If you’ve always dreamed of having a pool in your backyard, you aren’t alone. Pool ownership is a wonderful experience filled with a lifetime of memories. In 2021, you may be noticing a trend in the cost of living — and that’s the cost of living. While investing in a pool these days means preparing your pockets for the deep end, it shouldn’t deter you from making your dreams come true.
With a growing number of people flocking to move to suburban areas, thousands of homeowners have decided to invest in swimming pools which have caused a skyrocket in demand for materials. This has been met with manufacturing issues, shipping delays, among other factors.
Before you take the dive into pool ownership, here’s what you need to know about the rising cost of building a pool this year and beyond.
Increase in Demand
Over the last year, people have spent more time at home than ever before. For months, millions of people were stuck not only living, but working, learning, exercising, and entertaining from home. In turn, people have realized the importance of creating a space that is multi-functional.
While there are endless ways to entertain, exercise, and relax, a pool encompasses all of these. You can entertain family and friends, enjoy a swim after a long day at work, keep your body active by just swimming 20 minutes a day, the list goes on and on.
It’s no wonder why many families have decided to invest in a backyard pool. Whether you’re hanging out in the shallow end watching the little kids splash around or you find yourself drifting around on a giant float, a pool is the ultimate form of relaxation and entertainment.
Supply Shortages = Higher Costs
While pool construction companies and pool equipment suppliers have experienced great success during the great pool boom, consumers on the other hand have not. Some homeowners have been waiting more than a year for their pool to be finished.
Not only is it taking longer to build pools, it’s also become more expensive than ever. The pandemic has had a huge impact on supply chains. A large number of pool materials are imported, including items such as:
- PVC plastic
- Galvanized steel and metal
- Polyurethane foam
With shipping paused and delayed for months, prospective pool owners faced delays that may not have been anticipated. Reputable pool builders, like McKinney Custom Pools, understand the frustration customers may be experiencing, but you can rest assured pool builders are working hard to continue to provide custom pools without compromising on quality or integrity.
Equipment Shortages Are Expected
Not only have there been shortages of items needed to build pools, but maintenance products have also been in short supply, as well. Last August, a fire in Louisiana destroyed a chemical plant that manufactures chlorine.
The unusual winter storm in Texas this past February also had an impact. The weather damaged hundreds of pools, which led to a spike in demand for new pool equipment to replace damaged items. Products like tiles, lights, and pumps were routinely out of stock.
Natural disasters combined with an already backlogged supply chain have caused nothing but issues for pool owners. If items aren’t out of stock, they’re being sold at prices that are 20 higher than average.
Many pool builders anticipated the shortages and ordered their supplies and equipment accordingly. However, pool equipment manufacturers are facing more challenges than they expected, and even builders who were expecting short supplies and planned in advance are still affected.
Your Pearland Pool Builder
While pool ownership may come at a higher cost than you initially anticipated, it’s beyond worth it. As demand for pools starts to slowly decline and the supply chain normalizes again, we’re hopeful that things will even out again in the near future.
Until then, you can rest assured that the professional pool builders at McKinney Custom Pools are working hard to bring your outdoor living vision to life. Give us a call today to learn more about our current build times and pool building costs and how we can work with you to build the pool of your dreams.
About the Company
McKinney Custom Pools specializes in the design and construction of luxury pools, working closely with Pearland area homeowners to create beautiful pools customized to reflect their unique style and needs. Started by Anya and Jeremy McKinney, both long time Pearland residents, McKinney Custom Pools serves the areas of Friendswood, League City, Sienna Plantation, Sugar Land, Manvel, Kemah, Deer Park, and surrounding cities.
Jeremy McKinney brings a work ethic that led him to a career in the NFL and Anya McKinney brings industry experience and a keen eye for pool design and details. When you work with McKinney Custom Pools in Pearland, you will be working directly with the owners who will make sure your project is done perfectly.
McKinney Custom Pools is a member of the Better Business Bureau, The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), and the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, among other prestigious business and swimming pool industry associations. Contact McKinney Custom Pools today to get started on your dream backyard.