Swimming pools in Houston come in a wide array of styles, colors, building materials and accessories. It can be mind boggling when you’re meeting with a swimming pool contractor to get an idea of what you want to have or see in your family swimming pool.
When you go meet with a swimming pool contractor from Houston Cool Pools go armed with your questions, your concerns, and yes, your potential budget for your swimming pool project. We also offer these questions to ask your potential pool builder when you are in the research stages of the project.
Weather plays a role. In some areas of the country, you may need to make a decision on the pool building material you will ultimately use based on where you live. In wet climates, you may want an indoor pool. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, a fiberglass pool may make sense because it could “float” with the tremors. Gunite may crack and heave if you live in an area of the country where there are major temperature fluctuations. Ask your pool contractor for advice on the best pool building material based on your location.
How will you use your pool? Will it be a party hot spot? A place to relax with the children? An area that will be used almost exclusively for exercise? The answers to these questions will help you determine the size and shape and depth of your swimming pool. For example, if you’re thinking that you will only be swimming laps, opt for a lap pool. If you have young children, consider a beach entry as it is a gentle way for them to get into the pool or simply play in the shallow end.
Prepare a budget for your swimming pool. Remember you will not only need to pay for the pool construction, but you need to plan for upkeep and maintenance once it’s constructed. Whether you plan to do the maintenance and upkeep yourself or work with a pool contractor you need to be aware of what it will cost. Also, don’t forget to budget for increases in your utility bills once the pool is up and running. If there are items you truly want In your pool but your budget may not be able to cover them, you may still want to consider them because if they are truly must haves it will cost you more to retrofit your pool and, frankly, you may not enjoy your pool as much as you would with those must haves.
Will your homeowner’s insurance policy cover you? You will want to speak with your insurance carrier to see about not only increasing your liability insurance, but to find out whether you can even have a swimming pool on your policy – some companies prohibit pools on their coverage policies.
Safety features matter. Keep safety front of mind when you’re designing your swimming pool. Chances are the area of the country in which you live will have strict safety measures in place and you may want to go above and beyond what they recommend to amp up the safety of your personal pool. Ask your contractor for advice on safety options.
These are just a few of the items you will want to talk with your pool builder about. This is the best time of year, however, to get your pool construction project underway!