So, you’re thinking about installing a swimming pool. Well, the history of the swimming pool dates back several millennia, with a long tradition that includes kings, philosophers and the English.
A History Lesson
Communal swimming pools were first popularized in ancient Egypt as far back as 2500 B.C. As the ancient world expanded, the Greeks, then the Romans and even the ancient Assyrians adopted the tradition.
In ancient Rome, communal swimming pools were classrooms for the elite students of the Empire. Young Roman men would gather at these pools and absorb the teachings of many of the great thinkers of the old world. As a result of marvelous engineering and a need dictated by the Empire’s spread north, heated pools were invented to allow for year round swimming throughout the Empire.
However, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the science of swimming pools gradually faded out of memory. It wasn’t adopted again until shortly after the enlightenment when the knowledge of the ancients was rediscovered.
Modern Day Swimming
England was one of the first countries to rediscover the swimming pool. In the middle of the 19th Century, six indoor pools were built in Europe’s largest city: London. From there, an appreciation of pools spread across the globe and was bolstered by the establishment of swimming events in the summer games. Shortly after, the rise of the middle class gave the average person the land and money needed to buy the luxury that previously only the most powerful people could enjoy.
Today, swimming pools are an almost ubiquitous fixture in sprawling suburban backyards. The industry has grown up as well. Anyone interested in a swimming pool has a plethora of choices that include indoor pools, outdoor molded concrete pools and above-ground fiberglass swimming pools. A venture in England has even built a latter day indoor Roman pool with a wood burning heater and an effective filtration system.
Take the Time to Consider
Make sure you are getting good value for your money. A pool is a big investment and once it’s there, it is almost impossible to get rid of. Be sure to choose sturdy material, like steel walls and vinyl siding, to build your swimming pool. Also, make sure that the contractor installing the pool is a reputable name with many references.
Even the best contractors will do some sub-contracting. This can be good for you, as an expert will probably do a better job than a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. However, make sure that all of the permits are in order and everyone knows who is paying whom. Never relinquish your final payment until the job is done and the site is clean.
Take the plunge. Install a swimming pool in your back yard and live the dream of kings and emperors on every hot, sunny summer day.
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