How to Choose the Right Swimming Pool?

One of the questions I’m most often confronted with as I meet speak with pool shopper s in Virginia and Maryland, as well as across the country, is: How big should our pool be?

This is certainly an important question to ask, as the pool’s size and shape has no means of being pulled, stretched, or even shrunk after it’s in the ground. It’s one of those decisions that need to be correct the first time, as there is no turning back.

So how does one know what size to choose? Well to start, I suggest you always ask yourself the following questions:

Who are the pool’s main users and how often will they likely be using the pool?

-This is one of the most important questions one can ask. I’ve had Dads, who only have 1 or 2 kids, tell me, “I want a really big pool.” Naturally, my next question is: Why? I’m not inferring that ‘big’ pools are bad, I just want people to think about why they choose what they choose when it comes to their pool. The fact is that most kids, although they might say they want a ‘big’ pool will end up using a 25′ long pool as much as they would use a 35′ pool. Kids just want to swim, and no child has EVER boycotted a swimming pool because it was too small.

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Does anyone plan on doing laps in the pool?

-Although there are tether systems that allow any pool to be a lap pool, for the person that wants to truly ‘swim’ laps I suggest at least 34′ in length.

How much patio would I like to have around the pool?

-My partner Jason wrote a great blog about this, so be sure to read his thoughts on proper swim pool patio planning and sizing.

What are the pool’s setbacks off of the house and property lines?

Once the pool and needed patio are placed in the yard, will I have enough space for other items I’d like to have in my yard? (i.e.- jungle gym, trampoline, etc)

How often do we plan on entertaining and what is the likely number of people at our gatherings?

-I hesitate to emphasize this question because I’ve seen customers make some silly decisions based on having one or two large events at their home each year. Remember, it’s rare that more than 50% of any group is in the pool swimming at one time during an event such as a party, family gathering, etc.

Will our family change size in the coming years?

-I know it’s hard to see into the future, but families change, especially when grandkids enter the picture.

Although there are many more questions one can consider when deciding on the size of their swimming pool, this list is a great start for most people. As I mentioned at the start of this article, the whole point of asking yourself such questions is so that you do not have any regrets down the road about the decisions you’re making today with your swimming pool choices.