Comparing Different Types of Swimming Pools  

by Pool Builders on 03-13-2012 in Articles

One of the most important things you can do when trying to decide which type of pool to get is doing research on all of your options. Today, pools come in a wide variety of different sizes and even custom shapes; each type of pool is made from different materials that can affect cost and quality of the pool.

One of the greatest benefits of having a swimming pool put in, aside from being a lot of fun, is that they can add more value to your property. With the way the housing market is going, this could be a real asset to your property. At first you might be thinking only about how expensive it can be to have a pool put in, and maintain it. However, today you can find pools in a wide variety of prices, from $400 to $15,000. Of course, those cheaper pools are usually above ground pools. However, there are lots of great benefits of having an above ground pool instead of an in ground pool. The pools that you would find on the higher end of the price range would include huge Olympic sized swimming pools or pools that also have a hot tub or feature a fountain or waterfall structure. The size and complexity of the pool, as well as the materials used to build it can influence the total price of the pool and its installation.

In Ground Pools

Many people think that in ground pools are just to expensive and out of the average homeowner's budget. While this might be true in a sense, there are lots of cost-saving options for having an in ground pool put in. One popular option is to use a vinyl liner instead of the concrete or fiberglass shell. The vinyl liner can be easily installed and attached after the hole for the pool is dug and the foundational structure is installed. Aside from just being a cheaper option, a vinyl liner is often times more durable and longer lasting. And, in the event there is a hole or a tear in the vinyl it can be easily replaced, many times without even draining the water.

Another great thing about vinyl liners is that there are many different styles. You can even get liners that have a faux tile pattern or a unique color, which can really transform the look of your pool and pool area. Some manufacturers even give you the option to add a logo or other custom design to the liner.

If you still want a concrete in ground pool, a much less expensive way to go is to get a concrete sprayed pool instead. Unlike traditional concrete pools, the sprayed concrete pool is created by spraying the €liner area€ of the pool with a mixture of Gunite and Shotcrete. A professional will apply the mixture evenly, ensuring a tight, waterproof lining. This method is much more flexible than using traditional concrete, which means you can create a much more unique shape if you'd like. Another reason why it is a good option is if you live in a cold climate, the sprayed concrete product is much more resistant to cracking than traditional concrete.

One other popular alternative to a traditional concrete pool is a fiberglass pool. For this type of a pool, after the hole is dug a pre-made fiberglass shell, or liner is dropped into the hole. In most cases the fiberglass shell comes in on big piece that is the entire pool. This means that you will need to have a spacious area that can be easily accessed by the crane that will drop it in.

Another option that has become popular in recent years is to use fiberglass for the wall but use vinyl or traditional concrete material for the floor of the pool. The reason for this is so that it is easier to keep the pool clean, as it is harder for algae or calcium to build up on the slick walls.

Above the Ground Swimming Pools

While there are not as many options when it comes to above ground pools, they are the cheapest type of pool. But some good things about them are that they can be moved if you move from your home and do not require that a hole be dug for it to be set up.

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