Swimming Pools by Icarus


The advantages of having your own swimming pool are many. Whether it’s inground or above ground, a pool offers many hours of fun right in your backyard; it may increase your home’s value and maybe most importantly, it allows you to enjoy the health benefits of regular swimming. But before you dive into building your own pool here are a few important things that are worth thinking about.


How will you use your pool?
Do you want to relax around it; use it for exercise or use it for entertaining friends and family? Knowing how you will use it will help you choose the best location for your pool; and decide on the style that meets your needs.

What is the size and condition of your backyard?
In addition to your yard’s dimensions, consider your yard’s slope, soil type and accessibility for construction equipment. Pools are easier to build or install when a yard is level. Severe conditions such as steeply sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and installation considerations and will add to the overall cost and duration of the project.

What type of swimming pool do you want?
When looking at installing a swimming pool it is important to consider the type of swimming pool that you want to install. Above-ground swimming pools are the easiest to install and may be done yourself with a prefabricated kit. They are the less expensive option amongst the varied possibilities in swimming pools lasting between five to fifteen years for the better ones. A deck may be built around the pool to improve the aesthetics. Vinyl lined in-ground pools are another option using a concrete shell. These are built like tiled concrete pools without the costs involved in the tiled pools. The liners last fifteen to twenty years with good maintenance and when you need to change the liner, you practically get a new pool. The costs of are also less for replacing a liner on the pool compared to the replacement costs of retiling a pool. Poured concrete swimming pools are the hardest to install. The concrete needs to be poured into wooden frames by professional swimming pool installers. Most poured concrete pools also need a solid foundation so piling will normally need to be carried out. Whatever type of pool you choose it is recommended that you get a professional to assist you with the installation of most of these pool types.

What about shape?
Rectangular designs are perfect for people wanting a classic, timeless look. They’re also great for games and swimming laps. Kidney and free-form swimming pools can blend with the surrounding vegetation and appear more natural and you can add waterfalls and grottos. Choosing the wrong shape may mean you have a swimming pool that doesn’t really suit your lifestyle.


Choose your equipment carefully
By selecting the correct pool supplies for your needs, maintaining a sparkling pool all year round will be an absolute breeze. Think about the pump size and brand. Is the pump large enough for the size of your pool? The type you choose depends on your particular requirements and environment preference. There is a large range of automatic pool cleaners available in the market today. Types include suction, motor-driven, in-floor or pressure cleaner types. Choose one that best suits your pool and maintenance requirements. In addition to this you may also want to consider safety equipment such as child safety self closing gates, safety fences, safety covers and personal safety accessories like life jackets and pool floats.

Don’t forget maintenance costs
Don’t forget to factor maintenance into the cost of the pool that you choose. Routine pool maintenance will include keeping the water chemically balanced and sanitary, maintaining the support equipment, and cleaning the pool surfaces. You can contract a pool service professional to perform these chores, or you can do some or all of them yourself.

It’s wise to consult a pool professional
A pool is a significant investment so it is important to do your research before you buy. Consulting a pool professional is a good idea to help you determine which size and shape would be an ideal fit for your particular yard as well as determining possible maintenance costs.

This article was published in the December 2015 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!