Oklahoma is known for its sizzling hot summers, and many of its residents turn to inground pools to escape the blistering temperatures. Fiberglass pools are particularly popular among Okies, possibly due to their ease of installation in rural areas that aren’t serviced by a pool company.
Oklahoma’s climate differs based on what part of the state you’re in, but no matter where you are, you can expect a long, hot summer – in other words, great swimming weather. Temperatures in Oklahoma City, for example, commonly reach the 70s in April and remain warm into November.
Besides the heat, Oklahoma is also known for severe weather. Some parts of the state are also dry and dusty. To keep your pool free of any debris that might blow in, it’s a good idea to use a pool cover. An automatic pool cover is ideal, as it’s much more convenient to use than hand cranks.
Pool installation costs in Oklahoma fall on the lower end of national estimates thanks to relatively cheap construction labor. We recommend you take advantage of this and get yourself a professional pool builder, if one is available in your area. If you can’t find a reputable pool builder, or just want to save money, you might consider buying a prefab pool and installing it yourself – or hiring a handyman to do it for you.
You’ll likely need a permit to build your pool. Check with whatever office handles building permits in your area. If you’ve hired a pool contractor to do the work, they should also be familiar with the process – though of course it’s always best to verify it yourself.
Again, check with your local government to find out what the pool safety laws are. Right now, it appears there are no statewide laws governing pool safety in Oklahoma. However, in Tulsa and other cities and towns, you may be required to have a pool barrier to prevent child drownings.