3 Tips For Picking Your Pool's Location

Posted on: 7 August 2017

Upgrading your backyard with a swimming pool is an exciting prospect for increasing your comfort during hot months. Unfortunately, those who situate their new pool in a less than ideal location often end up having to deal with unforeseen problems. Here are three qualities that will help you determine the best location for your new pool.

Aim for the greatest amount of sun exposure.

Many people find themselves lured by the romantic notion of building their pool so that it lies beneath the overhanging branches of a tree. This decision will ultimately lead to all sorts of problems. First of all, you'll end up having to spend about ten times as much energy sweeping leaves out of the pool.

For another thing, your pool will not be able to garner as much solar energy as it would have otherwise. Sunlight is a good thing for a pool since it helps to keep the water at a comfortable temperature. Those with pools in shady locations, on the other hand, often have to install pool warmers to achieve an optimum temperature.

Limit the pool's exposure to wind.

While sunlight is undeniably kind to a pool, the same is not true where wind is concerned. A pool whose location leaves it constantly buffeted by winds will be less enticing to get in and out of, as you will be much more likely to find yourself catching a chill.

Comfort is not the only reason to keep a pool safely guarded from wind. Wind will also boost the rate at which water evaporates from the surface of your pool. As a result, you will have to add extra water fairly regularly, thus driving up the operating costs of your pool. Therefore, it is wise to locate your pool in the least wind-prone part of your yard. Additionally, you may want to install a strategic fence--or even a row of bushes--to help minimize wind.

Situate your pool on high ground if possible.

The ground height of a pool's location is just as important as sun and wind exposure is. It is imperative that you keep your pool away from especially low lying parts of your yard. Otherwise you will find all manner of dirt, mud, and debris flowing into your pool during periods of rain and storm. Placing your pool on high ground will help to lower the amount of cleaning you have to do. 

You can ask your local retailers for more info on where you should situate your new pool.