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3 Questions To Ask Before Building A Pool

Building a pool is a worthwhile project, and there's nothing like being able to go for a dip on a hot summer's day. But it's also a time consuming process, and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. So take a look below a three questions you'll want to ask yourself before you call a custom pool builder and start tearing up your backyard. 

What material is best?

There are a variety of materials that you can choose from when designing and building a pool. One of the most popular is concrete, which lasts longer than any other material and is arguably the most durable. That said, it can take several months to install a concrete pool, and if you simply don't have that kind of time, you may be forced to look elsewhere. Many people opt for a vinyl pool, which is less expensive and can be constructed in a matter of weeks. Vinyl pools are also a playground of customization if you want to incorporate some crazy colors, but they can be punctured quite easily by sharp objects. Fiberglass pools also feature a very efficient construction time frame and are extremely durable, but offer fewer options for customization than do their concrete or vinyl cousins. 

Where will it be located? 

If you have a large backyard, exactly where you put your pool is of the utmost importance. In addition to complying with your local zoning laws, you'll want to keep a few different things in mind. First is access to sunlight -- if your pool is constantly shaded, it may get uncomfortably chilly even on warmer days. You'll also want to ensure that your pool isn't at the base of an incline so that it doesn't become filled with debris and runoff after a rainy day. If you have small children, you'll also want to make sure that you have a clear line of sight from inside the house directly to the pool.

How can I be more efficient?

In addition to considering pool type and placement, you'll want to consider how you can reduce costs over the long term before contacting a pool construction company. Buying a pool cover can protect against evaporation, and investing in pump and lighting timers is also a good way to cut costs. If you live in an especially cold climate, it may be more efficient to simply shut down your pool during the winter than trying to heat it intermittently.