With so many available options, how do you decide which type and design of pool is right for you?
First, consider the style of your home, your budget, and how you will use your pool. Then review the options below:
Types of pools and spas to consider include in-ground gunite, in-ground vinyl, fiberglass, and aboveground pools.
Aboveground pools are less permanent than other styles, and most can be drained and moved to another location if necessary. Sizes range from 8 feet to 28 feet, with depths up to 7-feet on some models. Raised decks that partially or completely surround the pool can be added for safety, convenience and aesthetic purposes. Aboveground pools are the most budget-friendly.
Traditional in-ground pools usually have reinforced walls with vinyl liners. Rectangular pools are the most common, but a variety of L-shaped, free form and other shapes are also available. Your choices are plentiful for patterns and colors, as well as other options that let owners add a personal touch. Excavation is necessary, so these pools fall into a higher price range than aboveground pools.
Fiberglass pools have been around since the 1950s. These one-piece, factory-built shells are made with fiberglass and finished with a gel coating similar to that used on modern boats. Installation time is quick, because the pool shell is delivered complete and, after a hole is dug, is lifted into place, leveled, and filled with water. Although manufactured to withstand temperature changes and maintain the original surface beauty over time, weekly chemical and cleaning maintenance is needed to protect the finish.
Permanent, reinforced gunite pools use concrete and plaster instead of liners. Excavation is necessary and the wide variety of creative options – from waterfalls to custom steps and beach entries – usually puts these high quality pools in the highest price range.
Options and Features
Select safe and attractive enhancements that suit your taste, lifestyle, and budget. Whether your pool will be a private getaway or the favorite gathering place for family and friends, you can create the ideal venue with options from lighting and fencing to streams, rock formations, waterfalls, fountains, and water gardens.
Think Inside the Box
From custom liners to mosaic artistry, you can make your pool’s interior as unique as you are. A custom design, from your company logo to your favorite sports team, can embellish your pool with a memorable signature.
Poolscapes transform your pool setting into an extension of your favorite living space. With water features, lighting, and landscaping, you’ll add beauty and functionality – and make your pool everyone’s favorite destination. Natural landscaping elements also create a poolscape that extends your home’s living space and creates an inviting environment for you, your family, and friends.