Tips For Choosing the Right Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 07-30-2008 in Articles

A swimming pool can be a big investment, but it can also be one that gives you a lot in return. It can be a place to relax, entertain friends and even exercise and, it can also be a place for your family to spend quality time together.

There are many things that you need to consider before purchasing. The main decision is probably whether to purchase an in ground or an above ground pool.

Above ground pools aren't only less expensive to buy, they're less expensive to maintain. They use less water which means that they need fewer chemicals and accessories are usually always cheaper. Another great benefit of an above ground pool is that you can take it with you if you move.

In contrast, an in ground pool is more durable and will normally last for 40 years or more. Since they're deeper, in ground pools allow for diving boards and slides. And, there are a lot of other accessories that can be used with them.

Which ever type you choose you will need to keep your swimming pool water crystal clear and bacteria free. This entails testing the water and adding chemicals (or salt) regularly. You will also need tools like skimmers and vacuums which can be used to collect debris that is too large for the filter to catch.

There are several choices for heating your pools water that can use either electric or gas. But, the most cost efficient way is to use a solar pool heating system. An initial investment will provide years of free heat.

Another consideration is your swimming pool liner which is can be not only functional, but can also add beauty to the pool. With the many designs available you can add the look of tiles, stone or even an ocean floor to your pool. The multiple designs and colors can create a theme that will suit any taste.

The materials that are used to make swimming pool liners are more durable than they were years ago. They're also made with the swimmer in mind and have surfaces that feel good to the touch. They will also protect your pool and are easier to clean helping you keep the water in a more hygienic state.

One of the most important factors when choosing a pool is safety and you should not skimp on this. With an above ground pool you may only need to remove the ladder to prevent accidents. But, an in ground pool will require a fence, alarms or some other safety measure to ensure that no one can get into the pool when you're not around.

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