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What Are the Different Types of Swimming Pools?

What Are the Different Types of Swimming Pools?

Posted by Dunn Rite Products on Jun 12th 2020

There are so many reasons to go swimming. Cooling off is just one of them. Spending time with your family and friends and having much-needed fun and exercise is right at the top of the list. Lets take a look at the different types of swimming pools that you can choose from when it is time to indulge in this refreshing past time.

Above-Ground Swimming Pools

When it comes to choosing a swimming pool, some families choose the above-ground variety. Why is this? One reason is that an above-ground pool generally costs less. The less money you spend on your pool, the more money you can spend on fun pool accessories, and deck space if you like!

Another reason is that above-ground pools are quick and easy to install. Not to mention, if you decide to move locations sometime in the future, you may want to take your swimming pool with you. At times people just want to move their pool to another location within their yard. You have this option, if you have an above ground pool. The one downside is it is a bit more work to keep an above ground pool clean and clear. Once you find a good program for cleaning and chemicals, most people find it to be worth the effort.

In-Ground Swimming Pools

When it comes to swimming pools, many people go with the in-ground variety. There are many reasons for this. One reason is that there are so many different shapes and sizes to choose from. You can go with kidney-shaped, rectangular, L-shaped, oval and free-form for example.

Another reason to go with an in-ground pool is that it will raise the value of your house in some areas, especially southern states. Although the initial cost is greater, most homeowners find the cost to be worth it and the maintenance is less once you get it up and running. When you have an in-ground pool built on your property, you have the luxury of selecting tile colors, plaster colors and choosing any size and shape that you wish. Looking at swimming pools, you can see some people even build a mini water park in their back yards with slides, built in jump ledges, lazy rivers and a sport court with  water volleyball and water basketball. Some of these swimming pools are nothing short of incredible!

Infinity Swimming Pools

Are you living in the lap of luxury? Perhaps you are if you are looking into getting an infinity pool. What exactly is an infinity pool? An infinity pool essentially has one edge that is vanishing. Also known as a zero-edge pool, it appears to simply disappear into the horizon. The dramatic effect can be breathtaking when paired with the right setting.

An infinity pool has somewhat of a mystifying effect. Think of it like this. The pool water moves in a waterfall effect, then moves downward seemingly into thin air. How does it work anyway? An infinity pool is similar to a waterfall that has a single lower level that acts as kind of a catch basin. The water is captured in a lower pool, then it gets pumped back into the upper pool again.

The ideal spot to place an infinity pool is somewhere with an incredible view of natural scenery. For example, if you are positioned at the top of a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an infinity pool would be perfect for your home. Anywhere that you want your swimming pool to blend in as much as possible with its natural surroundings calls for an infinity pool.

infinity pool

Lap Swimming Pools

Some people want to have a swimming pool for fitness purposes. For folks such as these, a lap pool is perfect. Lap pools are designed in a long and narrow shape. Ideally, they measure at least 45 feet long, and are rectangular in shape. The popularity of lap pools date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is no wonder that some people today rely on lap pools to help stay physically fit.

The heating, building and maintenance of a lap pool is much like other pools. However, some lap pools are upgraded, in that they allow the swimmer to continuously swim in one place. This is made possible by a strong artificial current that is generated by a machine. These kinds of pools are less conducive to water sports and 

lap pool

Temporary Swimming Pools

Lets face it, not everyone can afford a “real” swimming pool. Perhaps this is why backyards of America are so often decorated with temporary swimming pools. Do you know what a temporary above-ground swimming pool looks like? Now, we aren't talking about a molded baby pool here. Generally they are constructed of vinyl, these portable pools can be put up at the beginning of the summer and taken down at the end of the season. They still require a filtration system, but generally, only cost a couple of hundred bucks and are sold at family discount stores. You can also search on the internet to find pools made from everything from a metal container for watering livestock to pallets and tarps. These would fall in the "very temporary" category!

Above Ground Temporary Swimming Pool


Whether your budget is big or small, and your taste is fancy or very simple, a swimming pool is your best friend in keeping cool, getting exercise and having much-needed fun this season.

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