Effective Pool Design: Reducing Maintenance Costs
Swimming pools are among those house luxuries most people dream of getting, but it’s also among the most expensive. The cost of building one (or several) doesn’t come cheap, but what really hurts the wallet is the ongoing maintenance you need to do after you’ve built it.
Many custom pool designers note that reducing the maintenance costs of your pool is possible even before you lay the first foundations. You need to consider some factors that may affect your pool’s maintenance costs into its design.
Installing pool covers may be expensive, but it’s a one-time cost if you compare it to the amount of money you’re losing over water and sanitation. Not only do you reduce the amount of water evaporating due to the heat, but you’ll also be reducing the amount of dirt and debris it is exposed to, saving you money and time sanitizing and cleaning the pool.
One of the most frustrating things about owning a pool is finding out that its water levels are lower than you previously measured. Unfortunately, it isn’t just the sun that can cause your pool’s water to evaporate; the wind actually speeds up the process. If your pool is exposed to constant winds, you’ll find that you’ll be losing a considerable amount of water every day – water that you’ve already heated and sanitized.
If you’re just about to build your pool, make sure to check the location where you’ll be placing it and consider the amount of wind that passes through it. If it isn’t possible to build your pool in another location, you may want to consider building a windbreak. These can either be made of shrubs or plants, or an actual construct designed to limit your pool’s exposure to the wind.
Pools are a big investment that improves the overall value of your home, but it doesn’t have to drill a hole in your wallet. Taking note of the outside factors when designing your pool not only improves its aesthetics, but it also reduces your maintenance costs.