There are lots of different things you can do to jazz up you backyard but none quite as dramatic – or fun – as the installation of a pool. From in-ground to above-ground, there are options for every size family, yard, and budget. Today we’ll focus on in-ground pools, and tackle the above-ground varieties in our next segment.
When you decide to build an in-ground pool, you give yourself a wealth of opportunities to express your creativity and unique style by designing a poolscape specific to your wants and needs. However, there are several different types of in-ground pools available, meaning that you definitely have options in deciding exactly what’s right for you.
Concrete – concrete pools definitely offer the most flexibility from a design standpoint, because they can be built in any shape and to fit virtually any space. Customizing abounds with this type of pool, especially if “shotcrete” is the building material of choice. Why is this? Well, because shotcrete allows for a “free form” application, which makes it possible to build very strong, watertight structures of any shape.
Vinyl – Vinyl pools are pre-engineered, and are available in a wide variety of pre-designed shapes, ranging from curvy to classic. These can also be customized with built-in features, as well as highly durable vinyl liners that are available in a gorgeous array of colors and patterns. Due to the fact that vinyl pools are constructed from prefabricated materials, the construction process (and resulting timeline) tends to be easier.
Fiberglass – Fiberglass pools arrive in a single, pre-formed, pre-finished piece, making for a relatively quick installation time. This particular type of pool also comes in an assortment of textures and colors, ensuring the perfect fit for your backyard – and your style! One of the benefits of fiberglass pools is their smooth surface – this smoothness makes it very difficult for algae to cling to it, which means easier maintenance and few chemicals.
During the planning process with your pool professional, you’ll decide on which customizable features to have built into your pool and deck. But, don’t forget about cleaning systems, safety features, and landscaping! Toss in some toys and comfy furniture and you’ll have a backyard your family will never want to leave.