Having a pool installed on your property isn't as expensive or difficult as you might assume, and it's a great way to entertain friends and family during summer months. However, shopping for a pool can be a bit overwhelming, just because there are so many different types of pools available. Note a few pros and cons of those various styles and models, and this might make the selection process faster and easier for you.
In-ground versus above ground
An in-ground pool doesn't block your view of the horizon or the rest of your property, so it can be good for those who want to enjoy their landscaping while relaxing poolside. A concrete pool can also be poured in any shape that your yard can accommodate, so you can opt for something very small, circular, or even L-shaped!
However, an in-ground pool takes much longer to install than an above ground pool because of the excavation involved. Concrete pools also need drying or curing time. Some above ground pools can be installed within a day or two, and be ready for swimming once they're filled with water and the chemicals added.
Fibreglass versus vinyl liner
Fibreglass pools don't need a liner of any sort, so you don't need to worry about the cost of repairing or replacing liners over the life of your pool. You also don't need to worry about a liner bunching up or getting overly stretched when you choose a fibreglass pool.
Fibreglass pools are typically far more expensive than vinyl liner pools, so they're obviously not the right choice for those on a budget. Most vinyl liner pools are rectangular, but you can also customize the shape if you wish, while fibreglass pools are not typically customizable.
Saltwater versus chlorine
A saltwater pool is technically a chlorine pool, as it converts the salt in the pool to a type of chlorine that keeps the water clean. The advantage of a saltwater pool is that the chlorine it converts and uses to keep the water clean isn't as strong, so you don't breathe in the same amount of chlorine vapours. The salt you add to a saltwater pool also softens the water, so it doesn't dry your skin and hair, and will feel more like fresh water when you're swimming. A saltwater pool is often more expensive than a standard chlorine pool, so long-term costs for a saltwater pool do need to be considered.