If you are interested in purchasing a pool for your backyard but aren’t sure where to start, first knowing the common mistakes homeowners make can set you in the right direction. Every day, people end up purchasing the wrong type of pool, the wrong way, without any protection or way to turn the clock back around.

If you would instead not become one of the homeowners who wind up with a pool they don’t like, read about the common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Mistake #1: Not Designing Your Pool for Its Intended Purpose

The term form follows function applies to pool purchasing; you need to know how to use your pool before you can design it or know what type is best for you. If you don’t yet have a concrete answer, ask yourself if you plan to use it for entertaining, strictly relaxing, exercising, or for your kids to play in the summer. Is it a combination of more than one keeping you on the fence? Write down all the reasons you want a pool, and you and your pool contractor can develop a design that incorporates all or most of your wants. For example, if you have young kids and would like to exercise in the pool, you can design an “L” shaped pool that accommodates a small area for shallow swimming and wading and a more extended area for swimming laps.

Mistake #2: Choosing the Wrong Pool Foundation

In-ground pools and above-ground pools are the two basic types available. Above-ground pools are less expensive and require less time to install. They can come in a variety of sizes. However, they are considered temporary and are not built to last. Above-ground pools also tend to be an eye sore since they often look out of place and do not blend with the rest of your outdoor space.

In-ground pools are the most popular choice because they can be customized to the homeowner’s taste, home’s aesthetic, and outdoor features. Gunite pools are popular among homeowners in Bloomfield because they are durable, sleek, and offer the most customization in shape, size, and design. They will last for years, often resulting in a property value boost.

Mistake #3: Choosing the Wrong Pool Contractor

Quite possibly, the worst mistake Bloomfield homeowners make is choosing the wrong contractor. Unfortunately, some pool developers use temporary workers to install pools; others employ installers or subcontractors without experience. Pool contractors consistently see a high employee turnover, so keeping sound, experienced staff around can be a struggle. It is your job to ensure the pool builder has a professional brick-and-mortar location and isn’t working out of their home. Ask them about their staff and for client testimonials. When you meet with them in person, be sure to ask them if they specialize in the type of pool you want if they’re licensed and hire certified contractors, if they can offer custom features, and if they can repair any landscaping they might damage during installation.

Hire a Bloomfield Pool Contractor to Design the Perfect Custom Swimming Pool

Consult with an experienced Bloomfield pool contractor and avoid the common mistakes homeowners make. Sapphire Landscaping Pool and Spa is located in Bloomfield, Michigan, and services the surrounding communities.

Call Sapphire Landscaping Pool & Spa: 248-469-0900