If you’ve been thinking about challenging your DIY skills and installing an in-ground pool this summer, consider first whether or not your time, effort (and talent) might be better served on different parts of this kind of project.
Plan for Extra Costs
Every year, 175,000 to 200,000 new pools are built. The average cost of a professionally installed pool runs from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the size, shape and type of pool you choose. Customers typically spend another $10,000 – $20,000 on all the pool related items; additional landscaping, decking, furniture, lighting and fencing – the kind of projects you can really sink your teeth into.
Let the Professionals Handle the Paperwork
While working with a backhoe might be your idea of a great weekend, leave that part to the pros (as well as dealing with on-site soil and rock issues). Let the pool company determine county, local and neighborhood restrictions as well as HOA (Homeowners Association) rules, which leaves you to focus on the fun stuff that comes along with a pool.
3 Types of In-Ground Pools
- Concrete lined – While the most expensive, they are durable and can be updated if you want to expand. Can take from 3-12 weeks to install.
- Vinyl lined – A preformed flexible liner that comes in a variety of colors and textures and takes 1-3 weeks to install. Sharp objects can puncture them so be sure to choose one at least 1-inch thick.
- Fiberglass – One-piece units that have a super smooth finish and are stain resistant. They are trucked to the site so delivery will affect installation time. A crane needs to lift the pool into place so make sure the equipment has access.
Choose the Right Pool for Your Location
A professional pool installer will know what type of pool works best in your area. Freezing and thawing causes pool materials to expand and contract. Fiberglass and vinyl pool liners can handle the cold weather better than concrete pools. The professionals will make sure the pool is level and the bottom is smooth, not sitting on rocks that can puncture it.
How Will You Use Your Pool?
If family fun is your goal, skip the deep end and the diving board. Most pool activities take place in the shallow end so why not use a third of your pool? Want to swim laps? Cut down on the overall size and install swim jets for resistance. Knowing how you’ll use the pool will determine the right one for you.
The Best DIY Pool Related Projects
- Fencing – Safety laws require owners to install a fence at least 4 feet high with self-closing/latching gates around a pool.
- A deck or patio – You will need a place for everyone to gather.
- Outdoor lighting and outlets – Consider adding a sound system.
- Landscaping – Add new pathways, sod and plants when construction is finished.
- Storage for pool equipment and accessories – You need somewhere to store pool supplies and toys, especially in the off season.
- A whirlpool or sauna – A smaller undertaking than installing a pool but still something your family would enjoy.
- Add shade – Install an awning over your patio or deck.
- Maintenance – Rather than sign on for monthly service, you can adjust the chemicals yourself.
A New Pool Provides Plenty of Quality Family Time
Pools may be a big investment and require regular upkeep, but they can also add plenty of quality time with your family and friends. Do your research and decide what kind of pool works for you. Let a professional handle the hard stuff, while you take care of everything else. Before you know it, you will be chillin’ poolside!
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