Let’s say it has finally come down to the time where you stand in your backyard and realize it is time for an upgrade and renovation. You have been thinking about which would suit your backyard oasis best, a swimming pool or a swim spa. There are a few variables that you should consider before deciding to invest in one or the other.
Price and Installation Costs
Swimming pools typically cost more in installation and maintenance, and they require a good amount of space in your backyard. A swim spa, on the other hand, is smaller and more compact and lets you swim continuously against a water current without ever hitting the edge or having to turn around like in a traditional pool.
The average pool installation takes between 6 – 10 weeks, but a swim spa installation can be done in as little as three days. You can have a swim spa installed in the ground like a traditional pool, or you can have it on a deck. You are not as limited and restricted to its location as you would be with a swimming pool. The installation costs associated with constructing a pool are in the thousands, but a swim spa can cause a significantly less amount of an installation which affords you bigger savings without losing out on the benefits of aqua therapy.
Size of Your Backyard
The big question is how much space do you have to work within your backyard? A swim spa will take up less room, and you have more options of where to put it. Swim spas can range in size between 12 and 20 feet. The smaller size allows the option of additional entertaining space such as a barbecue and seating area; something you might not have the room for if you choose a swimming pool. The swimming pool will take up more space and real estate in your yard, especially when you consider the length and depth that you want.
You Move to a New Home
You spent $25k – $100k on your new pool and backyard landscape. You love your pool and enjoy using it. You get a call from work and need to relocate or maybe decide to downsize your home. You lose your major investment and can’t take it with you. With a swim spa, you will be able to move it with you wherever you go. A huge benefit of owning a swim spa versus a built in pool. Another amazing benefit is if you rent your home and would love to have a pool, now you can with a swim spa.
A swimming pool can only be used during warmer weather such as in the summer months. A swim spa, however, is heated and can be used throughout the entire year. Being able to use it throughout every season can essentially cut down on maintenance costs because you do not have to go through the process of getting it ready to be shut down during winter months.
A swim spa reuses heat, and if you get a good, high-quality cover, you can further reduce your energy costs. An End 2 End Swim Spa Cover would be the perfect addition and will provide your swim spa with the tight seal it needs to retain all its heat. When there is no loss of heat, there is no need to bump up energy costs when you must reheat it before use constantly. It is always ready to go, and the cover can easily be removed by one person.