Turn a Boring Backyard Into a Beautiful Oasis
An inground pool can transform your backyard. Whatever you envision, building an inground pool gives you the most opportunities to express your creativity and design a poolscape that is completely unique.
Once you decide to build an inground pool, you’ll have a lot of fun and interesting features to consider, and the first of many choices you will make is: Which kind of inground pool should I build?
There Are Three Types of Inground Pools
The different types of inground pools vary in price, often depending on where you live, and each comes with its own benefits. The descriptions below will give you a good introduction to your options, but your pool builder will know your area well, and can help advise you on which choice is best.
Concrete or Gunite Pools
Concrete pools offer the most design flexibility. They can be built in any shape, from traditional to free form, and are able to fit into irregular spaces, if needed. Gunite pools give you the most opportunity to customize your pool design — from fun and functional built-in features to textured pool surfaces. Gunite pools allow for maximum creativity, and typically take about 12 weeks to build.
Vinyl pools are pre-engineered, less labor-intensive than concrete pools, and usually are your least-expensive inground pool option. Vinyl pools are available in dozens of pre-designed shapes, from classic to curvaceous, and can be customized with built-in features and with durable vinyl liners that come in a beautiful array of designer colors and patterns. Because vinyl pools are constructed from pre-fabricated materials and a simpler construction process, vinyl pools can be constructed in about 3 weeks.
Fiberglass pools arrive in one pre-formed, pre-finished piece, so installation is fast (usually 1 to 3 weeks)! Fiberglass pools come in a variety of shapes and styles to fit your lifestyle, as well as designer textures and colors to match your personal style. Besides the quick installation, one of the biggest benefits of fiberglass pools is their surface. The smoothness makes it difficult for algae to cling to it — and that means easier maintenance and fewer chemicals.
The Finishing Touches
While many of your customized features have already been built into your pool and deck, there are still some additional touches needed to complete your poolscape, including landscaping, cleaning systems and safety features. Throw in some toys and comfortable pool furniture, and you’ve created an unbelievable family destination you’ll enjoy for years to come.