Before installing a pool, you may want to first consider how and when you are going to use the pool and if it will add to you home’s resale value if you move.
“The top thing to consider before installing a pool is how long will you be at this home and what is your end goal with this new body of water in your yard,” said Genco Pools pool engineer Pieter Vorster. “Do you want to swim laps, have an amazing volleyball play area, or both? The opportunities are as endless as the imagination.”
Based on the budget allocated for the pool and what the pool will be used for, you should look into the different varieties among above-ground and in-ground styles. Above-ground pools come in steel frames, resin frames or hybrid models with a mix of steel and resin in the design. Before going fully into the in-ground pool arena, you could install a radiant pool, which is half in-ground, half above-ground, Vorster said.
In-ground pools can be pre-made in fiberglass, or can be constructed on-site using vinyl and stainless steel reinforced with concrete walls or customizable concrete gunite.
One benefit of gunite pools is the versatility in design. To begin with, the size of the pool can be custom designed to fit your yard and include chosen features or add-ons, said Steve Smith of Atlantis Luxury Pools.
“It’s like building a house,” Smith said. “Some features we have done are hot tubs with pools, tanning ledges, swim-up bars, underwater seating, cave, grotto, beach entry, in-water tables, waterfalls and water feature walls. For cleaning, you have the robotic-type cleaners that go around and clean the pools. A lot of our pools have in-floor cleaning systems with nozzles in the floor, which pop up and sweep the debris to a big drain in the pool.”
In addition to outdoor living features around the pool and other enhancements inside, there are specific elements that can only be incorporated with a gunite pool design, said Signature Pools vice president Zach Sikkelee.
“Infinity edge and perimeter overflow, where water spills over one or more sides of the pool into a lower catch basin, are popular and more technical features that can only be included in gunite pool construction,” Sikkelee said. “Compared to other types of pools, these projects also allow for more versatile use of tile, stone and other finish materials to aesthetically integrate the pool with the home and enhance the overall look.”
While designs and pool models have evolved over the years, so has the depth of a pool.
“[As] diving has become a less common desire among homeowners, we are seeing much shallower deep ends at around 5 to 6 feet at the deepest to create more usability of the pool without the required specs for diving,” said Sikkelee. “The standard in the past has usually been 3 1/2 feet in the shallow end transitioning to 8 feet at the deeper end, but people these days tend to care more about maximizing the space for entertainment and water play.”
Now that you know the types of pools available, you may want to sit down and figure out your budget, the space you have in your yard and how long you plan to live in your home before choosing.
Types of pools:
- Steel-frame above-ground
- Resin-frame above-ground
- Hybrid above-ground
- Radiant pool
- Fiberglass in-ground
- Vinyl in-ground
- Gunite in-ground