While pool costs vary on elements such as size additions, water features, enclosures, and deck and patio design, you must also consider factors such as quality of workmanship and design, strength, ease of maintenance, warranty and service. The size, shape and materials will also make a big difference. That being said, an in-ground pool can be purchased and installed for around $25,000 – $60,000.
If that’s in your budget then you’re in the right spot, see below for all the information you’ll need to choose the in-ground pool of your dreams:
Planning is the most important part of any pool project: swimming pools vary in size and shape, but it’s important that the size of your yard meets the requirements for your pool design. This saves many headaches later on.
Shallow pools with a max depth of 4 to 5 feet are becoming quite popular. These pools are great for water sports (water polo, basketball, volleyball, etc.). If you want to be able to dive, you’ll need a pool of at least 8 feet – contact your pool builder and manufacturer for complete safety information on pool diving.
Pool designs are making it easier than ever to blend your pool into the landscaping of your yard. Naturally shaped pools made to look like outdoor ponds and other “free-form” pools, easily lend themselves to your landscaping. Or you can always stick with the classic rectangle, square and oval shapes, which never go out of style.
Explore your options from Rising Sun Pools:
- Vinyl Liner
- Low Maintenance
- Speed of Installation
- Low Chemical Usage
- Smoothness of Finish
- Low lifetime cost
- Energy Efficiency
- Attractive & Elegant
- Low initial cost
- Custom Shape & Size
- Shape & depth limitations
- Vinyl Liner
- 16′ wide x 8′ deep
The pump is the lifeblood of your swimming pool’s filtration equipment. Its job is to pull water from the main drain and skimmer and circulate it through a filter for cleaning. The water is then returned to the pool via return lines or jets.
Pumps come in various sizes and horsepowers. Choosing the right one depends on a number of factors such as total pool gallons, plumbing (the size of pipes, number of intakes and quantity and types of fittings), turnover requirements (the ability to circulate the entire body of water through the filtration system at least once a day), and the square footage of the pool itself.
There is a detailed hydraulic formula for calculating a properly sized pump (and filter) for every shaped pool. Some builders ignore this formula because they don’t understand it or haven’t taken the time to learn it. Instead they “guess,” which often results in improperly sized equipment, higher energy costs to the owner, and reduced life expectancy for the pump.
Rising Sun Pools recalculates the pump size for every pool we build.
For maximum safety and optimal cleaning, Rising Sun Pools always includes two main drains and skimmers as standard equipment on your pool package.
This way, if something or someone blocks one drain, the pump will pull water from the other drain, while eliminating the suction on the blocked drain.
Rising Sun Pools is fully compliant with Virginia Graeme Baker Laws
Adding a heater to your in-ground pool can extend the swimming season by at least two months in both the spring and fall. You have two options for pool heaters:
- Electric heat pumps
- Natural Gas or Liquid Propane Fuel
Ask us which type of pool or spa heater is best suited for your application.
A pool safety cover can provide added peace of mind. Safety pool covers must be in compliance with ASTM F 1346-91 Standard Performance Specification for Safety Covers and Labeling Requirements for All Covers for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs. Do not confuse safety covers with other pool covers which are used to save energy (solar covers) and keep debris out of the pool. Regardless of the type of cover you choose, there are automatic and manual models. Consult with Rising Sun Pools representative for the type and model that best meets your particular needs. For safe installation, use and maintenance of these covers, carefully read and follow the directions from the manufacturer.
One of the questions we are most often asked is, do I need a fence around my pool? The answer is yes. All pools require a minimum 4-foot high fence surrounding the pool area. Make sure the fence you install has a self closing and self latching gate.
Besides being an important safety feature, fencing can be used in many creative ways around your pool. Such uses include, but are not limited to:
- Separating your pool area from a neighbor’s property
- Create a special pool area, apart from swings, slides and other playground equipment
- An attractive fence can camouflage your pool equipment
- Enclose a separate spa or sauna area
- Privacy for family and friends
You can get pretty creative here. Make sure to get advice from a landscape architect or fencing contractor, to help you decide which fence type will suit your visual and functional needs. Equally important during the construction of a new swimming pool is temporary fencing.
At Rising Sun Pools, we always install some type of temporary fencing to prevent children from playing around the construction area and protect them from falls or other avoidable accidents.
Automatic pool cleaners can clean the entire pool interior. These busy little helpers clean the pool bottom and walls of your pool… automatically, so your pool is kept sparkling clean, day after day, year after year.
There are three types of pool cleaners:
- Pressure-side cleaners – operate off a separate booster pump, working independently from the pool’s primary filtration equipment. Dirt and debris are channeled into the cleaner’s unique filter bag before it reaches the pump basket or filter.
- Suction cleaners – operate off the pool’s existing filtration system, vacuuming and then depositing debris into the pump and skimmer baskets or filter. Depending on the debris in the pool, these cleaners will require more frequent cleaning of the pump and filter in order to operate and clean at full capacity.
- Electric Cleaner – plug into a standard grounded electrical outlet equipped with approved ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI outlet). They operate independently of a pool or auxiliary pump while depositing dirt into a self contained filter or separate debris bag.
Adding and maintaining pool chemicals is easy thanks to automatic chlorine generators. These high tech devices manufacture chlorine from salt that’s added to your pool periodically. Chlorinating your pool is as easy as pushing a button. You can also manually sanitize your water via chemicals feeders that can distribute chlorine and other forms of sanitizer at present intervals as needed.
Mineral purifiers naturally sanitize the water while keeping the amount of chemical additives to a minimum, saving time and money.
Rising Sun Pools offers 5 types of pool treatment systems:
- Chlorine: most common type of cleaning system
- Frog: Mineral based system that helps reduce amount of needed chlorine
- Nature 2 – Mineral based system that can be combined with salt water systems
- Salt System – creates chlorine from salt for a less chemical swimming experience
- Baquacil – Chlorine-free system that is less irritating to eyes and easier on pool liners
Rising Sun Pools also offers a number of private-label cleaning supplies to keep your pool sparkling. Stop by one of our showrooms for details.
Landscaping your pool area really adds to the ambience of pool ownership. You can create a place of beauty, safety, privacy and convenience. Although you may not be in a position to do everything you want at once, that’s okay. By all means go ahead and create a landscape design to fulfill all your dreams of the perfect backyard. Once you have a master plan, you can add in stages. Start small and work your way up. During the design process, we are happy to give you some ideas or refer you to a landscape architect.
Privacy is usually a concern and should incorporate various design elements such as trees, walls, fences, screen, shrubs, gardens or whatever you like that accomplishes your goal.
Comfort is also important. Do you like lots of sun? Maybe you’d prefer to have a shady area by the pool for lounging or reading. Consider how you will entertain at poolside. Will it be parties, family gatherings, barbecues? Long term planning is important for a successful project.
Blending the landscape elements to take in both your home design and pool area, you can achieve a harmonious balance for your backyard pool environment. Talk to professional landscapers and garden design experts for ideas, but don’t forget to include us in the conversation when exploring your ideas. Your plan may include a change or radical design in pool shape and size.
Of course you’ll want to think about outdoor furniture for relaxing by the pool. Possibly lounge chairs and umbrellas to create shaded areas when you need them. Maybe include children-sized seating for your youngest family members and friends.
Your main goal here should be balance, variety, proportion and overall aesthetics.