Everything You Must Know Before Installing a Pool  

by Pool Builders on 11-23-2014 in Articles

If you are considering installing a pool in your backyard (or any other part of your home), there are a few things you need to know. Just like buying a new car or home requires plenty of thought and research, you shouldn't jump into a new pool (literally or figuratively) without understanding the basics. If you want to buy a pool, read this first. And if you need more information after reading this list, contact one of the great builders in Fort Worth, TX, like Klapprodt Pools.
A Beginner's Guide to Owning a Pool
1. The cost of a pool is approximately $75 per foot and can cost more depending on how elaborate or ornate you want your pool to look. For a pool that is large enough to swim in (at least 400 square feet), you can expect to pay at least $20,000 to $30,000. The larger you want your pool, the more expensive it will be.
2. Depth is one of the single biggest factors to consider when pricing a pool. Going deeper is more difficult than going longer or wider and can cause a pool's price to increase more than the standard rate. For a three to five foot, you shouldn't have too many problems. But if you are looking to install a pool with a 10 to 15 foot section, be prepared to pay more for each additional square foot than the standard rate.
3. It should take about eight months for a pool company to install your pool. That includes everything from the initial consultation to the final tests.
4. Freeform pools will cost more per square foot than square pools. It's much more difficult to install that is round or oddly shaped than it is to place for vertical sides and a flat bottom.
5. Landscaping and other additions can increase the cost of your pool dramatically. If you are interested in elaborate decorations and landscaping, be prepared to pay more for those than you will for itself. Volcanoes, waterfalls, lazy rivers, and fountains are all incredibly expensive. If you have a limited budget and want a great pool, it is usually better to put your money towards itself, not the extras around it.
6. Pool maintenance is not as expensive as you might think. Hiring a cleaning service and heating your pool when you need to use it can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a year. Considering how much it costs to install, that's not a significant expense. Keep in mind that you will likely need to replace electric covers, pumps, and heaters every decade or two, and the total cost for those items can exceed $10,000.
7. The way you surface your pool will have a huge impact on its cost. Pools are usually covered in some sort of aggregate or plaster. These surfaces are the least expensive, with tile options quickly adding to the cost. If you want a larger, you might need to sacrifice surface quality in order to save money.
Buying and living with a it can be a real challenge. However, if you can afford one, the benefits will more than outweigh the risks or cost. If you are still interested in installing a pool, be sure to contact one of the great pool builders in Fort Worth, TX, like Klapprodt Pools. Meeting with a builder is the best way to have all of your specific questions answered.

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