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How to Choose the Right Swimming Pool

By Greg - Updated On: 05/01/19

There is no one best swimming pool to meet everyone’s needs or wants. Each person needs something different. But with so many options how do you choose? The biggest question is whether you want to add an in ground or above ground pool. There are pros and cons to each.With an inground pool, it is a permanent structure in your yard and adds immense value to your property. There are also many more shapes, sizes, and options available with an in ground pool. It is more aesthetically pleasing and can be used as a decorative or landscaping piece in your yard. However, an inground pool is much more permanent so once it's built, it's there to stay.

An above ground pool is only semi-permanent, costs less, and requires less time to build. The main drawback to an above ground pool for many people is that it is above the ground.This makes it less aesthetically-pleasing due to it being such a large structure in your yard. The option you choose must be right for you because there is nothing worse than having something you don’t like sitting in your yard.

If you choose an above ground pool, there are two main shapes, the circle and the oval. The next task is to determine how big you want your pool. Only you can decide this because everyone has a different size yard. So it’s time to break out a tape measure! There are different things you can do that will affect the amount of space you will need for your pool. These options will also add some flair to your pool. A deck can be built around the pool or just for the entrance.

The pool could also be built partially into the ground (called a semi-inground pool), a popular choice because it reduces the visible height of the pool making it resemble an inground pool. Next, you should decide whether you are going to have a flat bottom pool or if you are going to have a deep end. After you decide exactly what you’re going to do with your pool you can begin choosing what model and liner you want.

Choosing options for an inground pool can be much more intense than it is for an above ground pool.  Again, the first step will be deciding how big you want the pool but there are many shapes available that allow you to get a larger size pool in a more compact area. Most likely you will need more space for an in ground pool because you will want a solid deck around the pool. There are also other options you can add to an in ground pool such as a spill over spa or a swim out.

Once you have chosen your pool and all your options it’s time to take the final step and get everything started!