Each year, thousands of Americans make the grave mistake of investing in a pool without first exploring the long term costs, or the other options available to them. Over the years, many of us have made the decision to invest in a concrete or vinyl pool, only to learn the hard way of the costs that can be involved. Fiberglass, a material once utilized within the boating industry, has got to be one of the most cost effective and eco friendly pool materials, but if you need some convincing, read this page, and you'll soon realize how investing in anything else is a very bad idea.
It’s becoming a well known fact that vinyl is one of the cheapest pool materials available at the moment, and is becoming increasingly popular with those who wish to invest in a pool, but don’t quite have the funds. Vinyl pools may have cheap initial costs, but they actually have many hidden costs and disadvantages that your pool dealer will neglect to tell you. In these tough economic times, the last thing we need is many hidden expenses down the line, costing thousands.
If you’re looking for a pool that looks attractive and aesthetically pleasing, then a vinyl pool… is definitely not the pool for you and your home, especially if you wanted steps and benches. In many cases, steps into your pool will be a different material to your pool, not to mention a different color. The material used is often white fiberglass, which will be needed instead thanks to its ease of installation, causing the look of the pool to suffer dramatically. This difference in color can often stand out and look out of place and unnatural, not the look many pool owners will want. There are some contractors who will overlay the steps with liner, however this is often difficult to install properly and often costs extra.
One expense that many investors neglect to consider would have to be liner replacement, few people realize how much costs mount up over time when it comes to replacing the liner in your pool, but the fact is that liners must be replaced annually. Vinyl pool liners will usually come with a warranty, however the downside is that they are pro-rated, meaning the liner will lose its value with each passing year. As well as this, your warranty will not cover labor and water costs as your liner is replaced. This does not count the liners you may have to replace if they get damaged or ripped, which happens very easily, adding up to even more expense. To fund a complete vinyl replacement, including water, liner and labor, costs can often hit around $4,000.
Another disadvantage of vinyl pools that many investors don’t realize is the fact that the liner will need to be frequently bleached, especially if you are using chlorinated water to fill your pool. Vinyl pools often fade significantly over just a few years, and even though the condition of the liner itself may be good, the faded colors can look ugly and cheap. Bleaching can replace the colors, restoring what has faded; however, costs can vary widely, especially if your pool is particularly large.
And finally, if you were thinking of buying a pool to increase the resell value of your home, then a vinyl pool is definitely not the right pool for you. As opposed to fiberglass pools, which are often viewed as a long term structure with no major repairs, vinyl lined pools are often viewed badly by many potential home investors thanks to the unavoidable long-term costs down the line. Many home buyers will request that the liner is replaced before any negotiations take place, in order to delay the costs somewhat.
Each year, thousands of Americans invest in a vinyl pool without realizing they can end up costing thousands of dollars to maintain. When it comes to swimming pools, Fiberglass is one of the most reliable and cost effective options available, and nowadays almost any family can afford one.
Aesthetically pleasing, and completely unique, why choose anything else?
Concrete pools were once the first choice of pool material for many celebrities, mainly down to their costly price tags, however in recent years, as costs have come down; they have become more affordable for almost any family. However, many Americans invest without exploring the long term expenses that come with concrete pools, and instead are convinced by the low price tag. Unfortunately, concrete pools can be quite costly, with ten yearly expenses hitting a staggering $45,600.00. This figure may seem absurd, but once you see where the expenses are being made, you will soon see how easily it mounts up, and how investing in a fiberglass pool is a far better option.
Concrete pools often strike families new to pool investment as a complete bargain due to their low initial cost, however, this is an assumption that needs to be quashed, because it simply isn’t true. This article aims to show you how the long term costs for concrete pools break down over the years and what the money will be spent on, because after all, $45,600.00 is not a figure often associated with a good investment.
First of all, concrete will require 3 acid baths at the very least over 10 years. This is necessary as it removes the abrasive and gritty film that often builds up on the top of concrete. This is not only costly, but very harmful to the environment. This added up with water filling costs adds up to $3,600 alone, and this is just the start of your expenses.
Concrete pools also require a lot of chemicals in order to function hygienically, as well as this, you may also need to invest in specialist pool cleaning tools too. Concrete is a porous material, which makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other water-loving germs. If you want you and your family to be safe when swimming in your pool, you will need to make sure you can fund for the monthly cleaning chemicals requires, which on average costs about $65 per month, meaning after 10 years, you will have spent $7,800 on chemicals alone, bringing our ever growing total to $15,600. Plus, your pool will also need monthly pool services, coming in at $35 a month, adding an extra $4,200 on top of our figure. This makes our figure hit a staggering $19,800, but believe it or not, the worst is still yet to come.
Concrete also requires regular remarciting, and it has to be on time too. The average lifespan of the plaster used on your concrete pool will only last around 7 years, so it needs re-doing regularly. Plus, if your concrete pool is subject to any damage that effects the plaster work, you will also have to budget for plaster repairs too. Excess plaster is then dumped on landfills, where it will remain for many years harming the environment. Over ten years, this cost can mount up to $4,200, making our figure $7,800 already, and we haven’t even touched on the most costly features of a concrete pool yet.
Most pool owners neglect to think about the monthly cost of electricity and gas every month, these are required to run your pool around the clock, and heat it if you like a warm swimming pool. Over 10 years, this expense alone will cost you a whopping $24,000 alone, breaking down to around $200 a month. Now adding to our running total the cost of occasional tile repair should any loosen or break, (costly a measly $1,800 in comparison) our total stands at an unbelievable $45,600. Now, can you honestly say, after you have read this information, you would consider investing in a concrete pool?