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The Ultimate Guide to Swimming Pools
From permanent in ground pools to above ground pools that you can empty and store during the winter, you'll want to explore all the swimming pools available before making your purchase.
With so many options for home swimming pools, there's no reason why you should have one in your own backyard for your kids to enjoy. As you explore the options, consider your budget, the amount of space available in your backyard, and the level of maintenance you're able to maintain either on your own or by hiring a pool cleaner. From above ground pools to in ground pools, there's sure to be an option that's perfect for your family.
Above Ground Swimming Pools
These pools are typically constructed from PVC poles with a thick vinyl lining. Other options include steel, aluminum, or resin frames with a vinyl lining. Above ground pools are usually round or oval in shape, and anywhere from four to six feet deep. They can be disassembled and moved at the end of summer, so you can have your backyard free during the cooler months. These pools are perfect for families on a tight budget or with limited backyard space.
Vinyl Lined In Ground Pools
A vinyl lined pool is the most affordable in ground pool available today. A hole is dug for the pool and a concrete foundation is poured. The liner is made by fastening several pre-made vinyl panels together to fit around the foundation and walls. It's then suspended from a track located at the top of the pool. The flexible walls work well in cold climates where pool water has the possibility of freezing, and they usually last up to five years if cared for properly.
In Ground Concrete Pools
Concrete swimming pools are one of the most expensive, but most durable options for the average homeowner. A hole is dug and the concrete foundation and walls are created by pouring concrete over a wooden frame. Once the concrete is completely dry, it can be painted, covered in plaster, or covered with tiles. Since the concrete is poured on site, many different shapes and sizes are available and can often be custom-designed. Concrete pools require some repainting or repair to chips in the tile lining.
In Ground Fiberglass Pools
Fiberglass pools are one of the most durable pool options available and they require little upkeep since fiberglass is a nonporous surface. The only disadvantage to fiberglass swimming pools is that the shell is premanufactured, so there's little choice for shape or size. Usually a hole is dug to fit the dimensions of the pool, and the fiberglass case is lowered into the hole. Since fiberglass is a nonporous surface, it discourages algae growth.
As you begin hunting for the perfect pool, be sure to explore all your options. Consider the size of your backyard, the amount of money you can spend (not only on installation, but also on upkeep and cleaning), and the purpose for installing a pool. One of the above ground swimming pools probably won't meet the needs of someone who wants to swim laps for exercise, but if you're looking for a small pool for you and your kids to enjoy on hot summer days, it may be perfect!
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