It’s the American dream; a white picket fence, a huge backyard and a beautiful in ground pool. But with the economy the way it is, many people do not believe they have the extra money to spend on a luxury item such as a pool. Well, think again. With some proper budgeting, you could find yourself relaxing in your very own pool in no time.

This article from explains how you can budget for a new swimming pool.

1. Pool construction

With any pool installation, there will be construction need. The main options available include an in situ construction (usually of reinforced concrete), or the sinking into the excavation of a preformed metal (or other) pool structure. Different options will offer you different financial opportunities depending on several factors including location, landscape and pool size.

If money is really tight, you may consider having an above ground or semi-above ground pool installed instead to cut down on construction cost and time. The material you choose to line your pool – vinyl or tile – will also have an impact on your project’s budget.

So do some research and determine which options make the most sense for you.

2. Heating system

If you are looking for a pool you can use year round, you will need some sort of heating system. Warm climates may require nothing more than top-up heat in the early morning or evening, but in cooler climates a more expensive heater will be required.

Of course, installing a pool heater will make your pool more usable, but it will also cost you more.

These costs come in the form of purchase and fitting costs and running costs. The top options available include: “low running cost” solar heating, low output electric heaters, heat exchangers, gas or propane heaters, boilers, condenser boilers and heat pumps.

3. Pump and Filtration

Unlike pool heaters, every pool needs some sort of pump and filtration system to remove impurities and prevent bacteria from building up over time. The pump is also critical in distributing and circulating important cleaning chemicals.

The cost of these items largely depends on the size of your pool. Filtration system options are based around sand, Diatomaceous earth (DE) and cartridge cleaning methods, sand being the most economic. So determine which makes the most sense for the size and needs of your pool.

4. Covers and enclosures

Unless you want debris falling into your pool as heat escapes (also affecting the usefulness of your pool heater), you will need some sort of cover. Or, if your budget allows, you can build an enclosure around your pool, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing dip in any weather. This type of structure, while costly to initially construct, can significantly increase the usable swimming season and save on heating costs.

So start planning your budget. Look at what you need, what you want and what you feel is a luxury you can live without. Research several different options and piece together the perfect pool that will give you the usability you desire for a price you can handle.

If you have any questions, contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today!