Inground Pool Installation – Factors To Consider Before You Begin
Every summer, you wish you had an oasis of cool, blue water a few feet away. Installing an inground swimming pool in your backyard can transform your property to create a resort-like atmosphere. However, before you break ground to begin your inground pool installation, you need to consider several key factors:
When figuring out your budget, you need to take into consideration both upfront installation costs and ongoing lifetime expenses. For example, you’ll need electricity to power the pump and any outdoor lighting. Plus, you’ll need money for chemicals and upkeep.
Is it important to you to have a one-of-a-kind pool? Do you want a particular shape or size? If the design is important to you, you’ll want a vinyl or gunite inground pool. Both allow for complete freedom in design.
3. Installation Time
Typically, the inground pool installation process begins with designing and permitting. Once you have the building permit, you can begin excavating the site. Usually, the time frame for these early steps is about the same for all inground pools.
Overall, a swimming pool installation can take anywhere from 6 to 20 weeks depending on your material choice. If you choose a fiberglass pool, your contractor can install the shell very quickly. A vinyl pool requires building a frame to support the lining. Generally, gunite pools take the longest due to the time you need to allow the concrete to cure. Time is also dependent on other features you are adding such as a cabana.
Most people associate the color blue with pools. However, you can also choose virtually any color you want. Gunite allows you to also choose tile or glass beading for a finish while many vinyl liners have patterns.
5. Saltwater Or Chlorine?
Using chlorine to kill germs and algae in pools was the standard for many years. Today, many homeowners are choosing saltwater instead. These systems cause less irritation to people and are easier and cheaper to maintain. However, saltwater can cause corrosion to metal and natural stone.
5. Long Term Maintenance
All pools will require daily maintenance to maintain the correct pH and chemical balance. However, all types also need periodic upkeep. Typically, after several years you’ll need to refinish a fiberglass pool. A gunite pool requires acid washing and vinyl pool a liner replacement. The time frames for these necessary tasks vary for each pool.
Types of Inground Pools
Once you’ve explored the topics concerning swimming pool installation, you’ll have an idea of the best type for your needs. Today’s modern inground pools are available in 3 different materials:
Many homeowners choose vinyl because of its low initial cost and custom options. You can also choose from a variety of liner colors and patterns. Furthermore, you can choose a saltwater system as long as your framework isn’t metal. However, vinyl liners aren’t as durable as the other choices and will need replacement in 5 -12 years. Moreover, vinyl is more susceptible to algae growth.
Another choice is fiberglass. This material is much more durable and longer lasting than vinyl. Its surface is non-porous which makes it resistant to algae growth. Thus, you’ll use fewer chemicals reducing overall maintenance costs. You can also opt for a saltwater system and installation is quick. However, manufacturers built the shell off-site in a factory limiting size and shape options. You’ll also have to resurface your pool in about 10-15 years. Fiberglass pools also have the highest installation costs.
Finally, homeowners can choose gunite, a type of concrete. This material is extremely durable and allows for complete customization of your pool. Plus, its upfront installation costs are less than fiberglass. However, you can only choose a chlorine-based system as salt will eat away at the pool’s surface. Typically, concrete pools require acid washing every 3-5 years to remove stains.
FAQs About Inground Pool Installation
At Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc., we can help you determine which option is best for your situation. Below, we answer a few commonly asked questions about inground pool installation.
What Is The Perfect Size For A Pool?
Choosing the perfect size for your pool can impact your enjoyment. Typically, you need to consider your needs and how many people will be using it. For example, you may want a shallow area if you have younger swimmers.
Generally, follow these guidelines to help you determine the ideal dimensions:
- 18’ by 36’ comfortably accommodates 6-8 people
- 16’ by 32’ comfortably accommodates 5 people
- 14’ by 25’ comfortably accommodates 3 people
Is An Inground Pool A Worthy Investment?
Absolutely! Installing a pool in your backyard provides you with many great benefits:
- Increased family time
- Entertainment space
- Health benefits
- Boosts home value
Why Choose Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc. To Handle My Inground Pool Installation?
Our design team has over 45 years of experience and can handle all your hardscaping and softscaping needs. From pools to patios and everything in between, we can transform your backyard into your dream paradise.
It begins with a free no-obligation consultation with our owner, Kostas. During your meeting, he’ll discuss your ideas and view your yard. Once we finish your design, you’ll be able to preview your design using our 3D software. At this time, we can make any adjustments or changes. Then, our team will begin work on your beautiful new pool!
Simply call us at 336-442-0160 to begin the process. With a pool in your backyard, the heat of summer will never bother you again.