Which in-ground pool is best for you?

You’ve spent too many summers staring out at your backyard envisioning a pool. Or, you’ve recently moved to a new home and you’ve made all the renovations you need to make sure your indoor living space is exactly how you and your family wanted it to be. But now you’re focused on your backyard.

Outdoor living spaces, backyards, in particular, make a huge impact on the quality of your home life. When landscaped and hardscape, they provide an added dimension to your home that allows you to entertain, gather, play games and relax at a much higher level than most homeowners experienced when they were growing up.

Today, the options are vast and varied and allow each homeowner to customize each element to their preferences. But, even after the outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and patio is installed and fully operational, sometimes there’s something still missing.

That something is often a swimming pool. For those who have the right size and type of backyard, the large open space seems to be calling out for a swimming pool. And usually that swimming pool in an inground swimming pool

But deciding to install an in-ground swimming pool isn’t the final decision needed to be made. There is one very important decision remaining.

Which of the three types of in-ground pools is best?

Let’s take a look at each one so you can make a more informed decision based upon budget, preferences and maintenance requirements.

Fiberglass pools, which are installed in one piece, are off-site manufactured. Installing a fiberglass pool involves having a hole dug in your yard that’s similar in size to the pool you’ve selected. The pool is then set into the hole and all you need to do I fill it up with water.

The advantages of fiberglass pools are easy to recognize. They’re notoriously low-maintenance. And, since the pope interior is non-porous and smooth, algae cannot grow in it. This means that the chemicals you use for your pool will perform much more efficiently. This again leads to lower maintenance.

Fiberglass pools are also more economical than other pool types. You don’t’ have to purchase as many chemicals because you’ won’t’ be battling with algae growth.  And there are no liners to replace. If there is a downside to a fiberglass pool is that it isn’t considered easy to customize.

Gunite pools, unlike fiberglass pools, are very customizable. Your options are essentially limitless as to how you design or customize a gunite pool. However, your beautiful, unique gunite pool does require more maintenance that is typically desired.

Unlike fiberglass, the gunite pool creates algae growth due to its porous finish. You’ll use more chemicals more often as you’ll find yourself having to vacuum and sweep the pool fairly often.

Gunite pools also require renovations after a period of years. People who don’t know that upfront is sometimes burdened by the unexpected expenses of chemical treatments and renovations.

Liner pools are low cost. This makes them very attractive to homeowners who know they want a backyard pool but are operating on limited budgets. While they require a lot of maintenance and their liners do need to be replaced somewhere between five and ten years on average, they offer another attractive advantage. They are customizable which can sometimes be the deciding factor when considering which type of pool to install.

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