Are you tired of having to drive to the home of a friend or relative or to the local community center if you want to go swimming? Do you want to cool off in the summer, without all that hassle? Here are some factors to take into consideration when having your very own swimming pool installed:

In-ground pools: In-ground pools are probably familiar to most people. Although an in-ground pool traditionally uses a poured pool liner, such as concrete, today's custom swimming pools are made with a much more decorative vinyl liner. These can have a tile or mosaic pattern, for a fraction of the cost of actual tile. No longer do homeowners with a modest budget have to settle for an ordinary pool, because now they can pick something extraordinary.

Above ground pools: Almost everyone is familiar with temporary above ground pools, whether they are inflatable wading pools for children or nearly full sized kits that are big enough for several adults to enjoy. However, permanent or semi-permanent above ground pools are ideal solutions for locations where in-ground pools would be undesirable, such as where there is a high water table. Fortunately, a custom above ground swimming pool is not simply the metal or vinyl piece that you might picture.

In a permanent installation, the pool itself might be surrounded by decorative slats, making it resemble a large hot tub. Another popular choice is an irregular stone or masonry wall, giving the whole fixture a more natural look. Whatever your choice, such a pool typically has a surrounding deck, allowing easy entering and exiting of the pool.

Temporary: If you're not sure how much you'll actually use a pool, one way to help you decide is to purchase a new or used temporary swimming pool, in approximately the size you think you might want. Should you find yourself using the pool nearly every day, you'll know that a permanent pool is going to be a sound decision. It will also allow you to familiarize yourself with proper pool care methods, potentially saving yourself time and hassle.

Heating: If you live in a warm climate, you may find adding a pool heater to be an unnecessary expense. Although some types or models may not work if the temperature drops below freezing, having a pool heater will significantly extend the number of days in the year that the pool can be used. Depending on the type of heating desired, it is probably less expensive to incorporate the heater in during the design phase and pool installation, rather than as an afterthought.