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Lap of Luxury: Choose the Perfect Swimming Pool For You, Your Family & Your Backyard

Swimming pools are the staple of luxurious living, and fun and exciting times . . . if you choose the pool that best suits your needs, that is. Here are some things you should know in order to choose the perfect swimming pool for you, your family and your

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Glamorous, chic, stylish, exciting . . . heck, even romantic. This is what comes to mind when you think of swimming pools. We all have had dreams of stepping out into our backyard and taking a dip in our very own sparkling, chlorine paradise. But for many of us, it will remain a dream. Not necessarily because of the price most swimming pools are as affordable as a used car. No, our dreams of a swimming pool paradise stay that way because we're afraid to spend our hard earned money on a wrong decision.

An important thing to remember is that all swimming pools are not manufactured the same. Unlike an automobile that is produced in a factory under proscribed conditions, swimming pools are custom created pieces that can be manufactured by many individual pool contractors, which all operate under different standards. That means you will have to do a lot of research (which seems to go without saying) before you make a swimming pool purchase.

So here are the important things you will need to know in order to make the right decisionâ€`


Swimming pools prices and building costs vary greatly from state to state. But typically aboveground swimming pools are the least expensive swimming pools you can purchase. Their estimated cost is between $4000 and $5000, and they will last on average about 15 to 20 years.

An inground swimming pool, however, can run you as low as $15,000 to anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000. Though an inground pool is built for permanence. The price of onground swimming pools is pretty much in between the other two types of pools. Their cost will probably run you upwards of $6000.

Remember that the pool price will not include the decking, landscaping and extrasť. You'll have to ask some key questions of your pool builder. For example, you'll want to know how much your cleaning chemicals will cost, how much you'll need, and how often. You'll want to know if your swimming pool seller also provides a service to clean and maintain your pool, and if so, how much that service will cost you. Think about what a swimming pool actually is going to cost you when you factor in all the above; is this is really worth it to you?

Size and Depth

The size and depth of your swimming pool both are determined by whatever you plan to use your new swimming pool for. Is the pool solely for recreation? Is it to be used by competitive swimmers in training? Do you want your pool for your daily exercise workouts? Possibly a little bit of everything?


If your intention for purchasing a swimming pool is to provide recreation haven for you and your family (primarily children), then your swimming pool will not require much depth. All it needs is a large shallow area. A minimum depth of 36 inches with a maximum depth of 4 or 5 feet will accommodate you and your family well. And because this pool is used mostly for recreation, you can purchase any type of pool shape that will best suit your backyard and property.


A swimming pool built for swimming laps ought to provide a long, straight section of the pool that has parallel ends. True competition swimming pools are 25 meters or 50 meters long and at least 1.35 meters deep. To mimic a competition pool at your residence, you should install a pool that provides a length of at least 25 yards. In terms of depth, you should install a pool that will allow you to swim freely without your feet touching the bottom of the swimming pool. As a rule of thumb, your swimming pool should be given a depth of at least 4 to 5 feet throughout.


If you yearn for a pool in order swim during your daily exercise regimen but are limited with what you can purchase by the amount of space you have in your backyard, an exercise pool may be right up your alley. In the last two decades, this new style of pool has gained popularity. An excerise pool is a small vessel (normally about 2.5 m x 5 m) in which you are able to swim in place, either against the push of an artificially generated water current or against the pull of restraining devices. These pools go by many names, which include swim spas, swimming machines or swim systems.

Combined Use

With a simple shape pool design, you actually can have both a pool for recreation and athletic needs. The design allows for a section of shallow water for frolicking and play, and a longer, deeper section that is ideal for lap swimmers.

The Above Ground Pool

The above ground swimming pool sits above the ground on your property. These swimming pools basically look as though you placed a huge wading pool on your property. An aboveground pool can be as wide, deep and long as you request it to be. You can customize your above ground pool in terms of its size, liners, deck surrounds, and underwater lighting. Even its landscape.

Also, aboveground pools can be easily disassembled to allow you full access of your backyard. And they are less expensive than inground pools. However, above ground pools do not last as long as inground swimming pools.

The Inground Pool

Inground pools are implanted into the ground. For installation the pool site must be excavated. This means inground pools are permanent swimming pools, and they are more expensive because of their longevity as well as durability.

Traditional inground pools normally have reinforced walls with vinyl liners, and have a rectangular shape. There is also the L shaped pool mentioned previously as well as a number of other pool shapes. Plus pool manufacturers now offer new vinyl liner patterns and colors options to boost the aesthetics of your pool.

Another popular choice for swimming pool is fiberglass. Fiberglass swimming pools are one piece, factory built shells installed straight into the ground. These shells are either completely molded fiberglass shells, or a shell of concrete and some other materials combined with fiberglass. Swimming pools with a fiberglass finish eliminate the need for liners and re-surfacing.

There are many fiberglass styles and shapes to choose from. Some homeowners favor a fiberglass swimming pool because they are often easier to maintain, needing fewer chemicals. And although fiberglass swimming pools are along the same price range as other inground pools, the delivery and installation are normally faster than traditional inground swimming pools.

The most elaborate of all the pool categories is that of the Gunite swimming pools. Gunite swimming pools are reinforced with concrete and plaster instead of liners. Gunite pools can be built in any shape, have a huge selection of special options that can be added such as waterfalls, custom steps, and beach entries, and they also have many plaster finishes or pebble applications for the pool floor to choose from. Because gunite swimming pools are such high quality, these swimming pools are usually in the highest price range.

The Onground Pool

An onground pool (aka semi-inground pool) is installed partially in the ground and partially out. It is the ideal choice of swimming pool if you have a sloping backyard. An onground pool has the equivalent wall, equipment and materials of an inground pool, but it is priced more like a higher end aboveground swimming pool. Depths ranges for an onground pool range from 40" to an 8' Deep End.

Swimming Pool Designs

Once you have decided that a swimming pool is indeed the right choice for you, your family and your home, the next decision to be made is the shape of your swimming pool. Swimming pools come in all sorts of irregular shapes and ordinary geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals. The best shapes to use are the ordinary shapes because they complement almost any style of home and landscape.

On the other hand, using irregular shapes such as a curved pool or a pool with a bend in one of its sides is a great way to combine the natural features of your property (i.e. any exotic trees, flowers, boulders, etc.) with your swimming pool. In addition, a rectangular swimming pool may actually cost you more than an irregular or curved shaped swimming pool because many pool manufacturers base their prices on the perimeter of the swimming pool.

But remember, no matter what swimming pool design you ultimately choose to purchase, you must do a lot of research and select the one that will best suit your family's needs.


semi-inground pool

I am interested in a semi inground pool. My perfect measurements would be 22x15. I cannot fit a 24x15 and would rather not go much smaller. A big problem is that I want an expandable liner. According to my research I am limited to a Doughboy pool 20x12 or a Johhny weismuller 24x12, which will not fit. Can you offer any other alternatives. thank you




   I need a semi in-ground pool size approximately 20' x 20'.



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