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Once you’ve made the decision to invest in a swimming pool for your Lewisville, North Dallas, or Denton home, there are some things you should know about making the best and wisest decision. These tips will get you off to the right start.

1. Make a list of what you’re looking for. Dream big.
Even if you know what you want, it’s worth the time to go exploring on Pinterest or elsewhere on the web for ideas. Reading up on the most recent technology is good, too. Once you have all of your ideas gathered, your builder will work with you to plan the pool that’s right for your family.

2. Research the three different types of in-ground pools. 
Are you looking for concrete? Fiberglass? Vinyl? Research the benefits of all three and make sure to have an awareness of the various cleaning and filtering systems and artistic finishing touches. Having a working knowledge of swimming pool terminology will ease your communication with your builder and make you feel confident in the decisions you make.

3. Find a Lewisville pool builder and a Lewisville pool maintenance company that is credible and has a good reputation.
A pool is  huge investment and you will be enjoying for years, if not decades, to come. It pays to invest in finding an experienced and qualified professional. Try word of mouth – friends, neighbors, and pool associations can all offer suggestions and recommendations. Check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure your builder and maintenance company have no complaints. It’s fine to Interview a few different candidates, and your builder should be prepared with samples of his work and references.

4. Make a decision about the shape of the pool.
Your pool design is important not only in the aesthetic appeal, but also in what you want to actually do in the pool. If you want to use your pool for exercise and games, a rectangular design is a good choice.  Kidney-shaped and free-form pools can blend with the surrounding landscaping and vegetation and have a natural look. They also look great with waterfalls.

5. Be clear on how you want to use your pool.
Is it for your children? Entertaining? To increase the value of your home? A relaxing place for you and your spouse to enjoy? Will you have an outdoor kitchen for entertaining in the pool area? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you determine what sort of pool would best fit your needs. The Lewisville and North Texas areas have  long swimming seasons.

6. Establish your budget.
When you speak with your builder about your wish-list, you will have a good idea of what you can get for what money. Go into the meeting open-minded. If you have a specific budget, you may have to be willing to compromise on some of the features you’d like to have.

7. Consider long-term costs.
Understand the long-term costs. Swimming pool costs have an undeserved bad reputation for having expensive upkeep. Energy-saving steps can save a lot of money. Still, you want to have an idea of what the costs are, including the water to keep it full, water maintenance and cleaning costs, and accessories.

8. Check into your local building codes.
Your pool builder should know (if he doesn’t, find another one!) the Lewisville and North Texas swimming pool building codes, but it’s helpful if you know the rules for yourself. Things like height fences have to be considered and some areas in Lewisville and North Texas may require locked gates around pools.  Other concerns can be building restrictions, tax concerns, building permits, and noise policies.

9. You’ll need insurance.
A swimming pool can affect your homeowners policy, depending who your carrier is. You also need to include this in the long-term cost.

10. Get the features you really want. 
Staying close to your budget is important, but identify those features that are truly important to you.  Installing features by retrofitting a is more challenging later than it is with an initial install.

11. Be as energy efficient as possible.
You can save by using enclosures, pump and lighting timers, and pool covers. They will quickly pay for themselves in savings. With the long, hot summers in Lewisville and North Texas, any savings you can find will help.

12. Keep safety a primary consideration.
Again, remember city codes. Swimming pools in Lewisville, Denton, or other areas in North Texas are usually under fairly strict local codes. This includes fencing. You can actually equip your pool with alarms that will alert you if someone enters the water.  Further precautions include child-proof locks on the gates and and security alarms on backyard windows.

13. Think about finishing touches.
Things like coping, decking, outdoor kitchens, and borders can make a swimming pool stand out. The materials used for each vary—stone, concrete, ceramic and glass tile—and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Discuss with you designer which options are right for you.

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