So You’re Thinking of Installing a Pool

It’s summertime, you’re just back from your vacation, and wishing that you were still by the beach or in the resort. Your local swimming pool just isn’t the same. Then you look outside and realize something. You’ve got some extra space in your backyard, and you start to wonder. Should I get a pool?

The Basics

There are lots of options when it comes to pools. There are countless shapes and depths and models to consider. In ground pool prices may be outside your budget, but they’re so much better looking than above-ground pools. There are also hot tubs to consider or infinity pools. The choices you make will depend on your budget, size constraints, and your needs. What space do you have to work with? How much money can you spend on installation and maintenance? Most importantly, what benefits are you looking to get from your pool?

Social Benefits

There are many benefits to having a pool, and perhaps the first one you learned as a child were the social benefits. The coolest parties were always thrown by people with pools. You can’t have a pool party without a pool; having a pool can make your backyard a destination. Pools can be a great place to hang out and relax for adults as well, getting sun and exercise. Throw in an outdoor bar, and it’s almost as good as a vacation you can take in your own backyard.

Health Benefits

Once you’ve made the investment to get a pool put in, you’re obliged to use it, and this can have many great health benefits. Where better to work on your beach body than at the pool? Swimming is good exercise for people of all ages. It’s easy on the joints and great for your core muscles, arms, and legs. Getting exercise by swimming is a popular pastime because it also gets you outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Of course, it’s important to protect your skin with regular applications of sunscreen, but if you, like so many people, are a little Vitamin D deficient, getting outside to splash around in a pool is as good a way as any to get some sun.

Temperature and Relaxation

If you went swimming on your vacation, odds were you were somewhere warm. Pools are most popular in warm places, and with good reason. On days when it’s too hot to spend much time outside, the pool is a welcome reprieve from the heat. That said, a pool’s wintertime cousin is the hot tub, and it’s just as good in winter as it is on a cool summer night. Immersion in water isn’t just a good way to cool down (or warm up), it’s also a way to beat stress and relax. Hot tubs are a great way to unwind after a stressful day and simply immersing yourself in water has proven benefits for stress and anxiety.

Costs and Downsides

This isn’t to say that having a pool is the end-all, be-all. It takes work and maintenance. Special equipment is needed to keep the pool clean and the water clear of gunk. Special chemicals are used to keep the water safe. Pools need to be covered in the winter and refreshed in the spring. The regular maintenance costs of a pool are nothing to sneeze at, so before you get carried away, make sure you can really afford it. 

Pools aren’t for everyone, but they might be right for you. Balance the costs of installation and maintenance against the benefits to your health and happiness. It may be well worth it. A pool can be a great way to beat the heat, relax, get some sun, and exercise, all while making your own yard into a hot vacation destination. Right now you may just be looking out the window and dreaming, but there’s no reason you couldn’t find a way to make the dream into a reality.