One of the first things that you have to consider when you design an in-ground swimming pool is the depth. It is important to keep in mind that the way you build the pool will dictate the way that you use it. Be realistic about the function of the pool and design accordingly. As you start making your plans, there are 6 things to consider when choosing your pool depth.
- Is the pool going to be used for recreation, exercise, or both? Recreational pools must have a sizable shallow area and can be any shape. Most recreational pools are largely intended for children and should have optimal conditions for pool play. Lap pools must have long, straight, parallel lanes and a minimum depth of four to five feet.
- What shape are you selecting for the pool? Property lots play a large role in determining the best shape for a pool. What will work well with the existing space? Don’t forget to consider the style of the house and yard as well when selecting a shape. Once you have determined the shape of the pool, it will be easier to focus on the depth.
- What will be the size of the pool? Again, you must consider the function of the pool in order to determine a proper size. For example, a competitive swimmer should have a lap pool with a minimum of 25 yards in length.
- Are you interested in having water slides and/or diving boards? For many families, water slides and diving boards are attraction features to add to a pool. Keep in mind that most people spend 90 percent of their time in the water in 4.5 feet or shallower depths. While it may be worth installing one or both of these features, they will significantly impact the depth requirements for the pool.
- Will the pool be used by young children who would benefit from a wading area? Typically, it is most cost effective to purchase a separate wading pool for small children. When they are ready to move up to the big pool, they can make that transition.
- What budget are you operating with for your pool construction? The last of the 6 things to consider when choosing your pool depth is your budget. The biggest thing to think about in relation to depth is that deeper pools require more chemical treatments and additional pool maintenance.
How deep are you planning to make your pool? What was the rationale you used to come up with the number?
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