The Swimming Pool - Advantages and Disadvantages

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Bringing in water features into home decors helps in the creation of a peaceful and serene space. Moreover, they add unique character to the home decor and can be effectively used to enrich modern interior design and make it appeal to all the senses.

For those homeowners who are both swimming enthusiast and would love to enhance their homes with the addition of water features may find a few pool ideas and tips here to get started.

Know The Types Of Swimming Pools

As home pools come in various sizes from affordable to extravagant. Here are 2 types of swimming pools you can add to your home: The In Ground Pools And The Above Ground Pools.

In-ground Pools

While inground pools typically offer the deepest swimming experience, the high cost of both the pool and installation are two of the reasons they are usually bought by homeowners who are ready to spend more.

There are Three Main Types Of In Ground Pools.
1. Concrete Pools
2. Vinyl-lined Pools
3. Fiberglass Pools

Advantages Of Concrete Pools:

It can be built in any size, shape, or depth.
More flexibility with design features: Vanishing edges, beach entries, tanning ledges, are all the best part of concrete pools.
Get Artistic: Concrete Pools can be integrated into the design and can be carved resembling to anything in the landscape.

Disadvantages Of Concrete Pool:

High lifetime cost: Concrete pools will need to be renovated every 10-20 years. This involves resurfacing and re-tiling the pool .
More chemical use: Because the surface of concrete pools is very porous, more chemicals and filtration are required to prevent algae. The alkaline pH of the pool shell also constantly raises the pH of the water, requiring the frequent adding of acid to prevent the effect caused.
More maintenance: Concrete pools need to be frequently cleaned or swept with a pool brush to remove algae from the pours of the plaster or aggregate surface.
Longer installation time: Concrete pools takes longer to install.

Advantages Of Vinyl Liner Pools

Low initial cost: Vinyl Liner Pools have the lowest initial cost comparable to concrete and fiberglass pools.
Customizable shape and size: There are no limitations of the length, width, and depth of Vinyl Liner Pools.
Vinyl liner pools are nonabrasive and doesn't foster algae: The vinyl liner material is smooth to the touch, also relatively non-porous hence, obstructs algae growth.

Disadvantages Of Vinyl Liner Pool

Higher lifetime cost: On average, a vinyl liner will last between 7 and 15 years.
Have to use pool with care: Dogs, kids throwing stuff in the pool, tree limbs can cause damage and are all matter of concerns.
Lower resale value: While the saling process of home with a vinyl liner pool takes place, there's a significant chance a request will be made to replace the liner before the sale of the house, or the value of the pool will be substracted.

Advantages Of Fiberglass Pools

Low maintenance: The gel coat surface of the fiberglass pool shell is nonporous. This, therefore, obstructs the growth of algae and reduces the amount of sanitizing chemicals required to maintain the pool.
Little or No lifetime cost: 99% of the time there is never any money invested in the shell of fiberglass pools. As in these pools there are no vinyl liner to replace and no resurfacing.
Non-abrasive surface: The gel coat surface of fiberglass pools is smooth to the touch.
Has Built-in Seats and Steps: Most fiberglass pool designs have seating and all have steps incorporated into the shell of the pool.
Quick Installation: As fiberglass pools are built off site, the installation process can be completed quickly.

Disadvantages Of Fiber Glass Pools

Limited shapes and designs: Because fiberglass pools are built from a mold, there is limited availability of shapes and sizes.
Repairs on some colored finishes do not match: Many fiberglass pool manufacturers use colored finishes that do not match in the unlikely event that a repair is needed.
Higher initial cost: Fiberglass pools are about the same as concrete pools.

Above Ground Pools

Above ground pools are the most popular type of pool among homeowners, because of the easy installation and they also have the most options for pool accessories. The wall height for an above ground pool is typically 52 (or 54) inches, and it is usually made from steel or aluminum paneling and comes with a 20-year, 40-year or lifetime warranty.

Homeowners can add a deck around the above ground pool to give it an "in ground feel" or opt for a glass pool instead.

Technologies For Pool

Pool Automation: Pool automation is the process of automatically monitoring and adjusting both the sanitizer and pH levels to maintain high quality water at all times. Pool automation has many benefits including improved safety, convenience, and lower cost of chemicals and repairs.

One-touch control: Most new pools built today have an available automation system, or these can also be added to an existing pool. Automation gives you complete hi-tech one-touch control of your pool and spa environment. It allows your pool pump, light, spa and other features and functions turn on and off at designated times. You can program your pool via a remote control or on the automation unit itself. A few manufacturers also have automated systems that connect to your mobile device or computer. By automating your pool system, you can decrease the energy required to operate your pool.

Pool Safety Tips

Designing of a swimming pool not only includes the ornamenting part, as it is equally important to keep the pool safe. And by taking the proper precautions for pool safety, your backyard can be turned into an enjoyable as well as a safe place for everyone including the pets.

* Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving board and ladders.
* Electrical equipment should be installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local safety codes.
* There should be a fence at least six feet high around all sides of the pool with a locked gate. And use self-closing and self-latching gates to keep children out when there is no supervision.
* Mark the water depths.
* Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool.
* The steps of the pool ladder should be at least three inches wide, and the ladder should have handrails on both sides small enough for a child to grasp.
* Cover all sharp edges and protruding bolts.
* Keep electrical appliances out of the pool area to avoid electrical shock.
* Get a pet-safe ladder installed in the pool, so that the pet has an easy access to exit.
* Consider purchasing a gate and pool alarm system. These float in the pool and goes off when there is a disturbance in the water.

Ways To Adorn The Pool

There are many things that homeowners can add to the swimming pool to personalize it to match their lifestyle. For instance, aesthetic enhancements like water falls, laminar jets, fountain bubblers, deck jets, water slides, attached hot tubs, fire pit can be installed depending upon one's choice and team it with waterproof, anti-skid deck.

These features can make any swimming pool a perfect place to relax, party, and a great place to exercise.
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