Pool Enclosure Buying Guide by CCSI International
When it comes to adding value to your home, pool enclosures are a great way to take advantage of an existing asset in your home and turn it into a major selling point. In most parts of the country, where long winters and frequent rains are common, homeowners often view an outdoor pool as more trouble than it’s worth. Many homeowners don’t realize that turning a troublesome outdoor pool into an easy-to-maintain, year round indoor attraction is affordable and easy.
If you’re considering adding a pool enclosure to your home, we’ll go over everything you need to know to install one on your property.
How Do Pool Enclosures Benefit Your Home?
Installing a pool enclosure in your home provides privacy, safety, convenience and the opportunity to enjoy your pool at any time, no matter where you live. Imagine taking a romantic midnight swim without worrying about the neighbors’ prying eyes, or having friends over for a barbeque in the middle of January. With a pool enclosure that provides privacy and keeps the elements out, it’s easy to do just that!
Between installation and upkeep, a great pool can be a major investment. But for a surprisingly low one-time initial cost, a glass enclosure lets you make the most out of that investment by enjoying your pool all year long.
Pool Enclosures Add Value to Your Property
In today’s competitive real estate market, getting a good price for your home involves knowing which upgrades will deliver the best return. Whether you’re flipping a new home or moving out of one that’s been lived in and loved for years, a pool enclosure is an attractive, distinctive feature that will help your property stand out from the crowd.
As great as a home swimming pool is, many buyers are actually turned off by one, fearing that the time and expense required to maintain it will be too great. A small investment in an enclosure does away with these objections — even if a potential buyer doesn’t like to swim, they’ll still be gaining an all-weather patio good for relaxing, entertaining and much more.
Today’s pool enclosures have a number of options for external customization — instead of an awkward steel eyesore in your backyard, you can have a handsome outbuilding that you can enjoy year round!
Pool Enclosures Make Owning a Pool Easy
Between raking out leaves and dealing with pH imbalances caused by rain, weather is the single biggest factor affecting the maintenance of a pool. Have you ever wondered why indoor pools in gyms and hotels manage to stay so clean all the time, despite being used constantly by a rotating cast of people? The fact is that pools become contaminated more by the elements than they do through regular use. With a protective pool enclosure, you can spend less time cleaning, shocking and fussing over your pool, and more time actually swimming in it.
Pool enclosures also mean no more worrying about bugs and debris clogging up your filtration system, no more rolling and unrolling a bulky cover every day, and no more expensive chemical treatments, cleaners or water quality consultations. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a pool that won’t stay clean, a small investment in a glass enclosure can be just the ticket to enjoying crystal-clear water all year long!
Pool Enclosures Provide Privacy
You can’t ignore the privacy pool enclosures will afford you and your family. If you live in a densely populated suburb or other residential area, a pool enclosure gives you the freedom to swim whenever you want without worrying about the prying eyes of your nearest neighbors. Your home should be your sanctuary from the world — if you’re not enjoying your pool in complete comfort, you’re not using it to its full potential.
Pool enclosures also block out distracting outside noises and keep your festivities from bothering those nearby. Go ahead and turn the music up — a convenient and economical pool enclosure quickly transforms a wide-open backyard into a secluded spot for relaxing with your friends and family.
Pool Enclosures Keep Children Safe
If you have young kids or live in an area with lots of growing families, a secure enclosure can give you the peace of mind knowing your pool won’t be the site of a potentially devastating accident. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 to 2009 there was an average of 3533 drowning fatalities in the United States — not counting boating accidents — per year. Of those, 25% involved a child under 14.
For children between one and four years old, the numbers are even more staggering. It’s estimated that drowning is second only to congenital birth defects as the most prevalent cause of death. Even non-fatal submersion injuries can have catastrophic consequences. Approximately five times as many children that die will survive a submersion incident, and those who do often suffer life-long injuries, including permanent brain damage and other developmental disabilities.
Pool enclosures are widely considered one of the most effective ways of preventing a child from becoming another grim statistic — according to the CDC, “a four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83%.”
Buying a Pool Enclosure
Buying a pool enclosure can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make for your home and your family. Pool enclosures come in a wide range of styles and price points — it is not uncommon for a first-time buyer to feel overwhelmed by choice. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a pool enclosure for your home:
Frame material: A pool enclosure frame has to withstand both the elements from outside and the harsh chemicals that go into pool maintenance from within. Enclosure frames need to be able to resist corrosion while being light enough to transport and install easily. Look for a pool enclosure with an aluminum frame for weight and durability, and baked-on powder coated finish for corrosion resistance.
Side walls: Glass side walls are easy to clean and won’t be affected by moisture buildup, humidity or splashing water. High quality tempered safety glass is the best choice for a pool enclosure as it will provide better protection and minimize the risk of injury if the paneling is broken.
Roof: For roof panels, polycarbonate is lightweight and provides greater flexibility than glass — an essential quality if you live in an area with frequent, heavy snows. Aside from material, you’ll have the choice between a fixed or retractable roof. Fixed panels are less expensive and a fine choice for someone on a budget, though adding a fully or partially retractable roof gives you the option of allowing air to circulate freely. Both manual and motorized retractable roofs are also available.
Design options: Pool enclosures are a highly visible part of your home, so it’s important to choose a product that will be attractive and allow you to customize your design to match the rest of your property. Look for a manufacturer that will allow you to finish the enclosure in any color you like, and add architectural features such as domes, pyramids, skylights and more.
Warranty: A quality pool enclosure should provide you with years of trouble-free use with a minimal amount of maintenance and upkeep. Find a company that will back up their work with an extended warranty on both the installation and components of your enclosure.
Installing a Pool Enclosure with CCSI: The Design and Build Process
A reputable pool enclosure manufacturer will be able to provide you with assistance during every step of the installation process. From drawing up the initial designs to overseeing the build using either their own team or local contractors, your installation process should be seamless. When shopping for a pool enclosure, you’ll need to consider the ability of the company to get it installed in your home. Here are some important questions to ask:
- What is their turnaround time for design proofs, and how long will the delivery and installation process take?
- Are their pool enclosures made from parts that have been made domestically, or do they use inexpensive components from overseas?
- How will the enclosure components be transported from the factory to your home? Will additional shipping charges be incurred?
- Do they have their own construction crew or do they sub-contract the work out to a local company? If they sub-contract, are they using a team they know and trust, or just going with the cheapest bidder?
- Will they provide support obtaining permits, arranging municipal inspections and handling any other local bylaw requirements?
- How long have they been in business? Will they be around to provide service to you in the years to come?
As with any home improvement project, the success or failure of a pool enclosure installation hinges on the quality of product you purchase and the reliability and experience of the team installing it. Be thorough in your research, and you’ll be enjoying the comfort of your own private pool enclosure in no time!
Contact CCSI International for more information or to order a swimming pool enclosure for your residential home or commercial property.