A leisure pool is a big investment, but with the right planning and use, a pool can be a worthwhile addition to your home and lifestyle. Of course, designing a pool that not only suits your needs, but also your budget can be a bit challenging. Fortunately, help is available. Here are a few factors to consider when designing your pool.
In-Ground or Above-Ground
One of the first and maybe even most important factors you need to consider is whether you want an in-ground or above-ground pool. Both offer their own pros and cons, so knowing the benefits of each is smart.
In-ground pools are usually most popular because they offer a more attractive design to some people. In addition, certain neighborhoods will only allow you to have this type of pool design. Unfortunately, in-ground pools are also more expensive, since the ground must be excavated.
Above-ground pools are not only more affordable, but they are also easier to set up. In most cases, they can be installed in just a few hours. They can also be customized to your needs, allowing you to build a deck around the above-ground pool for a more custom look.
Your property may also be a factor, especially since certain plots of land may not be able to accommodate an in-ground pool.
For example, you may not be able to install an in-ground pool in your desired area of your backyard because of underground cable or septic lines. Even though excavation is not necessary, above-ground pools will place an excess amount of weight on the ground. Therefore, an above-ground pool may not be suitable for areas of your yard with an underground septic tank or pump.
If your property will allow for either type of pool, make sure you consider an area that gives you the best exposure to the sun. Sun exposure will help with your sun tanning, but it will also heat up the water, making your swimming experience more comfortable.
Chlorine or Salt-Water
Another decision you need to make is whether or not you want a traditional chlorine pool or a salt-water pool. Again, both have benefits.
Chlorine pools are most common because they provide a clean and safe supply of water. However, the chlorine treatment must be added regularly.
Salt water pools are cleaned using an automatic filtering system, reducing the amount of maintenance you need to complete on your own.
Finally, many people believe salt water is healthier and more enjoyable to swim in, especially if you suffer from asthma or allergies.