If there’s one thing that truly affords a home plenty of luxury, it’s an in-ground swimming pool. If you’ve been toying with the idea of adding a pool to your home, but you aren’t sure where to start, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know about adding a swimming pool to your property.
Choosing the Pool
When it comes to installing a pool, you have several options available to you. You could choose and above-ground pool that rests on a foundation of sand, or you could choose an in-ground pool that varies in size and depth. Some in-ground pools are only four feet deep, but others are Olympic-size and may be 12 to 15 feet deep. The choices are yours, and it’s all based on your unique preferences. Pools come in different materials, too, and some come with luxuries that others do not. For example, some in-ground pools have built-in heating systems and covers while others don’t.
How Long Does It Take?
Setting up an above ground pool may take only an afternoon, plus time to fill the pool. Contractors will deliver sand, level it up, set up your pool and filtration system, and then start the flow of water. You should be able to use this pool the next day. An in-ground swimming pool, on the other hand, is a much larger project and could take several weeks to complete. During this time, you may have to deal with the sounds of construction in your yard. Once the in-ground pool is installed, it may take several days to completely fill it, depending on your water availability. You may need to contact your water provider ahead of time so they can plan for this increased demand.
Safety Concerns and Building Codes
Most locations within Denver have safety and building codes you must follow if you will put a pool on your property. For example, if you live in a suburb with nearby neighbors, you’ll need to install a locked privacy gate that will prevent anyone from getting into your pool while you are not home. It’s best to ask your chosen contractor about building and safety codes in different parts of Denver and the surrounding area, and if you’re going to be installing an in-ground pool, you should start securing your permits to build ahead of time.
Long-Term Care and Maintenance
Both an in-ground and above-ground swimming pool will require long-term care and maintenance. The water will need to be filtered and treated to prevent the growth of bacteria and the buildup of debris. You may need to remove things such as leaves and twigs from your pool frequently to prevent them from clogging the filtration system, and it may be necessary to completely drain your swimming pool at the end of the warm season to prevent freezing and cracking.
As you can see, there’s quite a bit that goes into installing a swimming pool, even if it’s one you simply set up above ground. The best way to go about it is to hire a contractor who is familiar with local codes and pool installation; this will make the process simpler and easier.