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Are you Googling “Christmas 2022 gift ideas” and coming up unimpressed with the results you see? Are you at a point in your life where you have plenty of “stuff” and you’re looking more for experiences? Consider giving the ultimate Christmas gift by getting an inground pool (and spa!)
If you and your kids have been members at a local pool, or are envious of the neighbors who have a pool in their backyard, getting an inground pool could be the best Christmas gift ever for your family. You can still give smaller gifts so people have things to open on Christmas morning, but this can be that one big gift.
It may seem odd to be thinking about inground pool installation at this time of year, but it’s actually a very good time to be planning ahead. That’s because pool contractors are not as slammed in December and January, and you can get your pool design consultation scheduled pretty quickly.
Before you hire a pool builder, it’s important to do your research, and make some basic decisions. Let’s take a look.
Decision #1: Fiberglass Pool or Concrete Pool?
The first decision you need to make is whether you want a fiberglass pool or a concrete/gunite inground pool. The main differences between the 2 are customization abilities, time to install the pool, and pricing.
Fiberglass pools are limited to the shapes and sizes offered by the pool manufacturer. Because these pools are manufactured in a factory, installation time is shorter, and your total cost for installation is less because there is less labor involved with installing your pool.
With concrete/gunite pools, everything is customized to your specifications, from size and shape to pool finish, pool tile, and more. The cost of a concrete pool installation is therefore higher because installation takes longer and uses more materials.
You may want to consult with a pool contractor who installs both types of inground swimming pools, so you can hear more about your options and solutions that fit your vision and budget.
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- Why Woodfield Installs San Juan Fiberglass Pools
Decision #2: Size and Shape
Do you envision a tropical pool paradise or a more elegant layout with clean lines? Will you be wanting to swim laps or play Marco Polo? Will your kids be inviting a bunch of friends over for pool parties, or is it just you and your spouse who will be using the pool?
These are all questions to ask yourself as you determine the size and shape of the pool you want. The size and layout of your backyard will also be a factor.
Related Reading: Inground Pool Shapes and Sizes: How to Choose
Decision #3: The Extras
Next, we come to the pool extras, or pool add-ons you might want. These can include things like:
- High-end pool decking
- Pool waterfall
- Pool lighting
- Pool slide
You can get these add-ons on either a fiberglass or concrete pool.
- Inground Pool Waterfalls Guide
- The Best Pool Lights for Your Inground Pool
- Best Pool Slides for an Inground Pool
Decision #4: The Pool Contractor
Last but not least, once you have a good idea of the material, size, shape, and extras you want when it comes to your inground pool, you can start looking for pool contractors in your area. Get recommendations from friends and neighbors, and research each company. Read their reviews and check out their portfolios. Do they have lots of good reviews, even glowing ones? Does their portfolio show that they do the quality and level of work you expect? Set up consultations with a few, and decide who you would like to work with.
Once you’ve chosen one, you can start looking forward to the day they break ground and start on your pool installation. After that, prepare to enjoy your pool paradise for years to come!
Related Reading: What to Look for in Pool Installers
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
If you’re looking to give the ultimate Christmas gift, you’re in the right place. Our design/build team takes your inground pool ideas and creates your own personal pool paradise. Schedule a consultation now for 2023 installation. While you can’t get your pool until next year, you can put a signed contract under the tree.
We work with clients throughout the Baltimore area, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Howard County. Schedule a call today.