By: Ralph Ciancio

Thinking of installing a pool in your backyard? Read this first!

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Backyard Swimming PoolCould you imagine just chilling by the pool in your backyard, sipping on a fruity sangria while jamming to your favourite tunes? This is the life but first, you must get a pool, and that’s the hard part. Installing a pool is no easy task as you can imagine. There’s a lot that goes into prepping your backyard to ensure it can sustain holding a large body of water with its own filtration system so that it’s clean at all times. The entire process can take up to 6 months or more so plan accordingly and be patient.
 
When Should You Install Your Pool?
 
The best seasons to install a pool are either Spring or Fall. Especially in Canada where temperatures get really cold in the Winter, you want to avoid digging when the ground is frozen. Spring and Fall generally have good weather for construction, it’s not too hot nor too cold. However, if you live in an area where rainfall is heavy, consider doing it during a time when it isn’t so wet, as it’s uncomfortable for the workers and flooding may cause issues. Our advice is to work backwards, many people want their pool ready by Summertime so you should really start planning in the Fall, it will give you plenty of time to plan accordingly.
 
How Do You Want Your Pool to Look Like?
 
How your pool looks like should be reflective of what you’re planning on using it for.  Is it purely for entertaining family and friends? Then you might consider a classic oval, crescent or athenian layout with a hot tub on the side. Are you or anyone in your family using it for athletic purposes? In that case you’d want a narrower and lengthier layout. Are you just looking to increase the resale value of your home or to boost the aesthetic of your home? You may consider an oasis with lots of greenery, natural rocks and a waterfall, or an infinity pool if your home backs on to a beautiful scenic view.
 
Different Types of Pools
 
There are two main types of pools you may consider; some are more durable while others  are more eye-catching, it all depends on what the ultimate use is for and what your budget is. We would advise to do as much research as possible to see which type of pool will suit your family’s needs the best.
 
1. Above-Ground Pool – Just as their name suggests, above-ground pools lay on top of the surface of the ground and doesn’t require much construction. As such, this may be a good option if you’re on a tight budget or timeline. One thing to note, above-ground pools may not be as big or as deep as other types, but obviously comes with less costs and maintenance. Above-ground pools are perfect for teaching toddlers how to swim, or just for friends and family to hang out. Above-ground pools can also have salt water systems and powerful massage jets. Lastly, above-ground pools can be transported to your new home should you decide to move.

Above ground pool

2. In-Ground Pool – One of the most popular options today are in-ground pools. In-ground pools offers lots of flexibility in terms of customization, design and build. Although it may be one of the more costly options, an in-ground pool looks aesthetically pleasing and offers more depth compared to an above-ground pool. If you want an in-ground pool, you should first consider what material to be used. Two very popular options are concrete and vinyl. Concrete pools are the most expensive but is very strong and durable, it will need to be resurfaced once every 10 years or so. Vinyl pools have a custom-made sheet of vinyl placed between the water and the pool, making the surface of the pool very smooth. A vinyl build might look a little plasticky but is much less costly compared to concrete. Both options offer customization on shapes, sizes, thickness, etc. Another type of in-ground pool is fiberglass. Fiberglass pools are installed into your yard in one piece as a molded pool. As a result, fiberglass pools are easy to install, and never require resurfacing or liner replacement. In terms of costs, fiberglass pools are less expensive than concrete pools, but generally more expensive than vinyl pools.

Inground pool
 
Cost
 
Installing a pool in your backyard is not cheap. You could be looking at spending $20,000-$40,000 for an in-ground pool, and that’s not counting the maintenance that follows or insurance during the build. The reason why building a pool in your backyard is so expensive is because there is a lot of labour involved. You should choose an architect with lots of knowledge and experience, and who uses the highest quality materials. The last thing you’d want is for your pool to break down just a few months in. When you consider the cost and which material to use, you should also factor in climate where you live. In colder climates, you’ll be better off with a concrete pool due to its durability.
 
Overall, if you’re thinking of installing a pool in your backyard, we highly recommend doing as much research as possible so you’re informed of all your options. Hiring a good pool contractor/architect is also critical, you want someone who will not only get the job done, but do a great job. Many Realtors on our team have gone through the process and experienced installing a pool in our own backyards. If you have any questions at all or need recommendation on a good contractor to hire in the Markham or Stouffville area, feel free to contact us at 647-247-6000, we’re happy to help!