Choosing the Right Type of Pool
Installing a swimming pool at your home can be a great decision for you and your family members. You’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it while also having a new way to work out when the weather is nice. But, no matter how easy or hard it was to decide to get a pool, your choices aren’t over just yet! Pools come in various types, and each one gives you a different experience and level of convenience than the others.
I want to tell you about the two categories of pools and then explain a little bit about the types of pools available to help you get a better idea of what you want.
There are only two general types of pools: above ground and in-ground pools. No pool can be installed any other way, so these are the most basic ways to define a pool type.
However, there are sub categories of pools that are based on what the pool is made out of. This is where you will need to make the most choices, because each different material has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Type Of Swimming Pool
Above Ground Pools
Most modern above ground pools are made of a hard PVC type plastic supported by metal rod structures in the shape of your choice. The PVC plastic is soft enough to be comfortable on your feet, flexible for movement, and easy to clean. Sometimes the plastic is inflatable, although this is usually for smaller pools and not for larger above ground pools.
Above grounds pools need filter system, just like any other pool, but the systems are portable and very easy to install on your own. You won’t need to do anything permanent to install an above ground pool, which can make it a good seasonal pool or a great choice for families with younger kids.
Whereas above ground pools rest on top of the existing land, in-ground pools are built into your yard for a permanent or semi-permanent fixture. These pools can take longer to install and will usually require a lot more money than above ground pools, but they last for many years, look great, and improve the value of your property.
In-ground pools require a built-in filtration system and pump to keep them clean and clear. This means they take a bit more maintenance and upkeep, but many homeowners find it to be a fair trade-off for the long-term benefits of an in-ground pool.
Gunite (concrete) Pool
There are a few different kinds of concrete pools, but the most common are the gunite concrete pools. Gunite concrete is applied with a highly pressurized hose that sprays the concrete into place. You can have these types of pools made in any shape and design to fit your specifications.
Vinyl Liner Pool
There are two types of pools: above-ground pool liner and in-ground pools liner. These types of in-ground pools are not very common anymore, as they are less practical than the other types available. Vinyl pools do not need the same materials and labor as fully concrete pools, although they are still install in a structured area in your yard. Lined pools like these can be a good addition if you want a low-cost, semi-permanent pool in your yard.
This type of in-ground pool is the most recent to hit the market. They have been sold for years, but have only caught on and become popular within the last few years. Unlike the other types of in-ground pools, fiberglass pools are created off-site and transported to your home on a truck. They are made of a solid fiberglass material and will not have to be put together on your property, but will simply be placed into a dug-out space and supported.
Which Choice is Best for You?
It’s up to you to make the final decision, but I hope I have helped to determine how to find the best type of swimming pool for your family. If you’re looking for a simple pool for one or two seasons and you don’t want to spend much, an above ground pool is great. Those that want a cheaper, but semi-permanent pool can look into a vinyl lined pool.
If you’re interested in a larger, permanent pool than you will want either a gunite concrete pool or a fiberglass pool. I’ve listed all of the advantages and disadvantages of both above, so at this point you just need to decide for yourself which one best suits you.