So you’ve got the backyard ready to finish or renovate and you’ve decided to install a pool! Everyone in the family is super excited! Except for now, there are one too many decisions to be made. How do you ever decide on every detail that needs to be covered! When integrating a pool into your landscape picture you don’t want to necessarily hide it, neither do you want to make it scream “WE HAVE A POOL!”. You want to make it work into the feel of your home. Here are a few simple ideas to consider when installing your own backyard pool.
First of all there are 3 main types of pools that are able to be installed in-ground.
Vinyl Liners -These pools are the easiest to maintain as well as the least expensive to install. They are available in so many variety of sizes and shapes. Fully custom shapes are also possible, but cost more. The lifetime of a vinyl liner is typically shorter than other surfaces because the liners do wear out and will need to be replaced. You can expect this to happen every 7-10 years if they are cared for properly. The upside to a vinyl liner pool, is that when it does come time to change the pool liner, you also get to change the look of your pool if you’d like with a different liner color or style.
Fibreglass -Fibreglass pools are the quickest to install and last a long time. They are available in a limited selection of sizes and shapes. Although there are still many to choose from, liner pools still have a wider variety of shapes and sizes. They typically cost more than a vinyl liner pool but less than a concrete pool. Fibreglass is fairly easy to maintain too.
Concrete – Concrete pools are the most versatile pools as they are available in many, many shapes, sizes and forms. Pretty much if you can dream it, you can build it! They also offer many options for enhancing the plaster surface, including coloring, and adding small quartz crystals, glass beads, or pebbles of various sizes. Because of the variety’s offered and materials and time used to construct these pools, they are obviously the most expensive to build. The maintenance of these pools requires the most work but typically not too difficult. Fixing the pool over time is the most expensive between all pools too as re-plastering can get costly.