What Swimming Pool is Best for You - 1  

by Pool Builders on 05-25-2008 in Articles

Back in time there were not many options when it came to choosing a swimming pool. Now days there are not only many different choices but many combinations, shapes and designs as well. So how do you decide what is best for you and your money.

How to decide?

The best way to decide in the beginning is to ask your self€¦€¦€¦€¦.

What kind of swimming pool do you want?

What will the primary function of the swimming pool be?

 Will the kids be playing in the pool all summer long?

Will you want to swim laps?

Are you short on space?

What is your budget?

Do you have money for the fancy stuff?

Swimming Pool Purpose

Before you decide on what sort of pool you want you need to understand the primary function or purpose of your pool. Only then can you take an informed decision on the type of pool you want. Here are some common uses and purposes of pools€¦..

Diving Pool

Diving pools are generally about 8-1/2 feet deep with a diving board or platform. Diving pools can be a real safety hazard, and should only be built to NSPI and ANSI standards.

Freeform Pool

A freeform pool is a lagoon style pool or naturalistic pool. It usually has have rock features and is built to mimic an oasis.

Geometric Pool

Geometric pools usually have very straight lines or  a consistent radius and are typically more traditional looking. There seems to be a shift back to the geometric pool. A geometric pool can be more formal and upscale looking.

Lap Pool

Lap pools pools are typically narrow and long, usually over 50', to facilitate exercise and swimming for health and fitness.

Negative Edge Pool

Negative edge pools are getting more common and require an expert to build. They are also referred to as infinity swimming pools or infinity egde pools. These are designed to look like the pool extends all the way out to the horizon. The mechanics and engineering of infinity pools cannot be compromised.


The word spool is a combination of a spa and a pool. Spools are typically oversized spas somewhere around 12' X 14'. Unfortunately, due to construction issues, spools are not necessarily less expensive than an average swimming pool. They might be easier to maintain due to the smaller size, and a spool certainly might be an option for someone with a very small yard.

Perimeter Overflow Pool

This would be a pool where the water level in the pool is the same as the top of the decking. Around the pool perimeter is a channel or notch that the water drains into creating a visual masterpiece. It looks like a big mirror lying on the ground.

Types Of Swimming Pools

There are many types of pools available after you have made your decision on what sort of pool you want.

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