Choosing The Right Pool For You

The decision to install a swimming pool is an exciting one. An iconic symbol of summer fun, what's not to love about the promise of a refreshing dip in a pool at the end of a hot summer's day? However, before construction can begin there are some decisions to be made regarding which type of pool will best suit you.  

There are three basic types of swimming pools. Which type you choose can be influenced by several factors. These factors include budget, desired landscaping, size, style, and your main purpose in having a pool. The three basic types are concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass.


A concrete pool is ideal for a person wanting to completely customize their pool. The possibilities are endless when using concrete. Concrete can take any shape, and can be covered by a variety of materials. Some of these materials include tile, stone aggregate, and plaster. Tile is more costly, but desirable because algae has a hard time attaching to its smooth surface, making it easier to keep clean. Stone aggregate comes in a variety of color combinations and gives a very natural look to the pool. Plaster comes in many color varieties as well. Should you choose to use concrete to customize your pool, providing pictures to your builder will help you communicate your vision more clearly and effectively. Concrete pools tend to be more costly than other options. What you pay varies, depending on size and customization. 


Vinyl pool lining comes in a great variety of designs and colors. Some vinyl users choose to do a more bold pattern at the water-level of the pool, and a more subtle pattern throughout the rest of the pool. Vinyl lining is very smooth, making it difficult for algae to grow. One benefit to using vinyl is that by simply changing the vinyl in your pool you can give a completely new look to your pool. Vinyl lining will need to be replaced overtime, providing an ideal opportunity to refresh your pool's look. Vinyl lining does well in any climate. 


Fiberglass pools are more quick to install than other types. The entire process usually takes just a few days. A one-piece fiberglass mold is made of the pool shape you want, and then brought to your home. Sand is used to fill in the gaps between the ground and your pool. Once only popular in warm climates; fiberglass pools are now gaining popularity in all climates. Fewer chemicals are typically needed to clean a fiberglass pool due to the material's smooth surface. 

Those are the three basic types of pools. The shape of pool you might like could be the classic rectangle, a kidney bean shape, or a customized design of your choice. If your main purpose in having a pool is to play games or lap swim, then rectangular is the best choice. The other options are preferred to blend your pool with the natural landscape or to incorporate other accessories such as waterfalls. 

Be sure to contact a pool installation company in your area for additional information.