Everyone knows that a pool requires maintenance, but there are a few things that a swimming pool requires that might surprise first time pool owners. If you’re considering getting a new swimming pool, explore your options and plan for changes accordingly.
1. Building Codes and Insurance Policy Regulations
The first thing homeowners need to research before installing a pool is their town’s building codes. Pool builders help with this, but you should know the limits of your pool installation. For example, some towns require that homeowners install a perimeter fence of a certain height, and others require a locking mechanism for the fence as well. Insurance policies are another thing to consider. Premiums and rates usually change after a swimming pool is installed.
2. Efficiency and Your Pool’s Effect On The Environment
Traditionally, swimming pools were cleaned by using harsh chemical treatments which damaged the environment. Today there are several options for treating your swimming pool, some of which have very little impact on the environment, like mineral treatment systems and ionizers. If you want to keep your pool warm and extend the swimming season, you will need to install a pool heater. Solar heaters and covers offer moderate heating capability and optimum efficiency. Gas heaters, though extremely effective, use up natural resources and have ongoing energy costs. Most homeowners hire a professional to open and close a pool when the seasons change, which can range in cost from $150-300.
3. Yard Size + Zoning Regulations = Pool + Patio Space
Landscaping and deck space are another concept that many homeowners forget to consider when installing a pool. The size of your deck or patio will be directly proportionate to the size of your pool. Local zoning laws will determine the size of the pool, fencing requirements, set-back, and location of utility lines. You will have to build your pool in adherence with these particular laws, which in turn will give you an idea of how much deck or patio space you need.
4. Overlooked Ongoing Maintenance Costs
Strangely, ongoing maintenance is often overlooked. Many homeowners don’t realize that not only will their overall utility costs increase, but pool components themselves need to be maintained. Above ground pools with vinyl liners need liner replacement every 5-7 years, and painted concrete pools will need to be repainted every 5 years. Plaster finishes last a bit longer, stretching out to 10-15 years, and some cement coated finished are designed to last a lifetime. Additionally, pool equipment, like heating units, filters, and other mechanisms, have a wide range in lifespan based on quality and care.