There's a lot of preparation and planning that goes into building a pool, from picking a design to selecting the right contractor. But before you can even get started, there are some decisions that need to be made. You probably already have a lot of questions, and a knowledgeable swimming pool builder can help you navigate through the planning phase. But here are the most important questions to ask so you end up with a functional pool you'll enjoy for years to come.
1. Can your yard handle a pool?
This is one of the first questions to ask because before construction can begin, the pool builder needs to know if your back yard is even suitable for a swimming pool. One of the first things they'll do is run some tests to check for sandy, rocky, or clay-like soil as well as a high water table. Depending on what they find, they may have to take steps to prepare the soil so that potential damage can be avoided.
For example, soil with a high clay content can expand up to 30%. To account for this, the builders will probably want to remove excess soil and fill in that area with an acceptable material that can absorb soil expansion and prevent the pool from cracking.
Additionally, the area where the pool will be built should be accessible by the machinery needed. If the excavation tractor is ten feet wide but the access path is only five feet wide, building may not be doable, or it could be delayed.
Lastly, it's important to note that every municipality has building laws that dictate how much of a yard can be covered by a swimming pool or even a deck. And if your yard doesn't have the right slope, landscaping may be needed before excavation occurs. Also, you may have gas, phone, cable, or water lines that will inhibit where you build, unless you're willing to pay to have them relocated.
2. What is your purpose for building?
Any pool builder you consult with will ask what you plan to use the pool for because this one question alone will dictate so many physical characteristics of the pool, from shape to size.
For instance, if the pool is just for you and your spouse to swim laps and get some exercise, you may want to go with a simple rectangular pool. If you just want a body of water to relax in at the end of the day, a Roman pool might be your cup of tea. But if you enjoy spending the summers playing pool volleyball with the neighbors while the kids swim, you'll probably want to opt for an L-shaped pool with two distinct swimming areas.
3. Who will be using the pool?
It's important to consider who will be swimming in your pool so you can narrow down not only the perfect design but also any extras that may be needed.
Again, if you and your spouse are the only ones that will ever spend time in the pool, and you're certain that children won't be coming over to swim, you may not care about having a shallow end. You can, in fact, have a pool with a single depth.
But if you have kids or grandkids, having a shallow end is a must. You may even want to have a shallow end at both ends. And if family members enjoy diving, you'll need to make sure the deep end is at least 9' deep.
If elderly friends or family members will be frequenting your pool, you might want to install extra handrails. And if your spouse or child enjoys sunbathing, you could think about adding on a tanning ledge. Swimmers who are also music fanatics can ask about installing underwater speakers.
No matter who will be using the pool, there are a ton of features that can be built in or added on at a later date to make the swimming experience enjoyable for everyone.Share
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