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So you finally decided you wanted a swimming pool. It is a big decision, but how do you know which one is right? Making a mistake by choosing the wrong one could be a costly error you will live with for many years. Here are five tips you can use to find the right pool before making that literal plunge.
If you want a pool for yourself and a handful of others, going with a smaller pool would be a better idea. Likewise, if you envision lots of guests coming over to use your pool, you would want to go for a larger one. It all depends on what your usage predictions are. Just be sure to think about all possibilities, including family, friends and frequency of holidays. No one wants to jump into a small pool when 15 other people are already in it.
Rectangular or Curved
The choice between a plain rectangular pool and a curvy eye-catching pool comes down to cost and space. First, realize that a rectangular pool is the most cost-efficient design, so you will maximize your value going that route. Of course, it will not look as nice as a pool with rounded edges and an interesting shape, but beware, curved pools take more space and cost much more to create.
Fiberglass, Vinyl or Concrete
Vinyl liner pools are cheaper and have a larger range of options, but they are not as durable as other pool types. Expect to pay a considerable amount to replace the liner every five to ten years. Fiberglass pools are the quickest to install, usually taking just a few weeks, but customization options are thin on the ground. Concrete pools are the most expensive, but offer infinite customization options since you will work with a contractor to realize every facet of the design. Working with an experienced crew of pool specialists, like those with Edge Leisure and a number of others, can help you make the right call.
A larger pool will eat into your available space, which could compromise room on the patio for things like grills, outdoor fireplaces and furniture. If you feel like running a great barbeque is more important than having access to a pool, you may want to sacrifice pool size for more room to work your outdoor culinary magic.
Above Ground or Below
Above ground pools are the cheapest option and are simple enough to install for just about anyone. Since the pools jut out of the ground, they are not as durable and do not add much value to a home. An in-ground pool is more of a commitment and more costly, but will last longer.
The Right Pool for You
Even with these tips, making that final decision will be tough. A pool is a long-term investment that requires lots of upkeep and careful attention. It can provide hours of enjoyment for you and your family, just do your research to avoid falling into the deep end.
About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. This article uses information from the pool designers at Edge Leisure.