Having a pool installed will provide you with years of enjoyment and a better quality of life, however there are a few things to consider before you get started:
In order to meet your family’s needs now and in the future, here are the top five most important factors to consider when deciding what type of pool is best suited for you and your family.
What Is the Best Elevation (Height) for an Inground Pool?
One of the first things that a pool company should look at is the elevation in your yard and how to deal with it. This is important because the proper elevation will ensure that your pool drains correctly, looks aesthetically pleasing, and works with the existing grade of your yard so you don’t have to spend any additional money on drainage.
There are several factors that will determine the correct elevation for your new pool.
- The grade or slope of your yard.
- The existing drainage patterns.
- Any existing patios, steps, or other structures.
The ultimate goal when it comes to a pool’s elevation is to set the pool elevation so that it drains properly and works seamlessly with any other structures in your yard. You don’t have to worry about this with Foley Pools because we use a laser transit to determine the best elevation for your pool and we then design your pool keeping those things in mind.
What Size Pool Will Work Best for My Available Space?
The driving factor when it comes to determining the size of your pool is the amount of space you have in your yard and the budget you have set for the project. There are several other factors to consider however before making any final decision, for example:
Will you be using your pool for exercise?
If so, you would probably want a longer straighter pool for doing laps.
Will there be any children using the pool?
If so, you might want a pool with a shallow area near the steps that is possibly 36 inches deep at that point.
Do you plan on using your pool for water sports and games?
If so, you will probably need a recreational pool that’s conducive to pool sports and games, etc. These types of pools typically have larger shallow area that lends itself to pool games like water volleyball and basketball, etc.
Why is the Equipment Location Important?
Your new pool’s equipment location is another important factor because the closer you place your equipment to the pool, the more efficient it will be and because the water has less distance to travel. This is especially true if you are running a pool heater during the winter months.
In addition, you should always try install your equipment as close to the same level as the pool or lower as possible. Placing it level with your pool is always the best option. If the equipment is placed higher than the pool, it will be hard for the pumps to create proper suction and could cause cavitation which would keep the pumps from working properly. That would also cause excessive wear and tear on your pump’s parts.
Do I Need To Be Present While My Yard Is Being Measured?
A reputable pool company will perform it’s backyard measure and fact finding to prepare for the next stage of designing the pool. The good news is that you don’t have to be present for this part of the process although you certainly can be if you like. Simply let your sales representative know and he can arrange for a time when you’re available for that portion of the process.
What Is A Legal Survey And Why Do You Need It?
Part of installing a new pool is obtaining a “legal” survey. A legal survey was required when you purchased you home and one was given to you in your closing documents when you closed on your home loan.
When applying for the permit to build your pool, all municipalities require us to submit your pool design placed on a legal survey to make sure we haven’t designed it in an easement or building set back and also so they can see where the property lines are located.
The Bottom Line
One of the most important aspects of having a new pool installed is to find a reputable company with a good, long-standing reputation in the community. A company you know that has been around for a considerable length of time and one that will also be there for you in the future as well. That means price should not be your only consideration in your final decision on what company to choose but which company offers the best “value” for your money………….there’s a big difference. A low price today may in fact end up costing you more money in the long run in repairs, efficiency and invalid or non-honored warranties.