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Temperatures are increasing and days are getting longer which can only mean one thing, Summer is quickly approaching. Now would be a great time to start thinking about starting pool construction, but there are many things to consider.
Above or Below?
One of the biggest considerations is whether to install an above-ground pool or go all the way with an in-ground pool. Of course, the cost of these two styles is drastically different so your budget may decide for you. A good above-ground pool kit can be as cheap as $2,500. Meanwhile, the entire cost of an in-ground pool with a vinyl liner can be anywhere between $20,000 and $55,000.
Another variable is the permanence factor. When you go through the effort of having an in-ground pool installed, it is likely this pool will be there for a very long time. Whereas, with an above-ground pool, it is really only a temporary structure. Once you empty it of water it can be moved rather easily. If you add a deck around the pool that would obviously change the ease of removal.
The time component of these projects is also something to reflect on. When you install an above-ground pool, the most time-consuming part will be actually adding the water. When you have an in-ground pool built by someone else, it can take two to three months to complete.
It’s important to note that with an above-ground pool, you can do it on your own. If you opt for an in-ground pool, you will probably have to hire someone to do it. Additionally, if you hire a construction company to build an in-ground pool there will likely be heavy machinery used. This means if you don’t protect your yard with construction mats, there will damage to your surrounding yard. This harkens back to the cost factor and your desire to protect the remainder of your yard.
Salt or Chlorine?
In recent years saltwater pools have become very popular, and you may wonder if it’s the better choice for you. Saltwater pools are more expensive and use a bit more electricity. The benefits are that the monthly cost of maintaining the pool is much less, and the salt is less harsh than a typical chlorine pool. This softness appeals to people because it’s better for your skin as well as the fabric of your swimsuit.
If you are a big plant or landscaping person, you will want to choose a chlorine pool. Saltwater is very damaging to plants and soil. It can even damage other yard and pool features like sculptures, chairs, or lighting. So much so, there are some communities that don’t allow saltwater pools. You will want to check your local guidelines before making a choice.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the considerations to make when thinking about a pool for your home. Either course you take, you will love your pool when the summer heat arrives!