Four Ways to Increase the Life and Safety of your Pool
Swimming is one of the top five most popular sports in the United States, particularly with kids ages 7-17. It’s also great cardiovascular exercise, because swimmers are constantly pushing against water resistance. At the same time, the body’s natural buoyancy in water means that less pressure is applied to the joints, making swimming a great sport for older people as well as children. If you have a custom pool or are just considering adding one to your yard, though, it’s important to consider how you’ll extend the life of your swimming spot and keep it safe for your family and friends.
Make sure your liner is in good shape.
Many homeowners wonder if liner is necessary for their outdoor pool. However, liners are critical–particularly for above-ground pools, although they’re helpful for inground pools as well. Liners provide a barrier between the sides of the pool and the water, preventing rust and water loss. If you’ve noticed that you’re losing water relatively quickly, it could be time to invest in a new liner.
On average, an inground pool liner will last for up to 12 years, while an above ground pool liner lasts for about ten years. Pool plaster in particular can start to stain and stretch, so it’s important to reapply new coats of plaster if your pool sides aren’t looking their best. Pool resurfacing only needs to happen about once every ten years, but it’s a crucial part of any pool owner’s maintenance routine.
Install a four-sided fence.
While not all localities require pools to be surrounded by a fence, it’s still worth considering having one built. You as a homeowner may be liable if someone takes an unexpected plunge, or if small children are able to access your pool unattended. Experts recommend constructing a fence that is at least five feet high with self-latching gates to prevent unexpected or unwanted swimmers.
Think carefully before you install a diving board.
Many homeowners opt not to add diving boards to their outdoor pool, but you can still make it a fun part of your yard. Experts say that your pool should be no less than 36 feet longwith a ten-foot diving well and also be at least ten feet away from any other obstructions. While you may want to incorporate a diving board into your custom pool design, talk to your local pool contractors to decide if it will be a safe and feasible choice for your yard.
Consider deck resurfacing./
There are several options available for homeowners to make the deck area around their swimming spot from becoming too slick. Using an anti-slip or anti-skid polymer can prevent any unexpected falls, particularly if you have small children. Anti-slip deck coatings are available directly to consumers, but you may want to consult with a contractor do find a design that works best with your yard.
As you move into the last few days of summer, consider how to increase the safety and wellness of your friends and family in your backyard adventures. Working with local contractors to make your personal soaking spot safe, attractive, and fun for everyone.