Spring is finally here in the Twin Cities, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably already dreaming of summer fun. What can take you and your family’s backyard summer fun to a whole new level? A new in-ground pool, of course!

If you’ve been dreaming about adding a new pool to your Twin Cities property, spring is an excellent time to start planning, so you can snag a spot on your preferred pool installation company’s schedule before it fills up. But an in-ground pool is a major investment, so before you take the plunge, there are several things you’ll want to consider.

Let’s dive into the seven most important things you’ll want to think about before installing a new pool:

1. Zoning, Code, & Permit Requirements

Before you start getting excited about building a pool, you need to know whether you can actually build a pool on your Twin Cities property. Depending on where you live, there may be zoning and layout requirements for pool builds, and typically, those requirements are flexible.

As for permitting, your pool design and installation company will likely pull the required permits for you, but it’s still wise to have an understanding of what you need.

For more information on the regulations, you must adhere to when building a pool in the Twin Cities, check out the Minnesota Department of Health’s Minnesota Pool Code Rules.

2. Your Budget for the Build

First and foremost, you’ll need to think about just how much pool you want to buy. Design and construction costs for custom, in-ground pools are considerably higher than those for premium-quality above-ground pools, so expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $20,000 at a minimum.

If you’d like to install a large, more elaborately designed pool, your total costs can run between $50,000 and $100,000. 

Aside from the pool itself, decking, and fencing, you’ll also need to think about whether you want additional features, such as a spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, etc. Landscaping around the pool and outdoor light fixtures will also add to your overall costs.

3. The Type of Pool You Want

There are three main types of in-ground pools: vinyl-lined, concrete, and fiberglass. Which one do you prefer? If you’re unfamiliar with the pros and cons of each pool type, you’ll need to do your homework to figure out which one is best for your needs.

You’ll also want to consider whether you want a chlorinated or salt-water pool and which type is better for your ongoing operational budget and maintenance needs. 

4. Your Custom Pool Liner

In-ground pools are the hotspot for friends and family on those warmer days, and adding a custom vinyl liner can enhance them. The liners are easy to install and create a smooth surface; that withstands normal wear and tear for up to 15 years. There are three primary kinds including:

  • Steel wall is produced from stainless or galvanized steel panels.

  • Cement wall for unique customization and shapes.

  • Polymer, also called composite, is created from a resin that's non-corrosive, rust-resistant, and durable.

Liners are cost-effective solutions and offer multiple advantages, including custom designs, durability, and a smooth finish that you will love!

5. Other Pool Upgrades to Consider

You want your backyard area to be an oasis, and enhancing it with pool upgrades can help make it extraordinary. One way to give it a unique look is by installing underwater lighting. The lighting comes in a large array of colors that can be programmed to your favorite shades to add a touch of flare or keep your pool illuminated at night.

Regardless of how well you care for your pool, an automatic cover can help prevent unwanted debris from building up, staining your pool, and creating a massive headache to clean. The cover can be opened and closed with the push of a button keeping the pool protected in the winter months, and if inexperienced swimmers are around, it can prevent them from falling in, keeping them safer.

While chlorine has been the go-to, consider upgrading to salt water. These systems feel more luxurious because the salt-based option creates a silky feeling in the water and is gentler on the skin and eyes. These systems also clean themselves, which removes the scale buildup, so you have less upkeep and don't omit the traditional chlorine smell.

6. Finding the Right Pool Installation Company

Hiring a pool installation company will require a good deal of research. You’re considering making a major investment into the value of your home, so you’ll want to ensure you’re working with an experienced, honest team with your best interests at heart.

What should you look for in a reliable, trustworthy, and experienced pool builder? Check out these traits that all high-quality pool installation companies share.

7. Handling Ongoing Pool Maintenance

Will you perform your own pool maintenance, or do you plan to let a pro handle the job? If you’d like to take care of your pool on your own, you’ll need to make sure you have the appropriate pool chemicals on hand at all times.

You’ll also need to purchase plenty of pool cleaning equipment, including a pool vacuum, brushes, skimmer net, etc. If you’re unfamiliar with how to properly care for a pool, it’s likely in your best interest to hire a pool maintenance company for weekly pool care.

The experts will ensure your pool water remains clear and sanitized and will also alert you to any potential equipment issues that may require pool repairs.

Thinking About Custom Pool Design for Your Twin Cities Home?

If you’re considering putting a custom pool on your Twin Cities property, get in touch with our team at Royal Pool & Spa in White Bear Lake, Minnesota for a quote! We’ve proudly served Twin Cities pool owners since 1988 and specialize in all things swimming pools from pool design and installation to routine maintenance, pool repair, renovations, and more.

Check out our customer reviews to see what people are saying about our work!

To get started or learn more about our services, feel free to call us today at 651-779-7606. You can also request a quote online or send us a message with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch promptly.