The price of in ground pools has dropped 30%, so if you’ve always dreamed of a Buffalo summer spent in a cool oasis, now may be the time to buy.  But experts still say there is a lot to consider before taking the plunge: size, shape, location, materials, and annual costs can make or break a budget.  Pools can be made out of vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete: vinyl is the least expensive option, but concrete looks more luxurious.  Vinyl and concrete need to be replaced or refinished, while fiberglass pools require little upkeep: this makes them less pricey long term.  The pool deck, too, is an important surface which may sometimes get more use than the pool: brick, concrete, and stone can be used.  Wood does not make for the best pool deck material, as it is more difficult to maintain and can be very slippery.  Finally, when construction ends, you need to spend money to maintain your pool: this can range between $1,000 and $3,000 per year with the cost of opening and closing, chemicals, heating, and more.

While pools require a lot of work from the get-go, they offer a relaxing space to unwind.  They also allow you to enjoy a Buffalo summer to the fullest with friends, family, and a grill!