The 5 Different Types of In Ground Swimming Pools

With new materials and improvements in construction technology, there has never been more choice available to the homeowner shopping for a backyard swimming pool. Some provide flexibility with regards to size and shape. Others speak to durability and permanence. To help you decide what kind of pool best suits your needs, here’s a brief introduction on the different kinds of in ground swimming pools on the market, each with a different price point and advantages.

1. Concrete Pool

in ground concrete swimming pool
The conventional building material of choice for in ground pool construction is concrete. This type of pool begins with excavation and a framework of steel. Concrete is poured and then sealed with a coat of plaster (which can be re-applied over the years as needed). In recent years alternatives to plaster have become popular, including pebble or glass aggregates and tiles. Using a reinforced steel and concrete base is a tried and true method for pool building and it can be extremely durable and easily customized to the owner’s specifications. But it is also costly, labor-intensive and can take many months of disruptive activity before anyone is able to use it. Another disadvantage is that concrete pools are susceptible to cracking as the ground settles or shifts.

2. Fiberglass Pool

in ground fiberglass swimming pool
A popular alternative to a concrete build is to buy a standard fiberglass shell and have it lowered into the excavation. This is a higher cost solution, but this type of treatment will last up to 15 years before deteriorating. With a smooth surface, it’s fairly easy to maintain. Fiberglass pools are known to crack and fade over time, due to the nature of the material. Repairs can be completed but often do not match the original color, causing visible imperfections.

3. Vinyl Pool

in ground vinyl swimming pool
Homeowners working with a smaller budget often turn to vinyl-lined pools. These utilize a metal or plastic frame and supporting panels, a sand base and vinyl liner. This type of pool has a life span of 18 years or more, if treated with UV and fungus inhibitors to prevent the degradation of the vinyl. They are available in non-standard shapes and sizes, which makes them easy to incorporate into smaller properties and blend with existing landscaping elements. The downside to vinyl liners are that they can be easily punctured, which can cause a pool failure with costly repairs.

4. Shipping Container Pool

in ground shipping container swimming pool
A newer in ground pool configuration uses the sustainable practice of upcycling metal shipping containers to form a swimming pool. It’s less expensive than a fully equipped in-ground pool, and some models have the added advantage of portability – you can take it with you when you move. Shipping container pools with fibreglass liners come largely pre-assembled, and can be placed above ground or partially below on a concrete pad or gravel. Some models include features such as clear viewing panels in the side and hot tub partitions. Shipping container pools do not have structural walls which could lead to a pool failure, their corrugated walls and wood floor also have the potential to rust if they are not manufactured correctly.

5. Dunk Pool

dunk swimming pool
Dunk pools are also a fairly recent innovation in backyard pool technology. Their engineered design is made of steel, they are extremely durable and take up less space than conventional swimming pools. This means they can be tucked into areas unsuited for large in ground or above ground pools. Square or rectangular in shape, dunk pools are great for kids wanting to splash or cool off, and for adults pursuing a healthier lifestyle with aqua fitness exercises. They are a faster install than many conventional pools (and cost less too). And they are user-friendly with temperature and lighting controls that integrate to a smartphone app. For more information about the dunk pool phenomenon, contact us.

Before making an investment in a backyard pool, think through why you want a pool and who will be using it and for what. You may be surprised to learn that a conventionally constructed in ground pool may be too much pool for your purposes. For example, swimming laps aren’t the only way to use a pool for exercise. You may find that a smaller dunk pool will more perfectly do the trick.


What Is A Plunge Pool? Backyard Swimming Pool Designs.

Have you ever thought about owning a swimming pool, but found that it would be too expensive or too large for your backyard? What if we told you there is a type of swimming pool that is designed to fit your needs? Let us introduce you to the plunge pool:

What Is a Plunge Pool?

A plunge pool is a small, often shallow swimming pool used for wading, lounging and soaking. Designed for small urban backyards, the square or rectangular shape of a swimming pool can maximize the functionality of an outdoor living space.

Standard swimming pools allow for laps, whereas the smaller plunge pool is used for recreation, low-impact exercise, relaxation and recovery. Plunge pools have already gained popularity as pool designs in Europe, where the recreational and rehabilitative value of swimming is widely recognized.

Couple relaxing in lounge chairs by backyard swimming plunge pool

Plunge Pools Versatile Installation

Plunge pools are designed for small urban backyard spaces, they can be installed anywhere there is sufficient space. Did you know that you only need a 10 foot by 10 foot area to install a plunge pool? They can be installed on or off a deck, in-ground, above-ground or semi in-ground. Plunge pools are extremely versatile and can be tailored to fit your outdoor living space.

Many homeowners have found that a plunge pool is a perfect addition to fill out their backyard and complete the space. When trying to improve the look of a small property, you might think you can rule out all pool designs, but with a square or rectangular plunge pool, that limited free space can be filled perfectly.

Young couple jumping in a modern plunge pool

The Benefits of a Plunge Pool

Plunge pools have lower water requirements, and because they are smaller than traditional pools, they are less expensive to heat and clean.

Swimming can be a great way to stay in shape and train certain areas of the body with resistance provided by the water, as well as great recreational activity. Many homeowners with small properties rule out getting these benefits, but a plunge pool can make them possible.

Plunge pools are believed to have certain healing benefits as well. In Europe, they are often paired with hot tubs and saunas to use as a part of cold-plunge therapy, which is believed to help keep blood pressure at a normal level. Ancient Romans and Chinese thought highly of small bodies of cold water, as a therapeutic relief and remedy for many physical ailments.

Many athletes also sing the praises of plunge pools, having a temperature controlled body of water in which to recover muscles. Plunge pools can be set at a variable range of temperatures and fitted with jets and other add-ons to assist their versatile list of uses.

In any case, out of a long list of pool designs, only one will save you money while offering a versatile addition to your backyard, garden or other space that you previously had thought too small for a feature like a pool.

Is Your Property Right for a Plunge Pool?

Because of the versatility of these innovative pool designs, there’s good chance yours is. You can install a plunge pool beside a deck, as well as building an above-ground, in-ground or semi-in-ground plunge anywhere in your backyard or garden.

Did you think your urban backyard is too small for a pool? Think again. With our dunk™ swimming pools, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a pool without spending too much to maintain it or needing excessive space on your property. Call us today for more information.


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