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What to Know About Installing a Swimming Pool in Your Backyard

So You’re Thinking About Installing a Swimming Pool in Your Backyard?

Having a swimming pool in the backyard of your home is a staple part of the American Dream and can be achieved in a variety of different ways. Aren’t you tired of having to go to a public indoor swimming pool near you? Well, if you read through this article, you will find out that there are plenty of options for installing a swimming pool in your backyard. This will allow you to only be a few steps from a pool instead of a thirty-minute drive across town. Plus, an outdoor swimming pool at your home will be more private and not full of dozens of strangers. So let’s get down to business and help you figure out the process of installing a swimming pool in your backyard.

Where Do You Buy Swimming Pools and Accessories?

When considering installing a swimming pool for your backyard, there are three main factors to think about before you go out and buy one. The first factor of consideration is the cost of installing a swimming pool. What is your budget? You will need to sit down, examine your finances, and figure out exactly what your price range is for this swimming pool. The second factor and question to ask yourself is what kind of shape do you want your at home swimming pool to be? Do you want it to be a standard circle above ground swimming pool? What about a natural swimming pool with a curved shape? Maybe you have a large amount of property and a large budget and want an Olympic sized pool in your backyard? The point is, there are plenty of different sizes for swimming pools and you need to figure out what kind and what shape you want. The third and final consideration is how are you going to install your backyard swimming pool? Will you just roll in the above ground swimming pool or deal with the time extended project of creating a natural swimming pool?

There are multiple places where you can purchase a swimming pool. Each has a variety of price ranges that will fit into your personal unique budget. Where are the best places to find a swimming pool for sale? There are four good locations where swimming pools can be purchased: Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, and Amazon. Do you want to purchase a Wal-Mart swimming pool? Even a Kmart swimming pool could work. What about a Target swimming pool? Or even an Amazon swimming pool? Compare prices from these retailers, as well as others, and be sure to read customer reviews before buying. Maybe you’re even considering a do it yourself swimming pool. Regardless, installing a swimming pool is an option to make your dreams come true. To make this decision, you will need to figure what your budget is, what kind of swimming pool you want, what sort of swimming pool accessories you want, if any, and which store location is best suited for you.

For swimming pools at Wal-Mart, the price ranges from as low as $50 for a cheap swimming pool to as high $1,200. There are even baby swimming pools at Wal-Mart that have a price range as low as $10.46 without tax. Teaching your little one how to swim in a baby swimming pool specifically made for someone their size can be a great way to get them comfortable in the water and ready for a more standard swimming pool. Wal-Mart offers multiple Intex swimming pools, one of the most popular brands of swimming pools. These Inrex swimming pools at Wal-Mart range from as low as $13.89 for a small child’s pool to as high as high as $1,069 for an above ground swimming pool that is big enough for the whole family.

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Wal-Mart also offers a wide variety of swimming pool accessories. This runs from children slides for your swimming pool (which you may need to consider also buying stairs for), to other fun-loving swimming pool toys such as pool noodles, an Intex swimming play center that costs only $47.89, and there is even an octopus that shoots out water offered at Wal-Mart that only costs $14.25. If you are looking for a dog swimming pool, Wal-Mart is also the place to look. With a cost range of $28 to $47, your dog can learn how to swim in these dog swimming pools. There are Wal-Mart stores all across the country and you should be able to get to one fairly easily. If you do live far away, however, there is always the option to buy online.

At Kmart, there are kid swimming pools for as low as $25. Also at Kmart, the high end swimming pools can cost as high as $5,403 for an above ground wave swimming pool. There are plenty of swimming pools at Kmart that are in-between these price poles. From $150 Kmart swimming pools, to $800, $1,200, and $2,095 swimming pools, Kmart has a wide price range. For pool accessories, Kmart offers a pool stair for $50 so you can climb into your above ground swimming pool. Unfortunately, Kmart store locations have decreased over the past decade and a half so there may not be a Kmart in your area. However, if there is a Kmart close to you, they are a great option for purchasing a swimming pool from.

Perhaps Target is where you want to purchase a swimming pool. Fortunately, there are Target locations all across the country, in suburbs and urban areas. Target swimming pools are offered, as well as swimming pool accessories. If you want to get an extremely fun inflatable swimming pool for the kids, then Target is the location for you. This Target swimming pool is titled the Banzai Sidewidner Falls Water Park and racks in at a cost of $500.00. There are other above-ground swimming pool options at Target, including an Intex swimming pool that costs $700.00. The variety offered at Target is not as diverse as Wal-Mart’s selection, but is still worth checking out if a Target is in your area.

Where Target really shines is in its selection of swimming pool accessories and toys. With $0.99 pool balls, $13 goggles and snorkel as a package deal, and plenty more, Target has a plethora of swimming pool toys for the whole family. This means that Target has you covered on finding all of the required and needed supplies for swimming pool games. As far as swimming pool accessories go, you can get a $7 Intex Sit N Float Pool Lounge swimming pool chair and an $18 Swim Ways Spring Float so you can lie comfortably on a float in your swimming pool. You can also get a $4 Intex 36” Clear Color Swimming Tube if you only want get part of your body wet, sparring your hair and face. Target will more likely than not have what you need in regards to swimming pool supplies.

Shopping Online for a Swimming Pool

So you don’t want to buy a swimming pool in person? That’s fine, it’s the 21st Century after all and there are plenty of people who prefer to shop online. For these people shopping for a swimming pool, it will be best done on Amazon. Amazon has warehouses all over the country and will get you your swimming pool shipped out to you in a speedy and orderly timeframe. It is important to consider when purchasing from Amazon the possible shipping and handling costs, as well as whether or not it’s worth it to you to become an Amazon Prime member. As an Amazon Prime member, you will be offered more deals and faster shipping times. You will also get a discounted rate for shipping and handling. For an outdoor swimming pool, you will need a large cover for the colder months of the year. At Amazon, you can purchase a Blue-Wave Bronze Ground Pool Winter Cover for $66 and it has an eight year guaranteed life span. Amazon also sells Gladon Winter Cover seals for above ground pools that cost $15.48. Baby swimming pools are offered at a price of $50. An easy to assemble pool, the Intex pool, costs $82.66 and is 12 feet by 30 feet. The more high end swimming pools are either not offered on Amazon, or are harder to find on sale on the website. If you are looking for higher end outdoor swimming pools, than Wal-Mart is the place to go.

Now you know some of the major chains that will offer to sell you multiple kinds of outdoor swimming pools. The next step is going through the different kinds of outdoor swimming pools that there are so you can decide what kind you want to purchase.

Above Ground Swimming Pools

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What are above ground swimming pools? Well, as they sound, they do not go below the ground and are inside structures that hold water. Small sized above ground swimming pools include baby swimming pools. Larger above ground swimming pools for your backyard can vary in size (and will therefore vary in price). Above ground swimming pools do not vary much in shape though. They are almost exclusively in a circular shape, but it is possible for them to be a rectangular shape.

These above ground swimming pools can be held together by plastic and have been known to rip, break, tear, and leak. So if you are purchasing an above ground swimming pool, it is important to be prepared for swimming pool maintenance and even hiring someone to do repairs. Above ground swimming pools are not the deepest swimming pools, but they will still require a swimming pool vacuum and liner. Purchasing a swimming pool heater is not a requirement, though it is an option for an above ground swimming pool. Swimming pool pumps are also an optional purchase.

Natural Swimming Pools

Perhaps an above ground swimming pool is not what you actually want in a swimming pool and you want something else. Well you’re in luck because natural swimming pools are an option worth looking into. Natural swimming pools are below ground and are made by digging down below and filling the ground space with concrete  and water. It is advised to seek out more in depth instructions and consultation from a professional before attempting yourself. A natural swimming pool is the deepest swimming pool type that there is (aside from an Olympic swimming pool, of course). Once a natural swimming pool is made, it is an arduous and expensive process to undo, so be certain that a natural swimming pool is what you want for your backyard.

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Natural swimming pools are great because of their chemical-free, eco-friendliness and low-cost maintenance. These are popular in Europe, but has recently gained popularity in the United States.

Due to the difficulty in getting rid of an already existing natural swimming pool, there are many houses on the real estate market that already have them in their backyard. If you are in the market for buying a a new house and are wanting a pool, it is advisable to look for a house that already has a natural swimming pool. That can be one less project that you will have to complete on your new house. It should be noted, however, that purchasing a house with an existing natural swimming pool in the backyard will increase the value of the house as a whole, and will therefore be more expensive for you to purchase upfront.

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If you’re not in the market for purchasing a new house complete with a natural swimming pool in the backyard, you will need to install one. The process of doing this will take longer than it will take to purchase a standard above ground pool. The previously listed places to shop, while still good for purchasing swimming pool accessories, will not be able to build you a natural swimming pool. You will need to hire a company to build a natural swimming pool for you. A website you can look at to get ideas is Royal Swimming Pools. It is also useful to Google your city and/or county to see what companies offer pool installation services.

DIY Stock Tank Pools

Are you knowledgeable in the realms of modern DIY projects that use creative resources? Do you also have a do it yourself attitude? Well then let’s talk about how to make your own DIY stock tank pool. A stock tank pool is a generally small pool that can fit a couple of people but has plenty of room for children to swim in. It is generally circular in shape but can be made in a rectangular shape, similarly to above ground pools.

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For some helpful tips, it is important to think about what kind of DIY stock tank swimming pool you want. It could be made from a steal wall, a polymer wall, or other materials. A significant amount of tools are needed to build your own DIY stock tank swimming pool. You will need two main drains, as well as swimming pool liner, re-bar stakes, aluminum coping, bolts and hardware, and more. Of course you will also need a circular storing object that will hold all of the water. To make a DIY stock tank swimming pool, a significant amount of research is required. Reaching out to a professional for friendly advice is advisable and does not break with the overall ethos of the do it yourself attitude. Watching informative videos on YouTube is also a needed step in preparing to embark on your do it yourself project. Typing in key words such as “DIY stock tank swimming pool how to” can lead to some helpful videos where other undertakers can give you advice how they made their own DIY stock tank swimming pool.

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As far as tools are concerned, both Wal-Mart and Amazon can be the places to go to for purchasing tools required to build your own DIY stock tank swimming pool.

Installing a Swimming Pool

Now how are you going to install a backyard swimming pool? Well, it’s different for each kind. With an above ground pool, some will be inflatable, so you will need an air pump to get them to their proper size. When an inflatable swimming pool is not pumped full of air you, will need storage space for the inflatable swimming pool, such as shed. Beyond that, you will need to have a hose that can reach to the pool so you can fill it up with water.

As stated previously, the process of installing a natural swimming pool is a potentially long and expensive process. There will need to be digging in your backyard to a proper depth, which will allow for the natural swimming pool to be as deep as possible. From there, the ground and exterior leading up to the ground level will need to be layered with concrete. Then, after the concrete has had sufficient time to dry, it will need to be filled in with water.

For your own DIY stock tank swimming pool, you will also need to dig a hole. This means that the length by width and depth will need to be measured and taken into account. Once the hole is made, the DIY stock tank swimming pool will need to be placed into the hole. This will of course come after you have already assembled everything by hand using multiple power tools and supplies. However, you can always put your stock tank in without digging for an easier installation.

Problems with Swimming Pools

There can be some problems with having a backyard swimming pool. That is not to say that these problems should deter you from getting and assembling your dream pool, but they are important to be aware of. As mentioned, above ground swimming pools can rip, tear, break, and leak. They can also tip over if too much weight is present, which can cause injury to those inside. A concern for all types of swimming pools is maintaining and cleaning the backyard swimming pool. One of the positive attributes of public swimming pools is that this is not your job to keep it maintained. However, if you have your own pool, it will be. This will mean that you need to decide if you’re going to hire someone to clean and/or repair the pool for you.

These are the sort of problems that will occur in other parts of your house and are part of what comes with being a homeowner. Fixing leaks and dealing with wear and tear are issues that come with a house, regardless of if you have a pool. If it is in your budget to pay an individual or company to do the cleaning and general upkeep on your backyard swimming pool, then do it. Whatever will make owning your own backyard swimming pool a reality should be worth it as long as it is within your own budget.

Ready, Set, Pool

So, are you ready to go out and start the process of getting your next part in the American Dream? Go out there and consider installing a swimming pool in your backyard. Once you are in possession of it, get ready for relaxation and fun in the sun. There is not much out there that is quite as enjoyable, relaxing, and cooling as being in possession of your very own dream backyard swimming pool that is nestled right by your house and is on your own private property. Say so long and good bye to the old days of public swimming pools and say hello to your own private bungalow of a backyard swimming pool.

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