5 Tips for Choosing a Swimming Pool
A swimming pool is the perfect addition to your San Tan Valley home. Not only does it improve the value of your home, but it also improves your enjoyment of your home. There’s not much that’s better than slipping into your own refreshing pool at the end of a long, hot summer day.
Pools are a big investment, so it’s important that you choose the right pool for your home. If you already have a pool, you can invest in pool remodeling to get it to look and function exactly how you want. You aren’t limited to ready-made features either. You can invest in custom pool building to get exactly what you want.
Here are five tips you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing your new swimming pool or designing your remodel:
Create a Wish List and Look Book
Before you can decide on your final pool, you need to think through all your options. Start by making a wish list of everything you would want in your dream pool, such as zero entry, a fountain in the middle, and an infinity edge. You may find later that you don’t have the budget for everything, but it’s important to start with a comprehensive list so you can prioritize the features or find lower-cost alternatives.
If you aren’t sure where to start, you can get a lot of inspiration from photos you find online or in a magazine. Put together a collection of photos you like to show your pool builder. You can fine tune your design from there.
Consider the Local Climate
San Tan Valley enjoys warm temperatures most of the year, which extends the swimming season significantly. You don’t have to worry about an enclosure or heater to make the pool area warmer unless you want to be able to swim even in the winter months. However, you should consider an enclosure to make the pool area cooler in general during the summer. You may be cool while you are in the water, but you will be baking when you’re lounging by the poolside.
You’ll also need to think about a pool cover or enclosure if your yard has a lot of trees. Your builder will also be able to give you suggestions for materials that will withstand the high temperatures better and that will be easier to clean.
Know the Maintenance Costs
Of course, your budget will play a big role in what features you choose for your pool. However, you need to think beyond the initial cost and consider your long-term costs for maintenance and upkeep.
Some materials will cost more at the outset but will be cheaper to maintain in the long run, such as tile. Other materials may be cheaper to purchase but will require a lot of cleaning and repairs, such as fiberglass.
Talk with your custom pool builder about the long-term costs as well as the purchase costs. Also talk with your insurance company to find out what the increased costs will be, and research the additional costs for electricity and water.
Plan for Safety
Pools may be fun, but they can also be deadly. All it takes is a few seconds for a child to be out of your sight and to fall into the pool, leading to deadly consequences.
When you plan your new pool, make sure you also plan for safety. Include the installation of a fence, a pool cover, and other safety features. Talk to your family members about pool safety, and enact rules for the pool, such as that no children swim unsupervised.
Add Fun Extras
If you’re making the big investment of a pool, you might as well save a little longer so you can get some really great features. Spring for a few fun extras such as tanning ledges, floating islands, or water features.
Talk with your custom pool builder about the options so you can get a better idea of what’s possible. You may not even know what you can do with your pool, and you may discover some really great options that you’ll enjoy.
True Blue Pools in San Tan Valley specializes in custom pool building and can help you put together the pool of your dreams. Our builders will work with you from the design phase through to completion, ensuring that you get exactly the pool you want on the budget you have. We can build a new pool or talk with you about your pool remodeling options. Call us today!