Design Considerations Before Building Your Inground Swimming Pool in Melbourne

May 30, 2022

Inground pools are the dream of many Australian homeowners, providing a place of relaxation and spending time with loved ones in the backyard. Despite this, many would-be pool owners find themselves confronted with the practicality, cost, and care of an inground pool. Whether you decide to get yourself a permanent or seasonal above-ground pool, or eventually decided to devote a significant portion of your property to the project, an inground pool is an investment in your house and lifestyle. If you're looking for a place where your kids and their friends can hang out during the hot summer months, an inground swimming pool is the best option.

To help you determine if you're ready to add an inground pool to your home, below are some design considerations that you need to know.

Materials and Types of Inground Pools to Consider

While there is a myriad of other materials available for use, fibreglass, concrete, and vinyl are the three most common materials used to construct inground pools in the country.

One most common and simple material to work around with inground pools is fibreglass. Prefabricated fibreglass pool shells can be dropped into an excavated hole in your backyard, making the installation process a cinch. Because of the durability and waterproofness of the fibreglass material, they are less complicated and less expensive to maintain than other types of pools. The main drawback of fibreglass pools is that they are unable to be reshaped. A prefabricated pool's design and depth cannot be altered.

Another material is concrete. Spraying or spreading a cement slurry onto a reinforced concrete shell produces concrete swimming pools. They may be made to fit virtually any size, depth, or shape needed, which is a major selling point. Installing and maintaining concrete pools is more expensive and takes longer than doing it with fibreglass. However, they are as durable as fibreglass.

Lastly, a material that has seen a major trend in pool construction in recent years is vinyl. A heavy-duty vinyl liner is inserted into a plastic or metal inground frame to create vinyl pools. Customizability is limited compared to concrete pools. Vinyl pools are the least expensive alternative for an in-ground pool, but durability is a major drawback. To replace the vinyl liner, you'll have to pay quite a bit. In-ground vinyl pools are thought to be the least durable.

Space Considerations

If you're planning on installing an inground pool, experts recommend that the pool itself should take up about 25% of your backyard or outdoor entertainment area. If you're thinking about installing a pool, you'll need to allocate a room for a patio or deck, a lawn area, and a covered patio or BBQ area. If it's going to be cold, you'll want to keep your beach chairs and umbrellas inside a shed.

If you don't have much space in your Melbourne backyard, the 25% guideline may not apply to you. However, if you have a small backyard, you may end up with a long, narrow pool with little to no room for landscaping. Make sure you're prepared to give up your outdoor space, especially in areas of the country where the weather can be harsh.

Construction Cost and Maintenance

Having an inground pool is a must for those who live in hot regions, especially during the summer months. Some may see it as a need, while others may see it as an extravagance or even an investment in their home. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, water features can also increase the value of a home.

Inground pools, unlike above-ground pools, are levelled with your backyard. Before the pool is installed, landscapers can excavate and dig out a place for the pool to be. After that, the hole is filled up and the pool is put in position, resulting in a completely smooth swimming area. There is a wide range of pricing for inground pools, and it all depends on your preferences and the sort of pool you want. A zero-entry feature, additional steps or sitting spaces, or a waterfall will raise the price of the pool. It's important to remember that the pool deck or patio, an inclosure like a screened-in swimming pool cage, fencing, and a pool cover all contribute to the price of the pool. Inground pools in hot places are about 30% less expensive than in others due to the greater availability of pool contractors in these areas.

As for maintenance works, regular pool care, including chemicals and cleaning equipment, will cost roughly a thousand bucks a year if you do the work yourself. Repairs would be an additional cost. To keep algae and pH levels stable, concrete pools require the greatest chemicals and more regular cleanings. As a result, a lot of people engage a pool maintenance company. There are additional fees for closing and reopening a seasonal pool with these services. Vinyl pools are prone to algae growth and ripping, therefore maintenance costs are more likely to be unanticipated. Pools made of fibreglass are considered to be the easiest to maintain and algae-resistant, according to the majority of experts.

Entrusting Your Pools to the Experts

It is important to always conduct in-depth research and weigh all the possible considerations before deciding to get yourself an inground pool. Always make sure to consult and trust an expert for you to get the ultimate result for all your planned renovations. The professional pool builders from Delorenzo Pools are here to help guide you through this journey. Call us and we will be glad to serve you.

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