Backyard swimming pools are a popular addition to any yard in any part of the world. More and more people are installing them and using them as an alternative to expensive holidays abroad. A swimming pool is a good place to relax in the company of friends and family, and is also a good source of exercise.
Usually, the shape of swimming pool that you want to put in your backyard depends on the space available to you. Whether it is round or rectangular, you can choose any size you want. The most important thing is that the shape of the pool is suitable for the space that you can give it. In addition to space, other factors affect the type of swimming pool that may be best suited for you and your yard.
Swimming pools can be raised standalone structures or sunk into a pre-dug pit in the ground. Both types have their advantages for different users. While in-ground pools may appear more attractive to many people, they can also be relatively hazardous, especially if they are not surrounded by a fence or other security fixture to demarcate them. Raised pools are far safer, but create a lot of shade within a yard, making it difficult for plants and grass to grow around them. Raised pools may also be more difficult to filter and clean because it is more difficult to incorporate a filter into the structure. Also, the steps used in a raised design take up additional space in your yard.
Fiberglass swimming pools are both durable and affordable. They come in many designs, and can both be used as raised pools and in-ground. Backyard swimming pools which are made of fiberglass are also generally easier to clean than other types. Concrete pools are often the most durable type. These are almost always in-ground, and normally coated with a special waterproof paint or fabric, to prevent leaking, and also to extend the life of the pool. Often, concrete contains many caustic substances, and so the protective waterproof layer also protects swimmers and other users of the pool.
Both of these materials are weather resistant, and so your pool should not be affected by either extremely hot or extremely cold weather. However, you must always remember to at least partially drain your pool during the winter months, to prevent it overflowing with rain or melting snow, and also to relieve pressure if the water freezes. Vinyl is another material used to build backyard swimming pools. Although this material is durable, it is prone to deteriorate in extreme sunlight, and is therefore best used in pools that are placed within a shelter.