Can’t Get a Pool This Summer? Beat the Heat With This Alternative

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water—you can’t! Yup, a perfect storm has converged right when homeowners were hoping to open up (or install) a pool in their backyards this season.

Since the COVID-19 lockdown forced folks to stick close to home, the desire for pools has skyrocketed. That’s created a dearth of pool-building materials and contractors who can put one in. Plus, there’s another problem you may not have expected: There’s a big chlorine shortage.

This essential chemical agent is in short supply not only because of high demand, but also because of a major fire last summer at a plant that makes a large share of the chlorine tablets that homeowners rely on.

But in the interim, you can still stay cool without having to resort to a Slip ‘N Slide. (Save it for the kids!) Instead, check out theis six cool pool alternative. 

Stock Tank

Sure, it may sound a little hokey to fill a metal tank meant for farm animals and then submerge yourself in it, but stock tanks are affordable (usually just a few hundred bucks) and they can be surrounded with attractive pavers, plants, or decking.

While this backyard perk probably won’t add anything to your home’s resale value, stock tank pools will keep you cool in the trendiest way, notes Tony Mariotti, a real estate agent with RubyHome in Los Angeles.

“A stock tank’s rugged aesthetic goes very nicely with a xeriscaped yard, and it’ll absolutely grab the attention of home shoppers, particularly those in the first-time homebuyer price range,” he says.

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