If you have a large backyard, you might be thinking about getting a swimming pool installed. While you might have considered the size of pool you want and have factored in the cost, there might be other things you have not considered. Make sure you avoid these mistakes when having the in-ground pool built.

Not Considering the Main Base Materials

When you are in the planning stages of your in-ground swimming pool, you will need to start with the basics. This includes choosing the material for the container, or main base of the pool structure. While many people go with concrete, that doesn't mean you have to. You need to think about more than cost when considering the pool materials, a common mistake people make. Also take into consideration the durability, longevity, and type of maintenance required with different materials. While concrete is good for the durability factor and initial costs, fiberglass may save you more money in the long run since it requires less expensive maintenance. Fiberglass also doesn't have as much algae growth or bacteria production as concrete.

Failing to Think About its Main Purpose

Another common mistake made by people who are getting an in-ground pool built is deciding on its design for aesthetic purposes only and not considering its purpose. You need to think about what you are mainly getting the pool for. If you want it to be a combination of a family pool and a pool that you get some exercise in, then having a larger area in the pool with shallow water is best. On the other hand, if you have kids who really want a diving board and to play pool games, a larger deeper end is often permitted. When the pool is meant for entertainment, you might want to think about adding lighting during its construction.

Ignoring the Size and Maintenance of Add-Ons

It is great to have a swimming pool that offers add-ons like a waterfall or water slide, but don't assume these are easy to build or that your pool has sufficient space. A slide not only takes up room on the side of the pool, but on the deck as well. You need sufficient space to have the ladder section of the slide that lets people comfortably get to the top of the slide. This may mean making the pool a little smaller in circumference than you intended. If you want a waterfall, that is not only going to take quite a bit of space and add on to the total cost of the pool, but it tends to be high maintenance as well. 

Keep these ideas and other pool maintenance considerations in mind when designing your pool.