I've been thinking about installing a swimming pool in my yard for the last couple of years and now am finally committing myself to getting it done this year. I have three small kids 3, 5, 7 and a wife who is extremely anxious to get a pool. I have never owned a swimming pool before nor did I grow up with one. So I'm about as ignorant as they come when talking about swimming pool experience and facts.
My typical evening for the last month has been to search the net for information on building and maintaining a swimming pool. When trying to inform myself on topics such as fiberglass vs. Gunnite, SWCG vs. Chlorine, etc, it felt like at times I was reading about Chevy vs Ford dialogue and there are no clear cut answers only opinions.
I am, however very happy to have found the TFP site where I feel somewhat empowered to take on pool ownership. It seems like a great community that sincerely helps each other have a better pool experience.
One of my top priorities for the pool area is low maintenance cost of pool maintenance. I would prefer to do it myself, but don't want to add too much time to my large yard as it is already quite time consuming. After all my searching I've come up with the following assumptions that may or may not be correct:
Type of Pool: (gunnite vs fiberglass): gunnite can be any shape and size. fiberglass is easier and cheaper to maintain. How much, I don't know. this would be great to know.
I am leaning toward a rectangle shape so I can have an automatic cover. I have neighbors with very tall trees and it is very windy here in Hurricane
Sanitizing system: (SWCG vs chlorine): this one is a little more difficult. I've read so much my head is spinning. It appears that with the SWCG, you don't have to check your pool as often, but might have deck/equipment problems from the salt. Also, I've talked with pool cover installers in my area and they told me not to use a SWCG as the recessed tracks under the coping get corroded with the salt and cause trouble.
I need to make a decision soon and be done with it.