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It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning
Happy New Year from Woodfield Outdoors! Many of us make New Year’s resolutions such as eat healthier, exercise more, spend more family time together, etc. While getting an inground pool in 2020 can’t help you with what you eat, it can certainly help you exercise more (and have fun doing it) and spend more quality time with your family.
At Woodfield, we plan ahead. Did you know that winter time is a good time to start planning for your inground pool? It’s true. With Maryland summers getting hotter and winters seemingly getting milder, January is a great time to start researching and planning for your new inground pool.
Inground Pool Considerations
There are several things you need to consider once you have decided to get an inground pool. Here, we discuss several of the main considerations.
What Type of Inground Pool You Want
Start researching about the pros and cons of fiberglass pools and concrete pools. Our blog page is a great place to start, but look at other resources as well. Do your neighbors have inground pools? What do you like or not like about their inground pool?
Determine your budget ahead of time. Concrete pools definitely cost more to install, but they last longer. Fiberglass pools cost less up front, but don’t last as long. Think about the initial pool installation cost, as well as pool maintenance and possible future pool repair costs. You will also want to include the cost of pool decking and landscaping.
Inground Pool Installation Timeframe
Inground pool installation can take place pretty much any time after the ground has thawed. In Maryland, that could be as early as March. In general, installing a fiberglass pool will take much less time than installing a concrete pool. The size of your pool, your specific location, and any extras you add on will affect the time it takes to install your inground pool.
Installing a fiberglass pool, including prep time, excavation, installation, and finishing, may take 2-3 weeks. Installing a concrete pool may take a couple of months, due to the increased prep time, time for the concrete to cure, etc.
Hiring the Right Pool Contractor
Hiring the right pool contractor is extremely important. You want someone with experience who provides excellent customer service. Ask your friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations. Do some online research. Then contact your top 3-5 pool contractors to get onsite estimates. Make a list of questions, and ask each pool builder the same questions. Ask for contact information for their references. Actually contact those people to see what they liked or didn’t like about that particular pool contractor.
Once you have all your answers and your estimates, compare apples to apples. The company with the lowest estimate might not have been in business long. How did you “click” with each contractor? Was the company responsive to your initial request? What kind of warranty do they provide?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A reputable inground pool builder will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Once you’ve signed the contract, you should get regular updates and a scheduled installation date. 2020 is your year to enjoy all the benefits of a new inground pool.
Take a look at some of our most recent project to get some ideas on your dream pool here.