Design A Pool That Will Save You Thousands On Service Costs

When putting in a residential pool, the upfront installation costs are only one of the expenses you need to consider. It's also important to take into account the ongoing costs of maintaining your pool, namely the pool service costs. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce these ongoing expenses when designing your pool. If you're having a pool put in your backyard this spring, here are three design tricks that will help you save money on future swimming pool service calls.

Opt for a Fiberglass Pool

Fiberglass swimming pools are extremely easy to clean. Unlike concrete pools, which are porous, fiberglass pools don't have crevices for algae, body oils and suntan lotions to get into. They're solid and smooth, so it's easy to wipe them clean.

Installing a fiberglass pool will speed up the cleaning process, which should reduce how long your pool service appointments take -- and how much you pay for labor. Because algae can't grow into the walls of fiberglass pools, the risk of developing a major algae problem is much lower than if you had a porous concrete pool. With a fiberglass pool, you shouldn't ever have an algae problem that's so bad it requires a special service call.

Add an Automatic Safety Cover

An automatic safety cover makes your pool safer, as it prevents children and pets from falling into the pool when the cover is closed. It also keeps chemicals in your pool, so they don't need to be replenished as much. By one report, an automatic safety cover reduces the amount of chemicals swimming pools need by 70 percent.

Swimming pools, of course, require several different chemicals to keep them clean and clear. Some of the chemicals commonly used in pools include the following

  • chlorine, which serves as a disinfectant and sanitizer
  • algaecides, which deter algae growth
  • balancers, which maintain a proper pH
  • shock treatments, which are used after people have been in a pool

Altogether, these chemicals can cost anywhere from $500 to $800 per year. Based on this range, you could save between $350 and $560 each year by installing an automatic safety cover that provides a 70-percent reduction in the amount of chemicals needed. If you stay in your home for 10 years, that's a total savings of between $3,500 and $5,600.

Choose an Oversized Filter

The size filter your pool needs will depend on how large it is. Bigger pools, of course, need bigger filters. Your pool installation company will know what size filter is appropriate for your pool.

When reviewing what size filter will be installed in your pool, though, ask your company to install a filter that's bigger than necessary. An oversized filter will need to be cleaned less often than an average-sized one. Because it won't need to be cleaned as frequently, you should be able to space out your swimming pool service appointments. For instance, you might be able to opt for bi-weekly cleanings, rather than weekly cleanings -- which would save you thousands of dollars each year.

According to HomeAdvisor, pool owners who have weekly pool service appointments spend an average of $177 per appointment. That works out to $9,204 each year. Pool owners that have their pools cleaned every two weeks spend more for each call, but they don't spend double the cost of weekly service calls. On average, they spend $267 for each service appointment, which works out to $6,942 a year. That's a savings of $2,262 every 52 weeks.

As you design a swimming pool, you'll have to make many decisions, and there will be a cost associated with every one of them. Don't just focus on the installation fees, though. Also think about how your decisions will impact your ongoing swimming pool service costs. By opting for a fiberglass pool, automatic safety cover and oversized filter, you could save thousands each year on pool maintenance. For more information, contact a local pool company like Celebrity Pools