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MAKE A SPLASH WITH A BACKYARD SWIMMING POOL by Darin Burt


HINK


much time you spend at your home. Now,


ABOUT HOW imagine


summers, memorable


it with a swimming pool in your backyard — sensational get-togethers,


fun


times with the kids and relaxing escapes. Let’s not forget the exercise benefits. When you add a swimming pool, you’re not just upgrading your home — you’re enhancing your lifestyle. Ready to take the plunge? Here are a few


tips to help you pick the best pool to fit your needs. In-ground swimming pools are not only the most popular, but also the most expensive type of swimming pools available. As the name suggests, these pools are built below ground level. Te advantage of opting for this pool type is that the size of the pool can be endless depending on the layout of


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the landscape. Moreover, the presence of an in-ground swimming pool increases the value of the property. Tere are three types of in- ground swimming pools available: Vinyl-lined in-ground pools are pre-


engineered, less labor-intensive than concrete pools, and, usually, are your least-expensive in- ground pool option. Vinyl pools are available in dozens of pre-designed shapes, from classic to curvaceous, and can be customized with built-in features and with durable vinyl liners that come in a beautiful array of designer colors and paterns. Engineered concrete wall vinyl lined pools


are a new type of structure that offers many more interior features, such as shallow water lounging sundecks and curved “wedding cake” steps. Because vinyl pools are constructed


from pre-fabricated materials and a simpler construction process, vinyl pools can be


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constructed in about three weeks. Life expectancy of a vinyl liner is eight to 12 years, but one advantage is that the vinyl liner can be easily removed and replaced if necessary. Concrete or gunite pools offer the most


design flexibility. Tey can be built in any shape, from traditional to free form, and are able to fit into irregular spaces, if needed. “If you can draw it, you can build it,” says Mark Henderson, general manager of Pool World. Gunite pools give you the most opportunity to customize your pool design — from fun and functional built-in features to textured pool surfaces. Gunite pools allow for maximum creativity, and typically take about eight weeks to build. Te con is that they will also take the largest bite out of your budget. Above-ground are the least expensive


option among the swimming pool types. Tese pools come in multitude of sizes, with


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