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What swimming pool adds the most value to your home?

Most homeowners who have splashed out on the ability to take a dip in their own private swimming pool say it is not only the ultimate luxury item, but also money well spent.

A private swimming pool has many social benefits. If you have a family, it’s a surefire way to keep the children entertained. Your ability to host pool parties will put you at the centre of many social circles, while fitness enthusiasts will be able to exercise at a time to suit them.

But only the right type of pool with add significant value to your property, warns award-winning estate and letting agent Paramount Properties.

Whether you site your swimming facility indoors or outdoors, homeowners are advised to go for an in-ground pool, which are typically deeper – and more expensive – than above-ground installations.

Belgravia estate agent Best Gapp, which specialises in marketing luxury homes in south-west London and Surrey, says there are three main types of in-ground pool – concrete, vinyl-lined and fibreglass.

Here, we look at the advantages and disadvantages of each in-ground pool type.

Concrete pools

Pools made of concrete offer the greatest flexibility when it comes to their design. Not only can they be built to any size, shape or depth, the shape of the finished product is limited only by your imagination – and space available.

However, they do take longer to install and will need to undergo renovation every 10-20 years.

And because the tiled surface of concrete pools is more porous than the alternatives available they require more chemicals and filtration – plus regular cleaning with a pool brush – to prevent algae developing.

Not only that, the alkaline of the pool shell raises the pH of the water, so acid has to be added to the water.

Vinyl-lined pools

Vinyl-lined pools have the lowest installation cost compared with concrete and fibreglass pools.

Like concrete pools, installations with vinyl liners can be built to any size, depth, length and shape.

However, this pool type does not attract algae, which means less chemicals need to be used to keep it in optimum condition. The downside is vinyl-lined pools are less durable than other options and the liner will need replacing every 7-15 years.

According to Wimbledon estate agent Robert Holmes & Co – which markets £1m-plus properties in exclusive areas of London, including Mayfair and Knightsbridge – many requests for a liner change are made when a property owner wants to launch their home on the market. This is because the chlorine used to keep the water clean and hygienic can bleach the liner.

Fibreglass pools

The two significant advantages of this type of pool are the gel coat surface of its shell is non-porous and therefore inhibits the growth of algae, which reduces the amount of chemicals required to maintain the pool.

Although more expensive than concrete or vinyl-lined pools, the payback comes as a result of them requiring little or no maintenance.

And because fibreglass can be moulded into almost any shape, most pools of this type are built off-site and can be installed in a day. Not only that, most installations come complete with built-in seats and steps.

However, the shape and size options are limited when compared with vinyl-lined pools. This is because fiberglass pools are built from a mould, which means they typically don’t go deeper than 2.5m and no wider than 5m.

Another in-ground pool option

One of the most expensive options, ceramic pools offer quality and sophistication. Installing a pool of this magnitude will definitely add value to your home. There are many ceramic pools currently on the market that provide the best in technology, design and safety.