What You Need to Know Before Putting in an In-Ground Pool
A local expert dives into pool installation basics.
Photo by Paul Johnson
Giuseppe Cardillo, Principal at Regal Blu Pool and Spa, shares what you need to know before you put in a pool, and what goes into it after you make
Q: What’s the first thing someone should do before putting in a pool?
A: “Hire a design professional — for example, a landscape architect or an architect. It [is] important not only for the design, but also for finding out building setbacks and town permit requirements or restrictions.”
Q: How much space does a pool need?
A: “Anything is possible. The standard 20-by-40-foot pool is always popular, but lately we have done smaller pools and spas [as well].”
Q: What are the best materials for a pool?
A: “Concrete and shotcrete pools are the most popular in this area.”
Q: What maintenance can a homeowner expect after putting in a pool?
A: “Annual opening, closing, and winterizing the pool, plus weekly or biweekly cleaning and service is important.”
Q: What does annual pool maintenance entail?
A: “If you are diligent with monitoring your care and chemicals, your maintenance should be minimal.”