Having a swimming pool in your backyard may seem like the quintessential American summertime dream. Many of us have grown up in neighborhoods where our friends had one and spent many an afternoon splashing about, enjoying the refreshing water. With swimming being the third most popular sport in the United States, it’s no wonder that many people consider installing a backyard pool for their private enjoyment. Naturally, if you’re going to make the investment, you’ll want to know what goes into constructing a pool. Luckily for you, we’ve got some easy answers right here.
The Cost And Other Things To Know About Constructing A Pool
If you’re considering putting in an in ground pool, expect that it should take about two to five weeks to install. Now naturally, this is if all goes well, and often depends on who you have install the pool and what season they’re installing it in. Installing a pool is no cheap feat–expect it to cost you anywhere between $20,000 and $50,000. However, the costs you’ll eventually save in going to public pools, water safari parks, and the added safety of having your own personal pool far outweigh the alternative in the long run.
While you’re in the process of constructing a pool, make sure you keep small children and pets away from the construction site and that all the correct permits and licenses have gone through. If you hire a pool installation team, they’ll take care of the rest! Installing your own pool can be tricky and may end up costing you more money (to fix any mistakes or repair costs down the road) in the long run.
In Ground Pools Versus Above Ground Pool
The decision between an in ground pool versus an above ground pool often comes down to three things: the geographic region you live in, how much you’re willing to spend on the project, and personal aesthetics.
In ground pools can bump the value of your home up by as much as 8% and in drought areas, can actually be preferred, because it takes up a third less water than needed to keep a lawn looking healthy. (The assumption being of course, that your pool takes up most of your yard.) However, these tend to be pricier and take a longer amount of time to install. If you live in a warm climate, where you know you’ll be using the pool often, you may want to opt for an in ground pool.
Above ground pools tend to be cheaper and faster to install, but generally don’t tend to add anything to your home value and aren’t deep enough to dive into. However, for something cheap and fast that still brings much contentment to the family, these might be your best bet. If you want your above ground pool to still look classy, some above ground pools also offer an option of providing railing or a deck to lounge on as well.
All in all, investing in a pool–above ground or inground–can add a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure to your leisure time. Consider contacting a pool installer for more details on how you can get started on summertime bliss!