Whether you want an inground pool for leisure, entertaining or exercise – a pool is an improvement on your home and quality of life. However, if your inground pool isn’t properly specced out before construction, the building process can be costly and stressful.
Before you break ground on your inground pool, here are five important factors to consider:
1. The design
A pool design can involve size, color, material, additional features, shape and depth. The three major types of inground pools are concrete, vinyl-lined and fiberglass. Additional features can include waterfalls, tanning ledges, diving boards, etc. Your pool shape can be square, rectangle, kidney-shaped or round. Remember, a more detailed, custom design will be more expensive.
2. The zoning
Just like a home renovation project, your inground pool must be compliant with your local building and zoning regulations. To ensure construction goes smoothly and your pool is safe, you have to apply for a building permit and get approval. Building permits take consideration of setback distances from your property, wells, sewer lines, wetlands and other environmental factors.
3. The timing
Choosing the right time of year to build your pool can save you time and money. Fall and winter aren’t known as the best seasons for swimming, but they are the best seasons to build a pool if you live in a moderate climate. In colder seasons, pool builders will be more available and have cheaper pricing.
4. The circulation system
Circulating pool water is central to keeping it clean, clear and healthy. A typical circulation system includes: a pump, filter, heater and sanitation system. In the process of circulating, pool water will be pulled from the pool drains through a skimmer, passed through the filter and finally treated by the heater and sanitation system. The main filter options are sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth.
5. The water sanitation
While chlorine and bromine are the traditional forms of pool sanitation – there are alternatives that provide a healthier, more enjoyable swimming experience. Salt chlorine generators operate by generating its own chlorine and can be corrosive to equipment and surfaces. UV and ozone systems can significantly reduce chlorine use, but chlorine or bromine will still be required for continual, residual sanitation. Clear Comfort’s patented pool technology can truly provide chlorine-free water through its production of hydroxyl radicals.
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