Adding a swimming pool to your property has the ability to raise your home’s value by nearly 7%; however, before undergoing a pool installation, there are some factors to consider. While pools can be a fun place for the family to enjoy, if you jump into an installation without considering your options, you could end up with a pool that doesn’t work for you. To help make this process a bit easier, here are four things to look into before calling your local swimming pool company.

1. What Type of Pool Do You Want?

When it comes to choosing the best pool for your home, you have quite a few choices. For instance, a concrete pool can be costly to install, as well as maintain. Similarly, fiberglass pools can cost nearly the same as concrete, while having the benefit of lower maintenance costs. Vinyl pool liners are a nice middle ground between these two options, with the lowest initial costs and maintenance costs that are only slightly higher than fiberglass. However, while all of these options have pros and cons price-wise, often personal preference wins out. For instance, many homeowners choose vinyl liners for their smoothness and customization options.

2. Construction Time

Another thing to consider is the length of time the pool installation will take. While the exact time will depend on the size, weather, and the number of contractors working, generally this is what you can expect.

  • Concrete: Four to six weeks
  • Fiberglass : Three to six weeks
  • Vinyl : Four to eight weeks

Your pool installation company will be able to tell you an expected time frame once they’ve inspected the area. Some pool installation companies also offer pre-installation 3D modeling that can show you how a design will look before any construction begins. This can help with the decision process, as well as give you an idea of the size and shape that would work best in your space.

3. Size and Design

As noted above, size and design can play a large factor in deciding which pool is best for you. When speaking with your pool installation company specify what activities you want to be able to use the pool for. For instance, a pool design with kids in mind can be significantly different than one used for relaxing adults. Additionally, if you want to be able to swim laps in your pool, a standard recreational pool won’t be long enough. Your pool installation company will be able to tell you which options are best for you, as well as which options will work for your yard.

If your company offers 3D previews, consider having them construct a few different example images to help make the visualization of the final product easier. This way you’ll be able to plan ahead for additional landscaping and decoration.

4. Landscaping

Once you have your pool picked out, it’s worth considering the landscaping. While a pool can look good on its own, the addition of patio space and plants can truly help create the backyard oasis you’ve always wanted. Consider this before choosing your design so that you’ll have an idea of how to fix it up once everything is installed and ready to enjoy.

An Enjoyable Investment

While there may be many things to consider before installing your pool, overall a backyard pool is one of the most enjoyable investments you can make as a homeowner. With a little forethought and planning, you can truly transform your yard into an oasis getaway right outside your backdoor. To get started or to get more information, reach out to a pool installation company and see what options they have for you.