So Why Don’t YOU Have A Pool?
You’re tired of hearing the whining: “ It's too hot to play outside.” “I’m bored.” “How come we don’t have a pool--Josh’s family does!”
Or maybe you’re the one complaining: “I really need to start exercising, but it costs too much to go to a gym, plus I’m gone too long, and there’s no one to stay with the kids! If only I had a pool!”
Does any of this sound familiar? So why don’t YOU have a pool?
There are so many benefits to swimming and so many types of pools to choose from that there is sure to be a pool to fit your needs and budget.
These are by far the cheapest pools, usually available at department stores or even supermarkets as inflatables or in hard plastic. Not really designed for adults, but perfect for the littlest members of your family, wading pools are a great way to beat the heat and add a little variety to your day. Not only will your smallest human family members love the chance to cool off and spend some time outdoors, but your furry friends will love them too.
Spa pools are great for year-round use. They combine the benefits of a heated spa with the benefits of a swimming pool. Especially beneficial for adults who want to get into shape, spa pools take up only a small portion of your yard or can even be installed indoors. These specialized pools provide resistance currents for swimmers to swim against, basically enabling them to swim in place much like a treadmill enables runners to run in place.
Lap pools are another choice for those individuals with less yard space who want to reap the health benefits of swimming and for those desiring to train at home for swim teams or your first ironman competition. Lap pools are generally at least three and a half feet deep, a minimum of eight feet wide, and a minimum of 45 feet long--although shorter is fine if you don’t mind switching back more often (a lap is actually 75 feet, so if you have more space, you’ll be happier if you can build it longer). With one of these pools you’ll be wearing your ironman medal in no time!
Above Ground Pools
There are two main types of above ground pools: ring pools and frame pools. Ring pools are the least expensive option and are more temporary. Ring pools, often called “float to fill” pools, are inflatable and can be taken down during the cooler months. They are usually around 12 feet in diameter and three feet high.
Frame pools are more permanent, although they can be disassembled and stored for the winter like the ring pools. Frame pools have sturdy walls--generally made from steel or aluminum--with a vinyl liner to drape over the frame, and wall caps to hold the liner in place. They are usually round or oblong and are found in sizes 12-33 feet in diameter or 12-21 feet wide by 20-40 feet long. Wall frames are usually 48 inches to 54 inches high, creating a pool four feet deep to four and a half feet deep--although with some ingenuity and digging, you can make your above ground pool different depths. You can expect the frames of these pools to last seven to fifteen years, and the liners to last five to nine years. That’s a lot of fun in the sun for you and your family!
For a permanent pool solution, a pool that will last through your children’s childhoods and beyond, you can choose an inground pool. Inground pools come in vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete. Their sizes and shapes are limitless and their colors are varied. Inground swimming pool costs vary according to the style you choose.
Vinyl pools are the most economical and made with polymer composite wall panels, steel wall panels, or cement wall panels--all types covered with a vinyl liner. The liner may need to be replaced every six to eleven years, but unless you live where the water table is high, the frame should last for many more years than that. These pools are easily shaped, making them popular for individuals wanting an economical as well as a custom pool. If you want to do customized pools and you live in the Vegas area, pool builders in Las Vegas will help you save more time and money and get the job done.
Fiberglass pools are one piece, making installation quicker, yet cutting down on customization. There are few shape or color choices, but there are also fewer maintenance requirements over the years. Fiberglass pools can last over 20 years, and with their midline price point, they are actually a very economical choice.
Concrete pools provide higher-end pool options. Unlimited sizes, shapes, and colors make these exceptionally popular for creating your backyard oasis. Concrete pools need resurfacing every nine to thirteen years, but the structures can last decades. That’s a lifetime of family fun in kid years!
So before you hear anymore whining from your kids or rationalizations for not getting into shape from yourself, look into getting a pool! Let the fun begin!