Questions to Ask Yourself Before Installing a Pool  

by Pool Builders on 10-01-2014 in Articles

Is a pool right for you? Unfortunately, answering that question isn't as easy as you would hope. Pools are expensive, time-consuming, and finicky additions to any home. However, they can also add more pleasure and joy to your life than almost anything else. Do you want to know if it is right for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before committing your time and money to a new pool. If you have any questions after reading this list, be sure to contact one of the great builders in Fort Worth, TX, like Klapprodt Pools.
Is a Pool Right for You?
Can you afford a pool?
The average pool will cost between $20,000 and $30,000 dollars to install. Keep in mind that's installation costs, not maintenance and running costs. Also, keep in mind that the price range listed is for the most basic pools. Square, shallow, and evenly leveled pools are the least expensive and they still cost as much as a car. If you want a free-form, a water feature, a deep, an outdoor dining area connected to your pool, or any other elaborate feature, the price will climb rapidly. For a truly stunning pool it's not uncommon to spend more than $100,000. If you can afford to pay at least $20,000, then you might be able to install one.
Can I pay for maintenance?
Once it is installed you will need to keep it in good condition. Annual maintenance and cleaning fees usually total between $500 and $800. If you live somewhere with harsh, cold winters, expect to pay a lot more than that. In cold environments it will either need to be heated all day, every day, or you will need to drain it and then refill it. And as you can imagine, both of those procedures cost money. The final thing to consider is the cost of major repairs and replacements. You will need to replace pumps, covers, heaters, and surfaces every 10 or so years. The price of all that maintenance can reach $10,000, depending on how elaborate your pool is. Make sure you can afford all of those extras before paying for a pool.
Am I allowed to have a pool?
Some cities have strict guidelines regarding what it can look like and where you can install one. Some areas forbid installing a pool altogether. If you don't know the rules or laws in your area, make sure you do a bit of research before you make any decisions.
Would I use a pool?
The sad reality is that most people who have a pool rarely use it. There are some enthusiasts who use it every day. But for most people, the novelty wears off quickly and it sits empty most days of the year. As mentioned earlier, it is expensive to install and maintain. Make sure you are really interested in using it before you make any commitments.
If you have any questions about installing or owning a pool, contact one of the great pool builders in Fort Worth, TX, like Klapprodt Pools.

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