What are the characteristics of a garden pool?
not hugely common in the UK, garden pools remain an object of desire
for most homeowners. After all, what could be better than taking a
cool dip in your own garden on a hot summer’s day? Garden pools
tend to be traditionally constructed and should always be positioned
on a patio or terrace to give them a solid foundation. As their sole
purpose is fun and relaxation, garden pools can be built according to
the space and budget you have and do not need to have a particular
depth or coating - unlike sports pools or natural swimming ponds.
Instead, the pool should be constructed only with the wishes and
needs of the family in mind.
big should my garden pool be?
are no hard and fast rules about the best dimensions for a garden
pool, but they tend to range from 3 x 5m at the smaller end of the
scale up to 10 x 5m for the more extravagant homeowner. In fact, it’s
possible to go even bigger - providing you you have the space and the
means. In terms of depth, the recommended level is 1.30m if the pool
is to be used only for recreation. If you’re after an
exercise-worthy pool, go for a depth of at least 1.50m. If you’ll
be using the pool solely for sports purposes, opt for 12.5m by 3m or
6m - this will give you enough room to train effectively.
the best type of pool for my garden?
you’re thinking of installing your own garden pool, it’s
important to do your research beforehand to ensure you pick the right
model for you and your family. First and foremost, you need to decide
whether to go for an above-ground or in-ground pool. In-ground pools
will be more expensive, more permanent and may require authorisation
from your local council. On the plus side, they’ll be better
quality and easier to keep in good nick. Above-ground pools, while
cheaper and easier to reposition, will take up more room and look
less appealing in your garden. In terms of looks and style, you’ll
also need to decide on the shape of your pool.
Will it be round or oval? Square or rectangular? Or will you
freestyle and go for a radical organic form? At this stage it’s
also important to consider the overall aesthetic of your garden and
how the pool will contribute to it. Will it be minimalist, zen-style,
tropical or compact? Get this stage right and the rest will follow.
material should I use for my garden pool?
of the most important considerations for anyone planning a garden
pool should be the material used for the main body. Concrete is one
solid option, although it will need to be repainted every two years
with a waterproof coating to offset its natural porosity. Another
popular choice are prefabricated fibreglass sections assembled on
site. These are waterproof, resistant to temperature fluctuations,
leak-proof and can be installed both quickly and cheaply - what’s
not to love? Next up is steel; strong, durable, rust-proof and able
to withstand extreme temperatures without cracking. It’s also easy
to handle and quick to install. For a more natural look, wood is also
an option. While flexible and visually appealing, it will require
coating to prevent decay and degradation. A wooden pool can be
expected to last 10 years. Finally, if a built-in pool is beyond your
means, you always have the inflatable rubber option. These come in an
array of shapes and sizes, can be easily erected and repositioned,
and will be enjoyed by children of all ages. Last but not least,
you’ll also need to pick a suitable lining for your garden pool.
This is a safety feature in itself and should prevent slippage and
discourage the growth of algae and mould. The recommended materials
are fibreglass, ceramic tiles or PVC sheets.
much will a garden pool cost?
the UK, the cheapest option will be an above-ground outdoor pool
which costs around £2,500
for a 24 x 12ft model. If you’re a keen DIYer, the best value
self-build in-ground kits start at around £5,000, with a
professionally installed customised in-ground model from £25,000.
How much you eventually spend will be depend on the size, labour
costs and quality of materials used. Whatever type of pool you’re
planning, it’s always advisable to enlist the help of an
experienced professional to guide you through the process.