What you Should Know About Inground Pools
Deciding to take the plunge and install an inground pool is an exciting step. However, we can get so caught up in the excitement that we forget to look at all the options available. It’s best to decide upfront what type of pool you want and plan for any extra features. Last minute changes to the plan will cost significantly more than getting started the right way, with a concrete plan.
Your Inground pool can be made from three main materials: vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. They each have different pros, cons, and costs.
Vinyl is the cheapest material for an inground pool. They are also the easiest to install. Vinyl pools are easy to customize into just about any shape you can imagine. But they don’t last as long as fiberglass or concrete pools. The liner typically lasts about 5 to 10 years before needing replacement. So, when comparing cost, it’s important to plan for this additional expense.
Fiberglass is another great option for your inground pool. These are pre-cast in a factory and delivered to your home in one piece. Although they are also highly customizable the factory may have some limitations on what they can create for you. Any damage to a fiberglass pool can be easily repaired, and you won’t need to replace or refinish the surface. This keeps maintenance costs for fiberglass pools relatively low as long as they are properly cared for.
Concrete pools are the most expensive option and take the longest to install. This is because concrete pools need to fully cure before completion which takes around a month. They are poured on site and you can work with your contractor to create the perfect inground pool design for your family.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred material, it’s time to start designing your dream inground pool. There are so many additional features that can take your pool to the next level. Consider adding some of these to get the most out of your new pool.
Why not consider adding a beautiful waterfall to your backyard pool? These are typically constructed with artificial rocks and can be as intricate as you would like. These also create a great focal point for your pool and your backyard.
The only thing kids like more than a pool, is a pool with a water slide. This can be something as simple as a slide attached to your inground pool deck or as unique as one carved into the surrounding landscape. The sky is really the limit here, so let your contractor work with you to design something amazing.
Fire pits are also becoming popular in pool design. These can be installed along the edge of your pool where it can be enjoyed while swimming or relaxing poolside. Or you could go for a fire pit that’s in the center of your inground pool. These look great surrounded by a bar top and swim up bar stools to enjoy a drink while floating the day away.
For those who can’t decide if they want to swim or lounge by the pool, a tanning ledge maybe the perfect solution. This shallow area built into the pool allows you to relax, get a tan, and still enjoy the cool water.
Finally, it’s important to consider safety. A pool without properly safety measures can be a disaster in waiting. Children and pets need to have restricted access to the pool unless properly supervised. The best way to do this is by installing a pool safety fence.
Restricted Access and Easy to Use
The main benefit that safety fences have over other types of pool safety equipment is complete restriction of access to the pool. Once installed these systems require little to no effort to use. Restricting access only works if we ensure that the pool is secure every time after use. This is why an easy-to-use fence is the best option.
Self-Latching and Self-Closing
Self-closing and self-latching gates mean even less work on your part. The gate will swing closed behind you and lock into place on its own.
Finally, you may wonder how a safety fence will affect the overall look. After all you just spent all that time designing your perfect pool. You don’t want all that beauty to go to waste. Luckily, these fences have come a long way in both design and function. From mesh to glass, we can find the perfect safety fence to keep your inground pool beautiful, safe, and easy-to-use.