It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no, I’m not talking about Christmas…It’s summertime! There isn’t anything quite as powerful than the smell and sizzle of a burger on the grill, expect for of course, a refreshing dip in a swimming pool in your own back yard!
But all wonderful things in life accompany downsides, and swimming pools are no exception…
Pro: Good for Your Health
A swimming pool not only provides endless entertainment for you and your lucky invitees, but swimming is among the most effective exercises out there. Swimming offers low impact exercises that builds strength and stamina without completely destroying your muscles the next day. The perfect solution for people suffering from joint and arthritis issues to receive a bountiful workout.
Aside from physical health, pools are fantastic for mental health too. Speedo performed a study in which 74% of participants experienced lower stress levels after installing a swimming pool, both physically and mentally. Lower stress equals happier and longer lives.
Con: Costly Endeavor
I can type away all day about how beneficial swimming pools can be, but at the end of the day they are a very costly venture. The starting price for most above ground pools can be $20,000, not to mention the water bill after filling it up.
Installation prices spike up costs as well, even if you’re planning on doing it yourself. This also depends on the type of material and lining you choose.
Pro: May Add Value to Your Home/Property
Any additions or renovations can instantly increase the value and equity of your home. Which given the current economic climate gives you a strong advantage if you’re planning or trying to sell your property. Swimming pools are hardly (if ever) considered “budget friendly”, so a property with a pre-existing pool stands out and potentially sells faster.
Con: Restricts Yard Space
If you have already have a small or medium sized lawn, a pool will restrict much, if not most, of that space. Additionally, most building and community codes require proper fencing around a pool as a safety measure, which takes up a larger surface area than the pool itself. This is especially problematic for those who live in areas that experience shorter summer and warm months, as for most of the year you can’t use half of your yard.
Pro: Pool Parties
I couldn’t write this without including perhaps the coolest reason to own a pool. A swimming pool turns an average family cookout into a sensational summertime blowout. You will never have to worry about family and guests growing board of festivities, unless the food is really that bad…
This seems like a vein reason to own a pool but providing timeless fun that create forever memories is truly a priceless attribute.
Con: High Maintenance
Pools can be difficult to manage. Between adding the correct chemicals establishing even PH balances, and keeping the pool free and clear of leaves, algae, and other intrusive elements, caring for a pool can be quite tedious.
A dirty pool not only compromises the aesthetic of your backyard, but it can be dangerous too. Dirty pools can host a variety of potentially harmful bacteria. In extreme cases they can produce dangerous ameba’s that can leave devastating health defects