Swimming pools are a great added extra to any back garden, although if you planning on building one permanently there’s a lot more to it than just building it and leaving it.
Pools are not only great for keeping fit, they also make great party destinations and they’re brilliant for entertaining family and friends. However, before jumping head first into the construction, there are a number of things that need to be considered.
The first thing to think about would be the initial cost of a pool as, depending on the size that you desire, this can be pretty substantial. Swimming pools, whether they’re above or below ground, can cost anything from £40.00 for one of around eight feet wide and 30 inches deep, to £10,500 for one that measures nearly ten metres by 3.5 metres. After the initial cost you’ll also have to think about the cost of all of the equipment that goes with it, such as lighting, water filters, pool covers, chlorine and water heaters, etc.
You also need to consider the cost of contractors as the pool isn’t going to build itself and it’s not something you can do on your own. Make sure you don’t go with the first company you ask; get several quotes from different companies as the price can vary greatly. Make sure that the quote that they give you is thorough and covers everything that you need it too – you don’t want to be faced with extra costs that you didn’t budget for at the end of the construction. You should also be sure that the company that you choose has the right and adequate insurance for the job and you should always check their references and ask to see any previous examples.
If you decide on a built in pool as opposed to one that’s above ground, it’s not a simple job. As well as preparing the space for the pool, you’ll also have to think about the edge, you’ll need to deck or landscape the ground around it in some way, in order to make it look attractive and, most importantly, for safety.
The last big consideration that often gets over looked is insurance. Getting a pool means an increase in your house insurance so you should check this out before you sign any agreements to start the build. You also need to be aware that some insurers may not cover a pool at all without extra, costly, add ons. A lot of insurers will also require you to build a fence around the pool, of a certain height along with a child proof gate; this is to stop children from playing without supervision to lower the risk of drowning.
This article was written by GB university swimmer Danni Holt, who recommends above ground pools from http://www.oasispoolproducts.co.uk/Above_Ground_Pools, after having one installed in her garden.