If you have ever wanted to build a pool in Colorado, but are met with responses like “You can only use it one season” or “They are too difficult to have here” You are not alone.
Many Coloradans shy away from pools because of the harsh weather and seemingly ever-changing seasons. The truth is, pools are actually a lot easier to build and maintain in Colorado than you may think… as long as you have the right tools.
1. Get Ready to Research – A good pool starts with a good contractor.
Like most things in life, you need a solid foundation. That is why researching pool contractors is the best place to start.
Unlike Florida, Arizona, or California, it can be difficult to find a contractor to build your pool in Colorado. Looking around for the right company for your project is the most important part of your pool build.
Your contractor will decide the schedule, will manage the build, guide you on pricing and design, and of course, make sure your pool is operational.
When you are looking to work with a pool contractor, hire someone you find agreeable. A good pool contractor should be communicating back and forth with you consistently, so maintaining good rapport will be crucial.
If you don’t know where to look for a contractor, ask friends or neighbors, look up local pool contractors on Google, or visit our website to request an appointment today!
2. Be Introspective – Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The truth is that you don’t know, what you don’t know. Asking yourself and your contractor the right questions is the best way to keep costs low, get organized, and make sure you have a pool that will stand the test of time.
Before you jump straight into planning and designing, make sure you understand what best fits your needs.
- Concrete pool or a fiberglass pool? Fiberglass pools will be quicker to install and are less expensive. Concrete pools are pricier but allow you to customize and design to your liking.
- Pool and/or spa combination? Adding a spa to your pool project could make your backyard a great place to hang out year-round. This is a good option if you don’t want to lose out on a soak during the winter season.
- Do you have the budget? To be candid, it is more expensive to build a pool in Colorado than in other states. But, before you give up on your backyard paradise there are ways you can keep costs down! We will get into that more later.
3. Schedule Meetings – Planning is crucial.
You will need to meet many times with your contractor. The first meeting should take place in the prospective project area. This will allow your contractor to survey your landscape, identify waterlines, and visualize your pool concepts.
The important takeaway is that you should be prepared to meet many times, and ask and answer many questions with your contractor. This will help to make sure your pool is built efficiently, safely, and maybe even less expensive.
Here are some starter questions to ask your pool contractor during or after your first meeting.
- Do you install pools/spas year-round? Pools and spas tend to be cheaper during the colder seasons. Many contractors, like us, are able to continue installation throughout winter.
- When can I get on your schedule? Setting the expectation for a timeframe is important for you and your pool contractor. Some contractors are booked out many months, if not years for a new project.
- What are the expected costs and what is the frequency of payment? No one expects you to hand them a hundred thousand dollars at once. But knowing the frequency of payment for materials and labor will be important for you to plan out. This sort of information should be sent to you in your inital proposal.
- How are we going to get equipment in and out? Pool builds require large equipment. Finding a spot that you and your contractor are comfortable getting large equipment in and out of will be important for you to establish early on. This will prevent damage to your residence or landscaping.
4. Contracts and Legal Documents – Not fun, but necessary.
Before you even think about breaking ground you are going to need permits and contracts.
Permits are required for everyone home in Colorado in order to have a pool. This process of applying for and obtaining a permit may be lengthy, but it is necessary. You will have to submit a permit application through your county to get your pool plans approved. Your contractor should be helping you out with this part.
Contracts will also be a large part of building a pool. You will have to sign various contracts with your contractor about materials, payment, labor, expectations, timelines, and much more.
Contracts can be overwhelming, but it is important to keep in mind that the primary function is to protect you and your contractor.
5. Maintenance, Servicing and Repair – The key to success.
These three words will be very important as you reach the end of your pool build. Let’s define what these terms mean and what you should be prepared for before you start enjoying your pool.
In order to use your pool, you need to “open” it. Opening a pool is the process washing it down and filling it with water. This will probably take around a day or two. If you have a new build, your contractor will most likely have the pool opening in your contract.
Once your pool is filled, you will need to schedule regular maintence. Maintenance includes keeping the pool clean, checking equipment, and testing your water. You should have someone regularly coming out to check on your pool. This will help you catch problems early on, before they get too expensive.
Maintenance is by far the most important part of owning a pool in Colorado.
When September hits, it will be time to close your pool for the season. Contact your pool contractor or your maintence company to schedule your closing. Closing will include draining the water and cleaning out your pool. It also includes securing your pool cover for the winter.
Then this cycle will repeat when you open your pool again for the summer!
6. Enjoy yourself – Pools are worth the work!
At the end of the day, a pool is meant to be enjoyed. Although there are many steps to consider before building your pool, try to remember the reasons you wanted it in the first place.
Pools give people a place to gather with friends and loved ones. They give you a chance to create memories that will last forver. They are also a way for you to relax and step away from the day to day stress.
If you are ready to build your pool in Colorado, please visit our website and we will get to work on building you your dream pool!