The Four Basic Types of Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 04-22-2008 in Articles

Swimming pools conjure up happy images of fun, summer days relaxing with a cool drink and a good book while the kids splash around and giggle. Before you make the decision to put a swimming pool in your back yard it helps to know what is available.

There are four main kinds of swimming pools. These include the gunite (or concrete) pool, the fiberglass, the vinyl and the above-ground pool. The most pricey and most permanent of all of the kinds of swimming pools is the gunite pool. If you choose to have this type of pool put in have the work done by a professional contractor and expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000, depending on how fancy a pool you are interested in. It is very smart to get at least three estimates before you sign on the dotted line.

Fiberglass swimming pools are not as expensive as gunite pools and can be done in a faster span of time. This kind of pool is a one piece insert that is carefully placed into the part of the ground that has been open up and prepared for the pool. A crane and a flat bed truck are part and parcel of having this type of pool installed. Depending on the shape and size of the swimming pool you chose, the price range is anywhere from $9,000 to $15,000. A hole must be made in your backyard and then a crane is used to place the insert into the ground.

The vinyl pool is a very simple design of pool that is very popular. These types of swimming pools are very simple to install and come in many different kinds of colors and patterns. A vinyl pool consists of an insert made of vinyl material that is carefully installed by way of support walls that are made of aluminum, pressure-treated wood, steel or fiberglass. A bracing system is also put in place to hold everything steady during installation.

The fourth kind of swimming pool is ideal for those individuals who have yards that do not boast enough room for an in-ground pool. The above-ground pool is an excellent choice for those industrious people undertaking their own outdoor projects. These types of swimming pools come in sizes from small wader pools for little ones to larger pools that are fully equipped lap pools. Expect to pay anywhere from a small price of $125 to as high a price as $20,000, depending on the elaborate nature of what you want.

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