fiberglass pool with custom water features in northeast backyard

fiberglass pool with custom water features in northeast backyard

Vinyl Liner & Fiberglass Pools for Michigan Backyards

March 13th, 2024 by

Just because Michigan ranks among the coldest states in the country, don’t let that deter you from buying a pool. In fact, Michigan ranks #8 in the country for pool installations with a whopping 283,000 residential pools scattered throughout the state – approximately one pool for every 35 people. Adding an inground pool to your backyard can help you get more enjoyment out of your space and make decades worth of memories with loved ones.

The right pool add-ons can help you extend your pool season and minimize upkeep. For example, adding a pool heater can create optimum water temperatures for spring and fall pool usage. Features such as an autocover can help save on energy costs, reducing water evaporation, while also helping you scale back on skimming your pool. Winter pool covers are another add-on for Michigan residents to consider, as they’re designed to withstand the weight of heavy snow piles once you’ve closed your pool for the season.

But remember: a pool is only part of the package. Think about how you plan to use your pool and how it can enhance your lifestyle. You’ll also want to think about any decking, fencing and landscaping features that will serve to enhance or protect your pool.

Learn more about your options for buying an inground pool in Michigan. From deciding between beautiful fiberglass or vinyl liner pools, to proper maintenance and state regulations surrounding pool ownership, we’ll dive in on the particulars of planning the pool of your dreams.

Fiberglass Pools in MI

Fiberglass pools have a smooth, beautifully crystalline finish that’s easy on the eyes – and easy on your feet when wading in! More than just a pretty face, fiberglass pools are also durable and easy to maintain, giving you more time to enjoy your pool.

Another added benefit of fiberglass pools is that they are prefabricated off-site and delivered to your backyard once it’s been excavated. Unlike concrete or gunite pools that have to be poured into place and require ample time to cure, prefabricated fiberglass pool shells allow for a faster installation so you can start enjoying your pool sooner.

Fiberglass pools also require less stringent upkeep compared to concrete or gunite pools. Their smooth surface makes them more resistant to algae bloom and calcium deposits.

Learn more about the benefits of owning a fiberglass pool.

Fiberglass Pool Designs for Michigan Inground Pools

What does your ideal inground pool look like? Do you love the dramatic look of a freeform fiberglass pool? Or do the clean lines of a rectangular fiberglass pool call your name? Pools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. While you may initially be drawn to a specific shape, you might find that a different type of pool may better fit your needs.

When planning your pool, think about how you plan to use it:

  • Do you have young children or teens?
  • Will they bring friends over to use the pool?
  • Do you have older or mobility compromised individuals who will use the pool? What accommodations or add-ons might help make your pool more enjoyable for them?
  • Do you enjoy entertaining and hosting backyard BBQs? How many people will gather to use your pool at the same time?
  • Do you plan to use your pool for exercise or relaxation?
  • Do you want your pool to be the center of the action? Or do you want to incorporate it alongside other elements, such as an outdoor grilling station or vegetable garden?

Asking yourself these questions can help you design the perfect pool for your home and family. If you’re overwhelmed by the possibilities and don’t know where to start, speaking with an independent pool builder can help narrow your options.

You’ll also want to consider how your property layout supports the design of your pool. Think about the size of your yard and any unusual features, such as sloped or uneven land. Practical concerns, such as if your backyard exists within a flood zone can also play a role in your pool design. In addition to your pool itself, think about any fencing, decking, gardening and landscaping features you want to include to round out the full vision for your pool and backyard.

For instance, if you have a smaller or sloped backyard, or if your home exists within a flood zone, your builder can recommend options. They can also help you make sure your new pool is compliant with all state and local Michigan pool codes.

Regardless of any practical constraints, Latham can make your dream pool a reality. Check out some beautiful pools below that we’ve built for Michigan homeowners. Remember: just because you don’t see a picture that mirrors what you have in mind, it doesn’t mean it’s not possible! Contact a local independent builder to view more photos and videos of pools that aren’t in their online portfolio.

fiberglass pool with custom water features in northeast backyard
Rectangular Fiberglass Pool | Photo courtesy of Exscape Designs

Pools For Smaller Backyards in Michigan

If you live in a densely populated part of Michigan – such as Lansing, Detroit, or Grand Rapids to name many of the metropolises of The Great Lake State – you may have a limited space in your backyard. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to install a smaller pool that can still deliver big fun.

Whether you opt for a smaller pool by choice or by necessity, there are plenty of options to choose from that pack a lot of fun into a compact package. Feature-rich rectangular pools like the Enchantment 9.17 include a built-in tanning ledge that can double as a wading area for little swimmers, as well as slip-resistant steps that make it easily accessible for people of all ages.

Plunge pools like the 10’ x 16’ Milan, offer another outstanding smaller-sized option. The Milan is equally at home as a pool for kids with a shallower depth as it is an outdoor oasis for adults who either want to entertain or exercise, with plenty of space to swim laps or accommodate guests.

If you’re craving a more distinct shape, you can also consider smaller-sized freeform pools that can work with your property constraints. The Aruba clocks in at a lean, not-so-mean 11’ x 22’ and is equipped with beverage benches for entertaining, alongside slip-resistant steps. Not only does the Aruba offer the feel of a tropical getaway from the privacy of your own backyard, but practical elements like multiple entry and exit points keep kids and seniors in mind, giving them convenient areas to more easily exit the pool if they get tired while swimming.

small rectangular fiberglass spa in northeast backyard covered by patio
Royal Spa | Photo courtesy of Vaughan + Co

Pool Ideas for Large Michigan Backyards

For suburbanites and Michiganders in rural areas, a big backyard can give you plenty of space to add the pool of your dreams. From Clarkston, MI – a suburb of Detroit in Southeast Michigan – to small towns with a homey feel like Jackson, a pool can be a welcoming extension of your home and a place to kick back and relax with your nearest and dearest.

Whether you plan to devote a big portion of a spacious backyard to a pool, or you may want a mid-sized pool that shares space alongside a grilling station, swings for the kids or even a small garden, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Large fiberglass pools with a bevy of features can help you maximize your enjoyment. For instance, the freeform Cancun Deluxe has a wide top step that can pull double duty as a tanning ledge or wading area for small children, as well as a built-in spillover spa. Given Michigan’s chilly autumn weather and that summer nights can be a bit brisk after the sun goes down, a spillover spa can be a great way to enjoy a relaxing dip. The Laguna Deluxe is a slightly smaller modern freeform pool with comparable features – including a spillover spa – all in a neat 14’ x 30’ package.

If you’re looking for a smaller, yet still feature-rich pool to incorporate into your backyard alongside other elements, the Axiom 12 Deluxe clocks in at 12’ x 26’. This medium-sized offering has a built-in spillover spa, wide tanning ledge and multiple entry and exit points for easier access.

If simplicity is your style and you love a clean, modern aesthetic, the Lake Shore is a large rectangular-shaped pool with a long, spacious length and ample swim-up seating for entertaining.

These pools only ripple the surface of your options, as a larger backyard can open the door to even more pool possibilities!

fiberglass pool with tanning ledge and firepit in large northeast backyard
Freeform Fiberglass Pool | Photo courtesy of BY Pools & Spas

Fiberglass Pool Installation Process in Michigan

Fiberglass pools can be installed relatively quickly, helping you get your pool up and running faster. Because fiberglass pool shells are prefabricated and then transported to your backyard, that can shorten the installation process.

Learn more about installing a fiberglass pool to get a feel for what the process entails!

How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost in Michigan?

The cost to install an inground pool in Michigan hinges on a variety of factors.  including Your pool’s size and materials account for just one line item leading to the total cost of a new pool. You’ll also want to consider any add-ons you have your heart set on, including tanning ledges, water features or a spillover spa.

Don’t forget to include practical or required elements into the total cost of your pool. Although an autocover isn’t required, it can help you save money on energy-related expenses associated with running your pool, as well as help reduce time spent maintaining your pool. You’ll also want to budget for required fencing and/or permits to ensure your pool complies with state and local regulations throughout the state of Michigan.

Even if you don’t have the funds to pay for your pool up-front, there are a variety of financing options available that can help you start enjoying your pool today and pay it off tomorrow!

Inground Vinyl Liner Pools in Michigan

Durable, easy to maintain and highly customizable, inground vinyl pools are another outstanding choice for Michigan homeowners. Vinyl liner pools are also a cost-effective option for refurbishing older concrete pools.

Vinyl Liner Pool Designs for Michigan Residences

One of the biggest benefits of a vinyl liner pool is their unlimited potential for customization. Vinyl liner pools come in many of the same shapes as fiberglass models. But you’re not limited to just those models! A licensed professional builder can help you design a pool that’s uniquely yours. You can hand-pick every aspect of your pool, from liner colors and patterns to thrilling features like bubblers, pool lights and tanning ledges. And because vinyl liner pools are poured into place, they can be a great choice for homes with small, irregularly-shaped or uneven backyards.

Vinyl liner pools are also a budget-friendly option that can help you save money on your pool up-front, as well as down the line. They can be a great choice for replacing an older concrete or gunite pool.

Rounding out the pack of vinyl liner pool benefits is their ease of maintenance. While they require only slightly more maintenance than their fiberglass counterparts, the extra effort is worth it when you weigh the overall cost savings.

To show you some of the possibilities for how unique vinyl liner pools can be and how they can work for your needs, check out some photos scattered throughout this article to see for yourself. Even if you don’t see your dream pool here, an independent builder can show you more images and videos of vinyl liner pools not yet available in their online portfolio.

vinyl liner pool built in a small northeast backyard on a hill
Vinyl Liner Pool | Photo courtesy of Heatwave Pools

Vinyl Liner Pool Installation Process in Michigan

Installing a brand new pool can be exciting, but also comes with its fair share of anxiety. You may be curious about timelines, as well as what each step of the process entails. From assessing your backyard and excavating the space to sealing your vinyl liner, your pool building team will be there every step of the way to ensure your new pool is the picture of perfection!

Learn more about the vinyl liner pool installation process.

Transforming or Replacing Your Current Pool

If you have an older concrete or gunite pool, you may find yourself trapped in an endless – and expensive – cycle of maintenance. Concrete pools need to be resurfaced at least once every 10 years, although Michigan’s brutally cold winters and lake effect snows can accelerate the aging process of concrete.

Average “highs” throughout January and February in Michigan are below freezing, at an average of 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Average low temperatures throughout the state are in the teens and 20s, which can take a toll on concrete.

Even a well-maintained concrete pool can become rough and flaky with age. Additionally, concrete is porous, making your pool more prone to pool algae, which can create unsightly stains and make it more difficult to balance your water’s pH. Replacing an older concrete or gunite pool with a new fiberglass or vinyl liner pool can reduce the amount of upkeep and associated expenses required.

Although you’ll need to replace your vinyl liner approximately once every 10 years, it’s a far less invasive and expensive process than resurfacing an entire concrete pool.

Even if you’re not replacing an older concrete pool, vinyl liner pools are a fantastic choice for those who want to change the size, shape and features of their pool over time. For instance, today you may want slides and bubblers to give the kids their own personal backyard waterpark. Years down the road, when the kids fly the nest, you might want to remove those features and instead replace them with a tanning ledge to transform your pool into a hub of relaxation. A vinyl liner pool can give you the option to change alongside you and your family through the years.

As a tip to save you time and money, be sure to plan any pool upgrade or renovation projects alongside replacing your vinyl liner. Add-ons such as pool lights, new steps and other features are typically more invasive and would require that you remove and replace your liner anyway. Planning ahead can pay off and keep more money in your pocket when remodeling your pool!

Choosing an Pool Package in Michigan: Covers and Winterizing Options

If you live in Michigan, saving room in your pool budget to include an automatic cover and a specialized winter cover can help make caring for your pool easier through the seasons.

Should I get an automatic pool cover if I live in Michigan?

An automatic pool cover can help you save between 50% to 70% on energy costs, as well as reduce water evaporation and the need to balance your pool’s water chemistry more frequently.

In addition to helping you use fewer natural resources, an autocover can help save time on tending to your pool. More than half of Michigan is covered in trees, which can pump up the pollen in springtime and contribute to an abundance of fall foliage winding up in your pool. While pollen accumulation can clog your pool’s filtration system if left on your water’s surface, leaves can contribute to the growth of pool algae. An autocover can help you spend more time enjoying your pool instead of skimming it!

Most importantly, autocovers can save lives, preventing kids and pets from accidentally falling in when your pool is unattended. An automatic pool cover can also serve as a barrier between uninvited guests helping themselves to your pool when you’re not home, too!

Adding an autocover to your pool package can be an excellent return on your investment in terms of overall cost, time and energy savings. If you have a more limited budget, many rectangular pool models are autocover-ready. More elaborate shapes, such as freeform pools, may require a custom-cut autocover, which can be more expensive than a pre-made autocover.

The Difference Between Winter Pool Covers and Autocovers

Michigan residents may want to consider adding a specialized winter cover to their pool package to protect their investment. Although an automatic cover can yield cost and energy savings and provide added safety to your pool, they are not made to support the weight of heavy snow and are best for seasons when your pool is in-use. Winter pool covers, on the other hand, are specially made to support the weight of heavy mounds of snow that could otherwise damage the delicate mechanical components of an autocover.

Overall, The Wolverine State sees a hefty amount of snowfall – and even more so in recent years. Areas near the northern shore near Lake Michigan can see up to 50 inches of snow annually. However, various parts of the state can see even more. Marquette and Sault St. Marie top the list, with well over 150 inches of snow. Lansing, Ann Arbor and Jackson also range between 45 and 58 inches of snow annually, making Michigan winters among some of the frostiest in the nation. All the more reason to consider budgeting for a winter cover, which can help you safely close your pool and make reopening the following spring a breeze!

Learn more about how to winterize your pool.

Maintaining Your Pool in Michigan

Both vinyl liner and fiberglass pools require minimal maintenance. However, depending on which material you choose, you may have a slightly different task list and maintenance schedule to keep your pool running and looking its best.

Maintaining Fiberglass Pools in Michigan

Fiberglass pools are beloved for their low-maintenance vibe. However, it’s important to stay on top of weekly and monthly upkeep. Reserve time each week to check your pool water chemistry and levels. Also be sure to empty your filter baskets weekly.

Learn more about weekly and monthly/periodic fiberglass pool maintenance tasks.

Vinyl Liner Pool Maintenance in Michigan

Vinyl liner pools require a little more upkeep than their fiberglass counterparts, but not to worry! The slightly extra effort pays off in terms of the cost savings of a vinyl liner pool and doesn’t demand a ton of your time!

Be sure to skim your pool each week and test your water’s chemical and pH levels. Also, take time each week to gently scrub your vinyl liner with a soft-bristled brush. This can keep your liner looking fresh, keeping algae at bay and ensuring any stains don’t settle into your liner. Also check your liner monthly for any small tears before they become bigger. Be sure to patch them ASAP to prevent leaks and extend the life of your liner.

Your liner will also thank you if you stick to only using soft pool toys that won’t accidentally puncture or tear your liner during playtime. Load up on all the foam pool noodles, inflatable floats and beach balls your heart desires!

For more helpful hints, download our vinyl liner maintenance checklist.

Preparing Your Michigan Pool In the Event of a Flood

Lake effect snow isn’t the only thing that hits Michigan hard on a seasonal basis. Some parts of the state are prone to flooding, particularly in late winter or early spring due to a combination of melting snow, rain and rising temperatures. Southeast Michigan saw one of the most devastating floods in the state’s history in 1986, while Detroit has also flooded within the past decade. West Michigan, particularly Grand Rapids, also experiences flooding.

Michigan’s proximity to rivers and lakes, also make it more susceptible to flash floods and landslides. The impact of these natural disasters can be intensified in urban areas like Detroit that lack greenery to absorb precipitation.

Water from floods can carry dirt and debris into your pool, which can either scratch your pool’s surface or contribute to poor water quality, chemical imbalances, and algae growth. It can also damage decking and filtration systems.

While ensuring the safety of your family is first and foremost, if you own a pool in Michigan, there are some ways you can protect your pool in the advance of a flood to mitigate damages.

Perhaps the most important tip to prepare your pool in the event of a flood is to turn off all power to pool equipment, including your pump and filtration systems, any breakers, pool lights, and heaters. While this may not prevent damage to the equipment itself if your home is in a flood area, it can help prevent dangerous electrical issues from occurring. If possible, elevate your pool equipment on a platform, or take it indoors to an attic or higher floor to protect it.

If you have the space to store them, consider placing sandbags around your pool. This can help protect your pool from flood waters and runoff.

Additionally, do not store pool or patio furniture in your pool in the event of a flood. Instead, bring them indoors.

After the waters have subsided, be prepared to clean up any debris in or around your pool. You’ll also need to rebalance your water chemistry or even shock your pool.

Seasonal Pool Maintenance in Michigan

If you own a pool in Michigan, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help you get more enjoyment out of your pool through the seasons. .

  • Spring: Many Michigan residents open their pools between April and June, depending on when temperatures sit comfortably above 60 degrees. Once your pool is open and spring has sprung, stay on top of skimming your pool, as pollen grains can clog your pool’s filtration, if left unchecked. On a more serious note, early spring and late winter also coincide with flood season in Michigan, so take care to secure your pool if your home is located in a flood zone.
  • Fall: Autumn weather in Michigan tends to be on the chillier side. If you have a heated pool or spillover spa, you can regularly enjoy a relaxing soak before harsh winter weather sets in. To wring as many memorable moments out of your pool during fall, an autocover can help keep autumn leaves out of your pool, reducing the need for skimming and re-balancing your water. If left to sit, leaves can contribute to algae growth.
  • Winter: All good things must come to an end – and that includes pool season. To close your pool for winter, be sure all air is removed from water lines and pool equipment. Many Michigan pool owners close their pools in October. While you can do it yourself, you can also tap a professional to help you properly close. Consider purchasing a winter pool cover to help safeguard your pool from heavy snowfall.

How much does an inground pool cost in Michigan?

The total cost to install an inground pool in Michigan varies based on a number of factors. Size and materials are just one part of the total package. Be sure to factor in the cost of fencing and decking around your pool to keep it compliant with state and local regulations, as well as practical features that can make maintenance a lot easier – like an autocover or winter cover. Also consider the cost of any add-ons, including water features, pool lights, heating elements, or a spillover spa.

While the hours of happy memories made around a pool with friends and family are priceless, a pool can be a big investment. However, it doesn’t mean that the dream of owning a pool of your own is out of reach. There are a variety of financing options to help you get the pool of your dreams today and pay it off tomorrow!

What Pool Laws Exist in Michigan for Residential Pools

A pool can certainly bring the fun to your backyard. But it also comes with its fair share of responsibility. If you’re planning on owning a pool in Michigan, it’s important to look into state and local laws to ensure your pool is compliant and up-to-code.

Because state and local laws can change over time, it’s important to do your homework before breaking ground on your pool, as these laws are meant to keep everyone safe and your backyard a place of joy and merriment. Working with a professional builder can help you more easily navigate the most recent codes, as well as help you secure the proper permits to build your new pool.

Here are some of the most common questions about pool regulations throughout the state of Michigan.

Do you need a fence for a pool in Michigan? 

Michigan requires that all residential pools must be surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48 inches (4 feet high) on all sides. In addition, Michigan requires that there must be at least one entrance, which should be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching mechanism. Michigan prohibits the use of a sliding door-type entrance on appropriate pool fencing that meets statewide standards.

If you have a balcony within 10 feet of your pool or overlooking your pool, Michigan also requires that this balcony or overhanging area be fully enclosed to prevent people from diving off of the balcony and into your pool.

In addition to adhering to statewide pool regulations that blanket Michigan, your local municipality may have more stringent requirements around fencing. Some areas may require a higher fence, however, other cities – such as East Lansing, MI, for instance, require that fencing not exceed 6 feet in height, above grade. So, while you’d need to have a barrier of at least 4 feet high, the city may deem anything above 6 feet as too high and out of compliance with local laws.

Because laws can change over time, it’s important to confirm that your fencing meets the most recent codes. Working with a licensed professional builder can help you better understand the most current updates to any state and local pool laws in Michigan.

Do you need a permit to build a pool in Michigan?

Yes. The state of Michigan requires a building permit for all residential pools. This definition applies to any structure that contains water over 24 inches (2 feet) deep, including inground and above-ground pools, as well as spas and jacuzzis.

Depending on where you live in Michigan, you may be responsible for additional permits to ensure your pool meets all local codes. For instance, Dearborn, MI requires a residential pool permit, but may also require additional permits for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work associated with your pool project, as well as for a deck structure.

Similarly, Ann Arbor, MI , Brighton, and Saginaw, MI also require additional permits and inspections for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical elements associated with a pool installation.

Because permitting fees and requirements may change over time and based on your location, be sure to consult your local building office to confirm which permits you’re responsible for obtaining prior to beginning work on your pool. Working with a licensed professional builder can help you better understand which permits are required to ensure your pool meets state and local building codes.

How deep can a pool be in Michigan? 

Michigan has laws surrounding how deep your pool can be, which are based on the square footage and categorization of your pool. For instance, any pool smaller than 800 square feet should have a depth no greater than 5.25 feet, and should also have a shallow area for walking and standing. Smaller wading pools should be no deeper than 1.5 feet, while spas cannot exceed 4 feet in depth.

In addition to making sure your pool complies with these regulations, the state also requires depth markers to clearly indicate how deep or shallow a section of your pool may be.

As laws can change over time, it’s important to check with your local building office to confirm the most recent policies to ensure your pool is compliant. Working with a licensed professional builder can also help you better understand these laws and which apply to you and your new pool.

How tall does a pool fence have to be in Michigan?

Michigan requires that all pools must be surrounded by a self-latching, self-closing fence or barrier at least 4 feet high. However, some cities, towns and municipalities have more stringent restrictions – and also have limits on just how high your fence can be. For example, East Lansing and Waterford, MI are two cities that require that any fencing not exceed 6 feet in height.

Your city or township may have their own requirements, so be sure to check with your local building office to be sure your fencing meets the minimum – or maximum – height requirements.

Michigan Pool FAQs

What type of pool is best for Michigan?

Both inground fiberglass and vinyl liner pools are a great choice for Michigan homeowners – not just because they’re beautiful and low-maintenance, but with proper care, can stand up to the elements, including The Mitten State’s harsh winters and lake effect snows.

Depending on whether the beautiful crystalline finish of a fiberglass pool appeals to your sensibilities, or you’re drawn to soft-to-the-touch vinyl-liner pools that offer the same amount of fun in a customizable, cost-effective package, it’s truly up to you. The right pool for you depends on a number of factors. Your best bet is to get in touch with a builder who can help you explore your options so you can make the right choice for you and your family.

Does a pool increase home value in Michigan

Throughout the nation, a pool has the potential to increase your home’s resale value between 5% and 8%. In Michigan, however, because pool season is relatively short compared to other areas of the country, the condition of your pool plays a big part in just how much value it adds. For instance, a clean, well-maintained pool can add significantly more value, whereas a pool that looks scruffy and has cracks may be more of a deterrent to buyers.

How your pool fits in with the broader landscape of your yard can also boost its curb appeal and value, too. However, it may only add between $8,000 and $20,000 to the total sale price of your home, should you decide to sell.

The real value of your pool, however, is in the enjoyment it offers to you and your loved ones. Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home in the immediate future, a pool can give you a place to make many happy memories with family and friends through the years.

How long does it take to build a pool in Michigan?

The timetable to build a pool in Michigan can vary based on a number of factors, including time of year, existing demand on builders during a busy period, weather conditions and even the type of material you choose. During Michigan winters, the ground may be too hard to begin an installation project and you may need to wait until early spring to break ground.

Fiberglass pools typically offer the fastest path to installation, as fiberglass pool shells are prefabricated off-site, then transported directly to a freshly-excavated spot in your backyard. A vinyl liner pool installation may take slightly longer, as builders will need to dig a hole, then fill it with a custom-designed pool before sealing a liner into place.

When should I set up a pool in Michigan?

Typically, Michiganders open their pools in April – or when temperatures sit comfortably above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are fiberglass pools good in the Midwest? 

Fiberglass pools are a great choice for Midwestern backyards. Fiberglass pool shells are able to withstand the freezing and thawing cycles associated with brutally cold and snowy Michigan winters, making them an ideal option for those in The Great Lakes State.

How much does a pool permit cost in Michigan? 

The cost of a pool permit in MIchigan can vary throughout the state, although permit costs may range between $150 to $300. In addition to the cost of a pool permit proper, your city or municipality may require additional permits – such as electrical, HVAC or plumbing permits – to ensure your pool is compliant. Your city or township may also add processing fees on top of your permits.

If my backyard is already fenced, do I need a fence around my pool in Michigan? 

Even if your backyard is already fenced in Michigan, you will need to ensure any existing fencing meets your state and local requirements around pool fencing and barriers.

Michigan requires a pool barrier height of 48 inches (4 feet), and some cities and townships require that fencing can be no higher than 6 feet.

Latham Pool Michigan Inground Installation Areas

If you’re thinking about buying a pool in MIchigan, Latham can help you build the pool of your dreams. We’re proud to have built pools for many happy homeowners throughout the Wolverine State, including those in:

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Berrien Springs, MI
  • Clawson, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Gaines, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
  • Hamtramck, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Hudsonville, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Livonia, MI
  • Oxford, MI
  • Rochester Hills, MI
  • South Lyon, MI
  • Sterling Heights, MI
  • Three Rivers, MI
  • Warren, MI


Start Building Your Dream Pool for Your Michigan Home

An inground pool can offer you countless years and even more memories with loved ones. To get started on your pool project, speak with an expert builder today to make the pool of your dreams a reality.

Contact us to learn more and become one of the many Michigan homeowners who love their Latham pool.

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