Summer Is Coming! Set Your Family Up for Lots of Fun in the Sun With Your Own Backyard Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 02-25-2013 in Articles

As Spring begins, the weather is beautiful. Winter is past and warmer temperatures are on the way. In fact, Summer isn't that far away. And that means hot and humid, especially in the southern states. Maybe this is the year to finally beat that heat with your own backyard swimming pool? There are many different factors to consider in this choice, so read on to learn more!

Selecting a Backyard Pool

There are two basic groups of pools, in-ground and above-ground. In-ground pools cost more, but are a permanent addition to your home that will add equity and curb appeal, and be a perk for potential buyers if you ever sell your home. These are available in many sizes and shapes to suit your needs, and can be made of fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl. Each of these options comes with its own specifications (such as price point and required maintenance), so you should get the facts on each one that you're interested in and compare them with your own unique needs.

If in-ground is not for you, there are also many different above-ground options. These pools are much less expensive and less permanent, and easier to fit into a small yard. They are also moveable, so you can bring it with you should you move to a new home. These are also available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and typically in aluminum, resin, or steel construction. These also each have different price points and maintenance requirements, so again you will need to weigh these options against your own needs.

Installing Your Backyard Pool

Installation of an in-ground pool obviously involves excavation. A very small pool could be installed by hand with a shovel, but generally you'll want to hire a backhoe to accomplish this task. The pool itself is somewhat complex to install, especially if you chose a larger model, and you should probably contact a professional for help with this installation. It will generally be a few days or a few weeks until the pool is available to enjoy.

Above-ground pools are typically immediately available as a kit from your local dealer. You can purchase it, bring it home, and set it up yourself in as little as a few hours. Even a large above-ground pool can easily be assembled by a homeowner, perhaps with some help from the neighbors.

Backyard Pool Maintenance

A pool, whether in or above the ground, is going to require regular maintenance. Use your skimmer tool often to keep the filters clear of debris. Remember to check the filters regularly and clean out any accumulated gunk. You'll also need to treat the pool water on a specific schedule to keep the water clean, clear, and safe. The chemicals or treatments you need will depend on the type of pool you have, so check your owner's manual or ask your dealer for more information about your specific pool.

Decking and Accessories

Once the pool is up and ready to go, you are free to enjoy it at your leisure. Either now or in the future, you may want to complement your backyard oasis with a patio or deck and other accessories. Above-ground pools are often easier to enjoy with a raised (typically wooden) deck and stairs built next to or around it, for easier access. An in-ground pool may be installed with a small amount of border around it, but you may wish to add to it for more space to relax in. Remember to keep your patio water-sealed to protect it from damage! Combine your pool with comfortable chairs, a grilling area, or even a fire pit to create the perfect backyard party zone!

As the heat wave moves in, relax in style with your own custom backyard pool.

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