Whether used for exercise, recreation, or simply as gathering places, swimming pools make valuable additions to any home. Swimming pools, whether in-ground or above-ground, are usually installed in the backyard of a home, and used both for physical fitness and as a place for children, friends, and family to congregate. Swimming pools come in several sizes. While some larger ones have both a deep end and a shallow end, others are of uniform depth throughout. Some are very basic, while others can be accessorized with diving boards, water slides, decks, water games, and water fountains. Many pools can also be incorporated into the landscaping.
There are two primary types of swimming pools: in-ground and above-ground.
These pools are built into the ground, becoming a permanent part of the home. They are generally more versatile and attractive than above-ground pools, but are more complicated and expensive to install.
The most common kinds of in-ground pools are concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl-liner. Because concrete pools are poured on-site, they can be customized to any shape and size. And they are available in several finishes, including plaster and paint, and come in several colors. However, they are usually expensive to build.
Fiberglass pools are manufactured off-site and delivered to the home in one piece. They are more flexible than concrete pools, providing the attractiveness of traditional in-ground pools, the easier and quicker installation, and the lower cost of above-ground pools. They are also available in panels, which can be assembled at the site.
Vinyl-liner pools are constructed from panel walls attached to each other and placed on a concrete foundation, with a vinyl liner covering the entire pool. They can be customized to any shape and size, and can be used with special features like diving boards, slides, and special lighting. However, they are also expensive and time-consuming to build.
These pools are usually made from resin, steel, or aluminum. They tend to be less expensive, not to mention quicker and easier to install, than in-ground pools. Moreover, they are portable and can be taken when the homeowner moves.
They are available in several shapes and sizes, and work well even in small yards. They can be delivered in pieces and installed on-site, and can either be installed by the manufacturer or as a do-it-yourself project. However, they are only available in pre-manufactured styles, don't last as long as in-ground pools, and are more difficult to incorporate into landscaping.