How To Build a Swimming Pool The Right Way
If you’re thinking about having a swimming pool built, the most important thing is to be informed and knowledgeable. This is a major project, so having a good understanding of the ins and outs is advantageous. As well, you’ll be better positioned to deal intelligently with the contractor. At the same time, it’s not at all necessary to know everything about everything, and you don’t have to become an expert. The whole idea is to hire an expert.
Being well informed about pool construction has three advantages: you’ll know how to properly choose the right contractor for the job; you’ll have a good sense of what you need and what you want; and finally, you’ll be in a good position to work closely with the contractor throughout the lifespan of the project. And while everyone around you will offer a different “top-ten” list to follow, the basics are quite straightforward.
Picking the right swimming pool for your needs
For in ground swimming pools, the main options are concrete, vinyl-lined or fiberglass. Sizes and shapes are practically unlimited, and finishes could include painted surfaces, textured surfaces or tiled surfaces. A concrete pool is the strongest and most durable – it lasts virtually a lifetime. The fiberglass pool, because its pre-molded, can be installed faster than any of the others. With a short list of pros and cons, you can depend on the expertise of your contractor to help decide which option best. In fact, the contractor will have much to offer in terms of pool specifications, based on your individual situation.
Considering your budget and comparing prices
The thing is, every swimming pool, depending on shape, size, and construction will have a different project cost. There are also a variety of construction issues to consider: filter systems and plumbing; electrical and lighting; fencing and landscaping; even the special fixtures and accessories. It all adds up. If the chosen contractor offers special prices in the “off-season”, these are well worth considering. But bottom line, your budget should be dictating the scope and extent of the project. Not to forget, there are also regular and ongoing costs involved, like routine maintenance, and yearly opening and closing.
Checking building, zoning and bi-law regulations.
Most swimming pools, and particularly in ground pools, will be governed by building, zoning and bi-law regulations. Without doubt, a building permit will be obligatory, and any necessary approvals have to be acquired prior to construction. Fencing and gates around the perimeter are also regulated. All things considered, a good pool contractor will handle the paperwork on your behalf, and will manage any problem solving that is required. Indeed, this is when a reputable and reliable pool contactor can really prove their worth – and it reinforces the need to carefully select the right company.
Picking the right location for your swimming pool.
It sounds obvious, but choosing the right location for the pool is critical. In this regard, rely on the experience of your pool contractor for sound advice. You can certainly study the possibilities, but the contractor will have the most valuable input. Some pointers:
- pick a location that is completely open to the sun.
- choose a tree-free area to avert any falling leaves.
- create a breeze-free area by forming a windbreak.
- avoid building the pool in the lowest lying location.
- the pool shouldn’t be located under electrical wires.
- build the pool within the viewing sight of the house.