Planning your dream backyard can be a fun and exciting process. Before you can get down to details though, you have to decide which type of pool is going to work within your budget, best accommodate your lifestyle, and allow you achieve your ideal design. There are three main types of swimming pools: vinyl liner, fiberglass, and gunite/concrete. How do you know which one is right for you?
One of the biggest factors that determines this is usually budget. Knowing how much financing you are eligible for, or what budget you need to work within is the best place to start. Once you know that you will have a better idea about which pool types are actually viable options for your family. Vinyl lined pools are going to be the least expensive option and usually cost around $30,000-$40,000. Second to that is going to be Fiberglass pools which range from $35,000-$45,000. Finally, your Gunite/concrete pools are the highest end option and typically start at $45,000, but on average cost around $50,000 - $60,000
If the price difference is a non-issue, there are other factors that can help you determine which is best for you. Another important factor is the degree of customization, especially if your yard is small, severely sloped, or has existing structures that will need to be built around. Liner and Fiberglass pools are more limited in size and shape. A liner pool can technically be many sizes and shapes, but it is most common for them to be simple cookie cutter shapes. They rarely have any built-in features other than steps. A fiberglass pool can have some built-in features, but they are limited in size because the pool shell has to be transported to the installation site and most shapes are predetermined based on what the factory makes. Gunite pools are the only truly customizable option that offers an extensive amount of built-in features such as fountains and waterfalls, attached spas, ledges and seating, swim-up bars and tables, and infinity edges. There are almost limitless options that can be included in a gunite swimming pool design, and they can be tailored to accommodate almost any yard. Here are some examples.
So what's right for you? If keeping a costs low is your primary concern, vinyl lined pools are best for working within a lower budget. If construction time is a priority and customization is not as important to you, fiberglass pools can be installed and up and running in a shorter amount of time. If you are looking for a luxury swimming pool that is unique and has unlimited potential for built-in features and customization, gunite is going to be the ideal option for you.If you still are not sure what type of pool is right for you or would like to look into what kind of financing is available, call and talk with our experienced staff today (501.664.6861) and they can help guide you in the right direction.