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Backyard Pool Tips and Advice

Pools are a great way to increase the appeal and comfort of your home. But installing a pool isn’t always easy. In fact, it requires concise decision making and an eye for details — not to mention potential costs. Use this guide to help you create the perfect pool environment for your home.

Choosing a Pool

Pools come in two varieties: above-ground and in-ground. Many homeowners are familiar with the luxury of in-ground pools, but in-ground pools cost substantially more than above-ground alternatives. In fact, in-ground designs can cost two to six times the amount of above-ground pools. In-ground pools, while expensive, are likely to increase the value of your home.

 

Pool Safety

Pool safety is a serious issue if you have children or pets at home. Many municipalities require that you build a fence around your pool area. Your contractor should be aware of local laws and build your pool accordingly. A hard pool cover will boost safety and keep debris like sticks and leaves out of the water. Adequate lighting, especially motion-sensor lighting, will provide an added measure for both safety and home security. As absurd as it sounds, there have been accounts of would-be intruders falling into pools and suing their intended victims for negligence. Pool safety is a must for this reason alone.

Planning for Future Costs

Consider the long-term costs associated with ownership when you’re pricing your backyard pool installation. Here are some of the ongoing costs:

  • Opening and closing your pool for the season
  • Maintaining pumps, lines and equipment
  • Utility bills and operating costs
  • Buying chlorine, shock and pH balancer

Hot Trends for Backyard Swimming Pools

Many homeowners are integrating creative décor and usability solutions into their pool designs. Here are a few transformative ideas:

  • Unusual Shapes: A pool design incorporating curves or other interesting shapes will enhance your backyard landscaping.
  • Backyard Pool Decks: A picturesque pool deck is the perfect gathering place for friends and family. Decks also integrate your pool into the greater design of your home.
  • Pool-Spa Combo: A hot tub or whirlpool is a great way to unwind after a stressful day. Many designs combine a heated spa with a larger swimming pool.
  • Fountains and Waterfalls: Water features enhance the energy and ambience of your home. Waterfalls and other options will give your pool a luxurious feel.
  • Pool Sheds and Cabanas: Relaxation areas introduce greater convenience and luxury to your backyard pool area. Cabanas and pool houses can provide shade on a hot day or house bathrooms and cooking areas.

 

Final Tip: It’s important to think about how you and your family will use your pool. Let this be your guide to choosing the best options for your backyard pool.

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