Swimming Pool, Hot Tub & Sauna

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Swimming Pool, Hot Tub & Sauna Considerations

Water is the basis of all life. It sustains our bodies and the natural world around us. It powers and rejuvenates us. It's also a lot of fun to play in.

Swimming pools are ideal for beating the summer heat, getting a great cardiovascular workout, and entertaining family and friends. Pools can be a major investment, and careful thought should be given to their planning. Whether going with a small above ground pool or a huge, multi-level in-ground pool, you should consider exactly where you want the pool, what materials are best for your needs, and what you want surrounding it.

Different materials each offer their own advantages, from the easy maintenance of vinyl to the strength of fiberglass to the adaptability of concrete. The cheapest option up front may require more money spent in maintenance and repairs later. Compare warrantees for different swimming pool materials before coming to a decision.

Decking, paving and landscaping can give a pool the exact character and functionality you seek. Your swimming pool contractor may be adept at this as well, or you may wish to go with a local carpenter, mason or landscaper to customize the area around your pool.

Hot tubs and spas are highly therapeutic and extremely relaxing. They offer year round enjoyment for the entire family. Privacy is often an important factor for homes with hot tubs, so additional fencing, latticework or other screening should be factored into the planning stages. Hot tubs and spas also require a fair amount of maintenance and upkeep. Be sure you're willing to keep the pH balanced and the motor healthy before you decide to install one.

Saunas provide heat therapy and hydrotherapy as well as a great method of relaxation. The handsome wood design and the clouds of steam make a sauna look as good as it feels. Whether it's indoors or outdoors, be sure to consider the method of heating you'd prefer and the resultant heating costs, whether it's wood, gas or electric. For homes with small children, consider safety measures to keep the little ones from making unsupervised visits that may be unsafe.