Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Choose the Perfect Swimming Pool

Diana Smith is on the blog today to share some great ideas on how to choose the perfect swimming pool. I love when Diana shares her ideas...she is always welcome to host!

A backyard pool can be a great addition to your property. It adds market value regardless of the size, type, or even the location of your home. More importantly, a pool makes the home appear more pleasant, fun, and luxurious. Your pool area can be perfect for entertaining guests or throwing parties, or it can be a place where you can relax and unwind after a long day.
Choosing the right swimming pool requires taking a lot of things into consideration. Start with the intended purpose of the pool, but also think about the overall design and appearance of your property.

The size
There are no clear rules when it comes to choosing the swimming pool size. The decision depends on how many people will use the pool, whether you plan to do laps in it, and how much patio space you have to work with. Also, if you plan to throw parties by the pool, it’s good to know in advance how many guests you are expecting and if the parties will include barbecues, stereo systems or any other items that can take up large amounts of space.
The shape
There are innumerable options to choose from when it comes to your pool shape (even if you want it to be guitar shaped, it can be arranged). However, there are a few shapes that have been around for years and can accommodate the needs of the most. Roman swimming pools are the ones with an open space beside it – they are great for relaxing, and savoring every moment of the swim. L-shaped pools allow for a lot of movement on the patio and therefore work best for parties and social gatherings. In the end, figure 8 pools work well with decorative waterfalls, and they can make your backyard look serene.

Plunge pools
Plunge pools are smaller and shallower than the traditional ones, and they are used for lounging and cooling off after a swim. They are usually situated next to a larger pool or a hot tub. A plunge pool is less expensive and takes up less space, which is why it’s preferred by homeowners who want the luxury of a backyard pool but don’t have the means to install a large swimming pool. They are also a great choice for exercises focused on stretching rather than cardio exercises that include lap swimming.
Concrete is the most popular material for swimming pools, but it’s also one of the most expensive ones. It can be formed in any size or shape. It’s also the most durable material and won’t be damaged by water or the sun. Concrete pools can be easily rebuilt, reshaped or enlarged. Because of all this, it usually takes a bit longer for concrete pools to be built. Depending on the size, it can take up to 12 weeks until it’s ready to be used. This includes painting, which is optional, but most people do it in order to match the pool with the overall design of the yard.

Fiberglass pools are in a way an opposite of the concrete ones. They are a bit more limited when it comes to size and shape, but they are installed quickly and don’t require too much disturbance. The mold is premade and then inserted into a hole in the ground by using cranes. The whole process lasts no longer than 3 days. Moreover, these pools are perfectly smooth and very durable. They also require less cleaning chemicals.
When installing a pool, try to think about how it will be used in years to come and how it will fit into your yard. It’s a long-term decision and the initial cost isn’t always the most important factor to consider.

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