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23rd August 2019

Weigh-in the Options: Indoor or Outdoor Swimming Pool?

outdoor swimming pool

Imagine coming home to a tropical retreat after a long day at work. Palms surround you wherever you look. There’s a hammock on the other side of the backyard. There’s a crystal-clear pool just a few steps from your home’s backdoor. A lounging area next to it. And oh, stunning views overlooking the city below! All you can think about is to lie on that hammock on breezy evenings and play some chill indie music in the background.

That’s how we imagine having a swimming pool at home would look like. You always position it at the backyard which is the ultimate reason why backyard pools are called as such. But actually, even though it’s typical and most homeowners would prefer it, it’s not a mandatory design. In fact, you can always build your pool indoors as long as the design works and complements the entire concept of your home.

Now, you can be torn between the two options: Should you build an indoor or an outdoor pool? If making the decision is quite tough, read on. Also, if you have time to spare, professionals like the Blue Waters Pool Services can give expert advice and answers to your pool-related questions.

Let’s take a look at several factors that you may consider when choosing between these two options.

Cost of Installation

We know that both options can be pretty expensive. Building it requires serious planning and budgeting. You might need to save up for it for several years or so. Well, that depends actually on how much you make and how much you’re able to save up in a year.

However, the area where you decide to place your pool has somewhat a huge influence to the cost of installation. There can be a huge price gap between an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Typically, the latter would incur cheaper costs as there are ways to build it in a more economical way.

Whereas, building an indoor pool might mean a lot of work and expenses including breaking through an existing foundation, installing vapor barriers and adding good ventilation features if the pool with utilize a chlorine system. Read a related article about that here.

Ease of Maintenance

But here’s where indoor pools win—they’re pretty easy to maintain, unlike the typical backyard pool. They’re protected against debris, leaves and other pollutants that might get into the water if it was otherwise built outside. Because it’s placed in a covered, enclosed area, you don’t have to do thorough cleanings as much as the ones that are located outdoors. But you need to pay careful attention to your ventilation features as the excess buildup of chlorine gas within the area could compromise your health.

Outdoor pools, on the other hand, don’t need ventilation as they get it naturally in that open area where air can move freely to and fro. One of the biggest issues, however, would be unwanted algae growth because of the constant sun exposure.

boy swimming in indoor swimming pool

Ideal for Any Kind of Weather

Indoor pools are very much ideal if you live in a cold country where freezing, icy winters are the usual scenario. And who would want to swim outdoors in a weather situation like that? You can’t say you braved the cold—hypothermia is real, folks. But what if you really, really love swimming, it’s actually your best sport and it’s the only way you’ll get motivated to exercise?

Heated indoor pools exist for this reason so that you can burn those stubborn fats all-year-long! This is actually the best advantage of this type of pool. You can use it whatever season you’re currently in. The weather just can’t stop your fitness goals. Learn more tips about continuing your exercise routine in the winter: https://citizen.co.za/lifestyle/fitness-and-health-your-life-your-life/2124216/how-to-continue-your-exercise-routine-in-winter/

Variety of Designs and Shapes

Because of the heftier installation costs, the design options and decorative features of a swimming pool could be limited if you’re placing it indoors. Of course, though, you can always decide to summon your creative self and create a spa-like tropical retreat right at the comfort of your indoor pool. For those that are built outdoors though, the possibilities seem endless!

So, have you decided what to choose between indoor or outdoor pools? Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, just stick to the good old rule: Choose something that will work for your needs.

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5 Easy Ways to Get Your MOT Test

Red car on a road - 5 ways to get your MOT test
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Once your car is three years old it will need to have an MOT test to verify that it is roadworthy and still in a safe condition to be on the road, especially West Yorkshire roads which are in some of the most beautiful settings in the country, but that can be challenging to older vehicles. Here are five ways that you can prepare for your MOT to make sure it goes smoothly:

Know the Date

Your first MOT will be due within three years of its date of registration. So, if your car was first registered on the first of January 2019, it will need an MOT to be done by the first of January 2022. Once you have had an MOT, the date of the next test will be on the MOT certificate. MOTs last for a year and the penalties for driving without an up-to-date MOT are no fun for anyone.

Know What They Look For

Being aware of what is on the MOT checklist is a good way to prepare you for what might lie ahead. In this way, you will know if that hairline crack on the windscreen is going to be a problem or not, and you can sort out small issues before the test. Once you are prepared for what might lie ahead, you can easily get your MOT tested within Wakefield – check Ossett Tyre House for more information.

Book Early

You can book your MOT up to 28 days early without losing any time on the MOT. In fact, booking within that 28-day window can actually mean that you end up with a thirteen-month MOT as the date of the next MOT test will be 12 months from the expiry date on the previous certificate rather than from the date of the test.

Pair with Service

When it is time for your MOT, why not book a service at the same time. That way, the garage can issue your certificate and make sure that any minor repairs are completed at the same time. This way you are only without your vehicle for one period of time, and once you have it back, you can tackle all the roads in West Yorkshire Peak District, with confidence that your car is in top condition.

Make a Plan

Finally, while your car is being MOT tested, why not make a plan to do something fun in the area while you wait? You could go to a movie, go clothes shopping for that perfect outfit, or even take your laptop and get some work done at a nearby café. This will prevent you from fretting about what is happening to your car and will keep you nicely occupied until you can retrieve your vehicle, especially if you do not have a second car in the household that you can use in the meantime.

These five tips will help you get through your MOT test with few hassles and the barest minimum of stress. Give us a call today to find out more about our MOT testing service.

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