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Anyone that’s having a pool installed is understandably excited and anxious to use it for the first time. Individuals need to understand that a great part of the construction will depend on the time of year and prevailing weather conditions. Weather is the primary factor for delays.

Pool construction takes, on average, 60 to 90 days providing the weather is perfect. Bear in mind that the vast majority of pool installation requests are during the summer months and installers always have a backlog of projects. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Planning

No pool is installed without a plan and that requires the installer to physically see the area where a client wants their pool. The area may require a retaining wall or a significant amount of existing plant removal before excavation can begin.

Type of Pool

Much will depend on the type of pool to be installed. Vinyl pools can typically be installed in as little as two weeks, while a concrete pool can require 3 to 4 months. Fiberglass will usually take 14 to 30 days. If there will be water features such as fountains, falls, slides, outdoor kitchens and other items, it will increase the build time.

Permits

The installation of any kind of pool requires permits and those can take time to obtain. It can require a single permit, a series of several to accommodate different type of approvals, or a meeting with local government officials. Construction can’t begin until those permits are issued and that will depend largely on how quickly the local municipalities and entities move on them.

Breaking Ground

Florida pool contractors are in high demand and typically have several jobs waiting for them. The wait before the installer breaks ground can be anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks.

Patios

The installation of the actual pool is a relatively quick process. It’s typically the patio area that takes the longest time to finish. A hole bigger than the pool must be dug to accommodate the construction process, then backfilled when the pool is in. The soil will also need to settle before the patio is created and the pool filled. Installation of pavers can take a couple of days, while stone can take 2 weeks, depending on the size of the patio.

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Don’t Skip the Spa when Designing your new Pool

There’s much to be said for the benefits of adding a spa when you install your new pool. The good news is that you can even add one to your existing pool and it will provide all the benefits of a hot tub. It can be ornamented and enhanced in a variety of ways with water, custom seating options, jets, mood lighting, a sound system, and tile colors.

Depending on the construction and design, the spa area will be separated with some type of barrier from the pool. The spa can be at the same height or slightly elevated, depending on personal preference. The spa area can be incorporated within the pool itself or created as a separate “pool.”

Most people prefer their spa to be the second type – connected yet separate from the swimming pool. You can choose a custom-built spa or one that’s pre-fabricated. Either can be easily incorporated into your landscape.

Adding a spa to your pool opens up new possibilities for health and wellness, along with lifestyle and even entertaining. Spas have multiple therapeutic benefits and are a great way to ease sore joints and muscles whether you have joint condition or you’re recovering from a gym workout.

Depending on your available space and personal preferences, you may choose to have a spa installed that’s entirely separate from the main pool. It can be done at the same time as the pool is installed or at a later date. If your available space is limited and you don’t have room for a traditional swimming pool, a warm water spa is an ideal alternative.

A spa is an effective method of hydrotherapy for sore joints and muscles. The warm water increases circulation and soothes away stress and tension. The spas are equally popular as a focal point for entertaining. An added benefit is that it adds value to your home and lifestyle, along with your mental, physical and emotional health.

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Why Add a Spa to your Pool Plan

Spas are becoming an increasingly common feature in swimming pool plans and they have a variety of benefits. Most people typically imagine an enclosed space, but in South Florida they’re essentially open-air pools that attach directly to the swimming pool. They provide a warm and inviting oasis where you can relax after a swim. They also add value to the home and enhances pool design.

A spa can even be added to an existing pool. The modern aquatic features are installed below-ground just like the pool. They’re attached to the pool, but the pool is separated from the swimming pool with a dam-like wall. Spas have a variety of therapeutic benefits and you’ll wonder why you waited to have one installed.

Pain Relief

The warm water of your spa provides welcome relief from the aches associated with strenuous exercise to the pain of arthritis. They’re equally appropriate for recovering after an accident. Spas can be designed with jets that help soothe the body while you relax in any position that best accommodates your body.

Exercise

A spa isn’t just for relaxing. It can also act as a therapeutic place to exercise. The water buoys the body and reduces the stresses of gravity. You can move more freely in water for an effective low-impact workout that’s also effective cardio. You can even add light weights if you’d like for a more intensive exercise routine.

Circulation

Heated water supports overall wellness and is particularly beneficial for improving circulation that enhances the body’s own innate healing abilities. A spa aids in helping the body pump essential oxygenated blood. Improved circulation benefits the entire body.

Sleep

A spa is great for promoting better sleep. The heated water warms the body and facilitates mental relaxation similar to what happens when your body prepares for slumber. Just be careful and don’t fall asleep in the spa.

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Planning a Pool to fit your Style

A pleasing pool doesn’t just happen. It’s a project that takes careful planning and takes your desires, budget, and lifestyle into consideration. Pools can be constructed and installed in a myriad of shapes and sizes to accommodate any space. A swimming pool is also a major investment and proper planning with a pool professional ensures the finished product will be exactly what you want.

Budgetary Concerns

The first step is to understand your budget and how much you have to spend on a pool. Before getting too excited about your new pool, talk to at least three pool installation specialists to obtain an idea of the type of expenses involved before moving forward. The shape and size will impact costs.

Land Considerations

The attributes of your property will have an impact on where, how and even if an in-ground pool can be installed. Your yard may require significant prep work to prepare the site for installation and that can significantly impact the time required and cost involved. Retaining walls may need to be erected or hills might need to be leveled.

Access to the site may be a problem and that will also affect the cost. The soil may present a risk for an in-ground pool, but not for an above-ground pool. You may have to choose between an above-ground model, no pool, or an alternative such as a spa.

Zoning

Every community has specific zoning regulations governing the type of features and additions that can be made to properties. There are also a variety of safety equipment and measures that must be provided when you have a pool. It’s a good idea to investigate zoning requirements before you set your heart on a specific size or type of pool.

Features and Options

You’re going to have a wealth of features and options from which to choose that you can include in the pool set up. You can select from different finishes, colors and textures of the pool itself, along with LED mood lighting, stereo options, and pool heaters. Traditional swimming pools and saltwater options are available, along with fountains and built-in waterfalls.

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Benefits of Adding a Waterfall to your Pool

Waterfalls are restful to listen to and beautiful to behold. They’re an elegant addition to the pool, add character, and they offer a variety of benefits. A waterfall doesn’t need to be large or ostentatious to be effective, create a focal point, and breathe new life into the pool area.

A waterfall can easily be incorporated into the original pool build and they can be retrofitted to existing swimming pools. It’s essential that you work with a pool specialist throughout the process to ensure it’s structurally sound and accommodates the aesthetics of an existing pool. The following are the little known benefits of adding a waterfall to your pool.

Algae

The moving water of a waterfall helps significantly in preventing the growth of algae. Pool water moves as it’s filtered, but not to the extent that a waterfall provides. The more motion water has, the less likely algae will grow in your pool.

Beautifies

A waterfall can be incorporated into a corner of the pool, free-floating versions are available, along with those that can be anchored at the bottom of the pool. No matter which style you choose, waterfalls can be adorned with color-changing lights to provide an additional level of safety and set the mood for your outdoor space. It’s an easy way to update the look of your pool.

Filtering

Your normal pool filtering system will be the primary way in which debris is removed from the pool. While a waterfall is not replacement for a well-maintained filtering system, the moving water in your pool from a waterfall will be cleaner.

White Noise

People around the world have found the sound of running water one of the most soothing and relaxing of auditory experiences. The sounds from a waterfall act as a form of white noise with the power to help you destress and relax.

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Pool Deck Materials Matter

The decking that surrounds a pool is an important part of the pool environment. It sets the tone, character and style of the swimming area and will be where tables, chairs, and other outdoor furnishings will be placed. However, not all pool decking is the same and there are some factors to consider when choosing pool decking.

The materials used in pool decking will have an impact on the people using the pool. Decking materials have function and performance requirements that are far different than an ordinary patio. A pool professional can provide invaluable assistance in choosing the decking materials that best fits individual needs.

Heat Retention

In Florida’s abundant sunshine, pool decking can soak up a lot of heat. The surfaces can become extremely hot and result in burns to the soles of the feet. Individuals have a number of materials available that offer superior levels of reflectivity. For those that have their heart set on a specific material, there are decorative overlays that substantially reduce the amount of radiation and heat absorbed.

Maintenance

No one wants to spend time on maintaining the decking when the pool is so inviting. Concrete is one of the most often used materials for pool decking and while there are pavers and tiles aplenty, they’ll can often require more maintenance than concrete. The selected material will need to be able to withstand constant exposure to pool chemicals, heat, and water without degrading.

Slip Resistance

Splashing and water spillover from pools are to be expected, but it can also lead to a very slippery surface that can result in falls and injuries. The decking can be hazardous for everyone and particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, and anyone that has partaken of alcoholic beverages. Footwear can fail to gain traction on wet surfaces just as easily as wet feet. Slip resistance should be a priority for every pool owner.

Space

A good rule of thumb for a rectangular pool is decking that extends a minimum of four feet on both sides and eight feet on the ends to provide ample space for walking and lounging around the pool. Some materials will cost more to cover the same amount of space.

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True Cost of an In-Ground Pool in Florida

A pool is an ultimate goal for many in Florida to beat the heat and humidity of summer. However, the cost often takes individuals by surprise and can vary greatly depending on a multitude of factors. The price tag will also depend on whether individuals opt for a traditional in-ground pool or a saltwater pool.

The professionals hired to install the pool will have to excavate the site, install the pool, and create a pool deck – the area immediately surrounding the pool where outdoor furniture will be placed. That doesn’t count the cost of features that can include mood lighting or sound systems.

A basic, in-ground freshwater pool can range from $35,000 to $60,000 on average, but can run as much as $115,000. Much depends on the size, material with which it’s constructed, where it will be located, and the project’s complexity. They typically come in 10×20, 15×30 and 20×40 sizes.

For those that desire any of the popular add-ons that are available, such as waterfalls, fountains, covers, lighting, sound systems, or incorporated hot tubs – expect to spend another $2,000 to $10,000 depending on the feature. The following costs when performed by professionals, with all the details taken care of and the pool swim-ready when they leave.

Fiberglass

A fiberglass pool will last for up to 25 years. Installation can range from $45,000 to $$85,000. It will also cost in the neighborhood of $3,700 each year to maintain. The benefit is that fiberglass pools are easier to maintain than other types. Installation can take as little as a week and the surface is resistant to algae.

Vinyl

A vinyl pool will need to have the liner replaced approximately every 10 years and they’re offered in a variety of pre-designed shapes. The average cost is $25,000 to $45,000 for installation and about $13,000 for maintenance over 10 years. Vinyl pools are easy to clean and resistant to algae.

Concrete

A pool made of concrete can last up to 50 years, can cost up to $5,100 per year to maintain, and run from $35,000 to $60,000 for installation. Individuals have more options to be creative with design, but the pools require more chemicals to maintain them in swimmable condition. Every few years it will require an acid wash for mold and algae and will need to be refinished every 10-15 years.

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