Top Things to Think About Before Installing a Pool
A swimming pool is a fantastic addition to your property. Most homeowners in Australia want to have a swimming pool in their backyard to add long-term value not just to the property but to their lifestyle. However, if you're planning to build a pool, there are a few crucial factors to consider before diving head first into the project.
Why should you install a swimming pool?
As with any big construction project, you need to determine the reason why you want a swimming pool on your property. You need to be clear about its purpose because that will be a big deciding factor in choosing the shape, depth, and size of your dream pool. Are you going to use it for laps, recreation, or for relaxing? Are you going to install it for your children or do you just want to increase the resell value of the property?
At Burleigh Pools, we have extensive pool designs for any purpose or sized backyard. You can choose from our existing designs or create a freeform design to match your setting:
How much is your budget?
When it comes to securing your budget, it is important to do some research. In Australia, the average amount property owners spend on installing a backyard swimming pool is around $40,000-$50,000. There are several expenditures to consider, such as the pool cover, heating, landscaping, and decking. You need to also prepare for the maintenance involved.
How big or small is your pool?
The size of your lot or property will determine the size and shape of your swimming pool. So, it is recommended to get in touch with your council first to check what are the requirements for installing a pool.
It is easier to build a pool on level property. Urban sites usually have strict requirements when it comes to installing a swimming pool near property boundaries, so you need to be aware that shading from other buildings. Neighbouring trees might also limit the position of your pool.
Where will you install it?
Once you determine the size and the type of pool you want, it's time to work out the location where you will install it. You need to check the council and building regulations regarding site coverage allowance, pool fencing requirements, and proximity to stormwater drains. Your contractor also needs to contact your state's Dial Before You Dig service to check the location of utilities such as gas, electrical, telephone, cable, and water.
There's a law in Australia that all swimming pools must be fenced correctly. You need to get your fencing right – not just the permanent fence once the pool is finished. You'll also need to install a temporary fence whether the house is occupied or not and make sure it is slip-resistant. You can choose between timber, composite decking, pavers, or stone.
What materials are you going to use for the construction?
The common types of swimming pools nowadays are fibreglass composite, concrete, and vinyl. A steel-reinforced in-ground concrete pool can be the most durable pool option, but advances in fibreglass composite technology have increased this material's durability. If you want a customised design, concrete offers flexibility in terms of shape, size, and depth.
When it comes to finishing a concrete ppol, there are lots of options too, such as marble plaster, tiles, pebbles, coloured quartz, swimming pool paint, or vinyl. If you want an urban, contemporary setting, you may opt for arcing jets of water or glass tile that would produce artistic flexibility.
How would you maintain the swimming pool?
Having a swimming pool on your property comes with the responsibility of maintaining it. You need to ensure that your pool is energy-efficient with solid filtration and sound hydraulics. The highest maintenance cost is the lining.
Concrete pools need to be acid-washed every three to five years and re-plastered every 10-15 years. Vinyl-made swimming pools can puncture so you need to allow for repairs every five to ten years. Fibreglass composite swimming pools are low maintenance and usually come with a lifetime warranty.
Who will build your swimming pool?
It's important to pick a contractor that will install your pool safely, within regulations and budget. You need to make sure the pool builder you will choose is insured and find out about the available warranty.
One of the best ways to find a good contractor is to get referrals from family and friends who own a pool. Why? Because they will be honest with you about their experience, whether it is good or bad. They will lead you to a good pool builder.
It's also smart to talk to several contractors to find one you can trust. This includes determining how long they've been in business. You can find Burleigh Pools' Reviews on our website.
Build your Pool with Burleigh Pools
A swimming pool is definitely a great long-term investment. That's why it's essential to consider the things mentioned above before installing the swimming pool of your dreams. You should conduct thorough research before making any decisions. Consider the environmental factors that come into play and have a clear estimate of the building plan and budget.
For all your swimming pool needs on the Gold Coast or NSW Northern Rivers, Burleigh Pools has a team of expert pool builders who can help you. We have a range of award-winning design options you can choose from to find the swimming pool that fits your property. Our team can also assist you in finding the best water features to make your new pool look amazing.
Call Burleigh Pools at 07 5576 0500 or fill-out this online form to book your free consultation today.Back To Articles