What types of swimming pools do you get?
Just like anything else, swimming pools come in all different types, designs, sizes, shapes and are used for various purposes. Budget, lot size, local codes, and availability of materials will all factor into what type of pool you will eventually decide to build or install on your property.
Before taking the plunge, assess what type of swimming pool works for you and your family.
Types of swimming pool Constructions
Above Ground Swimming Pools
With the advancements in swimming pool manufacturing, you could enjoy all the lifestyle advantages of a swimming pool even if you are on a budget or do not own a house.
Above ground pools can either be made of fibreglass composites, or vinyl lined, they also come in various styles and colours.
Because they’re pre-fabricated they take minimal time to install and can be taken with you if you decide to move.
Fibreglass Swimming Pools
- Fibreglass pools are the second most popular type of swimming pools.
- The basic colours are white and blue.
- Fibreglass pools are made at the manufacturer and delivered in one piece. Normally they’re more flexible than concrete pools and are a good choice in earthquake prone areas.
- Also available are fiberglass panel swimming pools which are built on site and allow more design flexibility.
Marbelite Swimming Pools
- Marbelite swimming pools are the most common built in South Africa and are the most natural looking of all of the pools. Marbelite is a marble chip and cement mixture which is plastered onto hand packed concrete or gunite surfaces.
- A Marbelite pool is a totally customisable swimming pool solution. It may be placed virtually everywhere and give you unlimited design possibilities. You may choose the size, shape and depth, and add features such as vanishing edges, steps, beach entries, rockeries and much more.
- Finishing options include ceramic tiles, natural pebble, coloured quartz, epoxy resin paints, vinyl lining and various other finishes.
- Vinyl-Liner Pools are built with panel walls that are fastened together and sit on a concrete foundation. A custom-tailor vinyl liner then covers the complete pool.
- A vinyl-lined pool is a popular and cost-effective choice.
- The vinyl lining is usually tailor-made to suit the size and shape of your swimming pool. Modern vinyl lined swimming pools may have concrete, plastic or steel walls.
- They can be easily designed into the landscape.
- There are several accessories and features available such as diving boards, slides, water games, water fountains, and specialty lighting such as fiber optic lighting.
Types of swimming pools to fit your lifestyle
- Lap pools are long, narrow swimming pools designed for fitness swimming.
- They are perfect for small yards because they require minimum space. Also, they serve as a reflective landscape feature.
- This elongated length allows the pool to be used for exercise a length.
- In comparison to a conventional swimming pool, a lap pool is less expensive. Plus the size of a lap pool means they’re easier to clean and maintain, and less expensive to run than a traditional pool.
- A hybrid of a pool and spa, swim spas have water jets that allow the swimmer to swim against a constant flow of water. Ideal for small yards.
- Swim Spa pools provide aquatic exercise on demand, saving valuable time travelling to and from the gym.
- They supply therapy and relaxation — not to mention lots of fun. And, perhaps most importantly, swim spas are compact enough to fit in almost any outdoor or exercise room.
- Another Type of pool is the Architectural pool.
- Architectural pool must have structure and definite lines.
- They echoes the form of the house and uses the same materials for a cohesive look.
- An architectural pool is often geometric, state-of-the-art, and is generally designed by an architect.
- If the house is custom-built, the pool is often built at the same time as the house, taking in size of the lot and the layout and relationship of the house to the pool.
- Natural swimming pools are self-cleaning pools that combine swimming areas and water gardens.
- A natural pool can be designed in a freeform, rustic style with boulders and waterfalls, or can be modern or architectural—sleek and elegant.
- The water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an ecosystem of water plants. The result is a lush indigenous aquatic garden cradling a clear, natural pool, the water of which is perfectly clear, soft on the skin and infused with healing energy.
- No Salt, no chemicals, no sterilization equipment.
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