Options for your inground Swimming Pool
Swimming pools should be built to last! However, not all swimming pool construction materials are created equally. If you have an unsightly or outdated swimming pool, you are not stuck with it. If pool repair has gone beyond simple swimming pool maintenance, or if you are sick of fixing or replacing a cracked vinyl liner, you do have options whether you want to improve its appearance, the material it’s made out of, change the shape, or simply change the depth. Even better, normally it can be done using roughly the same space that your current pool occupies.
Pool repair or luxury upgrade?
If you recently bought a new home and the pool is less than ideal, wanting to have your pool redone is understandable. Many homes are using the same in-ground pool that has been in place for 30+ years. The pool might not be in the best of shape. In these cases, you have a great opportunity to upgrade your pool and make it exactly how want it. If redoing your pool for aesthetics or any other reason, you’ll be increasing the value of your properly (depending on your location and environment), and making your pool more functional for your home.
Swimming Pool Maintenance Varies By Material
The material you choose to rebuild your pool with will determine its value and how long it will last. Gunite or concrete as opposed to vinyl is better for several reasons. First of all, gunite never needs to be replaced as the liner for a vinyl pool does every 5-9 years. Gunite pool shells simply need an acid wash once every 3-5 years at a much lower rate than replacing an entire vinyl liner. Replacing a cracked vinyl liner costs 5 times more on average than a simple acid wash, as the process is more labor intensive. A cracked vinyl liner is removed, cut up, and hauled away. The pool is then cleaned, the new liner is stretched, and all panels are secured.
For the long run, choosing concrete over vinyl is an obvious way to save on pool repair and maintenance costs. Gunite is more aesthetically pleasing and is a much higher quality material. Guests will complement your pool if it’s made from gunite. Vinyl on the other hand has the disadvantage of looking comparably cheap. Fiberglass pools are better than vinyl for the same reasons. However, they leave few options for modifications such as a tanning ledge or a connected spill-over spa. With gunite or concrete, your options are unlimited.
How much will an upgrade to my inground pool cost?
The price of changing your in-ground pool depends on what exactly you do to it. Making your old swimming pool deeper or more shallow would allow you to keep certain parts of the pool intact. This is the most cost effective way to change your pool.
If you decide to change the shape and size, you will essentially be installing an entirely new pool in place of the old one. Therefore, the price will include both removal and construction.
For example, if you want to change the shape of your pool from an oval to a rectangle, the current pool must be removed entirely before construction begins on the new pool. Next, the dimensions of the new pool are dug out. This process is much the same as installing a pool from scratch.
Plumbing and drainage must also be taken into account. Although, plumbing modifications are typically a straightforward process that isn’t particularly expensive.
Where Can I Get a Quote?
Contact Town and Country Pools to get your free estimate for renovating or rebuilding your in-ground swimming pool. All you need to do is contact us to request information about your specific pool. Reach out to town and country to go from swimming pool maintenance to upgrading your swimming pool.
Town & Country Pool Builders answer the age old question…
When should you open your swimming pool?
Is there a specific date on the calendar to open your swimming pool? In the DC metro, Virginia and Maryland area, you can’t always schedule your swimming pool opening by a date on the calendar. Instead you need to rely on the weather and what your local meteorologist says. Most people are anxious to have an open swimming pool as soon as the sun starts to shine and thesnow has melted, but you may need to take more precautions than that.
Pool Opening Schedule Depends on the Weather
When to schedule your pool contractor from Town and Country Pools to open your swimming pool really does depend on the weather – and the type of pool you have. Cool weather should not be a deterrent. If you have a pool with an ajoining hot tub, you will get use out of an open swimming pool far earlier than a swimming pool without a spa.
A pool heater or solar cover can help warm the water enough to swim in until there are several weeks of above freezing temperatures and nights that remain warm. Warm night air is more important to getting the water to a safe swimming temperature than warm days are. Spring days in the 70’s still, in some cases, lead to nights that are barely above freezing. However, an open swimming pool can be a nice place to gather until the water is warm enough to swim.
Do not wait for the winter weather to break to schedule your pool opening. If you do, you will be very disappointed that the next available appointment is in four to six weeks! For many pool owners, Memorial Day is the absolute latest you will want an open swimming pool. For most however, it is a personal preference. Make sure you plan accordingly when deciding when to schedule your pool opening.
When should you close your swimming pool?
As for when you will close the pool; it is typically done when the nights start cooling off and the days are no longer as warm. This however, should be before a freeze is predicted. If you’re running the heater frequently, this is a sign for many pool owners that the time is near to close the pool. Falling leaves can also lead to both algae growth and potential damage to your filters and pumps if they clog it up. Always listen to the weather forecast because both you and your pool contractor will want the pool closed before the first frost hits the area. Ask your contractor if he has a cut off date for a pool closing as he will not want to be out there working on it in freezing conditions. Frozen pipes can lead to broken pipes and that could be expensive to repair.
Your swimming pool contractor should be your go-to source for pool opening services and closings as this is his area of expertise and he has the knowledge to know the best time for both openings and closings.
Town & Country Pool Builders, serving DC, Virginia & Maryland answer the age old question, “When should I open (or close) my pool?”
Is there a time that is ideal for opening your swimming pool? Is there a specific date on the calendar by which your pool simply must be opened? For most pool owners, and depending on the area of the country in which you live, you can’t always go by a date on the calendar; you need to rely on the weather and what your local meteorologist says. Most pool owners are anxious to get the pool opened and summer started as soon as the sun starts to shine and the snow has melted, but you may need to take more precautions than that.
When is the best time to open it though? You don’t want to schedule your pool contractor from Town and Country Pools to come and open the pool and then faced with unreasonable and unseasonable weather, like a freak late season snow storm. You don’t want your pool to fall prey to damage if there is a storm after it’s been opened.
If you don’t have a pool heater or solar cover, the water will not be warm enough to swim until you have several weeks of above freezing temperatures and nights that remain warm. Warm night air is as important to getting your pool water to a safe swimming temperature than warm days are. Spring days in the 70s still, in some cases, lead to nights that are barely above freezing – not an ideal time to have your pool opened just yet.
If you have your pool opened too early your pool could become a magnet for pollen and that could lead to algae growth; that is a nightmare to clean up if it takes hold. If you’re like many pool owners, Memorial Day is the absolute latest you will want your pool opened, but for most it is a personal preference.
As for when you will close the pool; it is typically done when the nights start cooling off and the days are no longer as warm but before a freeze is predicted. If you’re running your pool heater frequently, that is also a sign for many pool owners that the time is near to close the pool. Falling leaves can also lead to both algae growth and to potential damage to your filters and pumps if they clog it up.
Again, listen to the weather forecast because both you and your pool contractor will want the pool closed before the first frost hits the area. Ask your contractor if he has a cut off date for a pool closing as he will not want to be out there working on the pool in freezing conditions. Frozen pipes can lead to broken pipes and that could be expensive to repair.
Your swimming pool contractor should be your go-to source for pool openings and closings as this is his area of expertise and he has the knowledge to know the best time for both openings and closings.
Virginia, DC & Maryland pool builders from Town & Country Pools offer pet pool safety tips
Sun and fun and swimming pools don’t have to be just the realm of the humans in your family! If you plan and prepare, your pets can enjoy the water with you — if they want to. A swimming pool as you know is about fun and sun but it is, most importantly about providing safety to those who use it. Swimming pools can also be a place you can spend time with your pet if you do it wisely.
Keep in mind that even though you may love the pool, your dog may not be as enthusiastic and he may not even be a good swimmer; not all dogs can swim or enjoy swimming. If your dog is drawn to the water, here are tips from the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools on how you can help him or her enjoy it safely:
- Treat your dog as you would your child; never leave the dog in or around the swimming pool unattended.
- Always keep the safety fence locked when there isn’t an adult in attendance. This is likely required by law as well.
- Keep the toys away from the swimming pool. These could tempt your pet to jump in and try and retrieve them.
- Leaving more than one dog in the pool area unsupervised is a risk. Roughhousing dogs could fall into the pool.
- Understand dog first aid and pet CPR. Become familiar with reviving a dog that has drowned. Have vet and emergency vet numbers handy.
- Teach the dog to swim, and do it enough until the dog doesn’t panic in water. Swimming looks different than panic. If your dog simply doesn’t like the water, don’t force her to swim, let her enjoy the family time from the sideline.
- Have a visual target for the dog which is near the steps leading out of the water. Train your dog to notice it and get in and out using the steps or ramp.
- A dog that isn’t fit can’t swim any better than a human that isn’t in shape.
- Don’t overly exhaust the dog while swimming or they will go under.
- Preplan your pool construction with the idea that the dog needs sufficient footing to climb out of the pool. Small dogs, especially, can’t make it up and out using the big steps of most pools. You may want to consider a beach entrance or a dog specific removable ramp.
If you’re determined to spend time with your dog in the pool, take some precautions to make it happen and it can be another way to spend time together (and get your pet some exercise as well!). Talk with your pool contractor and let him know this is a possibility as he may have safety measures for you to implement and he can also offer suggestions on safety equipment such as dog life vests and more.
Pool contractors serving DC, Maryland & Virginia offer pool construction advice
You’re doing it! This is the year you will become the envy of your friends and family and own your own swimming pool! Great! Now what?! You will want to look for a pool contractor who will perform the construction for you and that will take some time and research.
When you’re talking with the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools, you will want to bring up these following five items:
- Where will the pool go? Your pool contractor will help you determine the perfect site for your swimming pool and that will involve myriad factors including: ease of access, underground wires, access to electricity and plumbing, landscaping and the lay of your land. The zoning laws in your area of the country may also help determine where the pool may be able to be placed due to set backs and property line issues.
- The right contractor is one who can construct the pool that you want, within your budget guidelines. They are also experienced, bring referrals with them for past service and are someone with whom you feel comfortable.
- Talk with more than one contractor to get a written estimate for your potential pool project. Your contractor will come to the house to do a survey of the land as well as gather the information on the type of pool you want so be prepared to spend time with them to make sure they understand the dream you have in your mind for your family’s pool.
- Make sure you ask for an estimate on ongoing pool maintenance charges. This will be something you will need to budget for as part of the overall pool project.
- The nitty gritty on the pool project will also include its size and shape and the building material you will want to use. You can choose from fiberglass, gunite or vinyl liner and these each bring different price tags and care and upkeep differences. Keep in mind too that your yard’s current layout and placement of trees and gardens may be a factor in where the pool sits, how large it is and what style or building material you choose.
Making a decision on a swimming pool is not one to take lightly. Spend time with potential pool contractors until you find one who can help you realize your dream.