Swimming pools can provide hours of outdoor recreational fun, provide a venue for social gatherings, and add beauty to the exterior of spaces. If you’re thinking about installing a swimming pool at your home, you may be overwhelmed by today’s material, design, and system choices. Here are some of the different types of pools to consider:
Usually more affordable than in-ground swimming pools, these pools also offer the advantage of coming in moveable models. If you have a small yard, above-ground pools often take less space than in-ground versions. Some homeowners choose to build patios and decks around above-ground pools to boost their attractiveness. Because above-ground pools usually don’t have filtration equipment, homeowners need to periodically drain, clean, and refill the pool for sanitation, and replace the vinyl liner when needed.
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In-ground pools are permanent fixtures that require a bigger financial commitment than above-ground models as well as significantly longer construction time. Different designs allow homeowners to choose the size, shape, and design that best fits their outdoor space, swimming needs, and pool features. There are several different types of materials for in-ground pools. Those with vinyl liners often cost less than other types, and the customized liner must be replaced periodically over the life of the pool. Fiberglass pools can be more durable than vinyl and have a smooth surface. Manufactured and delivered in one piece, installation of fiberglass pools isn’t a lengthy process compared to concrete versions. Fiberglass pools are often easier to clean and maintain than concrete pools and may need fewer chemicals. Concrete pools can be more expensive than other options and take significantly longer for excavation and installation but offer the most design customization and durability.
Designed so the water seems to flow off the pool’s edge (but actually recirculates), an infinity pool can be a dramatic addition to a home’s outdoor space. Because of their features and customization, infinity pools can be expensive to construct and maintain and may use more water.
There are two of filtration systems for in-ground pools, chlorine and saltwater. Traditional chlorine systems are usually less expensive to install and are simple to maintain. Chlorine systems can also use less energy, and the chemicals are less likely to corrode pool materials. For some people, chlorine pools can have a strong chemical smell that can be unpleasant. Because saltwater pools require less chlorine, the water can feel better and smell better. Saltwater systems may have lower maintenance costs but may be more expensive to install. Saltwater may cause corrosion on pool fixtures if it builds up long term.
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If you have a small yard or if you just intend to use a pool for exercise, you might consider a lap pool. Long and narrow in design, lap pools don’t take up a lot of space and can be easily built into many landscapes. If your yard isn’t long enough to accommodate a lap pool, a swim spa may be another option. Designed for fitness, swim spas employ jets that keep a swimmer in place while still getting exercise.
No matter what type of pool you choose, remember to always practice home swimming pool safety by securing the pool with barriers, always supervising children, and installing anti-entrapment drain safety covers and systems. With the right precautions in place, your pool can be a safe recreational space for family and friends to enjoy for many years to come.