Swimming pools are cool, both literally and figuratively. Who hasn’t dreamed of looking through their window to see their very own oasis out back? Daydreams are great (especially poolside ones!) but they leave out a lot of details. Details like how to manage the logistics of having a pool installed. Or what you need to consider before having a swimming pool installed.
If you’re wondering how to get started turning your swimming pool daydream into a reality, you’re in the right place. First things first, answer each of the following questions:
Why do you want a pool in the first place?
If your answer is, “Because they’re cool!” you might want to rethink the decision. Pools involve a lot of work and upkeep, so taking the plunge should be a serious consideration. Do you plan on using your new pool for swimming laps, throwing parties, or just to relax?
Do you consider it an investment and plan on focusing on aesthetics? Is it a gift for your children to use with their friends? Determining the reason you want a pool will help you make the best choice when it comes to shape, size, and installation.
Where is it going to go?
You can’t have a pool installed if your home can’t handle it. Pools are easiest to install on a level site with a low water table and stable soil. If your home doesn’t have these, installing a pool will probably be much more expensive. Urban homes have far more regulations when it comes to the installation of pools than homes in the country as well. Additionally, some states require residential swimming pools to be fenced in.
Rules aside, there are other things to think about when you decide where to put your pool. Sun and wind exposure can limit how fun (or not fun) spending time in your pool is. If you have kids, you’ll want unobstructed sightlines so they can play while you do other things. Spend some time considering where you want your pool to go carefully. Placement can make a big difference!
What kind of pool are you going to get?
Swimming pools aren’t one-size-fits-all. There are a lot of options available. The biggest choice you’ll have to make is whether you want an in-ground or above-ground pool. Above-ground pools are far easier to install and more affordable. They’re a good option for people who rent their home, or anyone expecting to move in the next couple of years. Above-ground pools also offer fewer aesthetic choices, however. They also won’t positively affect your home’s value like an in-ground pool could.
The two most popular materials for in-ground pools are concrete or fiberglass. In-ground concrete pools with steel-reinforcement are considered the most durable option on the market. There is also a lot more flexibility when it comes to customization with concrete because of its ability to fill molds. Fiberglass is a more modern material choice, and offers far quicker installation. It’s also safe from common concrete problems like algae and mold.
How much is it going to cost?
The average cost of an in-ground pool in 2019 varies between around $30,000 and $50,000. The big gap in price takes a lot of choices into consideration. This includes the size, material, and any bells and whistles added.
Above-ground pools come with a far more modest price tag. An average above-ground pool in 2019 ranges between $1,000 to $3,000 depending on size, brand, and features. Neither of these prices includes the cost of additional infrastructure like decks.
Who is going to install it?
If you’ve decided to move forward, your best option is to ask friends and family who installed theirs. They’ll know who locally does good work and where to find lesser-known deals.
While you’re speaking to them, don’t forget to ask who they have handle the plumbing maintenance that goes with owning a pool. You can compare their notes to find the best service team for you.
Speaking of service teams, never hesitate to get in touch with the team at Ben Franklin Plumbing. We know how helpful a pool can be in the Texas heat. We also know how to make sure your new pool interacts properly with your home plumbing, keeping it looking fresh.