Are you considering putting a pool in your backyard? It’s a fun project that will make your house a new hangout for family and friends, and a great place to relax during warm days.
Before you start digging, ask yourself these questions:
- How much pool can I afford?
- Is my yard suited to a pool?
- What zoning restrictions do I face?
- Who should install my pool and how long will it take?
- What should I know about safety and insurance?
Mostly likely, you’re considering an in-ground pool.
Choice of pool design and building materials, patio materials, landscaping, lighting and extra features such as spas or fountains determine the cost as well.
You also need to remember the ongoing costs that come with a pool. These will need to be included in your budget:
Chemicals The cost for pool chemicals vary depending on your climate, pool size and frequency of use. Above-ground pools of a similar size will cost the same as in-ground counterparts.
Opening and Closing A Pool Hiring a professional to open and close your pool each season is advisable. Cleaning and storing your pool cover is usually additional.
Maintenance The largest maintenance expense is a pool’s interior finish. Vinyl liners last approximately 5-7 years, painted concrete needs a new coat approximately every five years; a plaster finish may last 10-15 years. Many of the new cement-coated products such as Pebble Tec are meant to last a lifetime.
Equipment Equipment lifespans vary tremendously by brand and quality. Other elements such as proper water chemistry and location of equipment can affect lifespan. Because pumps are made to push water rather than draw water, pumps placed at pool level often last longer than those that sit higher and have to pump harder.