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

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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.

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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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