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The Top 7 Choices to Make Before Building a Pool

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There are many decisions to make when building a pool. While deciding on pool equipment and aesthetics can be an overwhelming part of building a pool, it becomes more straightforward once you know all the options.

Know Your Options When Building a Pool

There are seven basic pool equipment and building decisions to consider when building a pool.

1. Size, Shape and Depth:

The first thing you need to get clear on is the size, shape and depth of your pool. When it comes to size and shape, your yard size is a key factor. Be sure to choose a size that still allows for plenty of deck room.

The depth of a pool has a lot to do with the purpose of the pool. If you’re installing a diving board, you’ll need to have some depth. If you have small children, you’ll likely want a shallow end. You’ll need to decide what depth you want your pool to be before construction begins.

2. Pool System Type:

After you determine the shape, size and depth, it’s time to figure out your pool’s sanitation system, and whether you want a chlorine or saltwater system. Traditionally, pools have used a chlorine-based system because it’s cost-effective and straightforward. However, it requires regularly adding chlorine and other chemicals into the pool that may irritate skin and eyes — not to mention frequent monitoring of chemical levels.

Saltwater chlorination has grown in popularity in recent years. Saltwater chlorination allows you to cut the cost of pool chemicals by up to 85% compared to a traditional chlorine pool1. It also creates pool water that is softer to swim in and can naturally hydrate your skin. The saltwater sanitation process is simplified with sanitizers like the TruClear® Salt Chlorinator that automatically generates chlorine from ordinary salt and dispenses it directly into your pool.

3. Secondary Sanitizers:

When building a swimming pool, it’s also important to consider secondary sanitizers that supplement and support your primary sanitation system. They add an extra layer of defense against potential pool contaminants.

There are several options including UV, ozone and mineral sanitizers. Many people opt for mineral sanitizers like Nature2® because they utilize natural minerals to destroy harmful bacteria and algae using significantly fewer chemicals, and they even help to reduce the amount of chlorine needed.

4. Pump and Filtration:

Choosing pump and filter types when building a pool can be confusing because there are so many options. The purpose of the pump and filtration systems is to pull water out of the pool, filter it and push clean pool water back in.

There are several pool filters and pool pumps available on the market. Your pool builder can advise you on which products are right for your needs. Variable-speed pumps are an excellent option for most pools due to their energy efficiency and quiet operation. Pool filter options include sand filters, cartridge filters and Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters.

5. Automation:

Automation is the fun part of swimming pool construction because you get to decide how automated you want your pool to be. You have the choice to control most of your pool’s controls from a remote or smartphone app all in one place, including pool pumps, water temperature, water features, lighting and more.

Using an automation system such as AquaLink® linked to an app like iAquaLink®, you can access your pool controls whenever and wherever you are. You can also decide whether you want to sync your pool automation with your home automation for voice controlled pool operation.

6. Water Features:

Water features can increase the enjoyment and beauty of a pool. Waterfalls, jets, bubblers, scuppers and more have become staple features of in-ground swimming pools. Keep in mind that many of these common features have to be installed during the initial build.

For instance, if you want a waterfall, like the Sheer Descent® Cascade Waterfall in your pool, you’ll need to know that ahead of time. On the other hand, smaller water features, like water bowls, can be added later. To be safe, decide on which water features you want beforehand, so your builder can include them in the initial design.

7. Pool Covers:

Properly installed automatic pool covers act as a protective barrier to keep children and pets safe from falling in the water. And with the mechanics of the cover easily hidden, the visual appeal of the pool is preserved. Certain automatic pool covers, like those sold by Cover-Pools®, deliver a savings of up to 70% in operating costs by minimizing water evaporation and cutting down on pool heating time.

While you can get a manual pool cover for your swimming pool, the benefits of automatic pool covers make them a no-brainer. Many models need to be installed during the swimming pool construction phase, so you’ll want to choose your cover before you begin the building phase.

Swimming Pool Features for Your New Pool

The process of building a swimming pool is much easier once you know the equipment and building choices involved. With the guidance of your pool builder, you’ll end up with a beautiful and safe pool that you’ll enjoy for years to come.



1. [After the initial costs of installing a salt chlorinator, you can save up to $7,000 over a 10-year period compared to a traditional chlorine pool. ]

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