Almost every homeowner in Toronto would like to have a pool in their back yard but is it really possible for everybody to go ahead and install one? This is a question to which many local property owners would like to know the answer and one that we will attempt to answer to your satisfaction in this short article. There are no hard and fast rules but there are certain factors that may be enough to make you reconsider your decision to have a pool installed or at least to choose a different site to the one you originally had in mind.
Factors to Consider Before Going Ahead with a New Pool Installation
Think about the following points when you are still at the planning stage and you might save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. At the very least, you will avoid wasting time considering options that really aren’t practical for your home.
- Space – This is the number one consideration when planning a new pool installation: is there enough space for the type of pool you have in mind? Generally speaking, if you have a very small backyard, a typical rectangular pool may not be the best choice. The main reason for this is that it might leave too little room for decking. You may think that maximizing water volume should be the main aim when choosing a pool for a small yard but you will almost certainly spend more time sitting around your new pool than swimming in it. For this reason, a free-form pool, with plenty of space for decking, could be a better choice in a small yard.
- Ground Type – Most homeowners have no idea what is lying hidden several feet under the top soil in their back yard and to be perfectly honest, in most cases, whatever it is, it is unlikely to cause a problem with your pool installation. However, in the event you already know there is hard rock under the surface, you may wish to rethink your plan to install a pool, or at least choose a different site in your yard.
- Gradient – A back yard with a steep gradient is obviously not an ideal site for any type of pool installation but if you are prepared to pay a little more to have the ground levelled, it should not be an insurmountable barrier. If you are not sure whether your yard is too steep to make installing a pool a practical course of action, you can always call us and ask for advice. We have worked on a number of installations in the past that required a little more preparation work.
- Security – Perhaps not a factor that immediately occurs to you when considering the practicalities of installing a new pool in your back yard but one that merits consideration nonetheless. Before you install a swimming pool, you should make sure that your back yard is completely secure. This will minimize the chances of unwanted guests using your pool when you are not there. In most Toronto neighbourhoods this is not a major concern but it should be addressed before you make a final decision.
Although some of the above factors may give you pause for thought, most can be overcome quite easily if you really want a pool in your back yard. To discuss details and to request a quotation for a new pool installation, please feel free to call us at any time. We have completed numerous installations in the city and surrounding area, and would be delighted to be of service to you.