Another type of Saltwater
There is something to be said about rolling down your windows or walking outside and smelling that salt air, hearing the waves crash, and swimming in the ocean. The beach has been our favorite destination for generations and will continue to be. It is the saltwater, sand, family, and friends that draw us here.
A trend in the landscape industry, and in the Long Beach Island area, is the desire for another type of saltwater. A saltwater pool paired with the comfort of your own home, provides relaxation and security that may be more important than ever at this time. Adding a saltwater pool to your own home is not as simple as digging a hole. However, you can say goodbye to the harsh chlorine chemicals and lingering smells. A saltwater pool comes with a lot of choices to ensure you are making the right decision for yourself and your family. The first choice with a pool on Long Beach Island would be the type of pool you would like – fiberglass or gunite. Now let us take a closer look at these decisions and break down the advantages of each.
Fiberglass pool manufacturers produce a variety of pool shells in a number of colors to fit different needs and uses for a pool. A fiberglass pool will have an initial lower cost and the pool installation can be complete in a matter of a few days. For these reasons, it can be a very appealing option. During installation, fiberglass pools are placed on a bed of stone and chained down to pilings. The pool shells can also be paired with accessory items such as spas and sun ledges. One thing to keep in mind when attaching a spa, whether it be fiberglass or gunite, is that once the pool is winterized this will include the spa. If it is a goal to use the spa in the cold winter months, it may be best to explore an independent spa/hot tub in addition to your saltwater pool.
Gunite pools can be constructed in any shape imaginable. The design, size, and functional accessories you can include with a gunite pool allows for endless customization. Raised spas, water spillway walls, custom bar stools and/or benches can all be added into the design. Different natural pebble stone interior finishes can be added to enhance the water’s color and texture. A gunite pool can be considered a ‘forever pool’ and one enjoyed for generations. Homeowners who are building on waterfronts should especially consider gunite pools due to their structural integrity. Gunite pools are built with pilings, rebar, and cement, creating a longer lasting product with a lifetime warranty.
Comfort and Luxury
Saltwater pools will never replace that feeling of the beach, but the convenience, luxury, style, and comfort that they can provide is the reason this trend is so prevalent. The monetary value it adds to a home is just a bonus, whether it be personal or rental, but it is just one more reason to add to the list of ways to enjoy LBI. After all, our Long Beach Island community is one that we take pride in and will continue to for years to come.