With this winter coming to a close, many thoughts are slipping into the warm and sunny summer days soon to come. A private pool and patio in the backyard is the place to be when the heat hits hard. The good news is you can have a pool installed in almost any size yard.
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Woodbury, NJ – February 14, 2017 – With this winter coming to a close, many thoughts are slipping into the warm and sunny summer days soon to come. A private pool and patio in the backyard is the place to be when the heat hits hard. The good news is you can have a pool installed in almost any size yard. New designs for dipping or spa pools make the dream accessible for homeowners with even the smallest plots of land. The bad news is a new pool may not be in the cards for this June.
“Whatever time you think it’s gonna take to get a permit, double or triple it,” said custom pool installer Peter Fineberg from Ted’s Pools, based in Newtown Square, PA. “Engineering and permitting alone is about 4 months.”
Mr. Fineberg said the absolute best time to decide on installing a pool is in the late summer or autumn, but February isn’t necessarily too late. The best time is the fall before the ground freezes. A portion of the in-ground project can be done before the winter hits. That part is “winterized” to withstand the extreme weather, and the pool itself can be installed in the spring.
The type of pool doesn’t affect the timeline. Permits and the conditions of the ground and the weather are the main factors that will influence the work. “The most important part [of pool installation] is planning and timing,” Mr. Fineberg said. “I want to see people at the end of the summer or in the spring.” He said it takes 8 weeks minimum to build a pool, if the weather cooperates.
One of the first steps to installing a pool is to have a designer assess which pools will fit in the home’s side or backyard area, and what the plans and installation of those pools will cost. Hiring a designer familiar with the township and state regulations is key. “Set-backs are boundaries between your property and the next” Mr. Fineberg said. “Each township has rules and regulations for setbacks.” In other words, every municipality has its own “property buffer” limit. Local contractors are the most likely to be familiar with those township and county laws. Even with setback and other legal limits, almost any yard can hold a pool. “I very rarely say no,” Mr. Fineberg said. “There are pools for just a couple hundred square feet. There are spa pools with a 50 square foot spa and a 125 square foot dunking area.” New technology and designs allow for a pool in just about every situation.
Mr. Fineberg suggests spending some time touring pools in the area. His company, Ted’s Pools, has loyal customers who will often open their gates to potential clients. He takes the pool shoppers to see a wide variety of pools. Like any good designer, he asks questions as they tour, like. “Do you like a concrete, blue stone, plaster or pebble finish? What do you want to use the pool for? Which materials do you prefer?” Just like deciding on pavers for your patio, size and materials hold a lot of the cost of a new in-ground pool. Mr. Fineberg likens the cost of pool specifications, on a smaller scale, to buying a car. “You can get bigger engines or leather inside. You can get the metallic paint. It’s the ‘bling’ that makes it more expensive.” Your land’s topography may also increase costs. “Slopes can hold pools, but the installation may be cost more,” Mr. Fineberg added.
“There are many choices of pavers especially well-suited for use on pool decks,” according to Marianne Anzaldo of EP Henry, a leading manufacturer of concrete pavers and walls.
Since there is no licensure yet in Pennsylvania, Mr. Fineberg warns homeowners to do their research. While states like Florida and California have state licensure for pool installers, Pennsylvania has yet to enact any standards. “We make sure our guys take the same courses as the license procedure,” Mr. Fineberg said. “Check references and ask for recommendations,” he adds, no matter where you live.
The pool decking and coping (the rounded-edge stone that surrounds the top of the pool where it meets the patio) are also a big factor in design and cost. EP Henry, a paver stone manufacturer in NJ, suggests taking a look at the different qualities of pavers. Some hold heat better than others, some are meant to reduce slide and increase grip. If you’re shopping for pool decking, make sure to take off your shoes! Feel any paver against your bare feet. You’ll soon become an expert in what will work best for you.
So if you want a pool for the summer, start now. Maybe you’ll be basking in the summer sun as the lazy days float away.
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