Many homeowners are reluctant to invest in a swimming pool because they fear they won’t get enough use out of it to justify the cost. Regardless of the pool service you use, on rainy days, cold days or exceedingly hot days, your outdoor pool is essentially useless.
The only sure way to guarantee that you will be able to swim year round, rain or shine, is to have an indoor pool.
Paying the Price for More Convenience
The downside is that indoor pools cost more than outdoor pools. In some cases, they can cost twice as much or even more. Plus, you need to have room on your property for the building that houses it.
But the increase to your homeowners’ insurance premium that comes with having a swimming pool may actually be lower with an indoor pool than with an outdoor pool.
Indoor Pool Materials
Many of the materials used for building an indoor pool and the pool service you hire are the same as for an outdoor pool. For example, you generally can use the same sorts of liners. You may even have more options with an indoor pool because such elements as decking don’t have to be weather-proof.
You also don’t need build a fence or other safety equipment to keep people out of your indoor pool, as is often required by local building codes with an outdoor pool.
You also can cut down your costs by surrounding your indoor pool with a partial or temporary enclosure, rather than putting an entirely new addition on your home. This can include such options as a roof that shelters the pool from the rain to a greenhouse-type structure that will keep the pool even when it’s cold outside.
One of the biggest unseen expenses by people considering an indoor pool is the special ventilation system it will require. You need a system that either exchanges or dehumidifies air because without it, the humidity generated by your pool can cause damage to the rest of your home.
The costs of building and running a humidifying system 24/7 can add up pretty quickly. A way to reduce this cost is to install an automatic pool cover that helps limit evaporation.