3 Factors You Need to Take Care of Before Swimming Pool Installation Can Start
Backyard pools are not only a luxury amenity, they’re also a symbol of status. They have become quite popular over the last decade, currently there are about 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States. If you’re considering joining them there are couple things you have to determine before you even begin your swimming pool installation. Here are three important factors to plan first.
1.) Select Pool Type: The first choice you have to make is above vs. in ground pools. While in ground are more expensive, between $20,000 and $50,000 as opposed to usually less than $5,000 for above, they are bigger and will add much more equity to your house overall. In ground pools can add up to 8% of value alone. If you decide to go with an in ground the next choice is what you want it built with. Concrete, vinyl-lined, and fiberglass are the three options you have before swimming pool installation starts. For the most part they’re pretty similar. Concrete tend to be the most expensive, but last the longest. Vinyl can be installed in under three weeks, but you run the risk of the lining being punctured at any time. Fiberglass come pre-made and are basically set into the hole. Those types of swimming pool installations can take just a couple days, but the options for sizes and shapes are very limited.
2.) Zoning Laws: After you’ve decided the exact pool you want, your next step should be getting all your ducks in line in terms of legalities. Depending on where you live local zoning laws vary greatly, but you’re almost certainly going to need a permit to start work on any in ground pool. Many towns and villages across the country require a fence of some kind to surround in ground pools. Even if they don’t it’s a good idea in order to eliminate potential liability suits.
3.) Location: After you’ve gotten the green light to begin installation, you have to pick a spot to put it. Some factors to keep in mind when choosing location include: where the sun shines brightest, barns/trees that could obstruct those rays, relatively high ground to avoid flooding/high water table issues, convenient access, and making sure there is clear line-of-sight from the house to monitor swimmers at all times.