Inground Swimming Pools – Taking The Swimming Pool Plunge

Yara Zakharia

Statistics by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals show that each year, between 175,000 and 200,000 new pools are constructed in the U.S., and that there are currently nearly 5 million inground swimming pools in this country. Inground pools constitute a permanent home improvement and are a substantial investment in one's home, adding value to the latter. They serve as tension tamers and havens of tranquility and leisure for individuals of all ages. Furthermore, they enhance homeowners' lifestyle and embellish their backyard.

Choosing an Inground Pool

When shopping for an inground swimming pool, consumers should take into consideration the desired size and shape, as well as the cost, space, and intended usage. For a results-oriented swimming pool construction, homeowners should determine the focal activity of the pool. Some of the most commonly-selected shapes for inground pools are 1) kidney, 2) lap, 3) free form, 4) classic, 5) custom-designed, and 6) rectangular. The most popular types of inground pools are those made of 1) concrete, 2) vinyl, and 3) fiberglass. In some parts of the country, consumers will also find inground pools constructed out of aluminum or steel.

Description of Vinyl Pools

Vinyl-lined pools are attached to a solid wall frame made of polymer, aluminum or steel. These pools are optimal for children since they are user-friendly and smooth. Vinyl pools are available in numerous colors and patterns, and consumers may choose either a free-form, L-shaped, or rectangular configuration. Since sharp objects, pets, and toys can tear the liner, homeowners should opt for a vinyl pool liner that is approximately 1 inch in thickness. It usually takes one to three weeks for construction to be completed on a vinyl pool.

Basics About Inground Concrete Pools

These types of swimming pools, which can weather almost any kind of climactic condition, are available in countless shapes and sizes and thus can be easily customized to suit the homeowner's design preference. Typically, the concrete is either tiled, painted, plastered. An inground concrete pool is usually completed in three to twelve weeks. It offers unmatched durability and strength, and unlike other types of pools, it can be enlarged and renovated.

What Are Fiberglass Inground Pools?

These pools feature a stain-resistant and long-lasting coat finish made of soft gel and are easier to maintain than other pools. Installation is completed much quicker than for other types of pools, usually in a matter of days. The choice of shapes and sizes for fiberglass inground pools are smaller than for vinyl or concrete pools. Fiberglass pools are less prone to algae growth than concrete pools and do not necessitate resurfacing. Both vinyl and fiberglass inground pools are an excellent choice for homeowners residing in frigid climates, where concrete structures can be damaged by the freeze.

What are Semi Inground Pools?

These types of pools boast the appearance of inground pools but are available to homeowners at the lower cost of above ground pools. They also provide leeway for greater creativity in residential landscaping, enabling homeowners to increase the value of their property.

Pre-Construction/Installation Considerations

Inground pools must comply with zoning and building regulations. Before proceeding with any pool construction project, homeowners must complete a building permit application and obtain approval. It is important that the swimming pool construction contractor selected for the job be experienced and reputable since this often determines the success of the project. A qualified contractor can help homeowners choose the best location for their pool. Consumers should not hesitate to ask the contractor to show them his or her insurance, license, and references.

Popular Features of Inground Pools

Some of the most commonly-requested features for inground swimming pools are as follows:

  • pool slides
  • pool lights (i.e. fiber optic lights)
  • cascades
  • privacy screens
  • mosaics
  • inlayed tiles
  • tiles around the border of the pool
  • pool alarms as protection against accidental drownings
  • pool ladders and steps
  • vinyl liners
  • winter pool covers
  • solar pool covers
  • safety covers

Pool covers serve numerous functions including 1) preventing debris and leaves from entering the pool, 2) lowering the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool clean, 3) retaining heat inside the inground pool, 4) averting accidents, 5) preventing unwanted pests from getting inside the pool, and 6) protecting against harsh weather.

Popular Inground Pool Accessories

To adorn their private oasis and make it more functional and/or fun, homeowners usually add the following accessories:

  • decks
  • loungers and floats
  • pool toys and games
  • pool fountains

Supplies & Equipment for Inground Pools

Most inground swimming pools contain the following items:

  • filter cartridges
  • chemicals and chlorine
  • pool heater
  • pool leaf nets
  • pool filters
  • pool pumps
  • automatic pool cleaners
  • chlorine generators
  • in-floor cleaning systems

What is the Cost of an Inground Pool?

The cost for inground swimming pools depends on a number of factors including 1) region, 2) material utilized, 3) complexity of the design, 4) pool's shape and size, 5) accessories, 6) the condition of the soil, and 7) the contractor cost. In order of decreasing cost, the most expensive pools are 1) concrete pools, 2) vinyl pools, and 3) fiberglass pools.

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