How to Choose the Right Size In-Ground Swimming Pool

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You have many decisions to make and options to consider when you are installing an in-ground, vinyl-liner swimming pool. One of the main things to decide on is the size of the pool. How do you know the appropriate size your swimming pool should be? What considerations should you include in your decision-making process? There are a few key things you should think about when determining the right size for your pool. Let Prestige Pools help you arrive at the best size for your pool. Our depth of experience enables us to direct you when your head may be spinning with everything building a pool entails. This article serves as a guide when determining the right size of your new, in-ground swimming pool.

How Do You Plan on Using Your Pool?

As you are deciding which pool size you need, first consider what you will be using the pool for. Perhaps you have children who will be jumping in and out of the pool all summer. Or, maybe you intend on swimming laps in your pool. The purpose of your pool will help you figure out the best size. Depending on the number of people that may be in your pool with family and friends using it or if you want to swim laps, you will want to choose a bigger pool. However, if there are just a few people who will be using your pool, you may decide to go much smaller.

For Recreation

If your pool is primarily for recreation, it must have a shallow end and perhaps a deep end. The shallow end is safe for children and the deep end can be used by more experienced adults. It’s recommended that you have a depth of fewer than six feet for most pool needs. For a family of six to eight people, a pool size of 18 by 36 feet is adequate. This accommodates all to be in the pool at the same time, including toys, with enough space. For a family with six or fewer people, 16 by 32 feet will be sufficient. For smaller backyards, you are looking for a pool that offers the ability to chill and relax. The best size in this situation is under 14 by 25 feet.

For Swimming Laps

If you will be using the pool for swimming laps, it should be a minimum of 30 feet in length to provide enough space for lap swimming and exercise, and you will want a rectangular-shaped pool. If you or someone using the pool is a competitive and athletic swimmer, the pool depth should be more than your height and the size should allow you to practice complete strokes in order to maximize your efforts.

How Large is the Space in Your Yard?

The next big consideration is the size of the space you have available in your yard. If you have a large yard, then you can choose almost any size. But, on the other hand, if you live in an urban subdivision, a smaller pool will be required. You will need to factor in right-of-ways and setbacks to avoid getting too close to neighbors. In general, you won’t go to the edge of your property line because issues like overflow from the pool and noise can affect neighbors. It’s best to give at least four or five feet of distance from the property line.

In addition to the yard size, think about what you want to do with the rest of your yard. For example, if you want to retain some green space for children or pets, be sure to factor that in. Or, if you want to incorporate an area for entertaining, you may want to add a larger deck or cemented area for lounging and eating.

Current Survey of Your Property

You need a current survey of your property that includes all of the existing structures, concrete surfaces, sheds, distances to property lines, etc. Typically, your builder will provide you with a final survey with your home’s closing documents. Otherwise, you’ll need to obtain a survey from a licensed survey company.

What is Your Pool Budget?

Your budget is a major consideration when making a decision on the pool size. You will need to determine how to plan for, not only the cost of pool construction but also the maintenance and ongoing operational costs. Additional expenses can include general pool maintenance, pool covers, fencing, chemicals, cleaning, and more, all of which are relative to the size of your pool. A professional pool builder like Prestige Pools can help you understand how the pool size impacts your budget.

Contact Prestige Pools for Guidance on the Right Size of an In-Ground Pool

Prestige Pools is your source of reliable information regarding pool installation. If you want help in making all the right decisions, and you are wanting to build a pool in Clayton, Raleigh, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Wendell, Zebulon, Apex, Cary, or the surrounding areas,  please call us at 919-779-1003 or contact us through our easy-to-use form below.

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