Pool accessories usually fall into one of two categories: fun or functional. Functional pool accessories, such as filters, covers, ladders and cleaning supplies are required for every pool owner, regardless of the size of their pool. Fun swimming pool accessories that range from lights to fountains and rafts to games are great additions that will increase pool enjoyment or beauty and may be added at any time. Whether you are considering purchasing fiberglass pools or standard concrete ones, and are interested in learning more about your options, or if you already own a pool but feel it is the right time to upgrade your pool accessories, the following guide can help.
Functional Pool Accessories
These pool accessories should be purchased as soon as you get a new pool. Most of the necessary inground pool accessories can be purchased through the dealer who sold and installed the pool, but pool owners will still be given options to choose from. As far as above ground swimming pool accessories, they are often sold separately from the pool itself. If you are pursuing self-installation, considering speaking with the pool and spa dealer from whom you bought the pool for guidance and specific recommendations.
A pool filter is probably one of the most important aspects of a well-run pool. Regardless of the type of pool in your yard, it is so important that you own a filter and a filter pump that is capable of handling the full volume of a pool’s water. Each pool filter will vary in the number of gallons per hour it pumps and the amount of water it can handle. Do not be tempted to get a smaller filter than your pool requires in order to save money. These pool filters will be unable to keep the water as clean as it should be and may burn out prematurely.
Another vital pool accessory (or a better word is requirement!) is pool fencing. This will keep neighbors and animals away, as well as small children who may fall in! A pool fence is a requirement in most parts of the US, so be sure to buy one for your pool.
Another important accessory for all pools is safe and sturdy ladders or steps. Inground swimming pools make it is possible so that your steps were built into the pool itself. If this is the case, there is no need to invest in an additional ladder unless you would like to add another entry point. For those with above ground pools, ladders are a pool accessory of great importance. A good ladder will be slip resistant and will fit comfortably over the side of your pool. If your ladder does not fit correctly, it may cause damage to the pool’s walls or liner.
The last vital swimming pool accessory is the pool cover. Some owners choose to cover their pool anytime that it is not in use, while others only add the cover if they are going out of town or at the end of the season. Some pool covers are good for a specific season, such as solar pool covers. Make sure to find one that fits snugly around or over your pool. Inground pool liners may be attached to rollers, which make covering a pool of any size easy. For those who are looking for above ground covers, the Intex pool accessories line features an easy to use, drawstring cover that can be secured by one person. When shopping for swimming pool covers, those with an above ground pool may want to use the same supplier for their pool liners as well. Though liners can be expensive, making an investment in a good one at the start will lessen the chance of leaks and reduce the need for repairs.
An automatic pool cleaner, while extremely convenient, I would not consider as necessary as the other accessories mentioned. The pool can still be cleaned the old fashion way, by brushing the sides and picking out the leaves and debris with nets manually. Still though, if you have the money, there are some great ones available. You may also consider hiring a professional pool service to maintain your pool.
Fun Pool Accessories
If you have already stocked up on the necessary functional pools accessories, you can begin to consider all the fun accessories on offer from leading pool supply brands. For those with large inground pools, fountains and other landscaping features will add personality and make every swim feel like a vacation. Fountains are available in styles that are either anchored within the pool or free floating. When making your decision, keep in mind that those that must be anchored may require professional installation.
There are also a number of products that double as inground and above ground swimming pool accessories. In most cases, floating fountains may be used in any pool. Heaters are a great way to extend your swimming season for those in temperate climates, and many are easy to install and relatively inexpensive. In addition to these mechanical options, swimming pools accessories such as basic rafts, decals, and swimming pool slides can be cheap, easy ways to increase your enjoyment of a home pool. And don't forget about all the simple pool toys and pool floats you can purchase including balls, goggles, foam noodles, etc. Bigger isn't always better: sometimes the best pool accessories are the simple ones.
Whatever your goals for your pool, pool accessories are a necessary investment for all pool owners. There are carried by all pool supply stores, and can be found through a number of online dealers as well. The right pool accessories will go a long way in making your pool your favorite vacation destination.