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Pool options

Pool Options

Oct 01, 2012

As summer approaches, thoughts return to warm, lazy days spent by a pool. Whilst clever design can resolve the style, size and location for a pool, it also opens the door for many pool options to be considered.

Here are some important ones to consider:

  • Spa:  These are often integrated within the footprint of the pool and promote lots of fun especially as they can be used in the cooler months.  They do need to be gas-heated though.
  • Heating:  Installing a heated pool will prolong your swim time into Autumn and Spring. There are two widely used systems to choose from; gas or solar. Gas will heat the pool faster but is more costly to run. Solar relies on available roof space but allows mother nature to heat the pool through a series of tubes.
  • Pool type: Chlorine or salt. This comes down to personal choice. A salt pool will require additional sealing to surrounding surfaces to avoid unnecessary corrosion. An ionised system reduces the amount of chlorine or salt used.
  • Pool finish:  Often the hardest of choices to make.  Quarzton® and Beadcrete® are smooth, interior pool render products. The latter having smooth, rounded glass beads impregnated into the mortar. Tiled pools arguably provide the best aesthetic and come in all shapes, sizes and colours. All are available in a wide range of colours.
  • Water play:  If the pool design calls for a feature wall then the addition of jets or a waterfall can create an extra dynamic, especially for the kids.
  • Storage:  Not just for the pool equipment. Consider integrating additional storage to keep pool toys, towels and cushions for the furniture close at hand.

Careful consideration of these points and the right advice will ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

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