If you’ve ever considered getting a pool installed in your backyard, now may be the best time to do it. Due to the recession, St. Louis swimming pool construction prices have fallen to a record low. While a pool can be the coolest backyard upgrade you can get, there is a lot more to consider than just how cool it will look and feel during the summer. While prices are low, getting a pool installed is still a fairly large investment, so you’ll want to make good choices in regards to size, location, shape, and type. Follow these tips to choosing the right pool.
Size and Shape
The size and shape of your new pool are two of the most important things to consider before you start your construction. Size and shape will encompass your needs, available area, budget, and design. Swim/lap spas and recreational pools are the most common forms of pools people install in their backyards. Swim spas create a man-made current against which you can swim to train and work out.
These pools are smaller, around 10 to 14 feet long. Recreational pools are used for recreational use and are the most popular type of pool. They are usually shallow on one end and deep on the other. They are usually rectangle in shape, but can come in many different sizes to conform to the backyard’s landscape design.
Pools today are mainly made from fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete. Installing a vinyl pool is the least expensive option. Done right, a vinyl pool will have a frame made from metal, wood, or plastic and will be set in a concrete footing. Wall panels will then be attached to the frame and the hole will be filled with sand and the wall panels overlaid with vinyl. Fiberglass pools are usually pre-molded in all kinds of shapes and sizes. No frame is required for fiberglass pools. Concrete pools are falling out of favor, but can provide the most flexibility of design.
Hiring Your Contractor
St. Louis swimming pool construction can be an overwhelming project, but with the right contractor, you can feel at ease. A good pool contractor will be able to assess your needs and desires and recommend the right pool for you. It’s a good idea to get a couple of written quotes from different contractors so as to get a good idea of what your project will cost you. Keep your head on straight and use your intuition with the contractor you choose. You’ll want to feel like you’re getting the best you can get.