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Choosing the Right Swimming Pool: 7 Things to Consider

Choosing the Right Swimming Pool: 7 Things to Consider

Pondering a swimming pool but don’t know where to start? We understand that purchasing a pool is a big undertaking with lots of decisions. It can feel a little overwhelming, even. 

That’s why we’re here to make it easier. This article will guide you through the main things you’ll want to consider when purchasing a custom swimming pool. 

Let’s dive in. 

inground pool


Where should I put my pool?

Location is key. Most people opt for a pool in their backyard, but where in your backyard? You’ll need to consider topography, security, shade, room for surrounding landscaping and entertaining areas, and how each factor will influence your enjoyment of the pool. 

Another determiner of location is how much space you have to spare. If you want a big family pool, for example, you’ll need a good span of backyard or a location that can be the right balance of softscaping, hardscaping, and water. 

However, if your backyard is more compact, then a small lap pool or geometric options could be better suited as you can personalize the outline to suit the contours of your smaller yard. Whatever you choose, you need to leave enough space to move around the pool or to accommodate any dining or hosting areas, too. 

Luckily, there are plenty of sizes and styles of pools available that can be custom-built to suit even the most awkward of spaces. Just talk to a pool designer who can help. 


How much will a pool cost me?

Many factors influence the cost of a pool: size, style, materials, accessories, topographical or engineering challenges, equipment, etc. 

With several factors influencing cost, it’s worth setting yourself a budget from the beginning to see how much you have to play with for each element. A specialist pool building company, such as the team at Pool Builders Inc, will be able to advise on price based on your specific project.  


Which pool style should I choose? 

From dramatic infinity-edge pools to the clean, crisp lines of geometric pools, there are so many pool styles to choose from. 

You’ll need to think about what sort of aesthetic appeals to you. For example, if you lean more towards a lagoon-like, tropical feeling, then a freeform pool can create the natural, curving lines to complement this. But if you prefer classical elegance, then a more traditional pool should be your first choice. 

The important thing to note is that no matter which style you choose, every pool can be made to measure to create a personal oasis that’s truly one of a kind. 


freeform pool with sunledge


Which pool material is best? 

Pool materials are your chance to make a statement with texture, color, and style. Materials can provide texture and meet hygiene and safety needs, while still packing a punch visually. You’ll also want to investigate the durability and longevity of certain options, along with finding out how easy they will be to clean. 

If you’re not sure of the options available, a professional pool designer can help get your ideas, however vague, into a solid design that has real synergy and beauty. 


How do I choose a pool contractor?

A pool is one of the biggest enhancements to your home that you’ll ever make. It’s also likely to be one of your biggest investments for the future, so it’s important to choose a pool contractor who will produce a stunning result and incorporate a long-lasting solid structure. 

You’ll want to check for accreditations, excellent warranties, years of experience, and other marks of quality, such as whether they are members of the Master Pools Guild, an elite network of leading pool builders who are singled out for their quality and craftsmanship. For example, here at Pool Builders Inc, we are Guild members and also provide lifetime structural warranties for your peace of mind. 


Will the pool contractor have enough access?

Your swimming pool contractor will need easy access to the pool construction zone in order to do their job and transport materials to and from the site. 

You’ll also need to check what type of excavator will need access to the site, what their dimensions are, and how and where they will need to maneuver. It’s worth calling up a pool building company to get a better sense of what space they need to pull off the project.


How long does a pool take to build? 

A pool construction timeline is mainly affected by how ambitious the project is and the availability of your chosen pool company. Factors such as whether you’ll require a building permit also need to be factored in, as do the climate and season. For example, lots of rainfall can delay a project as pool building requires dry weather to be successful. 

As a general rule, pools take anywhere from 3 – 6  months to complete depending on the complexity. Chat to your chosen pool company for a more accurate prediction. 

Searching for an award-winning pool company in Southeast Florida? Here at Pool Builders Inc, we design and install custom pools across the area to suit any style preferences. Our expertise and skill hasn’t gone unnoticed. We’re an official member of the elite Master Pools Guild, a network of the world’s leading pool builders. Get in touch to find out more. 

I am very happy with my new swimming pool. This is my second swimming pool that Pool Builders has made for me and they both turned out beautiful. I chose the company for this pool based on my experience 27 years ago, but I still took a couple estimates before deciding to do a second pool with them. For comparison, my pool walls are a little thicker than other companies wanted to give me and I received an extra return. The equipment was important to me and it is better from what the other two companies were offering. For time.... permitting and design took about 4 months and pool was completed 3 1/2 months later. The process takes time as there were 21 inspections that had to be completed, so patience it needed when buidling a pool. My advice would be to say engaged in the process and have some fun with it.
James Ridout
James Ridout
21:37 17 Jul 23
Working with pool builders has been a great experience. My pool looks great and the staff was very responsive with all my concerns. I'd like to give special thanks to Daylin for holding my hand through the process and her quick reply's . Also thanks to john and DJ. I highly recommend pool builders because of these people .
Scott Smith
Scott Smith
14:52 21 Jun 23
Great experience! From beginning to end everyone was very professional. Results are just like the design. I liked that they set the right expectations regarding the time to completion. Daylin is the best she was always available to answer any questions and explain In detail every next step.
Nelson Feliz
Nelson Feliz
14:00 25 May 23
We could not be happier about our beautiful pool. It is the centerpiece of our outside space. Once construction started, it seemed to go pretty quickly. But more important is the quality and look. We have been swimming every day.
Keri Troehler
Keri Troehler
12:03 09 May 23
John (sales lead), Bob (general manager) and Daylin (project coordinator) were excellent to work with. Their professionalism and collaboration were apparent from pool design through final inspections. Really a pleasure to work with, and will recommend them to anyone building a pool in SoFL.
Jason Kirshner
Jason Kirshner
13:46 23 Apr 23
Excellent experience! Every step of the way was communicated clearly so we knew what to expect. From the showroom demo with John DelRe to dealing with the office itself and sub-contractors, this is a professional team! I would recommend this to friends and family...and will as soon as I can!
Carlie Sena
Carlie Sena
20:47 08 Nov 18
As we are in the process of buying a new home, we visited the showroom of Pool Builders on Orange Drive. Their showroom is amazing as they have a complete and operational pool in the showroom. Even more incredible was the amount of time that their representative, John, spent explaining all of the different features and options. John was very knowledgeable on all aspects concerning an outside pool and willing to share his expertise. Thanks so much and great customer service!
john wright
john wright
12:41 03 Nov 18
Amazing help and a beautiful pool! My friend had two pools built over 20 years ago in both of their homes and the quality is outstanding! I wouldn't go with anyone else! Everyone I worked with was wonderful-especially John DelRe and Lori.They were always available - answering all my questions in a quick and professional manner. Everyone makes you feel like family! ♡♡♡
Virginia Maskell
Virginia Maskell
00:14 18 Sep 18
We are extremely happy with our pool from Pool Builders. Our sales person, Luis Motta, was fantastic and designed something we love. The whole process was smooth from start to finish and they kept us updated at every stage of the build. We recommend them to everyone we know looking to build a pool. A+ service and quality!
Megan Visagie
Megan Visagie
17:22 17 Sep 18


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