It's very fun and super convenient to have an in-ground pool in your backyard. You can go swimming whenever you want, throw cool summer pool parties, and not worry about it collapsing and flooding your home (which is always a concern with above ground pools). However, before you go ahead and arrange for the pool contractor to come out and get started building your dream pool, you need to learn about what your options are.
Fiberglass, Cement, or Vinyl Pools
In-ground pools are made with three different types of material. The main types of material are fiberglass, cement, or vinyl. The choice of material will be in part determined by your location and also by your budget. Cement pools are popular in warm areas, so if you live in the South or the Southwest, then you can get a cement pool. They are very durable and you can paint them many different colors or even tile them with beautiful mosaics. They do require a longer time to install than other materials because the pool contractors will need to pour concrete forms and use rebar.
If you live in the Northeast or the upper Midwest, you can't get concrete because it will crack in cold weather. Instead, you can use either a vinyl or fiberglass material. Fiberglass in-ground pools are brought in on large flatbed trucks and dropped into place. They are big "shells" that are hard and durable. Vinyl pool liners are fitted to a dug hole. They are cheaper than fiberglass and can be more "custom" because they can fit many different shaped holes. The only downside to a vinyl liner is that they can tear.
Brick, Pavers, or Concrete Patio Area
The area surrounding your pool needs to be something other than dirt. You have three main options. The first is brick. This kind looks really nice, but you will need to maintain the brick and the mortar. It has the benefit of providing natural traction because of the rough surface of the brick, so that's a benefit around a slippery surface.
You can also choose pavers. These are similar to brick except you don't have to use mortar. They can be dry fit, but most people choose to use mortar to keep them tight. They can be more slippery than brick; however, they are also strong and more resilient to cracking.
Finally, you can choose a poured concrete patio.
Vinyl, Wood, or Cast-Iron Fence
Finally, you will need to fence in your in-ground pool. Even if you think that no one will come into your backyard and swim without your permission, you need to have a fence. There are laws in most municipalities that require a pool to be fenced in.
You can get vinyl fencing. This is one of the most popular fencing options for pools. The vinyl fence is lightweight, and it can be painted any number of colors. A popular style is to get vinyl fencing that has been painted to look like stainless steel.
You can also choose pressure treated wood (or cedar wood) and get a classic picket style fence. These look really cute and you can hang flower pots off them to give the pool a really inviting look.
Finally, if you have a big budget and a big backyard, then consider an impressive cast-iron fence. These are great if you also have a big cast iron entry gate to your front yard. It will match up with the front gate and create visual symmetry on your property.
For more information, contact local professionals like Finelli Architechtural Iron & Stairs.