What Pool Options and Accessories Should I Consider?
Considering Pool Options!
"Pool Option" is a very broad term...First, we have the accessories that are intergrated into the pool such as salt water chlorinators, pool lights, heaters, covers, water features, pool colour, tile selections, automatic cleaners etc. Then there is an entirely different set of options regarding the pool and patio and coping that outlines the pool. Finally, there may be other options to consider in your budget such as a pool fence, electrical hook-up costs, retaining walls and landscaping.
Salt Water Chlorinators
Salt Chlorinators work by converting salt, which is dissolved in your pool water, into pure chlorine. Sounds simple, and it is! What you get as a result is great water quality without the harsh side effects typically associated with chlorine pools like burning eyes and strong odors.
Simply maintain the proper salt level in your pool by adding salt directly to the water once or twice a season, test your chlorine on a regular basis, and enjoy. Considering the low maintenance benefits and exceptional water quality.
The vast majority of lights installed in pools today are low voltage lights and we have found they illuminate the pool well and stand the test of time. Colored LED bulbs are available that allows you to change colors with the simple flip of the light switch. These lights come encased with a cord long enough to extend above the water level so the bulb can be changed easily without lowering the water level in the pool.
Automatic covers come in many forms, and this is the reason for their broad price range. Auto covers typically do well at keeping out debris, keeping the pool water warm, and protecting the pool against unwanted guests/swimmers.
Solar covers work exceptionally well for one thing: extending the swim season. They simply retain the heat during the night that the pool absorbed during the day. On average, the use of a solar cover will extend your swimming season about 4-6 weeks, 2 to 3 weeks on each end of the season.
The number of automatic vacuums available on the market has increased exponentially just in the last five years. Where there were once only about 3 or 4 options, now there are about 50. Automatic vacuums range in price from about $400-$2500, and vary in their effectiveness as well. The three main types of automatic vacuums are suction-side, pressure-side, and robot cleaners. We tend to gravitate toward the robotic cleaners because they are a stand-alone unit that does not require additional plumbing or booster pumps which can fail over time.
Natural Gas/Propane Heaters and Heat Pumps. As a general rule, pool heaters are only used during the beginning and ends of the swim season, adding about a month of swim time to each.
Various components of your pool require wiring such as the pool pump, light, salt system, heater, etc. The price for this work varies depending on certain factors such as the location of the pump and filter system, whether there is a heat pump, spa, or other components needing to be wired, and whether the home has a crawl space or basement.
The most popular pool fence on the market today is made of Decorative Metal. This sleek looking low maintenance product is perfect for pool projects where a privacy fence is not a requirement.
PVC fence is also a viable option around pools, especially when a six foot tall or higher fence is needed. It is also relatively low maintenance and durable.
Wooden and chain link fence are by far the most budget friendly options. Wood requires much more maintenance than aluminum or PVC. With chain link fence, be sure to check your local fence codes.
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