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Swimming Pool Options: Non-Excavation Vs. Excavation

Home swimming pools today come in a number of different formats, some of which exist 'above ground' and do not require carving out a large hole on your property. Other, more permanent swimming pools require excavation. There are options for all budgets and levels of commitment.


For those wishing to dip a toe (excuse the pun) into the possibilities of pool ownership, you may like to try out a more temporary pool installation first, before taking the plunge into installing a permanent feature. If you are renting, rather than owning your property outright, a swimming pool which can be taken down or re-situated is an attractive option.

You probably remember the inflatable paddling pools that many people splashed around in as children, and you can purchase what is, in essence, a giant version of those paddling pools, which consists of a metal frame lined by PVC. Obviously, these can be taken down and reassembled as required.  

The next step up in complexity is a wooden above-ground pool, lined with PVC. This is basically like a large 'hot tub' in construction. More expensive and less movable than the 'giant paddling pool', these wooden pools will need a certain amount of maintenance to maximise their usable lifetime. The PVC lining will most likely need replacing after a certain number of years, as will the pump and, eventually, the wood. A good manufacturer/installer will guarantee these components separately for a number of years.


If you decide that a more permanent feature is for you, there are several options, all of which will involve excavation. A popular method of constructing a pool involves setting down concrete blocks into the hole and then lining with PVC. A fibreglass or ceramic pool can also be installed in one piece directly into the excavated hole; this provides the most watertight solution available today. 

Companies like Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas offer options for both concrete and fibreglass pools, so consult with a professional when considering the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

It is debatable whether or not a permanent swimming pool adds value to your property though, so be sure that you are installing a pool for the right reasons. This is an expensive undertaking, and you should be thinking about the enjoyment you and your family will derive from the pool first and foremost.

Also bear in mind that a permanent swimming pool will need maintenance that may involve calling in a professional. In the event that you can take on the task yourself, you will still need to pay out for chemicals and filter material to ensure that your pool is a clean and safe environment. An additional expense is that of heating the pool, which will add a substantial amount to your energy bills. You should be budgeting for the ongoing costs of pool maintenance and heating over and above the costs of construction.