Deciding to take the plunge and create your pool paradise by installing an inground pool…
The New Year is just a couple of days away. If you want to make 2022 the best year ever as far as your outdoor living experience, you’re looking into getting an inground pool. Well, you’re in the right place. Woodfield has installed hundreds of pools over the years. We specialize in custom-designed concrete/gunite pool installation as well as fiberglass pool installation.
We’re already booking projects for 2022, and if you get on the schedule early, your new inground pool can be ready by Memorial Day. We understand that you’ll want to get more than one estimate, but do know that in-demand pool builders fill up their schedules quickly.
Before you hire anyone, you have to decide a number of things about the inground pool you want. We will only discuss concrete and fiberglass inground pools because that’s what we do. Here are some main considerations:
Fiberglass Pool or Concrete Pool?
Your first big decision after deciding to get an inground pool is whether you want a fiberglass pool or a concrete pool. What you decide boils down to tastes, budget, and how much customization you want.
Concrete (Gunite) Pools
Concrete, or gunite pools, are completely customizable, giving you a custom inground pool that is the exact shape and size you want, with custom finishes and custom tile. This type of pool will take longer to install, and will cost more than other options.
Fiberglass pools come in a wide array of shapes and styles, some with attached spas, and some without. While you have many choices, you cannot customize the size and shape to your liking. Because they are manufactured rather than built from the ground up, fiberglass pool installation is less expensive than installing a concrete/gunite pool.
Size and Shape of Your Pool
The decision on the size and shape of the pool you want goes hand in hand with deciding between fiberglass and concrete. If you find a fiberglass pool that is the right shape and size and meets your budget, there’s little reason for you to go with a concrete pool. But if you have your heart set on a custom-designed pool that works with existing landscape features and is made especially for you, then a concrete pool is best.
If you have kids, you may want a larger pool. If you want to swim laps, you may want a rectangular pool. Or maybe you want a lagoon-like feel, you may want an irregularly shaped pool. It might help you decide what’s right for your yard and family if you check out pool manufacturer websites as well as read up on your options.
How to Choose Between Pool Contractors
Once you have a good idea of the type of pool you want, as well as the size and shape, it’s time to start interviewing swimming pool contractors. To get a good list of options, ask friends, family, and neighbors who they would recommend, and who they would warn against.
Check out their company websites, and read their online reviews. Pick your top 3, and set up consultations. It helps to ask all of them the same questions and to take notes. They should all provide you with a written estimate, at the bare minimum. Decide who communicated best, from the point of first contact to the on-site visit.
Compare quotes and your notes, and decide who you’re going to sign a contract with. Congratulations! You’re getting a new inground pool!
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
It’s never too early to start planning for your inground pool installation. For a custom pool, pool deck, surrounding patio, and landscaping, there is a lot involved, from the design phase to the HOA approval (if necessary), to the permitting process to the actual beginning of the installation.
That’s why we’re already booking pool design and installation projects for 2022. To set up an on-site consultation, use our contact form or call us at 443-299-6500. We design and build custom concrete/gunite pools, and we partner with San Juan Pools to install fiberglass pools.
We work with homeowners in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Howard County.