How much does a swimming pool cost? Standard pools are always cheaper than custom-made ones. Would you prefer a shaped or a regular one? Swimming pool dimensions also vary, as they can be 7 to 14 meters long, and 3 to 5 m wide. Of course, you can always adjust the dimensions to the available space and budget, although a typical swimming pool depth is around 1.5 m. The bigger the pool, the higher the price, especially due to its structure and cost of materials. Excavation, purchase of materials, and installation can cost NGN800,000 per meter. A concrete pool with tiling and insulation costs around NGN80,000/m2. The cheapest type is the above-ground pool, whose price, inclusive of the required appliances and fittings, amounts to roughly between NGN40,000 to NGN800,000 per unit depending on the size.
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Swimming pools come in different sizes, shapes, types, and installation methods, so their uses vary as well. Your final choice for the swimming pool will be affected by factors such as the cost estimate, available space, geographical location, accessibility, and local regulations.
If you want to be able to swim throughout the year, even in the winter, go for an indoor pool. Indoor pools often form part of wellness centres, which often include another pool, a hot tub (Jacuzzi), sauna, fitness studio or gym. An indoor pool can take any form; it can include a skimmer, an overflow channel, etc. Both indoor and outdoor pools are built according to the same principle. They often include a filtration and disinfection system. Mechanical parts must be easily accessible and theyre often placed by the pool. Concrete pools usually include a strip foundation, making the bottom accessible as well, rather than just the walls. Whats essential for indoor pool areas is maintaining a certain degree of humidity, which is done through special ventilation, called dehumidifiers. Building a pool is something you should plan in advance, so make sure all the elements you opt for are included in the drawings. The best arrangement is one where the devices are kept in a separate room away from the filtration system.
Outdoor swimming pools are growing in popularity as theyre no longer so unaffordable. During the summer, your family can enjoy every minute spent swimming and relaxing. Like the price, maintenance is also no longer an issue as it stopped being that demanding and time-consuming as it used to be. Add a canopy and heat retention cover, and you can make the swimming season last from May to September.
For most people, building their own swimming pool is a dream come true. You can probably already picture yourself with your family and friends having a barbecue and cold drinks with the sounds of water splashing. Unfortunately, this dream can turn into a real nightmare if you choose a wrong contractor. Before you start looking for one, decide what it is exactly that you want. This decision will depend on various factors, such as your personal taste, location, space, conditions, and your budget. It might be helpful to take a look at the swimming pools your neighbours have. Do they have in-ground, above-ground, concrete, or styrofoam pools? Once you choose one, search online for the companies that build that particular type. You should also be familiar with everything regarding the operating method and basic equipment, e.g. water filtration, pumps, etc. The more you know, the easier it will be to negotiate with contractors. Consider your neighbours, friends, and relatives experience, too. Feel free to knock on their doors and ask about the construction process, whether theyre satisfied with the outcome and contractor.
Make a list of contractors and write down the data you find, e.g. how long they have been around, references, reliability, etc. Then, draw up a shortlist of three candidates and schedule a meeting with each one. Dont forget that every company has its advantages and disadvantages. Some will just quickly draw a swimming pool plan on a piece of paper, while others will use a computer programme to do so. Both are fine. Also, each contractor will have their own idea on how to go about this project. Some will go on and on about ionic purifiers, while others will claim that anything other than chlorine is a complete waste of money, and then there will be those telling you that a salt water chlorine generator is the way to go. This is the moment when your research will finally pay off as you’ll know exactly what you want and what you dont want. Dont make any hasty decisions. Schedule a meeting with each one of them and take your time to examine each offer. Dont feel intimidated. Everything is negotiable. Everything you agree on (the building method, price, payment terms, deadlines, etc.), should be put on paper in the form of a contract. Note that the contractor will ask for an advance on part of the total sum, then for another part while the work is still in progress, and for the rest after the completion of works. We suggest you try to negotiate a deal where you pay by instalments after each stage of construction, but not in advance. Try to lower the initial instalment rate as much as you can (down to about 10%), and after this, dont pay anything until the agreed stage has been completed.
A prefabricated pool usually consists of a metal wall and an interior PVC liner. It takes just one afternoon to assemble a free-standing pool, so your family can get an instant private swimming area. It can be installed on almost any flat area (grass, concrete, sand, etc.) and it can be partially or completely dug into the ground. One of the reasons why its growing in popularity is its affordable price that keeps dropping. Whats more, prefabricated pools are portable, they can be folded and moved around, so you can take yours with you if you move house.
Before cutting-edge swimming pool technologies (liner, prefabricated, polyester pools, etc.) came onto the market, all pools used to be made of concrete. However, concrete pools have still remained a synonym for quality and durability, but also a high price. Their biggest downside is that they leave no room for mistakes in design or construction, because any flaw can be felt almost immediately. If you want a properly built concrete pool, youll need plans, drawings, calculations made by a professional in line with all requirements, especially those concerning the soil and construction works, and an experienced contractor. A concrete pool can take any shape. Its usually tiled with standard or mosaic tiles, but they can also be painted in a colour of your choosing.
Liner pools are a new thing, but theyre becoming increasingly popular. Theyre usually installed on a concrete slab, and their walls are made of various materials. They can be made of timber, styrofoam sheets, concrete slabs, Siporex panels, or bricks. There are also those completely made up of metal and plastic elements. Styrofoam sheeting is the most widely used option. Liner pools made up of styrofoam sheets have the following advantages:
- easily built and affordable,
- very adjustable—both square and round shapes are possible,
- great thermal insulation properties, enabling heating of water in the spring and cooling in the autumn.
Polyester pools have a nice round shape, theyre easy-to-build and maintain, and durable. In Europe, theyre in high demand due to the affordable pricing and easy construction. Polyester pools either come in one piece or are made up of modular pieces which are assembled on site. Their approximate lifespan is 20 years.
The concept of natural pools or swimming ponds was born in the 80s. These pools are self-cleaning since theyre made up of two merging zones—the regeneration zone and the swimming zone. As is the case with other types, this too can have a natural shape, a rustic style with logs and waterfalls, or a modern and elegant design.
Most natural pools are lined with a rubber liner or reinforced polyethylene. The regeneration zone is a separate area filled with sand and various aquatic plants, acting like a cleaning system. Skimmers and pumps pump water into this zone over cascades, rocks, or pebble. This zone is also populated by bacteria, which serve as an additional biological filter. Unlike in artificial ponds, water in natural pools is so clear that you can see the bottom. These pools have the same pricing as other types, but it greatly depends on the scope of construction works needed. This will definitely be the number one choice for those who prefer nature and arent fond of chlorine and other chemicals.
The first step of proper maintenance is finding out everything you should know about swimming pools. Regardless of whether you have a regular, small, backyard pool or an entire wellness centre, every pool is comprised of four parts, which you have to take constant care of to ensure an optimal lifespan. These parts are:
You cant get the joy and refreshment you expect without water. When keeping the water clean, clear, and well-balanced, youre protecting yourself and your family from all sorts of contaminants. This is also a great way to cut costs on mechanical repairs due to corrosion or mineral build-up and extend your pools lifespan.
The interior side of swimming pool walls is in direct contact with water and thus everyone swimming in it. If this surface is clean and free of algae, mould, and contaminants, the pool will also be clean and safe.
This might sound strange, but your pools heart is actually its liver. The pump drains the water and pumps it back into the pool, so that it keeps circulating. The water bounces of the sides and passes into the filters, which remove all debris from it. Without an active filtration system in place, the water quickly turns muddy and contaminated, leaving the pool ruined.
A skimmer is a device which pulls the water and directs it to the filters. Once cleaned, the water is pumped back into the pool.
Efficient pool maintenance is underpinned by three simple, yet essential functions, namely circulation, cleaning, and chemicals.
Standing water is dirty and smells bad. To be clean and safe, the water in your pool has to flow as it does in nature. Proper circulation is crucial for safe and pleasant use of a pool. Pools with a sound water circulation design rarely encounter problems like muddy water or algae. An ideal system of pumps and filters is one where these work 24/7. If, for any reason, this isnt possible, we strongly advise the system should work for at least 10–12 hours a day. This way, the water will be kept clean and safe, and so will the pool. Another key component is frequent cleaning of the filters. Water is directed to the filters, and then to special containers, which are emptied after cleaning. Cleaning methods primarily depend on the type of filters, but the operating mode is more or less the same for all of them.
If the pool has the appropriate circulation system, a large part of the cleaning job has already been done, although you will have to jump in every once in a while. Whether you like it or not, at some point, youll find leaves, branches, dirt, mould, shampoo, perfume residues, in your pool. Bacteria are also unavoidable, so its clear that cleaning is indispensable if you want to ensure safe use. Collect and remove everything you find, at least once a week. Baking soda is definitely your friend in this, as it doesnt damage tiles or vinyl liners. Of course, there are self-cleaning systems, but they cant always replace good scrubbing.
Chemicals always carry a negative connotation, and sound scary and unnatural. However, in this case, you have nothing to worry about. Chemicals are an integral part of efficient pool and water maintenance, and theyre pretty straightforward, too.
The most important tool is a water test kit. Before you add chemicals, test your pool water. The first thing you should check is the chemical balance, i.e. what the water contains and what it doesnt contain. The following three data are crucial here:
- pH level—how acidic or basic the pools water is. A low pH level shows that the water is acid, while a high level says that its basic. Aim for a pH level of between 7.4 and 7.6.
- Alkalinity—helps prevent a sudden increase in waters acidity or basicity. Aim for 100–150 ppm (parts per million).
- Level of disinfectants—amount of chlorine, bromine, etc. Some values vary depending on the disinfectant you choose. When you know the pH, alkalinity, and disinfectant level, you can add chemicals that will help keep the water balanced. Make sure you devote enough time to this, follow the manufacturers instructions, and learn how each chemical affects water and people before you use it.
Make a pool maintenance schedule to make sure you never miss a thing youre supposed to do. You can write down all maintenance steps in advance, e.g. winterisation, off-season maintenance, pre-season check and preparation, etc.
This is not complicated. Make a schedule and put it in a conspicuous place, by the pool or on the fridge. This way, your family members can see it and get some of the work done, too.
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