The Spring and Summer is prime time for the pool construction industry. Homeowners looking to create a backyard escape work feverishly with pool companies to get their pools installed in time for summer enjoyment. If you are planning to install a pool in your backyard, we have some helpful tips for you when budgeting.
Generally when a pool company provides an estimate, it is for the pool and pool decking. They will factor in costs for electric, equipment, pool construction and the decking around the poo.. Quite often, however, they do not factor in what needs to go AROUND your pool – namely fencing and landscaping. These items can add significantly to your budget, so it’s wise to figure in costs before construction begins.
In the state of Maryland, it is required that pools be enclosed with a fence that is at least 4 feet high. Fence gates must open out and be able to lock. It is also recommended that fences have vertical rails, making them more difficult for children to climb.
At Tri County Fence & Decks, the most popular pool fencing is metal fencing. Metal fencing offers a sleek look that compliments pools of all styles well. If your home has a nice view or if you wish to have a more open feel to your pool area, metal fencing is a great choice. Metal fencing also offers the preferred vertical rails.
Another popular option for pool fencing is vinyl privacy fencing. If your neighbors are close or if you simply wish to achieve a more intimate setting, privacy fencing will provide what you need. Vinyl privacy fencing comes in a wide variety of styles and heights suitable for surrounding a pool.
Once you know which style you prefer, the next step is to request an estimate. Your new fence will need to pass inspection with your county, so you need to choose a licensed professional who will obtain the proper permits and construct your fence according to your counties regulations. Knowing all of your fencing costs before deciding on pool contractor will help greatly in your pool budgeting.
Another area of pool construction that often gets overlooked or under-budgeted is landscaping. When constructing your pool, your pool contractor will undoubtedly make a mess! Equipment needed to dig the pool, pour concrete and construct pool decking is large and heavy. Depending on how easy your backyard is to access, you will likely be left with a lot of work to do around your pool once it is complete.
Once you have an idea of your fenced in area, giving thought to how it will be landscaped is a good idea. In order to keep pool debris to a minimum, keeping areas that need mowing or trimming as far away from the pool as possible is wise. Additionally, you should consider not using mulch close to the pool either. A popular option is to use landscape rocks around the pool. Areas for flowers and shrubs can be worked into the rocked area for added beauty. When considering flowers, trees and shrubs, keep in mind which varieties drop seeds, leaves and pedals – another factor in adding to pool debris.
Now you are ready to start building your backyard paradise! Tri County Fence & Decks is here to help. Contact us for a free fence estimate in Maryland by calling us at 301-916-2205. We look forward to helping your backyard dreams come true!