December 6, 2019

How to Design Your Dream Swimming Pool

A backyard pool is more than just a swimming pool. It’s your personal haven. It takes time, research, and a lot of planning to create a piece of paradise in your home. Carlton Pools aims to make this experience educational and enjoyable for all prospective pool owners. Get started building your dream pool by reading the following article, then contact a representative at the leading swimming pool company in Lehigh County to lead you on the rest of the journey. 

Foundation Material

Choosing the right material for your pool liner is arguably the most important step of the whole process. The most popular materials used for in-ground pools are concrete, fiberglass, vinyl, and PVC. Here is a quick rundown of the advantages they offer.

  • Concrete: Concrete is the strongest material, but it is also the most expensive. The process used to create a concrete pool allows contractors to build custom shapes that are as unique as their owners. They are also easier to develop upon if owners choose to enlarge their pool area or add additional features afterward.  
  • Fiberglass: Fiberglass pools have the shortest installation time because the factory-made pool shell is simply installed into the excavated ground. However, there is a limited amount of pool shapes to choose from because the pool shells are not constructed in real-time. Fiberglass is also an extremely durable material and nonporous.  
  • Vinyl: Vinyl pools are one of the most affordable installations available, but they require more renovations throughout the years. The vinyl material is also durable but can be punctured more easily than fiberglass. 

Pool Shape

To add a little personality to your pool, you can stray away from the standard rectangle or oval shape. Check out all the great shapes Carlton Pools offers:

  • Kidney
  • Classic Kidney
  • Bent L
  • Cameo
  • Flair
  • Gothic
  • Italia
  • Lady Eight
  • Lajolla
  • MT Lake
  • Oasis
  • Pocono
  • Pool Bar
  • Prestige
  • Rectangle
  • Sierra

The fun doesn’t stop there. You can also create a custom pool shape with the help of our design team. We’ll create a 3D model of your dream design and tweak it until it’s exactly what you’re looking for.

Filtration System

Pools are meant to be relaxing, entertaining, and, most of all, safe. Choosing the right filter plays an important role in how clean your pool is. There are three main types of filters to choose from: sand filters, cartridge filters, and DE filters. If you want an inexpensive filtration system that’s also easy to maintain, a sand filter is your best option. However, sand filters require weekly backwashing and are not as energy efficient as cartridge filters or DE filters. 

Cartridge filters have a higher installation price and require more maintenance than sand filters, but they provide very effective filtration. This energy-efficient pool filter works best on smaller pools and saves water by not requiring additional backwashing. 

DE filters give water a crystal-clear shine because they can remove even the smallest possible bacteria. They are easy to maintain, but they are also the most expensive models available. 

Finish with a Nice Finish

Pool finishes can truly bring your pool to life. Not only do they provide pools with an aesthetic appearance, but they also provide a secure barrier to the pool’s liner. The most common types of pool finishes are plaster, quartz, and pebble. Carlton Pools is the exclusive provider of aquaBRIGHT by ecoFINISH, a high-quality thermo-polymer finish that’s designed to outlast and outperform other finishes. 

Additional Features

Whether you have a sketched-out, detailed plan, or no idea what kind of pool you want in your backyard, Carlton Pools is here to help. Contact one of our trained swimming pools contractors in Lehigh County to get started on building your dream oasis!