Buying a swimming pool is a significant undertaking that requires careful consideration of various factors before making a decision. One of them being your location here in Northern Illinois. To ensure a successful outcome, engaging in thorough research and planning is essential. By doing so, you can make informed choices that will help you achieve your desired results.
Before investing in a swimming pool, it is important to consult with professionals in the inground pool building industry. They can help walk you through the buying process and work with you to finalize your purchase decisions. Below are some important things to consider before purchasing your swimming pool.
What Type of Pool is Best For Your Yard?
You will most likely be deciding between a fiberglass pool and a vinyl liner pool. There are benefits and drawbacks to both, so you will want to take your specific situation into consideration when making your decision.
Fiberglass pools are a popular choice due to their low-maintenance nature and ability to withstand freezing temperatures in Northern Illinois. Fiberglass pools will also generally have an easier installation process as they usually come prebuilt. The downside to a prebuilt pool is that you are limited in the design and shape of your pool. The other negative is that these swimming pools are often more expensive than their vinyl-lined counterparts.
Vinyl liner pools may be your best option if you are looking to fully customize your pool’s layout. They may also be a good option if your budget is limited, as they tend to be cheaper than fiberglass. The most noteworthy downside of a vinyl pool is that the liner will need to be replaced, on average, every 10 years if it is taken care of properly.
Where Will You Build Your Pool?
In many cases, pool owners choose to build their pool in their backyard, close to the house. However, this is not necessarily the best location by default. While there is nothing wrong with choosing to build your pool in your immediate backyard, it may not be your sole option.
Consider a side yard for your swimming pool location. Side yards are often underused but may be the perfect place to create an outdoor oasis. This leaves your backyard open for other activities that a side yard may not be ideal for.
If you have a rather large yard, giving you numerous locations to choose from, look for an area that is large and level, this will save time and money with the installation process. You may also want to consider an area without many immediate trees to avoid tree root damage and falling debris.
Do You Want the Option to Heat Your Pool?
Here in Northern Illinois, pool heaters are essential if you want to extend your pool season into spring and fall. While you may not need to heat your pool in those hot summer months, it can cool off quickly in the months leading up to and after summer which can greatly reduce your swimming pool season.
Consider how you will be using your pool. Will you and your kids be playing primarily in the summer when school is out? Or will you be using it to lounge after a long day’s work?
For playing in the summer, a heater may not be necessary, as you will be staying warm while you splash and jump. If you want to calm down and relax, you may want that extra heat to stay comfortable after the sun has started to go down.
Who Will Service and Repair Your Pool?
The service and repairs that will inevitably be required for your pool can be tedious, difficult, and costly. You purchased a pool for enjoyment, not to add more tasks to your list of to-dos! Before purchasing a swimming pool, consider looking into weekly maintenance and equipment checks with a company such as Aqua Pools.
Having professionals like us in your contacts is also important for any repairs that come up. Your weekly service professional may also be able to spot potential problems before they become an issue.
Professionals like the team at Aqua Pools are also good to have on hand for any chemical questions and needs.
If you have started considering adding an inground swimming pool to your home, consider Aqua Pools. Our friendly experts are happy to answer all of your pool questions and are ready to help when the time comes.
You can contact us here, give us a call, or stop in to start your pool-buying process at any time.