When planning a major home renovation like a swimming pool, all of the planning involved can mean it sometimes takes a while before you get to the fun part! But it’s worth the wait.
And for our family, that fun part was browsing the selection of Leisure Pools. There are so many fabulous shapes and colors to choose from when it comes to their fiberglass swimming pools. I went for a rectangular design with a splash deck and built-in spa, but there are so many styles and types of pools to choose from, you’re sure to find an option that will be perfect for your home’s outdoor space.
You even get to choose the perfect color for your new pool, and you have seven different options. I fell in love with Silver Grey, because it replicates the beautiful reflective colors of the sea.
One of the other major benefits to buying a fiberglass swimming pool is that you can take your pick of filtration systems – because of the robustness of Composite Armour material. Saltwater systems can cause problems with vinyl pools and even damage concrete in gunite pools over time, which is something to bear in mind when picking a pool material.
For those looking to reduce chemical use, saltwater is a great option. I prefer that the pool does not have a chlorine “taste” or “smell”, although a saltwater system does use chlorine. However, with a fiberglass pool, you have both saltwater and chlorine system options to choose from. Chlorine filtration systems tend to be better value, although upkeep costs can be a little higher.
Finally, I needed to decide about heating options. If you are lucky enough to live in a warmer climate, your heating costs can, of course, be minimized. One of the fantastic benefits of a fiberglass swimming pool is because it’s a naturally insulating material, it takes less energy to heat the water and maintain the temperature than a concrete equivalent. This makes fiberglass a much more sustainable option; and as energy costs can make up a big chunk of your maintenance, it’s great news for your monthly budget.
The major options for heating your pool are propane, a natural gas heater, an electric heat pump or solar panels. Many people decide to go for the natural gas or propane heater, because they are affordable, easy to use and fast. Heat pumps are a more expensive option but cost less to run over time because they’re powered by electricity.
If you live in a warm climate, it is worth considering solar panels – even as a supplementary power source to a propane heater or heat pump. Not only do they generate sustainable energy, but they eventually will pay for themselves.
(Ed. note: Leisure Pools partners with Hayward Pool Products for filtration and heating options, as well as other pool products. See all they have to offer here.)