Arizona is famous as a desert state with scorching hot summers. The expression “it’s a dry heat” is comforting when the temperature crosses 100 degrees, but what’s more of comfort is a dip in a cool, wet swimming pool. That’s why inground pools are such a solid investment for homeowners in the state.
Throughout the state, the number of viable swimming days is high. In Phoenix, temperatures reach the swimming range in February and stay there into November. That’s a lot of swim time.
In other states, swimming pools lie dormant under a winter pool cover for most of the year. But in Arizona, an inground swimming pool will be a regular part of your backyard scenery for years. For this reason, you should make sure the pool is something you want to look at year-round. We recommend a natural pool design with a freeform shape, waterfall, and rocks around the edges. But if you have a different idea, by all means – go for it.
Inground pool costs are slightly higher in Arizona than other states, but not by much. Other factors such as the size of the pool and materials used (vinyl, concrete, or fiberglass) are likely to play a much bigger role in the final price. There are many advantages to hiring a professional pool contractor to do the work for you, but if you have the skills, you can obviously save a lot of money by doing the installation yourself.
Each city in Arizona has different applications and a different process for obtaining swimming pool permits. An experienced pool builder can help you figure out what’s required. It can get complicated, which is why you need to get your paperwork ready as early as possible.
Arizona has a statewide law requiring residential pool owners to have barriers around their pools. If you have an existing fence, it might qualify under this law. However, if your house constitutes one side of the barrier, there are additional security requirements for any doors that provide entry into your backyard. On top of all that, there may be additional local ordinances you need to follow. Be sure you’re aware of all the structures and safety equipment you need to operate your pool legally in Arizona before construction starts.