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This time of year we are all looking for somewhere to cool off, we are either visiting water parks, spraying ourselves with a garden hose, using our membership at the community pool or a frequently visiting a friend who just so happens to have a pool. Have you ever thought how nice it would be to have your own pool? The convenience of being able to just walk out your door and jump into the refreshing pool on a sticky hot day is pretty alluring, isn’t it?

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, here are a couple of choices you’ll have to make!

First things first, you have to decide what kind of pool you will be investing in.

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Underground or Above Ground Pool?

Budget is typically the deciding factor here, it really depends on the financial investment you can afford to make at this point in time. While underground pools come with a higher price tag because of the construction and materials involved in the process of installing the pool, on average they typically have a longer longevity than an above ground pool would have.

If your going with an underground pool now you have to decide: Concrete, Vinyl Liner or Fiberglass

Each option has its share of advantages and disadvantages you’ll want to consider.

Vinyl Lined: Boasting the lowest upfront investment and a smooth to the touch surface, this option should be seriously considered – the vinyl material means it will be easier to keep clean than a concrete pool. If your leaning toward a vinyl lined pool just make sure you are aware that vinyl liners typically need to be replaced or repaired sooner than your other options.

Fiberglass: Lower initial cost, quick installation & low maintenance make this option very attractive. Keep in mind that the fiberglass option will limit the shape, design and width of the pool you can install.

Concrete: The most expensive option, concrete pools are so popular because they don’t limit you in shape, size, or depth of the pool you install and they can be customized unlike the other options however concrete pools do take longer to install and tend to require more maintenance to keep them clean due to the porous nature of the concrete.

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Saltwater or Chlorine System

Regardless of whether or not you choose an above ground or underground pool, you will still need to pick either a saltwater system or a chlorine pool system – chlorine systems do tend to be more popular however there has been a recent rise in popularity of salt water system pools. While you might encounter differing opinions depending who you talk to, it is worth researching the difference between the two, especially if you are considering installing and setting up a brand new pool. While it is possible to change a pool over from one to the other and many people do, it is much easier and cost effective to select the system that best suits your needs upfront.

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