So, you’ve been thinking about a swimming pool…

You’ve been looking over your finances and measuring out your backyard and feeling ready to get started as soon as possible. But, have you really thought about how much goes into designing, building and owning a pool?

At Bonsall Pool & Spa, we feel it’s our duty as a pool designer and builder to provide you with all the information you’ll need to consider when thinking about getting a pool.

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Excerpt: Concrete vs. Vinyl vs. Above Ground

Even if you have attempted to do some research on your own, it is not easy to find honest answers to this question. First of all, it seems like the only sources of information on the internet are manufacturer’s web sites, which are obviously biased toward their own product. If you have talked to a pool builder that only does vinyl liners or fiberglass, I’m sure you’ve heard that “concrete pools don’t work in our harsh Nebraska climate.” On the other hand, if you have talked to somebody who only builds concrete pools, they undoubtedly told you horror stories about wrinkled liners and fiberglass pools popping out of the ground.

Excerpt: Sizes, Depths & Design Elements

If a diving board is not necessary, the pool usually goes from about three feet deep in the shallow end and down to about 5 feet at the deepest point. This type of pool is good for lounging, playing games like volleyball, floating around, jumping in off the side, a slide, basically anything you would want to do in a pool, except diving. A shallow pool also has the advantage of having less water volume to treat. The filtration system and the amount of water care product used is based on the volume of water in the pool. So, a shallow pool will use less product for the life of the pool.

Excerpt: Care & Chemicals

Every pool needs a sanitizer to keep the water clean, and the most common type is chlorine. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in the water and keep the pool safe for us to use. Generally, there are two ways to maintain a chlorine residual in a swimming pool. Chlorine feeders: Tablets, granular or liquid chlorine is added to these units and they feed chlorine to the pool system at a set rate. Salt systems: Actually called chlorine generators, they work by adding salt to the pool water. The electrolytic cell uses the salt to create sodium hypochlorite. As such, a saltwater pool is not chlorine-free; it simply utilizes added salt and a chlorine generator instead of direct addition of chlorine.

“Everytime I go there, the employees are fun, friendly and very helpful. If I have a problem, they solve it. If I have a question, they answer it completely and in a way I can understand. They make it easy for me to maintain my pool with their quality products. Every summer is great because of them! Thanks Bonsall!”

Ally Milligan

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