Four questions to ask yourself before building a pool
A pool can add a lot of value to a house, some real estate experts estimate anywhere between $30,000 to $100,000 in monetary terms but in entertainment terms the advantages are limitless. But before you get to work on building or installing a new pool, it’s important to have a good plan, know what you’re in for and have asked yourself all of the big questions.
So to help you, we’ve put together a list of things you should ask yourself before getting started…
Why do you want a swimming pool? Is your pool going to be for exercise, enjoyment or appeal? The answer to this question is important as it will shape what pool you need in terms of the physical shape, water type, length and dimensions and additional features.
Who will use your pool? Will there be kids in it all summer long, are you retired and looking for somewhere to keep active, are you a double income no kids couple who just want to relax? Answering these questions will allow you to design a pool that fits your needs such as entry and exit rails, splash areas for toddlers, steps, seats and spas.
Where will the pool be built? Before you begin building tests need to be carried out on the soil where the pool will be located, to check for any abnormalities in the soil or any other ground factors that may attract extra costs. The location of the pool is important and things like water run-off and sloping land can impact where the pool should go. To control water runoff, there may be restrictions on how much of your yard can be covered with decking and in which direction it must slope. Australian law requires that pools be fenced in, which might affect where your pool can be located. Gas, electrical, telephone, cable and water lines may also influence the pool’s location, as you will face additional expenses to relocate these utilities.
What type of pool do you want? There are four major types of pools and each comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Above Ground Pools: New technology in above ground pools means they no longer have to be installed above ground, but instead partially or completely in ground. They cost significantly less than in ground pools, and come in a variety of styles, shapes and models, and are great for sloping or difficult-to-access backyards. They include a generous warranty and are delivered to your house, ready to install.
Fibreglass Pools: Fibreglass pools come in an incredible range of sizes, shapes, colours and finishes. They require little maintenance, and can be installed in as little two weeks.
Concrete Pools: These offer countless design possibilities, created to fit your property any way you like. They can be installed on almost any site and can incorporate many features that can't be used in other pool styles. They are however, expensive and take a while to be built, but can be finished in a range of styles with different designs and materials.
Vinyl-lined Pools: With recent technology improvements, vinyl-lined pools have become increasingly popular. Vinyl-linings are customised for each individual pool. They are generally less expensive than concrete pools, and are attractive and easy to maintain. Vinyl-liners can last for 15 years or more, and can be renovated and changed easily and simply.
So as long as you ask yourself those four questions, you should be in for happy, easy and enjoyable years ahead as a proud pool owner!