Backyard Pools Skyrocketing Popularity
Currently, one of the most sought-after aspects of a home is the backyard pool. As if it wasn't already popular enough before, the pandemic has brought upon a new wave of homeowners seeking entertainment within their homes. Consequently, having a pool installed or purchasing a house that comes with a pool will now set you back much more than it did in the past. It's come to the point where many pool contractors are already booked into next year, resulting in many restless pool enthusiasts.
If a swimming pool installation is what you are looking for, then the main points you should consider are size, depth, style, materials, heating, and chlorine. Your typical pool ends up being around 15 feet wide and 30 feet long, give or take. An enjoyable depth of water would be 3.5 feet on both ends with a 6 foot deep center. Style wise, kidney shaped pools have been pushed out of the trending spotlight- now being replaced by rectangular pools. Nowadays longer-lasting pools are being made from gunite rather than fiberglass, since fiberglass tends to crack and decay faster (but comes at a cheaper cost). Tile is usually added around the rim, with the rest of the surrounding area being made from some form of stone. Electric heaters that run off solar power are also taking over the backyard pool scene. The cost efficiency of these heaters has recently been drawing in much more attention. Finally, the last aspect is saltwater versus chlorine. Saltwater pools were popular a few years ago due to homeowners wanting to avoid irritation of the skin and eyes through chemicals. Currently though, saltwater has been found to damage valve actuators used to close and open pool pumps. Thus chlorine has resurfaced as the go-to.
Looking at alternatives, the new method of installing a pool using recycled shipping containers has recently come to light. Not only does this shorten wait times, but it also shortens costs. According to Modpools, there is already a Canadian company that's shipping various models to the US through flatbed trucks, resulting in pools that are completely swimmer-ready on the same day they arrive.
Regardless of what kind of pool you want, it's going to cost you a pretty penny, along with a lot of wait time. Make sure before making any purchases that you know exactly what specs you want on your pool, and if those elements are realistic when being implemented into your backyard.