Pools can add value to your home
By Jeff Lakie
If you're looking to enhance the value of your home, either to resell or
for your own personal enjoyment, you might be looking for a pool to
increase that value and enjoyment. Here is a comparison of ideas that
might help you make that decision a little more easily.
¡¤ An in-ground pool can run you several thousand dollars but
since they come with a variety of shapes and sizes they give
you the greatest amount of versatility. You can have a slide
and a diving board and a deep end, and if you have a square
pool it is easy to swim laps. The shallow end is suitable for
water games and youngsters who are learning to swim.
¡¤ An aboveground pool is much cheaper than an in-ground pool
but requires additional decking and fencing for privacy and
convenience. Also, the deep end is not very deep and since
they are usually round they're difficult to swim laps in. These
are good, however, for splashing around on a hot summer
¡¤ However, if you're looking at an aboveground pool you may
find that a cheaper but equal alternative is to purchase a large
inflatable pool that is big enough for several members of your
family. These are not those tiny "kiddie pools" that you see in
people's yards. These are actually quite large inflatable pools
but are also only suitable for splashing around and not for
¡¤ An alternative that many people don't think of is a current
pool. These might go under a different name depending on
where you live and they are perfect for the serious swimmer
who likes to swim laps and does not have a lot of room in their
backyard. Sometimes measuring about 8 feet wide and 15 feet
long these pools may not seem useful for very much but they
create a current, like in a river, that pushes against you as you
swim. That way you stay in one place swimming against the
current, unlike in a current-less pool where you swim from side
¡¤ Another alternative is to buy a hot tub instead of a swimming
pool. For young children, a hot tub full of non-heated water
will still be as enjoyable since the children don't swim but just
splash around. And the adults can turn up the heat in the
evening and relax.
A swimming pool can be an expensive investment, especially if you
don't put a lot of consideration into its usage beforehand. Take some
time to think about what your swimming pool needs are now and in the
About the Author
Jeff Lakie is the founder of Pools Information a website providing information on Pools
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