Pools and Pool Accessories

by Pool Builders on 12-03-2007 in Articles

You may be stunned at the absolutely tranquil, beautiful, inviting and certainly anything - but - ordinary styles of pools, you can find on the market today. You may see something great for your back yard, front yard or garden that you may have never considered before. There are many different kinds of pools, spools, spas, ponds and more that are great ideas for enhancing the ambiance of your home outdoors and to simply have more fun there! Aside from the pool itself, there will be all kinds of supplies specifically for pools that you will need. Just as the type of pool (which you decide to build or to have someone build for you) will be carefully determined, the pool supplies you use will with and for your pool be determined by the kind of pool you have and the manner in which it is primarily to be used.

Ultimately your choice will depend on a compilation of many different factors, mostly unique to your home property (or the property on which you plan to build). You should choose the perfect pool best designed to best suit the purpose for which you want it. For example: to entertain children, for lounging in the sun, for diving, swimming laps, or as a beautiful, soothing and cooling part of the overall landscape. In basic summation: your pool design should be based on personal taste, the primary function of the pool, budget, the space that is there and available for you to work with, and who (i.e. what age groups) will be mostly using the pool, etc. The last on this list of things to consider is very important for you to remember: because it has to do with safety and will dictate the different pool supplies you will need as well.

Even if the perfect home pool is, in your imagination right now, a cascading free-form pool, there can be jagged rocks (and often are) or other hazards especially dangerous for smaller kids. A safety fence or any other kind of fencing simply clashes with the ambiance of a free-form pool. Therefore, people with small kids, or whose pool will often accommodate small kids, may not want to get a free-form pool installed - even if it was the original idea. The good news is that with all the sorts of pools that are now available to purchase, you can beautify your home and enrich your experiences through the sunny days at home with a soothing outdoor pool. No matter what kind of pool you want, you will need certain pool supplies, and land requirements must be met. Find out what is available and make the very best decision for you and your friends and family.

Essential pool supplies required for any pool you choose no matter what type, style or size, will be chemicals for the maintenance of safe and clean water in which to swim, dive, lounge or play. Of course, the amount of chemicals used in a certain pool may be very different than the amount of chemicals used in another kind of pool. If there is less water, for example, you will not need as much chlorine and other chemicals than if you have a much larger pool primarily used for laps, perhaps, and frequently used. Any kind of pool, even a reflecting pool or a pond, will also need a filter to pump the water and keep it continuously circulating. Believe it or not, this is a requirement for a free-form pool (usually a waterfall helps as part of the filtration / pumping system), or reflecting pools. Even if the pool or pond used for fish, water plants and as a habitat for other wildlife, the water must not be without some kind of filtration system. Factor these necessities into your budget if you want to purchase a pool for your yard or garden.

As a rule, fences are almost always a good idea no matter what type of pool you have. This does not, however, mean that the fence has to surround the pool closely like it would at a park or public swim area. Nonetheless, even if you do not have children of your own, and the law does not require a fence, it is safe and helpful to your neighbors and your community to build a physical boundary around your property. This is a sure way to prevent tragedies such as the drowning of neighborhood children who wander into your yard, or to prevent vandalism or other damage by teenagers who decide to go "pool hopping" in rich neighborhoods at night. Primary targets of such reckless youthful activities have proven to be homes with heated pools, or even just with hot tubs in the yard.

If you are building your own pool, there are pool kits available to help you. However, often they will not include some of the things you will need. Sometimes it is actually less expensive to purchase instructions and pool building supplies such as concrete mix separately. Certain pools really can not be accomplished to achieve the desired effect without having an expert take over the building and design. Other kinds of pools, however, are incredibly simple to build on your own (without special training), if you have the ability and ambition.

Then there are the fun pool supplies! These are the types of pool supplies you think of when someone says the words "pool supplies." Pool sheds, noodles, rafts, water wings, lounge chairs, patio furniture, and more are among the many pool supplies that many people want or need to keep on-hand. Technically, these qualify as more pool accessories than pool supplies - but if they are things you really want for the purpose of enjoying your overall outdoor experience, the term is close enough.

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