Got Pool Envy? How to Start Your Pool Project

The benefits of swimming pools are endless. Whether you are considering installation to keep the kids entertained, for summer gatherings, stress relief, or for exercise – pools can add tremendous value to your life and backyard.   


Consider Your Yard & Landscaping

Flat yards are typically the easiest for installation. However, sloped or uneven properties can accommodate pools as well. They may require reshaping or retaining walls to secure the land before installation. Another consideration is potential obstructions. If you have a sprinkler system, it may need to be moved for the pool. Additionally, pools cannot be built under power lines for safety.  


Know Your Pool Types

Concrete and plaster pools are the most common type because they are very stable and cost-effective. Concrete and tile or stone are another common combination. The concrete is again durable, and the tile or stone is simply an aesthetic choice. Fiberglass pools come in one piece, allowing for a quick and easy installation. These are a great option if you need a quick turnaround but can be pricier. Vinyl pools are made of prefab walls lined with vinyl to form the shell. While often a less expensive option, vinyl can deteriorate over time.


Think About Maintenance

Routine pool care and maintenance are vital to prevent costly repairs to your pool. Therefore, it is essential to understand what you are signing up for. Good pool maintenance comes down to the 3 C’s. Circulation, cleaning, and chemistry. Moving water will always be cleaner than stagnant water. Therefore, running your pump and keeping filters clean is vital for the health of your pool. For cleaning, you will need to skim, brush, and vacuum your pool weekly at a minimum.  As for chemistry, you will need to learn to test and maintain your water’s pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels with chemicals.   


Plan Early

It may seem early, but late summer or early fall are the best times to start planning your backyard pool.  Depending on the necessary permits and approvals, the design and planning phase can take 3 to 6 months before your contractor can even break ground. Then, installation often takes up to 12 weeks. So, now is an excellent time to start talking to a contractor to have your pool in place for next summer.


Pool planning and maintenance are a lot of work. That being said, the joy and serenity they bring to a home are invaluable. To learn more about pool construction in New Jersey, contact Land Design Network.


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