UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- For Lew Akins this has been a record summer. Not only in terms of temperatures but in the number of pool sales.
"2011 has been a great year for us so far, matter of fact it's surpassed our wildest expectation," said Akins.
He said not only does the hot summer encourage people to buy pools but he says the economy has lightened enough to where people can actually afford it.
"We think there's been a lot of pent up demand because the last three years have been so slow because of the economy. But the the lending institutions have also loosened up their lending practices a little bit so our entry-level clients are able to secure financing and that lets them get into a, a nice in-ground pool," said Akins.
Jerry and Brenda Dyer have had their pool for two months and they say they use it just about every day.
"It gives you a feeling of peaceful, comfortable atmosphere outside and it's a lot of fun to be in the pool. It gives a resort feel," said Jerry Dyer.
Other than having a place to cool off, the Dyers say a swimming pool is a great way to get people together, something they kept in mind while designing their pool with Mike Alexander, a pool designer for OceanQuest Pools.
"When we meet with a home owner we want to make it feel like when they step into their back yard, they've just entered a resort. We have a swim up bar where you actually have stools in the pool, a place you can come up and have a nice conversation and we also do some various deck areas around the pool," said Alexander.
The cost of a pool varies greatly but these days, Alexander says most pools start in the upper $30,000's and from there the sky is the limit.
Akins believes more people want to stay home and enjoy spending time with family.
"Everybody has their own reason for wanting a pool but I think most of has to do with family," said Akins.
As for the grandkids the Dyers say they can't get enough of it.
"Oh they love it. They're excited about the pool."