Trees are blooming, the birds are singing, evenings are longer, and the sunshine feels warm on your face. Summer is on its way, which begs the question: is this the year to put in a swimming pool? A backyard swimming pool is a lot of fun and provides your family and friends with ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and time together. And let’s face it, we haven’t had enough of either of those in recent months.
That said, a pool installation in NJ is a big decision, and it’s crucial to enter into the commitment with your eyes wide open. Here are four things to think about to prepare for a new swimming pool:
Determine Your Budget
Before you get too far into the planning process, it’s a good idea to figure out how much you can spend on a swimming pool project. Like anything, a pool can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you want it to be. The size, the materials, the design, and the special features all quickly add up. Ongoing maintenance also needs to be factored in as well as an increase in your homeowner’s insurance. Be honest about what you can and want to spend and then stick to it. It’s also important to know that pools aren’t really an investment; there’s no guarantee that a backyard pool will increase your home’s resale value. The decision to install a pool is strictly a lifestyle choice.
Choose the Location
If you’re building your home, planning an area for a pool during construction is ideal. You can leave room in your hardscaping for a pool and run underground water and power lines for the pool easily while the ground is already disrupted. Retrofitting a pool requires a bit more finesse. You’ll need to work around existing water, electrical, and septic lines to find a location that will accommodate a pool. You might need to compromise, but it will be worth it. The contractors at Atlantic Pool Supply will work with you to find the perfect spot for your new pool.
Consider the Size
The standard inground pool size is about 14×28 feet with a 6 ½ maximum depth. If you want a smaller pool, you might consider an above-ground pool because installation and operation will be more cost-effective at those sizes. If you’re going to have a diving board, you’ll need a deeper pool. While that’s certainly fun, a deeper pool also results in a cramped shallow end, which can make other pool activities difficult. A larger luxury pool can be 18×36 or larger. There’s no right or wrong answer; it’s all based on what your yard can accommodate and how you want to use the pool.
Think About Maintenance
Pools require upkeep. Ask your contractor lots of questions about pool maintenance. The design and materials you choose will have significant implications on upkeep, as will the system you choose. Everyone has a different tolerance for regular maintenance; choose a pool you’re comfortable caring for.
Are you ready for a pool? Don’t wait; dive right in! Atlantic Pool Supply is the best concrete and fiberglass pool installer in NJ. Call to talk to our team today about planning your pool.