1. Choose your in-ground pool. In general there are three types: fiberglass, vinyl-lined and concrete. A concrete pool can be customized to any size or shape you want. It starts with steel-reinforced walls and concrete is shot into them. Then, either a tiled or plaster surface is installed for the finish. Usually a concrete pool takes longer to install because of its structure. It is however considered to be the sturdiest of options. Vinyl pools are made from flexible liners that fit into the hole dug for the pool. Usually these are rectangles, but you can customize them with L-shapes or freeform shapes also. Remember though that with these are not safe against punctures. You have to be careful with them. You can get liners that are thicker though to help, but care still needs to be taken with their handling. Fiberglass pools are another option. These are factory-molded and dropped carefully by a large crane into the hole. These are installed much quicker than other options because of how simple they are constructed. They have a gel finish that is very durable, stain resistant and smooth. They also are nonporous so they won’t harbor as much algae as other styles.
2. Compare the pricing of your pools. The cost of an in-ground pool can vary greatly because of the many sizes and shapes available. In general concrete is most expensive, followed by vinyl. But this can easily change due to size.
3. Be sure to check zoning laws with your municipality. The good news is that usually your town hall will have a “pool packet” with all the documentation you need to get your in-ground pool going. They will ask for the size and shape of your pool, where it will be located and give you their general guidelines for installation.
4. Choose your filtration and sanitization systems. They both come down to the pump you choose. This is what will draw water from the drains, sends water on the surface through an auto-skimmer and then filters it before it is returned to the pool.
5. Be aware that the extras can push the price up quickly. Things like lights, landscaping, decks, fencing, privacy walls, whirlpools, water test kits and additional electric outlets can all drive your pricing up. Be sure to factor them into your overall plan for your pool.