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If you are planning to build a pool, you may find all the options available overwhelming. Understanding the different choices you have is important in making an informed decision about the right pool for you.


The Type

There a few factors to consider when deciding between an above ground pool or below ground pool. One important thing to consider about your swimming pool is cost. An above-ground pool is going to have a lower cost with a range of about $4,000 to $12,000. An in-ground pool will have a higher final cost ranging from $30,000 to $70,000. That being said, the lifespan of an above ground pool is shorter than most in-ground pools. For an above ground pool, the structure may last up to 15 years while with an in-ground pool you can expect the lifespan to be at least 20 years. The sizes of above-ground versus in-ground pools can be quite comparable. An above-ground pool has limited shapes and will generally not have a deep end or some of the other features that you might get with an underground pool. The ease of cleaning between the different types of pools is similar. The main exception is whether an above ground pool has a deck all the way around it. If it does not, vacuuming can be awkward and difficult.


The Materials

It is important to understand the pros and cons of the materials used for pools. An above ground pool will have a vinyl liner, but this is also an option for below-ground pools. While this is the most inexpensive type of pool, the expected lifespan is the shortest. Vinyl liners will last 5 to 7 years, so you should plan to have to replace these many times over the life of your pool. They are also prone to tears, so you may end up having to replace the liner sooner than expected. Fiberglass pools have mid-range pricing and can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. The lifespan of these pools is over 20 years and can last up to 50 years with proper care and maintenance. These pools are not ideal in places prone to ground movement, so where you live is an important factor when considering a fiberglass pool. Concrete pools, while the most expensive, are the most versatile. If you are looking for the most custom pools Las Vegas or anywhere has to offer, this is the way to go. These pools are typically made with gunite or shotcrete. Except for having to resurface these every 10 years or so, concrete pools have the longest lifespan. A less-known pool option is stainless steel. These are also on the higher end of the cost spectrum but have one of the longest lifespans. Stainless steel pools are often used in areas where concrete is not available, or in buildings such as a pool on the roof of a skyscraper.


The Size

Your usable space is an important factor when it comes to pool size, but just because you can fit a pool doesn’t mean that is the size your pool should be. Many people will think that bigger is better when it comes to size, but this is not always true. It is best to think about how the pool will be used. Unless your pool is for training for competitive swimmers, a pool 40 feet in length is likely more pool than you need. For most people who want a pool for swimming laps, 30 feet is plenty. If you have a big family of 6 to 8 people, a pool 36 feet in length is recommended. If you only expect 2 to 3 people to use to pool at any given time, a smaller pool down to even 25 feet should be enough. The features you hope to include in your pool may also help to dictate the size of your pool. If you plan to have a tanning shelf, beach entrance, swim-up bar, spa, or other features, they will impact the swim area of the pool, so you will want to adjust the size of your pool accordingly. Also, the pool itself isn’t the only important part of the construction. A pool patio, or deck for an above ground pool, is a key part of enjoying your outdoor space. You want to have plenty of room for lounge furniture and space for entertaining, so be sure that the size you choose for your pool allows for room for your patio.


There are other things to keep in mind when it comes to your new pool such as filtration and maintenance systems. Do your research and even talk to a professional to make sure you know everything upfront. Understanding all the things you should consider when planning your new pool can give you the confidence to know the pool you build is the right pool for you.