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How Big Should My Inground Pool Be?

So you’ve decided to get an inground pool. Congratulations! We admit we’re biased, but we think adding an inground pool to your backyard is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Creating a relaxing, personal paradise is easier than you think. But just how big should you make your inground pool size?

That depends on a number of factors. And in this case, bigger isn’t always better. There are a number of factors to consider, including:

  • How big your property is.
  • Where you want to place the pool.
  • Do you plan to swim laps or just chill in the pool?
  • How many people will use the pool at one time?

And remember, there’s the actual pool size, but then there is the pool decking that will surround your pool. From elegant free form pools to rectangular lap pools, with a little research, you can determine the right inground pool size for you.

Common Inground Pool Sizes

The larger pool sizes require a bigger property, so as not to dwarf the home, and not to take up your entire back yard. If you plan to swim laps, you will need a larger, rectangular pool. Keep in mind that fiberglass pools come in specific shapes and sizes, while concrete pools can be just about any custom shape and size you would want.

For fiberglass pools, we install San Juan Pools. They are an industry leader in fiberglass pools. You can browse their selection of pool shapes and sizes. Each pool description includes information on size specifications, measurements, features, water turnover rate, and more.

In general, the most common inground pool sizes are:

  • 5-10 ft long (spa size)
  • 10-15 ft. long
  • 15-20 ft. long
  • 20-25 ft. long (for a small to medium-sized family)
  • 25-30 ft. long
  • 30-35 ft. long
  • 35-40 ft. long
  • 40-45 ft. long (for the serious swimmer!)

The idea is to choose a pool size and shape that is attractive to you, and big enough for your use. You don’t want to get a pool that is way too big for your needs, as it costs more to keep a big pool clean and in working order. Remember — the bigger the pool, the higher the associated utility bills.

That being said, you also don’t want to choose a pool that is too small. You want to be able to fit your whole family in comfortably, as well as some extended family or friends for a pool party.

Hiring an Inground Pool Contractor

When you determine your basic requirements for your inground pool, you’ll need to hire the right pool contractor. Make sure you ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations. Do your homework, and research pool contractors online. Pick your top 3-5 contractors and schedule estimates. It’s helpful if you have a list of questions to ask them so that you can compare cost estimates as well as how friendly and informative they were. You want someone who has the experience and know-how to get the job done right. Check out our blog on questions to ask a pool builder for some helpful tips.

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