Top Pool Options For Homeowners

Are you tired of hot summers with little to no relief? Do you want to be able to go swimming, but you don't want to have to go to your nearest high school or community center to do so? Besides being a fun recreational activity, swimming can be a great way to exercise when it's too hot for sports like bicycling and running. But in order to swim whenever you want, you'll need to have a pool installed in your backyard. Fortunately, there are a number of pool options, depending on your terrain and what you want to do with the pool itself. Here are a few options to help you make the right choice:

Partially inset pool: If you live in an area with a high water table, you may think that an off the shelf pool kit is your only option. Unfortunately, these pools can be made out of materials that are relatively disposable, lasting for only a few years before needing major repairs or replacement. A professionally installed, partially inset pool is different. The pool professionals will dig as deeply as possible to give your pool a stable foundation. They will then build up from there, using ordinary residential pool materials. A deck will be built around the pool itself to help conceal the fact that it is partly above ground. Once complete, you will be left with a normal-looking pool that should last for many years.

Jetted lap pool: For people who mainly plan to use their pool for exercise, a jetted lap pool is a good option. These pools are smaller than your average home pool, not being much larger than your stretched-out size. These kind of pools are essentially pool treadmills. The water is sucked out of one side of the pool and underwater jets spray the water back in on the opposite side. As a result, you can swim forever in a pool that is only 8 feet to a side.

Salt water pool: Many people dislike the way chlorine smells and question its safety when stored around small children. If you want a pool but don't want to deal with harsh chemicals, then a salt water pool may be for you. Although you may be able to turn an existing pool into a salt water pool, it's best to make the choice from the beginning. Instead of using chlorine and other chemicals directly, bacteria and algae are prevented from growing in the pool by the addition of salt and electrolysis. The electrolysis results in there still being chlorine in the water, but in much lower concentrations than in traditional pools. Despite what you may expect, however, the salt in salt water pools typically doesn't actually have a salty taste. 

For help picking the type of pool that's best for you, contact a company like Contemporary Pools Inc.