A Comprehensive Guide to Owning a Kayak Pool

Swimming pools have become increasingly appealing during the pandemic as public and health club pools have become less accessible. However, the cost of a traditional in-ground pool has skyrocketed, and the wait time for installation is outrageous. That’s why many people, like myself, have turned to Kayak Pools as a more affordable and convenient alternative.

The Benefits of Having a Kayak Pool

1. Affordability

Compared to in-ground pools, Kayak Pools are considerably more affordable. For example, a 40×20 Kayak pool with a 32×16 swim area has a base cost of around $40,000 USD. This includes a railing that ensures safety and immediately meets code standards. Additionally, the cost of installing fences alone can be exorbitant, making the affordability of Kayak Pools even more appealing.

2. Low Maintenance

Maintaining a pool is a common concern for many owners. However, with a Kayak Pool, maintenance is minimal. Unlike chlorine pools, which require constant attention to balance chemicals and clean filters, the saltwater option offered by Kayak Pools is virtually maintenance-free. The Autopilot Digital Nano system generates chlorine from salt, eliminating the need for regular chemical balancing.

3. Aesthetically Pleasing

Kayak Pools are not only functional but also visually appealing. With a choice of a white or light gray deck, these pools can easily complement any backyard design. The deck is easy to clean and maintain, ensuring that your pool always looks its best.

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Understanding the Cost Breakdown

The Base Pool Cost

The cost of a Kayak Pool depends on its size, with a 20×40 pool typically priced at around $40,000 USD. Smaller pools will naturally cost less, so it’s best to consult with an installer to determine the exact pricing for your desired size.

Recessing the Pool

Opting to recess the pool into the ground for two feet can enhance its appearance and integration with your backyard. This customization typically costs an additional $3,000-4,000, depending on the design.

DigSafe and Permits

If you choose to recess your pool, DigSafe is often required. This process, which ensures there are no underground obstructions, is typically free of charge. Additionally, obtaining a permit for the installation may be necessary, with associated costs varying. In some cases, a new plot plan may need to be created, adding an extra expense of $500-2,000.

Upgrades and Extras

  • Saltwater System: Opting for a saltwater pool instead of a chlorine pool typically adds around $1,500 to the overall cost.
  • Heater: Adding a heater is advisable for colder climates and can cost an additional $3,000-4,000, depending on the model.
  • Electrical Work: A 220v outlet is required for a Kayak pool with a heater, often requiring the assistance of a licensed electrician. Electrical work costs around $2,500.
  • Tree Removal: If necessary, the cost of tree removal can vary significantly, so it’s essential to research and obtain multiple quotes.
  • Landscaping and Repairs: Landscaping costs can quickly surpass the pool’s initial cost, so it’s crucial to plan accordingly. Additionally, sprinkler repairs may be necessary, with associated costs depending on the extent of damage.
  • Insurance: Installing a pool may affect your home insurance premium. It’s recommended to notify your insurance provider to understand any potential increase.
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Selecting the Right Installation Company

Choosing a reputable installation company is vital to ensure a smooth and satisfactory experience. Before making a decision, thoroughly research potential installers, considering their reviews and reputation. Look beyond the installation process itself and examine post-installation services and customer support. It’s crucial to find a company that prioritizes customer satisfaction and promptly addresses any concerns.

Preparing for Installation

Before installation, there are several essential tasks to complete:

  • Obtain Permits: Ensure you have obtained all necessary permits for the installation.
  • Evaluate Your Backyard: Determine if any trees require removal to accommodate the pool.
  • Check Local Requirements: Familiarize yourself with local regulations regarding pool installations.
  • Measure Property Lines: Confirm that the pool’s size complies with code requirements.

The Installation Process

The installation of a Kayak Pool can be surprisingly quick. Even with a recess, the entire process typically takes only 1.5 days. Customers who choose not to recess their pools have reported completion within a single day. For a visual representation of the installation process, check out our video on our YouTube channel.

Life with a Kayak Pool

Once your pool is installed, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with its operation. Take the time to learn how to operate the filter, heater, and skimmer. Make sure the installation team provides you with thorough instructions and demonstration before they leave.

The Verdict

While installing a pool may seem overwhelming, the payoff is well worth it. Kayak Pools are not only enjoyable but also easy to maintain and visually appealing. With the right installer and proper planning, you can create a customized oasis in your backyard that will bring joy and relaxation for years to come.

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Interested in getting a Kayak pool installed in the Northeast of the United States? Feel free to contact us for a recommendation.

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