years. Construction time is about one to three weeks.

Concrete inground pools are the most common types as these are more durable and can be custom-built to your needs and specifications. Concrete pools have the advantage of flexibility in design, shape and depth at the initial stages of construction. The construction process of concrete pools includes a number of phases - forming, applying concrete, tile, coping and plastering. The construction time is between three and nine weeks. As the concrete pools are of high quality they are also among the costliest.

After you have decided which one suits your needs and budget, you can also go for value additions for your pool like diving boards, slides, lights and spas. Credentials of the company are to be checked before you finally place your order. It is also important to clear any ambiguities relating to warranties and the inclusions in your order.

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