So you’ve got the backyard ready to finish or renovate and you’ve decided to install a pool! Everyone in the family is super excited! Except for now, there are one too many decisions to be made. How do you ever decide on every detail that needs to be covered!
When integrating a pool into your landscape picture you don’t want to necessarily hide it, neither do you want to make it scream “WE HAVE A POOL!”. You want to make it work into the feel of your home. Here are a few simple ideas to consider when installing your own backyard pool.
First of all there are 3 main types of pools that are able to be installed in-ground.
1. Vinyl Liners -These pools are the easiest to maintain as well as the least expensive to install. They are available in so many variety of sizes and shapes. Fully custom shapes are also possible, but cost more. The lifetime of a vinyl liner is typically shorter than other surfaces because the liners do wear out and will need to be replaced. You can expect this to happen every 7-10 years if they are cared for properly. The upside to a vinyl liner pool, is that when it does come time to change the pool liner, you also get to change the look of your pool if you’d like with a different liner color or style.
2. Fibreglass -Fibreglass pools are the quickest to install and last a long time. They are available in a limited selection of sizes and shapes. Although there are still many to choose from, liner pools still have a wider variety of shapes and sizes. They typically cost more than a vinyl liner pool but less than a concrete pool. Fibreglass is fairly easy to maintain too.
3. Concrete – Concrete pools are the most versatile pools as they are available in many, many shapes, sizes and forms. Pretty much if you can dream it, you can build it! They also offer many options for enhancing the plaster surface, including coloring, and adding small quartz crystals, glass beads, or pebbles of various sizes. Because of the variety’s offered and materials and time used to construct these pools, they are obviously the most expensive to build. The maintenance of these pools requires the most work but typically not too difficult. Fixing the pool over time is the most expensive between all pools too as re-plastering can get costly.
All three of these types of pools both have pros and cons. You really cannot go wrong on the one you choose. Just remember to stay within your budget and look into long term maintenance as well. Many different pool installers will give you different opinions as to what they are partial too. Do your research, ask existing pool owners questions and decide on what is best for you and your household.
Once you decide on the pool you would like installed, you will now have the consideration of the deck surrounding the pool. When getting ready to have your pool deck installed around your pool, you will want to make sure of a few points to consider:
1. Make sure you error on the side of too much decking. It’s better to have too much room around your pool for lounging and entertaining that too little room. It’s uncomfortable and inconvenient to have a small pool deck with lounging chairs, BBQ, a picnic table and whatnot. So make sure you plan bigger rather than smaller.
2. Choose a deck color and style that will best compliment your house and general feel of your place. Also choose a safe and comfortable walking surface.
3. Know what materials you will want to use. There are actually many options to choose from. Popular choices are: poured concrete (brushed or stamped or exposed aggregate), wood decks, composite materials, stone or brick decking, concrete pavers and tiles. Below are listed a few most commonly chosen decking preferences for pools. Keep in mind to choose simple and easy to maintain decks. Less maintenance amounts to more time to play!
- Poured concrete decks offer the best budget sense option. There are many ways to do concrete and have it finished looking great for not too much money.
- Wood decks are a great option for above ground pools and are also affordable but they also need regular and yearly upkeep and maintenance to keep it looking great.
- Composite materials are more on the expensive side but certainly require less maintenance for the long term.
- Stone decking are available in many different options. They look natural but can also be expensive.
- Concrete pavers are available in many different shapes and sizes and colors too.
- Tile decks are fantastic looking but be aware that they can get expensive and are often slippery around the water.
After you decide on the decking around your pool, there are a few important considerations when deciding on landscapes. You will want to use the pool’s design and color as the most important consideration for landscaping. Your deck or patio’s appearance, as well your choice of fence, will also be strong factors in your landscaping design.
- Don’t include trees that are too large or messy, as this will make pool maintenance difficult.
- Don’t let plants block your view from the windows of the house to the pool. You’ll want to be able to keep an eye on the pool at all times, especially if there are children in the water.
- Create points of interest, flower beds, centres of attention and colourful group plantings that soften the dazzle of the blue water.
- Hide the pool pump behind plants on in a complimenting shed.
- Make sure that such things as grass clippings and water run-off do not make their way into the pool as it will be difficult to keep clean. Move the messier plants so the tips of their branches are at least 8 feet from the pool.
- As well, avoid pest and disease prone plants. You won’t want to be spraying toxins that end up in the pool.