TOP 7 POOL BUILDING MISTAKES HOMEOWNERS MUST KNOW ABOUT
Most building contractors would agree that swimming pools are considered a major real estate investment. For this very reason, homeowners are advised to think about the decision thoroughly. There are many factors you need to think about when it comes to having a swimming pool built on your property. Aside from following the local building codes, you also need to consider whether it can benefit your family and boost the value of your property. And, like having your home built, there should be no room for mistakes in this endeavour. To help ensure that your new pool is built the correct way, here are the top seven pool building mistakes you should look out for:
Not Knowing About Container Material
Swimming pools need containers not just to hold water, but also to determine the extent of their lifespan. In short, choosing the right container material can ensure that your pool is off the charts, durability- and longevity-wise.
While concrete is a common choice for many pool builders, it has certain limitations. Its porous surface causes bacteria and algae to grow. This will require swimming pool owners to have their pools drained every year.
But when you choose fibreglass, you save yourself from high installation and maintenance costs. Aside from regular monthly vacuuming, you don’t need to perform expensive maintenance tasks since it doesn’t need to be drained annually.
Forgoing Research on Your Pool Contactor
Researching about the contractor you’re considering for your swimming pool project is another crucial task you must never forget to do. Determine whether the swimming pool builders you’re looking to hire are accredited with the proper authorities and use that information as the basis for your decision.
Not Considering Entertainment Space
When swimming pool and landscaping experts attend a consultation, one of the first questions they ask is whether you entertain or not. This is because they are concerned about how much space will be needed for such purpose and determine the extent of the floor area that is available for the pool.
Keep in mind that, if you plan to entertain more people outdoors, you would need to leave more space for furniture. You may also need to determine how you plan to use your outdoor space and incorporate your swimming pool design accordingly.
This information will also let the contractor design the pool around the landscape that will work for your specific lifestyle.
Putting the Pool in the Wrong Place
Yes, there’s such a thing as a “wrong place” for a pool.
Most homeowners think that deciding to have a swimming pool built in their backyard is okay so long as they have vacant space in their lot. But the truth is the area where pools are to be built requires a more in-depth assessment. This will help prevent digging up sewer pipes or electricity and telephone cables that have been placed underground.
You should also keep in mind that pools are ideally built near your home. This will bolster your privacy and offer greater convenience, not to mention an efficient use of your yard.
Skimming the Pool Building Contract and Warranty
Reading the contract carefully is always the best way to go, and the same is true for swimming pool construction projects.
Since it may entail the help of several different vendors, the contract presented by the builder helps you determine the extent of their commitment to the project. It will also help you discern whether they have an excellent offer when it comes to swimming pool warranty.
Remember that swimming pools represent a long-term investment on your part, so don’t settle for contracts with only six months of warranty. Don’t rush into making this decision and seek out several potential candidates when necessary. If they cannot provide you with direct answers or cannot provide details of the warranty in writing, move on to the next candidate.
Forgetting Operational and Maintenance Costs
With the excitement of having a swimming pool built in your backyard, there’s a good chance that you forget to consider its maintenance and operation costs. Be sure that, when you put together a budget for the project, you also consider the expenses you will incur when it’s already operational.
To make an informed decision, talk to your pool contractor about it. They may be able to advise you on how to save money in the long run by spending a bit more on the construction of your pool.
Focusing on Aesthetics More Than Function
Knowing how you will use the structure is crucial when deciding on a swimming pool design. As mentioned earlier, you might want to use your swimming pool to entertain guests. If this is the case, you should consider adding exciting features like a waterfall or mood lighting.
But if it’s only for family use, you might be better off incorporating features that will ensure safety. For example, if you have kids in the house, adding a sun shelf – a shallow section for wading – may be your best bet.
Deciding to have a swimming pool built in your property should leave no room for mistakes. To help avoid errors in the process, be sure to seek reliable and cost-efficient service from construction companies who also offer landscaping and pool design. They should be able to guide you through your decision-making and leave you satisfied with your new pool.
Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors and Civils Division.