The most important part of building a pool is the preparation phase. An experienced pool builder can walk you through the design process, but it helps to have a general idea of what you ultimately want.
Here are 5 important questions you should ask yourself before starting the construction of your pool project:
1. Why Do I Want to Build a Pool?
Some might answer this question with a simple “Why not?” but there is a detailed answer to this question. They say that form follows function, which means that the way in which your pool is designed should suit your wishes.
In order for swimming pool builders to give you the pool you really want, you need to know exactly why you want it.
Here are some common reasons people want to build a swimming pool:
- Exercise & competition
- Entertainment & relaxation
- Clinic rehabilitation
- Improving property values
- Architectural statement
Once you understand where you fit in the above categories or which combination represents your needs, the company you hire can help you design the optimal swimming pool.
2. What Challenges Does My Property Face?
In order to have a functional, stable pool, you need to be sure the area or structure is swimming pool-friendly. You may need to have your soil tested and have the water table evaluated.
In addition, you need to know the zoning and construction laws that apply to your property. For example, your property might have water runoff restrictions, sloping guidelines and required fencing. The builder you chose will be able to help you answer these questions.
3. What Do I Want the Pool to Look Like?
Your pool is a visible, decorative feature of your property. Therefore, you should take care to consider the style and shape of swimming pool that you want.
You should also consider the visual and practical impact of additional pool features, like the liner color, a diving board, a tanning ledge or fountains.
4. What Material Should I Use?
Ask a pool contractor about the various benefits and drawbacks of each material available. The swimming pool materials will have a strong effect on the appearance and lifespan of your pool, along with how well it suits your property.
From years of research and experience, we suggest using stainless steel because of the durability and the design flexibility it offers. In the end, it is what best suits your project and budget.
For example, if your pool will be elevated, stainless steel is a much lower weight and is best suited for this environment.
5. Who Should I Hire to Build the Pool?
When it comes to pools, the saying “you get what you pay for” stands true. If you want a pool that lasts, you must do your research and find a builder you can trust.
Who you hire to build a pool will have a huge impact on the final product, how beautiful it is, how durable it is and how efficient its mechanical components are – take filters, for example.
Once you have asked yourself these 5 questions, it’s time to talk to the professionals. A good pool builder will help you make your dream pool a reality, without the consequences of poor planning.
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