Adding valuable relaxation time to your schedule, a pool can be a great addition to anyone looking to enjoy their backyard more, or simply wanting to increase the value of their home. However, while a pool can be relaxing, planning its installation can be somewhat overwhelming. The first, and sometimes hardest, hurdle to get through is choosing what kind of pool to install: a concrete pool or a pool with a vinyl liner.
Choosing the type of pool you want is probably the most important decision you will make throughout the whole pool-planning process. While it won't completely limit your future choices, it will certainly have the most impact on your pool's maintenance and upkeep. Also, while many argue a pool is a pool, many pool enthusiasts believe concrete pools are superior to pools with vinyl lining in terms of entertainment and quality.
One of the biggest perks of having a concrete pool is its durability and longevity. Concrete pools, as long as they are properly treated and maintained, will not need repairs for decades. The exact year depends on the grade of concrete and type of soil around the pool, but, regardless, the pool will last a very long time, whereas a vinyl covering will only last approximately ten years, with regular maintenance.
Maintaining concrete pools generally requires chemical cleaners to prevent algae from gathering and staining the surface of the pool. Pools with a vinyl lining will need to be cleaned regularly, but for a slightly different reason. Due to the vinyl covering's short lifespan, owners will want to chemically and physically clean often to ensure their covering lasts as long as possible.
One of the most important factors when choosing which type of pool to install is, of course, the price. Initially, a concrete pool is much more expensive to install, due to its materials and the need for a contractor to plan and install the pool. Whereas, a vinyl lining features much cheaper material that can be self-installed, but does need to be completely replaced and reinstalled every few years.
More and more homeowners are beginning to use their pools as expressions of their creative means in terms of how the pool is laid out. Generally speaking, vinyl linings are restricted in their flexibility, and the pool must be conformed to fit the lining. Concrete pools can be poured in whatever way the planners like, as long as the soil around the concrete will permit it.
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