A Swimming Pool Buyer’s Guide – How to Pick a Perfect Pool

Owning a pools is quite common and popular in some parts of the world. For instance, in hot Australia, especially Queensland, around 20% of people have a pool for cooling off and splashing around. If you also want to invest in this super-fun addition to your home, but don’t know what kind of pool is perfect for you, here’s a little guide that can help you with your decision.

Above-ground pools

Above-ground pools are probably the most affordable kind of pools you can get in today’s market (not counting in kiddie pools). They have a relatively low price tag, but their other benefits are their portability (you can take them with you if you move) and easy installation since no digging is necessary. They are perfect for families with any number of children, especially if you install a plastic slide. However, they are very limited in terms of size.


In-ground pools

If you’re really serious about getting a pool, experts always recommend an in-ground pool. They are perfect for both big families and people who love a good pool party. Concrete types are probably the most popular, even though they are the most expensive. People like them because concrete can be moulded into any shape and size and custom-made for their backyard. However, installation is long and costs are big.

Vinyl-lined pools are made of a flexible liner that is fitted into a hole and attached to a sturdy frame. Vinyl pools also come in every shape and size, but their main flaw is that they can be easily damaged with sharp objects. The punctured liner can be replaced, but it will cost you quite a lot of money.

Fibreglass pools are made of giant fibreglass shells that are fitted into an excavated hole. And even though they come in a limited number of shapes and sizes, their biggest plus is easy installation. They can be put up in less than a week! They are also more affordable of all in-ground pools and quite durable and low-maintenance. Fibreglass pools are also perfect if you want to have a salt water pool, which are especially popular in Australia and New Zealand. So, if you want to enjoy your own fibreglass pool, contact experienced Canterbury swimming pool installers and they will give you more information on everything you need to know about them.


Architectural pool

These pools are usually built with the house and echoes the style, shapes and materials of the building. These pools are often designed by an architect to be very sophisticated and stylish. Naturally, they come with a huge price tag and they require a lot of thought and planning.

Infinity pool

Infinity or zero-edge pools are custom-built pools designed especially with a purpose to highlight a view. If well designed, you can get an illusion that the water is dropping over the edge of the property. However, they only work if you have an elevated home with an amazing view, and they also come with a hefty price tag.


Lap pool

Lap pools are usually built for fitness purposes since they are designed to look like a lane of an Olympic pool. They are long and narrow and don’t offer much besides swimming and plunging. However, if you’re a fitness enthusiast who lives on their own, this might be the pool for you.

Plunge pools and spools

These tiny pools don’t cost as nearly as much as full-sized pools and take only a small part of your yard, but they don’t offer flexibility and mobility of a bigger pool. However, if you’re looking for a place to cool off with a drink in hand, you can invest in a plunge pool or a spool (spa+pool). They are perfect for single people or families without kids.

So, think about your needs and wishes, take your pick, and you can expect to have a pool in your backyard in no time!

Lana Hawkins

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that's where she gets most of her inspiration.

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