The thought of installing a pool can be an exciting one—so exciting, in fact, that it is easy to overlook everything that must be considered before committing to the process. From where and how big your pool should be to which pool installers you should choose, many decisions need to be made before you start.
Here is an overview of six things to consider before installing a pool in Delaware, from all of the features of the pool to who is going to do the work for you.
The Type of Pool You Want
First and foremost, be sure to educate yourself on the types of pools that are available. For an inground pool, you will be selecting between vinyl and concrete. Both of these options have advantages and disadvantages. For instance, concrete pools are durable and long-lasting, but, since concrete is a textured surface that can pick up dirt and grime more easily, they require more maintenance in terms of scrubbing and keeping them clean.
Though the actual concrete foundation may last a lifetime for the pool, the finish may need resurfacing every 10-15 years. Vinyl, on the other hand, is smooth and easy to care for, and it can even be customized to suit your color preferences. However, it may require replacing the liner after about 10 years.
How the Pool Suits the Landscape
Next, be sure to think about how your pool will fit into the landscape. Where do you want the pool to be, and what shape is ideal? The best pool installations will seamlessly incorporate the basin into the environment helping gardens, bushes, and other beautifying features to integrate with the water and pool edge.
A skilled installer can help you achieve this, but some of the inspiration and decision-making must come from you. Remember—a pool is more likely to increase your property value if it does not monopolize all of your outdoor space, allowing other uses for your lawn as well.
The Budget You Can Offer
Before you can commit to a pool installation, you will need to determine your budget. The budget informs the materials you have access to, the pool size, and more. It is unwise to consider pools above your budget, as you may set yourself up for failure when your dream installation exceeds your means.
Spectacular pools can be built on a wide variety of budgets, so determine your spending limit first and then discover the ways to meet your goals.
Relevant Zoning Ordinances
Each city or county has specific rules about what types of installations are approved for properties, including hardscapes and pools. Check with your city to determine if pools are allowed and, if so, whether any relevant ordinances impact how you size, shape, and decorate your pool. An installer familiar with your area will have a better understanding of what is allowed for your home.
Additional Features That Interest You
When you have determined a general shape and size for your pool, consider additional features if your budget allows. These can include automatic covers, tanning ledges, waterfalls, spa jets, or custom tile patterns that elevate the installation from a standard pool to something that is truly yours.
Consider not only what you find beautiful but also what is most functional for your goals. Those who use a pool for exercise may enjoy powerful jets that allow them to swim in place, while recreational users may want a shallow ledge where children can play with toys in the water.
Finding the Right Installer
Before you commit to a pool installation, you will need to determine which installers to trust with the project. The best installers will have years of experience specifically in pool installation (not just landscaping or hardscapes), and they should view your installation comprehensively, considering how the pool will integrate with its environment.
In Delaware, choose an installer who is licensed and insured and who is prompt and thorough with communication. Testimonials from past customers and online reviews can help you to make this decision.
Choose Delaware Pool Installers With Years of Experience
If you have laid the groundwork for your pool installation by making some preliminary decisions about the project, it is time to investigate your installer options. The experts at Masten Pools have been installing beautiful, long-lasting pools for almost 40 years.
This family-owned business prides itself on prompt communication and a comprehensive approach to backyard pools and how they can beautify a space. Contact Masten Pools to discuss your goals with professional pool installers in Delaware.