People love to swim. Aside from being a fun way to cool down in the hot summer months, the activity is celebrated for its wide array of health benefits. Swimmers enjoy effective strength and cardiovascular training without putting intense stress on their bodies, thanks to the sport’s low-impact nature. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that swimming is the fourth most popular athletic activity in the U.S. As a result, more and more homeowners are choosing to incorporate swimming pools into their landscape design. If you are considering taking the jump and working with pool designers or a pool contractor, you will likely have to make decisions about the following:
Before any pool project can begin, this key choice must be made: do you want your pool to be fully integrated into your yard, or do you want one that will sit above the ground? Often, the primary deciding factor here is cost. Above ground pools are significantly cheaper than their in-ground counterparts. For homeowners who want a round pool, this price goes down even more. However, those who want an oval-shaped above ground pool to make the most efficient use of their yard will find themselves paying a bit more. Families that opt for an in-ground pool will find a much greater variety of shape options available, but at a significantly higher cost. They will also lose the portability that comes with an above ground pool — whatever they install in their yard will stay with that home forever. However, in-ground pools tend to fit more seamlessly into a property’s landscape design on account of their less obtrusive appearance.
When it comes to installing in-ground pools, homeowners have three choices for their pool’s liner:
Once you have figured out what type of pool is right for you, there is no reason to wait — start enjoying the physical and mental health benefits that come with having access to your own private pool. If you are in the Greater Pittsburgh area, be sure to contact Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes to help you create the backyard of your dreams!