Swimming Pool Pros and Cons

Swimming Pool Pros and Cons

The Ins and Outs of In-Ground Pools

From DIY Network

Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of in-ground pools in regards to maintenance, life expectancy and cost.

Just installing a pool in one’s backyard is both an exhilirating and expensive venture.  What most new pool owners don’t consider are the hidden costs associated with swimming pools.  These costs can be driven by utility costs, maintenance costs, chemical costs, and functional obsolence in equipment and materials.  This post from the DIY network discusses these costs in this informative post, which will help any prospective pool owner enter into the transaction with eyes wide open.

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 Thinking of installing a new pool? Or does your old pool need a makeover? Learn about the different options for installing a new pool and upgrading an existing one.

Gunite and Shotcrete are the strongest materials for building a pool, especially in environments where soil is most volatile. Gunite is concrete that is sprayed on dry while Shotcrete is sprayed on wet. Both materials are expensive, but both have a long life expectancy.

Fiberglass pools can only be installed in areas where the ground has no movement or shifting. It has a shorter life span, but is one of the cheapest pool materials to install.

Stainless steel pools are typically installed where concrete is not available or they are used in high-rise buildings. It is the most expensive of all pool structures, but it will last a long time.

Vinyl is the least expensive pool to construct; however, it also has the shortest life span. If you live in an area with seismic activity, it may not be the best option because ground movement can rip the vinyl.

Chlorine vs. Salt

Chlorine comes in liquid or tablet form. It produces at least 3 to 4 percent chlorine. That much chlorine can irritate eyes, ears and skin, and dry out hair.

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