The smallest state in the union features plenty of beaches, islands, and in the backyards of many of its residents, swimming pools. But are inground pools a good investment in this wet and often chilly state? Read on and decide for yourself.
As always, the number of swimming days you get largely depends on your tolerance for cool air temps, along with whether or not you have a pool heater to keep the water comfortable. But no matter what your preference is, it’s unlikely you will want to dip into a pool in Rhode Island before June. You’ll likely want to close the pool in September when the high temperatures struggle to reach 70. Of course, there’s an upside to this shortened swimming season. You still get to enjoy your pool for several months, while getting a break from pool maintenance for most of the year.
Like other states in the region, Rhode Island gets a lot of rain in the summer. To make sure the rain doesn’t spoil your fun, you might want to install a roof over your pool. You can also buy full pool enclosures that will allow you to keep your pool open as long as you like.
Building an inground swimming pool tends to be more expensive in Rhode Island than many other states. However, location is just one factor in pool installation costs. The size of your pool, liner (vinyl, gunite, or fiberglass), and other variables are just as important. Despite the elevated costs, we recommend hiring a licensed pool contractor rather than attempting the job yourself (unless you really know what you’re doing).
Cities and towns issue the building permits in Rhode Island, and that includes any permits required for a new inground pool. You’ll likely have to submit an application with a fee, and may need to provide other documentation as well.
Check with your local government to find out what laws are in place governing residential pool safety. In most cases, you will be required to have a safety fence surrounding your inground pool. Your existing backyard fence may or may not meet the specifications, so be sure you know what they are before you begin construction.