Pool construction gets complicated quickly, and just the thought of that effort can cause property and landowners to abandon the idea before they even understand what's necessary. Before you decide it's not for you, read more about how it all works.
Step One: Learn More About ZoningFirst things first, you'll need to ensure you can actually have a pool on your property. You will need to adhere to the building laws laid out by the state of Illinois to install a pool, so you'll need to complete the forms before you go any further. Building officials will be checking to ensure your pool installation won't interfere with things like septic tanks, wells, or water or sewer lines, and filling you in on the exact parameters and specifications of safety regulations.
Step Two: Decide and ConquerInground pools come in either concrete, fiberglass or vinyl-lined with vinyl-lined being the least expensive and fiberglass being marginally more expensive than concrete. It's worth noting that vinyl liners will need to be replaced every few years, so it may your total costs fairly quickly. Concrete takes up to 12 weeks to install and allows some versatility if you want a custom-build. Once it's plastered into a smooth pattern, you can then pick the tiles you want. Swimming pool installation for concrete can last for many decades (up to 50 or more.) Vinyl pools are made from steel, aluminum or polymer walls, and the liners come in all shapes, sizes and colors. These liners are fairly easy to insert, so it can make for a simple and fast installation process. Fiberglass pools are one piece, and look like a bowl. Installation has been known to take just a few days because you just need to excavate a hole and insert the piece, though fiberglass may not last as long as concrete pools will (and definitely aren't as versatile.)
Step Three: Make It Comfortable and CleanThe more your pool is in the sun, the more comfortable it will be to swim in without having to heat it, so keep it from trees and strong breezes if at all possible. Build at the highest section of land, so there's no unfortunate run-off down to your pool during storms. Your circulation system should include both filtration and sanitization, meaning you'll need a pump and (in most cases) chlorine. You have your choice when it comes to filters, and the constructor can tell you more about which one you should use. For example, cartridge filters have recently become popular because they use less water to clean and are better for the environment. Chlorine is typical when it comes to keeping the stagnant water free from bacteria, bugs and algae.
Step Four: Have FunOnce you've made the practical decisions, you can opt for the more fun ones. Fountains, lights, and waterfalls are all available to make your pool special and ultimately up your resale value. After you have it all in order, you'll need to perform regular maintenance (e.g., between 1 – 2 times every two weeks while the pool is in use. Trust Sunset Pools & Spas in Chicago to help you develop the best plan to take care of your pool.