The average American today has an incredibly busy lifestyle. Enjoying only a few hours at home most days, and most of that spent watching television, many Americans are probably not living the healthiest lifestyle.
So what’s the trick for getting your family outside and becoming more active? For some families, the key is a backyard swimming pool.
Swimming has long been acknowledged as one of the best forms of exercise. It’s low-impact, aerobic, and simultaneously works a large number of muscle groups. Installing a backyard pool can give you access to this perfect and enjoyable form of exercise, any day of the week.
But before you commit to the project, there are a few things you should know about backyard pool installation.
When you contemplate installing a pool, you will first need to look at the design. How much space do you have to devote to a pool? Will you have room to install a locked fence, which is required in some states? How deep should the pool be?
For some people, a pool large enough for swimming laps is a necessity. They want to have a place where they primarily can get in exercise, and are not interested in the aesthetics of a kidney-bean-shaped pool.
Other folks would prefer a pool that’s simply for soaking and relaxing, so including a waterfall or selecting a unique, aesthetic design is more appealing.
If your space is somewhat limited, you may want to consider doing a pool/spa combo. With this design, your pool may be used for cooling off during the summer and as a warm spa in winter.
Homeowners who have very limited space and do not require a great deal of swimming room will like this. However, this design can be especially pricey when you have to heat a larger body of water than what you’d find in the common hot tub.
Before taking on any large home project, cost must be considered. The average pool installation in the U.S. costs around $22,000. Following your initial installation, you are looking at upwards of $300 to maintain the pool each year. If you choose to hire a pool care company, that number will only increase.
If you assume all your pool costs will be recouped in the resale of your home, think again. Many homeowners find the return on investment for an in-ground pool is less than 50%. This figure will depend on your geographic location and climate, of course, but the ROI for pool installations is not promising if you’re looking for a resale boost.
Construction of an in-ground swimming pool is no simple feat. First, you must consider getting heavy machinery onto your property to dig the pool spot, as well as find ways to haul away the dirt.
In many instances, this construction phase alone can cause significant damage to your property and landscaping that will have to be fixed after the pool is completed. In the next phase, you will be pouring concrete and building retaining walls.
It’s crucial for you to work with a company that carefully calculates the weight and stability of the pool. Some companies may fail to install a retaining wall where one is called for, which could lead to cracks in the pool and eventual wall collapse.
Installing a pool is an incredibly involved job. It requires serious planning and a great deal of research. Your ground stability, slope, and space must be studied fully before you embark on this journey. To make the process easier for yourself, work with a company that has long-term experience in the pool installation business and provides a great deal of information.
Since annual pool maintenance runs upwards of $300, you’ll want to handle this yourself if you possibly can. To start the pool-cleaning process, remove debris from the pool on a regular basis.
Much of the gunk can be drawn out with a netted skimmer, but the heavier debris will sit on the bottom, which will make a pool vacuum necessary. The sides of your pool will also need a good scrubbing to remove algae and other slime that may have accumulated.
A filter should be running in the pool at all times to keep out most of the debris, and the filter will need to be replaced regularly. After you “shock” your pool with chlorine, you’ll need to test the pH levels in the water.
It cannot be too acid or too alkaline, because either can cause damage to your skin, mucus membranes, and pool surfaces.
Swimming is one of the very best forms of exercise by far. It’s low impact, so it allows individuals who have arthritic joints, or those who are pregnant, to experience solid aerobic activity with a minimum of strain.
It can also help to build up your endurance and increase lung function, which is especially beneficial for those who suffer from asthma.
Ties with Family and Friends
One of the most common excuses for the failure to exercise is lack of time. Many people say their time is overly consumed by work and social commitments to fit in exercise. But what if you could garner social benefits while exercising?
A backyard pool is one of the best arenas for spending quality time with your family and friends while working on your personal fitness. Imagine if backyard barbecues were spent exercising as well as consuming food? You would be able to work off the calories while enjoying a fun summer activity with family and friends.
In addition, many young people have become so preoccupied with their digital lives that they can hardly look up from their phone to eat. One place they will definitely not be utilizing their cell phone is in the pool.
Having a pool will allow your friends and family to spend more time outside exercising as well as creating long-lasting bonds.
Contact Gunite Pools of Tulsa
If you decide a backyard pool is just the thing your family needs, why not call in the professionals? With more than 16 years of experience building pools, Gunite Pools of Tulsa has the know-how and background to get your dream design underway. Contact us to get started on your pool project today.