When people throughout the world think of California, swimming pools is one of the first things that comes to mind. While a lot of people have the impression that the whole state is blessed with perpetually pleasant weather, the truth is that California is so large and diverse that there’s virtually nothing you can say that applies everywhere. Still, Californians do like their inground pools, even if owning one is a different experience depending on where you live.
As mentioned, the climate varies dramatically between different locations in California. However, it’s safe to say that there’s plenty of good weather in the state. Los Angeles and San Diego in particular are known for mild winters and lots of sunny days. Overall, there aren’t a lot of places in the state where you won’t get good use out of an inground pool – especially when compared to other states. However, the exact number of good swimming days varies.
There are so many nice pools in the state that you may want to look into features that make yours stand out. Consider an expansive patio and/or a natural pool design that fits perfectly into the environment. Fiberglass pools also stand out, and are growing in popularity not only in California, but throughout the country.
Prices vary by area – and more importantly, based on the size and features of your pool. However, all things being equal, swimming pool installation is more expensive in California than many other states. That’s because labor costs are relatively high. If you can get away with doing some of the manual labor yourself, you can potentially lower the amount you have to pay. Another option is to go with vinyl lining instead of the more expensive options like gunite and fiberglass. But whatever you do, make sure you end up with a pool you’re going to be happy with for years to come.
New swimming pool permits are issued at the local level, so check with whatever department handles building permits in your area. In general, you will need to fill out an application with proof that your new pool conforms to local ordinances. The process can differ a lot, and is generally more complicated in larger cities. Having a professional pool contractor on your side can really pay off, as they are likely to know the system in your area very well.
California has stricter laws regarding residential pool safety than many other states. That’s probably because pools tend to stay open longer, and as a result there are a lot of accidental drownings. Regardless of where you live, you will need to have an adequate barrier surrounding your pool. You may also need a safety cover and/or pool alarm. Before starting construction, be sure you understand what’s required by the state in addition to any local laws that may also apply. Again, your pool builder should be able to help, but the matter is so important that you should take it upon yourself to see that everything’s up to snuff by the time you break ground.