Outdoor Pools: 5 Reasons to Take the Plunge
Nothing says luxury, fun and glamour quite as much as your own pool. Not only do they encourage quality family time, but there are great health benefits too. And if you think you can’t afford it, think again because you can now install a pool for the cost of a family holiday. Let’s take a closer look.
1. Put the fun into family time
While multi-channel TV viewing options, tablets, mobile phones and games consoles can make it hard to spend time together as a family, a pool makes it easy. The whole family can enjoy hanging out, playing games and getting some exercise together.
You can teach your kids to swim, dive and snorkel, create your very own theme park with the large number of swim toys and accessories available and time in the pool is a great way to work off a child’s boundless energy.
2. Make you and your family healthier
The health benefits of owning a pool are awesome for all the family. Whether you’re swimming or playing, pool time is a great way to exercise without much effort. If you have a specific injury or health niggle, the opportunity for aquatic therapy can also be a major benefit of pool ownership.
What’s more, just being in water is a great natural stress reliever, able to wash away the worries of 21st century living. After a hard day at work or school, a dip in the pool is a great way to unwind. A few minutes just floating in the water is both relaxing and rejuvenating.
Or why not devise your own aquatic fitness regime and ditch the gym? Swimming and exercising in water put less stress on your joints and limbs. In fact, many of those who suffer from arthritis claim that water exercises help to control the pain.
3. An affordable option
Once seen as the privilege of the rich and famous, installing a swimming pool is not as expensive as you might imagine. In the UK there are around 210,000 private swimming pools, with around 2,500 new installations every year.
The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) claim that the cost of installation can be as low as £1,400 (excluding heating) for a basic 15 foot diameter above-ground pool. These above ground pools can be installed by competent DIYers. Placed on a deck and clad with the same wood panelling they can be a stylish addition to your garden.
In-ground pools start from around £20,000, can be installed within a week. There are different types with the most common using the block and liner technique, which consists of masonry blocks and a vinyl liner. Another technique is the fibreglass shell which sits in the ground as one piece, but the most exciting and innovative technique uses cutting edge technology from the aerospace industry to create a carbon ceramic shell.
Carbon ceramic pools, pioneered by Compass Pools are not only an energy efficient option but arrive ready-made. They come fitted out to your specification, incorporate integrated insulation and an antibacterial layer that reduces the need for chemicals.
4. Improve your social life
Pool parties are great fun for all ages and are a great way to socialise with friends and extended family. All gatherings become special events when held around the pool, which acts as a focal point for the occasion. As your children grow up, the pool is also a great location for teenage parties and celebrations.
If you belong to a community group or book club, why not invite the members to a meeting around the pool. Cocktails and a swim over a discussion of the latest literary thriller can add an extra dose of enjoyment to the occasion, even for those that didn’t enjoy reading the book.
5. Easier to maintain than you think
Running an outdoor pool costs around £10 a day, but installing sustainable equipment for heating, such as a ground, or air source heat pump and investing in a solar pool cover can reduce these costs. As around 80% of a pool’s heat is lost through its surface area, a cover helps to minimise these losses and also protects against debris.
As the heat of the sun breaks down chlorine, maintenance will largely consist of topping up and checking pH and chlorine levels. This is just routine and there are now apps that can help you to monitor pH and temperature levels.
For those who dislike the thought of using chlorine, a pool salt system can be installed which is not only cheaper and less of an irritant to skin, but is also environmentally friendly.
So, come on dive in, the water’s lovely.