Newbie's Guide to Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 02-28-2010 in Articles

However, that doesn't mean it's not tricky to get your first pool. There are plenty of models and styles on the market, in a huge range of prices. That can end up being pretty confusing. Here's a look at what you'll need to know about buying your own home swimming pool.

Above Ground Options
One of the least expensive options on the market is the self assembled above ground pool. Available in range of sizes and types, these pools go from splasher pools that give you space to cool off to large pools, big enough for lap swimming. Above ground models may sacrifice looks for a good deal, but they offer a cheap way to get a pool at home, and enjoy splashing or swimming on a hot day.

In Ground Pools
In ground swimming pools have been around since Ancient Rome, and feature a lower profile and longer lifespan than most above ground models. These pools are also easier to make in deep, large styles, so you'll have plenty of space for real swimming. The downside is that your above ground pool will generally cost a lot more, and it'll take more effort to install. This can be an issue if you're planning to do the work on your own. Think carefully before you buy your first pool.

Indoor Pools
For those who want to make the most of their money, heated indoor pools are the ideal choice. They're often made using sprayed concrete, and can include many different luxury features, including spa jets. They'll let you swim as much as you like, in any kind of weather, and make your swimming area a real haven. Unfortunately, it's pretty much impossible to do the work on your own. Have this kind of pool installed by the pros.

Maintaining Your pool
If you're considering purchasing a home swimming pool, cost of purchase and installation isn't the only consideration. Think about how to maintain your pool, and what you'll pay to keep it in good condition. Larger pools, regularly used pools, and pools that aren't covered will cost the most to keep in good shape. In colder areas, a heater might be required, though pool owners in sunny locales can often use solar energy to keep their swimming areas warm and comfortable.

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