Selecting a pool for your yard can be a complicated process. Here's a guide to help you sort out which type is best for you.
The type of pool you choose affects the cost, construction and the way you'll use your pool. Here's a brief look at issues to consider when choosing among above-ground, in-ground, and specialty pools.
Most above-ground pools are constructed with aluminum, resin or steel sidings with vinyl liners. Patterned walls are available.
Also popular are the most basic above-ground pools, the type easily filled with a garden hose and stored away when not in use. Because they require no filtration equipment they must be regularly drained, cleaned and refilled to provide a clean swimming environment.
Concrete, fiberglass and vinyl-liner pools are the most common. Your contractor can work with you on the choice of construction. Materials are typically chosen for strength and flexibility.
These are made at the manufacturer and delivered in one piece. Typically they are more flexible than concrete pools and are a good choice in earthquake prone areas. Also available are fiberglass panel pools which are constructed on site and allow more design flexibility.
Often the most costly to build, concrete pools are poured on-site. You may custom-design virtually any shape or size. Several finishes such as plaster, paint and specialty coating materials such as Pebble Tec are available in a range of colors.
These pools are built with panel walls that are fastened together and sit on a concrete foundation. A custom-made vinyl liner then covers the entire pool.
If your primary reason for owning a pool is fitness, consider a lap pool or swim spas.
These are long, narrow pools designed for fitness swimming. They are ideal for small yards because they require minimal space. Also, they serve as a reflective landscape feature.
A hybrid of a pool and spa, swim spas have water jets that allow the swimmer to swim against a constant flow of water. Ideal for small yards, they can also be heated for dual use as a spa and a swim spa.