Top 6 Mistakes During Swimming Pool Construction

Swimming pool construction isn’t something that you do every day. For many people, it’s an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime project.  Unfortunately, this lack of experience can lead to missed opportunities and major headaches. Worse, it can result in the heartbreak of a pool that is less than you’d hoped for.

Protect your sanity, your property and your dream of the perfect pool by avoiding these common mistakes during your upcoming swimming pool construction project.

1. Underestimating the Scope of the Project
There’s a lot to think about when building a pool.

  • Where should the pool be?
  • What size, shape and depth will work best for you today?
  • Will those same features also serve your needs ten years from now?
  • What about the mechanics that keeps a pool running?
  • How does the design process work?
  • What do you need to do to ensure that the construction phase goes smoothly?
  • What about safety and insurance issues?

Is your head swimming yet? To get the best results, you’ll need to ponder these considerations carefully. Be ready to do your homework so that you can make good decisions.

2. Choosing the Wrong Pool Builder
A reputable pool builder has the knowledge, experience and equipment to guide you through the process of designing  through the actual swimming pool construction. Be wary of pool builders who cannot offer a plethora of references and satisfied customers to prove it. While it does take a bit of effort to research pool builders, taking the time to find an expert you can trust will ultimately save you a great deal of trouble.

3. Making Price the Priority
Bargains are great, but putting price over quality can be an expensive mistake. When it comes to the cost of building a pool, remember that you get what you pay for. Buyers who choose cheap swimming pools often find themselves dealing with shoddy workmanship and bargain-basement materials. Ironically, swimming pool construction wtih cheaper products can be more expensive in the long run if they result in frequent replacements or higher energy costs. Definitely RUN the other way if you see an ad for “We Build Cheap Pools

4. Ignoring Safety Concerns
Pools are fun, but they do pose certain dangers. Protect your loved ones by educating yourself about pool safety and the types of safety features that can be incorporated into your pool’s design. There’s a financial factor to pool safety as well. Failure to follow your area’s rules regarding swimming pools may result in fines or costly retrofits. Unwise choices in pool installation can also have a negative impact on your homeowners insurance.

5. Focusing Only on Aesthetics
While the way your pool looks is an important factor, you should also think about how you intend to use your pool and what you’ll need to do to maintain it. An experienced pool builder can help you select a design that has the look you want, the functionality you need and a practicality you’ll certainly come to appreciate. Here is another great article that addresses questions about building a swimming pool.

6. Skipping over the Fine Print
It’s tempting to skip reading the fine print. It’s also a mistake. Be sure to thoroughly read and understand both your contract with your pool builder and the warranties that come with your pool and its various components. Understanding your rights and responsibilities will make building and maintaining your pool go more smoothly, which will make it easier for you to concentrate on enjoying your new pool.

American Pools & Spas thrives on transforming dream pools into delightful realities for our residential and commercial customers. If you’re ready to build a pool, let us put our 3-D design services, computerized construction plans and highly skilled team to work for you. Contact us today at 407-847-9322 to learn more.