SOURCE: Kayak Pools Midwest

Kayak Pools Midwest

September 12, 2011 09:37 ET

As Swimming Pools Become More Affordable, Kayak Pools Midwest Expects More Homeowners to Take the Plunge by Having Pools Installed in Their Own Backyards

Decline in Public Swimming Pools Could Lead to a Trend for More Private Home Pools

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2011) - As any health professional will tell you, exercise is one of the best things we can do to improve our overall health. Swimming ranks at the top. A study conducted by the University of South Carolina showed that swimming cuts men's risk of dying by about 50 percent compared to those who walk, run or just spend their evenings on the couch.

Yet, swimming is becoming less and less accessible for many Americans as cities nationwide close public swimming pools. The New York Times recently reported that cities like Sacramento, Houston, Phoenix, and Atlanta have shut down dozens of pools as a way to cut their operating budgets. The state of South Carolina recently closed 17 municipal pools.

This trend could lead to more homeowners taking the plunge to invest in private swimming pools, says Rian Logan of Kayak Pools Midwest.

"As swimming pools becoming increasingly reasonable for the average American, we can foresee a trend in which homeowners will invest in swimming pools just as many of them have invested in their own home gyms," said Logan, of Kayak Pools Midwest.

Statistics over the years seem to back up that trend. According to the National Swimming Pool Foundation, there were 5.2 million backyard pools in 2009 -- up significantly from 2,500 in 1950, when swimming pools were considered a luxury item reserved for wealthy homeowners.

Logan of Kayak Pools Midwest noted that the fall is the most ideal time to have a private pool installed, primarily because better weather conditions allow for more stable ground conditions. Generally, the ground can be too soggy during the rainy days of spring and too hard during cold winters.

However, fall also can be an ideal time because the prices of pools tend to drop during this time of year. Kayak Pools Midwest, for example, is currently selling pools for under $10,000 -- about 50 percent off the original price -- during an overstock sale.

"As more and more Americans 'vacation' at home, a backyard swimming pool can be an investment that pays off in entertainment, as well as health benefits, for the entire family for years to come," Kayak's Logan said. "Now is the ideal time for homeowners to take advantage of great prices, so they can get a head start on plans for next summer. A backyard pool could be a welcomed addition."

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