Once you have decided to install a swimming pool at your home, selecting a reputable pool building company should be at the top of your to-do list. A pool is a substantial investment, so you must do your research when making your choice to ensure it is built to the highest quality standard. Throughout this article, we will share our pool design and construction tips to give you an understanding of the logistics behind building a new swimming pool.
Determine Your Budget
For many, installing a swimming pool is a big expense. It is important to factor in all of the costs that are associated with building a swimming pool, not just the pool itself—things such as landscaping and pool fencing cost extra. Your qualified pool builder should have many years’ experience installing pools; they know all the costs that are involved with installing a pool and will give you a breakdown of each expense. They should also mention additional services and add-on’s that you may not be aware of.
Explore All Of Your Design Options
You may already have an idea of the pool design you want. Still, it’s important to explore all of the pool design options available to ensure it will work best in the layout of your home and that it will serve your lifestyle adequately. Reputable pool building companies specialize in matching pools with homes to deliver a stunning pool for each of their customers. Get a sample of the pool design. This a great way to get an idea of how your pool will look in the backyard and provides you with the opportunity to make any changes if need be.
Your Pools Surroundings
A pool without proper landscaping can look extremely bare and lonely. Consider the look you want for your entire backyard, not just the pool itself. Plants and greenery are a great way to enhance the overall appeal of your yard. Avoid putting in trees that frequently litter leaves or have far-reaching roots near your swimming pool to prevent them from affecting your pool water’s pH levels and interfering with your pool area structure.
An additional thing to factor into your pool construction is the outdoor flooring that you will use. There are many options to choose from, and your pool builder can offer advice on which type will be best suited to the theme of your backyard.
Hire A Swimming Pool Company That Is A Member Of SPASA
SPASA (Swimming Pool And Spa Association) is a nationally recognized company that works towards improving the health and wellbeing of the community by developing the pool, spa, and outdoor living industry. Pool companies that are members of SPASA follow a strict Codes Of Ethics for the industry. They partake in specialized training to provide their customers with a superior level of professionalism and workmanship.
Pool fencing goes hand in hand with pool ownership. It is a mandatory requirement that all bodies of water 30cm or more have a compliant pool fence in place. You should ask your pool company if they will take care of your pool fencing and if they will ensure it is compliant before construction ends.
Factor In The Weather Where You Live
The weather has a big influence on how and when you will use your pool. If you live in a cooler state or territory, you should consider options such as heating to get the most use out of your pool. If you live in a windy area, you should consider screenings or a pool cover. A pool cover will reduce the rate of evaporation by up to 97%, which can save you a significant amount of money on heating and water. They also reduce the number of leaves and debris that fall into the pool. You should also consider if there is an area that you can retreat to when the sun is unbearably hot or wet weather is due to set in. If not, you can enhance your pool enjoyment by adding a shade-providing structure such as a pergola.
Choose A Highly Experienced Company
If you’re installing a pool, it must be done correctly, not only make sure you are spending your money wisely but, more importantly, to ensure it is safe. It may be tempting to do DIY pool build or to choose the cheapest pool builder you find to save money. However, if you do go down this road, it is important to be aware of the safety risks involved and to keep in mind that there is a high chance that your pool will need replacing or expensive repairs down the track which could end up costing you more money and headaches in the long run. When deciding on a pool builder, you should check to see if they are a licensed pool builder. You can check online to see if they have a license and if it is still valid.
Make Sure The Pool Company Is Insured
The pool construction company that you use must give you a home warranty insurance certificate for construction work over $20,000. You should check that your pool builder offers this insurance certificate before paying any money towards a deposit and before any construction starts.
Decide How You Want Your Pool Installed
Once you have chosen the style of pool, you want you can then decide whether you want it to be installed above ground, partially above ground or inground. You may have an idea of how you would like your pool installed. However, depending on your site, your pool may be better installed via another method. Your qualified pool builder will advise you of the best options suited to your property.
Factor In The Ongoing Costs
When installing a pool, you should think of the ongoing costs associated with the type you have chosen. Ask your pool builder if there are any features that you add to your pool before construction that will reduce the amount of maintenance and effort required to keep it clean. Innovative products such as an in-floor cleaning system make manual pool cleaning virtually non-existent.
Consider Environmentally Friendly Pool Running Solutions
Much of pools running equipment and add-ons can be run by solar power. If you would like to reduce the amount of energy that your pool consumes, solar is a good option. A solar pool pump and solar heating typically use 99% less energy than traditional running methods, which is a huge saving.
Added features can enhance the appeal and fun of your pool. Some things to think of before starting your pool construction project:
- Spa jets
- Water features
- Spouting sconces
- In-floor cleaning system
- Bubbling fountains
Organizing added features for your pool from the beginning can save you money. Adding them, later on, can be more labor-intensive and will cost you more.
Our team here at Newcastle Swimming Pools, we are highly experienced pool builders with many years’ experience. We specialize in creating a luxurious, state of the art fiberglass pools. For further information regarding the construction and design process involved with one of our swimming pools, give us a call today, we are happy to help.