Whether you have wanted a pool for years or you recently decided to take the plunge (pun intended), there are a lot of things to consider when building a pool. Our experts have put together a must-read list of things to keep in mind when considering a pool.
A pool is a big investment. It is equivalent to buying a car (or a couple of cars, depending on what kind of pool you get!). We recommend getting estimates from several reputable contractors to compare rates. Make sure to ask if everything is included in their estimate. Some contractors may not include quite everything in their bid in order to get the job. That’s why it’s important to compare the bids and see what is included in each. Get it in writing, and make sure that all parties sign a contract when accepting your chosen bid.
What is your pool going to be for? Is it going to be for hanging out on lazy summer days, swimming laps, or pool parties with the grandkids? That will determine what kind of pool you should get. For example, if you are going to be using your pool to exercise, you might not want to get a smaller kidney bean-shaped pool; you would probably do better with a longer, rectangular pool. If you are going to have grandkids over playing and swimming, you might want to consider fun features such as a waterfall, diving board, or slide.
What shape you choose depends on how much room you have in your yard, your home’s architectural style, and your personal preference. Some shapes are better suited than others for certain water features and landscapes/ hardscapes than others. You also have to keep local building codes and HOA regulations in mind when choosing a pool shape. Pool shape and size directly influences how much your pool will cost, so be sure to consider all of your options.
There are three main types of pools: fiberglass, gunite, and vinyl-lined. There are pros and cons to each type. A licensed pool installation professional will be able to go over each kind of pool and help you to decide which one is best for you and your budget. A fiberglass or vinyl-lined pool may be a quicker install, but a gunite one may last longer. Make sure to weigh all of your options before deciding on which type of pool will be best for you and your family. Gurley’s only offers gunite and Pebble Tec finish pools. With these finishes, we are allowed to make any shape imaginable for our clients.
There are two types of sanitation methods when it comes to pools- chlorine and saltwater. They both use the same chemicals. Both types are sanitized with chlorine, but the method in which they are sanitized differs. With chlorine pools, you add store-bought chlorine to the water and sample and balance the water to maintain proper pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. With a saltwater pool, they create their own chlorine through electrolysis. This is achieved by adding pool-grade salt to a chlorine generator, which in turn creates chlorine to sanitize the pool. Gurley’s offers systems that use a UV/O3 combo sterilizer in our pool equipment package that cleans the water and helps reduce the amount of chemicals needed to maintain your pool.
It’s important to check your local zoning laws before starting the construction of a pool. You will want to make sure you don’t need any special building permits and that your contractor is well aware of any zoning laws that they need to follow. You also will need to contact your insurance agent before installation to get a policy that covers your swimming pool.
Safety is a huge part of having a pool. In addition to making sure that your family is safe, you need to ensure that you follow any safety protocols put into place by your local government. Some require things like safety fences, but you can also include floatation devices, water alarms, and more for your own peace of mind.
If you have made the decision to get a pool, congratulations! You are in for years of fun and good memories. We offer custom pool building services, as well as personalized landscaping design. We will design your entire outdoor area to your specific wants and needs, creating it uniquely for you. Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to turning your backyard into your own personal oasis.
Schedule a Free Consultation