OGDEN -- While a swimming pool probably isn't on the minds of many people during the cooler months, autumn is actually one of the best times to think about investing in one.
Jon Brady, president of Leisure Pool and Spa in Ogden, said installing a pool during the fall or winter months will usually get you a good deal. Not only that, you'll probably get the pool built much more quickly.
"We're really busy during the summer months, and it may take a bit longer to get to your project," he said. "If you call during the off-season we can usually get it done much quicker."
With the slowing economy, Brady said, swimming pools haven't been at the top of most homeowner's lists. However, today's pools are more cost-efficient than ever before.
"A complete pool, including the automatic cover, decking, electrical and gas line, starts around the mid-$40s and goes up from there," he said. "Today's pools are very self-sufficient as well. You don't have to do a lot of the maintenance work of past years, and they are very efficient as far as heating is concerned."
What used to cost several hundred dollars to heat now costs less than $100 per month, he said.
"We build two main types of pools. The first is a steel-frame vinyl-liner pool. Those are done in residential homes. The second type is a gunite pool, which are always done in commercial pools and upscale homes.
A gunite pool uses a special type of cement poured over a steel framework. It can be combined with a variety of tiling work and other options.
The company also installs swim spas, which are exercise vessels that allow you to swim against the current. They typically start at $20,000.
"They are smaller and fit in most yards," he said. "And they're really attractive. Not only can you exercise, but the kids can also have fun."
Many people either add a hot tub to the side of the pool or forgo the pool altogether.
Today's hot tubs offer a multitude of options, Brady said, including iPod decks, TVs, colored lighting and up to 60 jets.
"Hot tubs are really coming back in popularity," he said. "They usually sell for around $6,000 and $7,000. They're very efficient and offer a lot of comfort and pleasure to the home."