I live in South Texas. Swimming weather is usually from March/April thru October/November. We are considering an inground pool. We are leaning towards a salt water fiberglass pool. I would like to have the vacuum that runs automatically along the bottom. A friend of mine pays for a company to test his water and add the appropriate chemicals weekly. He said it was right at $50 a month for that service. The questions I can think of are as follows. If you can think of something I'm not asking, please throw it in.
1. I am assuming I can run the pump/filter a few hours at a time, maybe on a timer or something? Any guess on average electrical costs per month?
2. I love working around the house, mowing etc. How much time will I be spending cleaning the pool? An hour a week? 30 minutes a day? Winter versus summer?
3. I would like to keep the initial installation costs down by just getting the pool/filter/pump, etc with a small concrete walk around it. I will then add decks, landscaping, etc. How hard will it be to someday add my own small rock waterfall or similar structure? Or should I have it built when the pool is installed?
4. In my researching around the web, I'm really leaning towards fiberglass. I don't need a custom pool that gunite would offer. Is this what others think?
Thanks and hopefully in a year or so I can post a pic of my Texas Riveria!!