How Do You Pick A Pool That Is Cheapest To Maintain?

Posted on: 26 December 2019

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Owning your own pool is one of those modern-day luxuries that far more people get to enjoy than ever before. If you have decided that you would like to take some savings and invest in a pool for your property, it is always important to consider the future costs of pool maintenance. One of the biggest questions many prospective pool owners have is what kind of pool will be the cheapest to maintain over the long term. There are actually a few attributes to look for when picking a pool that will ensure your costs are as low as possible for future maintenance. 

Consider a fiberglass pool over a concrete or vinyl-lined pool. 

Fiberglass is often hailed as the best type of inground pool, and in many respects, that can be true. Fiberglass pools are the most durable pools, and they do not require a lot of time and attention or money for things like: 

  • Replacing a liner 
  • Having repairs done to the liner 
  • Cleaning the surface 

Fiberglass is smooth and non-porous, which makes it less prone to collecting algae and a lot easier to clean all on your own without having to pay for help. Concrete and vinyl-liner pools, on the contrary, can have a lot of ongoing needs that will cost you more money. For example, a concrete pool often has a layer of sealant that prevents porosity, and this sealer will have to be redone every few years to prevent the concrete from leaking.

Go for a more conservatively sized pool. 

It is easy to opt for larger pools because you want more space for swimming and playing around in the water or because you want to entertain a lot of people. However, the larger your pool is, the more money you will be spending on maintenance and upkeep for the long term. Larger pools require more money for upkeep because: 

  • They hold more water 
  • They require more pool chemicals to treat the large volume of water 
  • They take longer to clean if you hire a professional for cleaning 
  • The replacement parts can be more expensive 

The larger pools also can cost more if there are problems with a liner or the pool structure because of the size and the time it takes to drain out all the water. Picking a large pool if you have conservative costs in mind for future maintenance, is not the best idea.

For more information about pool maintenance, contact a local pool service.