We all dream of having a beautiful swimming pool for those perfect summer days, particularly now that we’re deep in the much less perfect winter days. Whether you’re fantasizing about sunbathing, barbecuing, or relaxing by the poolside, now’s your chance to finally begin planning that pool installation. But which material or style is best to go with? Clearly there are many options, but the choice ultimately comes down to you, the homeowner. No matter what your particular preferences and budget, this guide’s for you.

Going with Vinyl: The Up and Coming Material

In-ground swimming pool installation
Concrete in-ground swimming pool

By far the most economical material for pool structures, vinyl pools are roughly half the cost of other models and offer a bit more customization than stock versions. The affordability of vinyl won't break your wallet, while the malleability means more choices for pool structures are open to you. All you have to do is pick from one of the many pre-made structure selections, choose what size, color, and shape you want, and then simply wait until professionals install the vinyl shell into your yard. Installation shouldn't take too long, and you’ll be able to enjoy your new vinyl pool in no time.

Fiberglass, the Fastest Setup in the Water

For quick installation times, fiberglass is the way to go. No other pool can be put in at a faster rate than fiberglass. This is because fiberglass’ design is already set in pre-rendered models and ready for immediate shipment and install. And due to the material’s structure, it’s incredibly low maintenance and can actually resist mold and mildew growth along the edges. Now, because of fiberglass’ expedient delivery this means that there isn’t a great deal of room for customization. What you see is what you get here, and what you get is immediately put into the dug-out ground. There’s very little wiggle room for rocky backyards or tricky installation angles. Aside from these limitations, fiberglass swimming pool installations are an excellent solution for many homeowners across the country.

The Luxury of Concrete and Gunite Swimming Pools

Custom exterior swimming pool design
Custom concrete and Gunite swimming pools

Concrete offers a lot of customization for homes and provides nearly as much flexibility and customization options as even the finest swimming pools on the market today. This would be ideal for tight corners, awkward housing complexes, poor terrain, or just unique designs that won’t break your budget. The lifespan also greatly outlasts the competition, seeing as the stone will last a lifetime. Unfortunately it is one of the more expensive pool material options. Even after the installation price tag, maintenance costs can be more expensive than the competing types of pool systems and the rugged material has been known to rough up the occasional foot. But for the most part, customizable concrete has more options than any other type of material, and should be used for any pool deeper than eight feet.

The Ultimate in Summer Fun: Concrete Customized

And when money is no object, customized pools are the greatest asset in pool lounging available. Factors like size, depth, length, shape, and all the additional add-ons you can dream of are yours to be had. When building your dream pool, why stop at the water’s edge? Consider constructing that baja bench, grotto, or even a swim-up fully stocked bar. Your pool will be the feel good hit of the summer and in the meantime you’ll have something to look forward to on the other side of winter.

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