Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the thought of cooling off in a swimming pool. If you’re a homeowner with a reasonable sized backyard, you may be considering adding a swimming pool. While having your own pool can provide hours of entertainment for both you and your family, there are some important considerations to take into account before making a decision. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of owning a backyard pool, cost considerations, and safety considerations to help you determine if a backyard pool is right for you.
Pros of Owning a Pool
A backyard swimming pool provides many benefits, such as increased exercise, access to your own pool where you control the cleanliness, and fun for the family, especially when children and pets are involved. Swimming on a regular basis can help improve cardiovascular health and increase muscle strength. Having a private pool means you can control the cleanliness of the water without worrying about the potential contaminants which may be commonly experienced in public pools and locker rooms/showers. With summer just around the corner, having a backyard pool can provide hours of entertainment for your family as well as for any of your friends or extended family members that may be naturally drawn to more frequently visit.
Cons of Owning a Pool
However, there are also some drawbacks to owning a backyard pool. Expenses can add up quickly; costs of installation, maintenance and upkeep can pile up. Time commitment for ongoing maintenance is another potential issue; cleaning, testing and maintaining proper pH levels requires time and effort (and constantly remembering) on your part. Safety is yet another concern; with children, pets, and strangers all potentially using your pool, it is important to consider safety precautions such as pool alarms, fencing requirements, and pool covers.
Before deciding to install a backyard pool, it is important to consider the costs involved. Installation costs can range from $15,000 to $50,000 (or significantly more) depending on the size and type of pool you want. The more elaborate you go with your design and construction materials, the more you can expect to invest in the pool project. Maintenance costs can include chemicals, heating and filtration systems, and regular cleaning services.
Additionally, there may be cost savings associated with not having to go to the community pool if you’ve been making that a previously regular habit; while there may be an initial cost to install and maintain your own pool, over time this could be offset by not having to pay admission fees or transportation costs associated with going to a public pool.
Safety must also be taken into account when considering installing a backyard pool. Pool alarms can alert you if someone enters the pool area when it should be off-limits. Both state and local regulations may require that you install a fence around your pool area for safety purposes. Pool covers are essential for keeping debris out of your pool when it is not in use.
In conclusion, there are both pros and cons to owning a backyard swimming pool; increased exercise, access to sanitary conditions, controlling the cleanliness of the water in which you swim, and overall fun for the family, but also expenses, time commitment, and safety considerations that must be taken into account before making a decision. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if adding a backyard swimming pool is right for your family. If you are willing to invest both money and time into creating your own personal oasis in your backyard, then it could be a great way to encourage family fun and fitness.
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