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Pools

POOLS

A nice cool dip in the pool on a hot day sounds like a perfect way to spend the Summer. Swimming pools are wonderful additions to a home. They are great spaces to create memories with family and friends. Making the decision to invest in a pool is one to take seriously, taking into account many factors. Purpose, type, space, and budget, and more should be considered before making the leap and purchasing a pool.

Choosing to invest in a swimming pool is exciting for your family and an effective way to potentially increase the value of your home, especially if you live in a warmer climate. Living in a region where pools are popular, you could be losing out on potential value if and when you decide to sell your home. Pools can easily be an investment for your family and your home’s value.

Choosing to invest in a swimming pool is exciting for your family and an effective way to potentially increase the value of your home, especially if you live in a warmer climate. Living in a region where pools are popular, you could be losing out on potential value if and when you decide to sell your home. Pools can easily be an investment for your family and your home’s value.

Types

Concrete

Most popular. Long-lasting and customizable.

Fibreglass

Vinyl

Types

Concrete, Fiberglass, and vinyl. These are what almost all pools are made of. Each one offers its own benefits as well as cons. Concrete pools, often made of gunite and sometimes shotcrete, are both durable and long-lasting. Gunite is a dry mix with water added as it’s sprayed, while shotcrete is prepared before the process. Fiberglass and vinyl are two other options, though not as popular. The draw of these two types is that they are installed quickly and are lower in cost. But when compared to concrete, they don’t last near as long as concrete and are almost always not customizable. While you may pay less for these types, they will only last around 10 years, compared to the 50 that concrete pools can last. And if you are looking for a custom pool, concrete is the right choice. There is a reason concrete is the most popular pool type.

Know before you buy

Know before you buy

Deciding to install a pool isn’t one to be made lightly. Many things should be considered before jumping into such a big decision. Make sure you have time for frequent maintenance and possible remodel. No matter what type, pools need constant upkeep. Having time to dedicate to your pool maintenance is necessary. Unless you hire someone to do it. Concrete lasts much longer than fiberglass and vinyl but costs more. Concrete is also customizable while other materials are not and having a custom pool is often a selling point. Permitting is an important factor in all of this. It can be confusing and time-consuming. Make sure to hire a contractor who is experienced in permitting, zoning, and regulations.

What's right for you

Finding the right pool requires some questions. The first being, why do you want a pool? Are you looking for a space to be with family and host friends? Maybe you are looking to increase your home value, or just want somewhere to exercise. Whatever reason it is, make sure you understand the reason before making a decision. Space, shape, and budget are other factors to consider. If you have a smaller space to work with, you may look into custom pools, or simply finding a smaller version of popular pools. Remember to account for permitting, zoning, regulations, and possible ground obstacles.

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