Swimming Pool Guide: Everything You Need to Know about In-Ground Pools
Are you thinking of investing in an in-ground pool for your Arizona home? You have so many options for the style, size, and type of pool for your home, depending on your budget, your personal tastes, and your needs. Designing an in-ground pool requires a lot more than just choosing the size and the accent tiles. You need to do your research and explore all your options with your custom pool builder.
Here are the things you need to know about the different options for your new pool:
Speed of Installation
Installing an in-ground pool is going to be a long and arduous process, no matter what options you choose. However, some pools will not take as long to install as others. You need to know the requirements for each before you make your decision, since this can impact access to your yard, the length of time you’ll have to deal with traffic and debris everywhere, and how fast you’ll be able to swim in your new pool (a factor if you are planning to entertain).
Fiberglass pools are the easiest and the fastest to install, and concrete pools take the longest to install. Fiberglass pools come as a pre-manufactured shell that is place in the ground, while concrete pools have to be poured and given time to cure. Pools with a vinyl liner fall in the middle ground for installation time.
An in-ground pool is going to require a lot of maintenance. You have to keep it clean, treat the water to sanitize it and maintain the right chemical balance, and service the motor and other parts. However, some pools require more maintenance because of their design.
Again, fiberglass pools emerge as the easier option here. They don’t require as much maintenance as concrete pools, which can more easily corrode or attract mold and mildew.
If you’re going to put in the time and money it takes to get a new in-ground pool, you want to know that you are going to be able to enjoy the pool for a long time to come. Concrete pools are among the most durable, followed by fiberglass and then pools with vinyl liners. Your concrete pool can last your whole life, so long as you resurface it every 10 years or so. A fiberglass pool will last about 30 years, without any need to resurface or revive it.
When you buy a pool, you are likely only thinking about the cost it takes to design and install the pool. The up-front cost of a pool with a vinyl liner is the lowest. A concrete pool is a bit more expensive than a fiberglass pool, but the exact variation depends on the features you choose.
These up-front costs are not the only cost of your pool though. You also need to think about the long-term costs of owning the pool. Fiberglass tends to have the lowest lifetime cost of the pool options since it doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. Concrete tends to cost the most over time since it has to be resurfaced so frequently. Vinyl liners fall in the middle with long-term costs. Repairs can add up since these can be damaged more easily than fiberglass or concrete.
Of course, when you want to get a pool, you probably have an idea in mind about what you want it to look like. Concrete is going to provide you the most flexibility in terms of design, since you can have your pool built to any size, any shape, and with just about any features. You can add tanning walls, seating ledges, water features, retaining walls around the pool, and much more. These will all look beautiful, and they will be easy to add to the pool.
Fiberglass is a bit more limited in the design. These pools are pre-manufactured, so you are limited to a selection of sizes and styles. However, you can customize these pools with your choice of features or embellishments.
It’s important that you discuss these and other issues with your custom pool builder so you get just what you want in terms of style and functionality for your new pool. You are making a big investment with a new pool, so it’s important that you get it right and that you enjoy your pool for many years to come.
True Blue Pools can help you get the pool of your dreams in Arizona. We design and build custom pools, and we makeover existing pools to improve their look and add more features. We can turn your backyard into your very own resort, depending on what you want to invest. Call us today to meet with a custom pool builder and discover the possibilities for your new pool!
True Blue Pools – Douglas LaLonde
5235 S. Kyrene Rd. Ste 102
Tempe, AZ 85283