You’ve finally decided that now is the time to give your family the custom in-ground pool they’ve always dreamed of, but you’re still worried about the cost. On the plus side, you have visions of an exotic swimming pool complete with an attached spa set within a secluded backyard retreat dancing in your head. On the minus side, you’ve also heard stories about how much money a pool builder may charge as well as the length of time it can take to get your new dream pool up and running. Rest assured, though, that a good custom pool builder who uses the right material, such as concrete, will save you time and money in the end.
For one, standard vinyl liner and fiberglass swimming pools come in a limited number of sizes and shapes. In contrast, a custom-built pool can take on whatever form you’d like. The best custom pool builders work only with concrete materials. A custom swimming pool will last longer than a cookie cutter-type pool made from less-expensive and less-durable materials such as vinyl and fiberglass.
Cost-wise, you might save a little money upfront on your backyard swimming pool by going with a cheaper standard-size vinyl-lined model. Still, your maintenance and replacement costs will likely be higher over time. Vinyl pools are less durable, and their fun factor is lower. However, a custom swimming pool builder is highly skilled at project design and management and can bring your pool in on time and within your agreed-upon budget.
Consider, as well, that because your pool builder is using concrete local weather won’t present much of a concern. Concrete swimming pools aren’t affected very much at all by extreme heat or freezing. Vinyl pool liners easily rip, tear, or leak. Fiberglass pools are not only limited by their size, but they can buckle or crack under pressure, something you rarely see in a concrete pool. Standing up to Mother Nature is what concrete does best, something the ancient Romans learned when designing their custom concrete pools more than 2,000 years ago.