Inground fiberglass swimming pools with built-in tanning ledges are heaven. They allow swimmers to lounge in just enough water to keep cool while still soaking up the sun’s rays. They really do offer the best of both worlds, and tanning ledges have rapidly become one of the most sought-after features in the fiberglass pool industry. Built-in tanning ledges are also great for kids and pets. Whether they’re swimmers or not, they can enjoy the water and relax on the shallow ledge. Add a bubbler to make a little splash, and you have the perfect backyard pool oasis.
However, for all the enjoyment built-in tanning ledges can bring to fiberglass pool owners, they’ve typically presented a challenge for pool builders. Properly backfilling underneath tanning ledges can be difficult. The tight spaces and voids they create at the transition areas are hard to reach, and the varying grades needed for excavation add time, money and headaches to the pool building process. And if it’s not properly backfilled and installed, a tanning ledge can have a hollow feel under your feet. Over time, the backfill can shift and settle under the tanning ledge and leave voids.
How can you be sure that your built-in tanning ledge will feel as sturdy and be as durable as the rest of your inground fiberglass pool? By making sure it’s properly installed. Pool builders have differing opinions about the best way to backfill underneath a tanning ledge. Some of the tanning ledge backfill strategies include:
If all of these strategies sound a little less sophisticated, even primitive, to you, it’s because they are. For years, these were the only options that pool builders had available to them to give support to the tanning ledges their customers were clamoring for. Not anymore.
The Thursday Pools Backfill Eliminator®
The Backfill Eliminator is an exclusive Thursday Pools innovation that makes installing a tanning ledge easier, faster and more economical and results in a stronger and more durable tanning ledge over time. While pool installers have struggled with the aforementioned methods of installing built-in tanning ledges for years, they no longer have to use any of these old strategies if you purchase a Thursday Pools Backfill Eliminator with your new inground fiberglass pool.
The Thursday Pools Backfill Eliminator is a specially fabricated structure that’s integrated into the bottom of your pool, allowing for sturdy and level installation. It provides lifetime structural support to the tanning ledge and one continuous slope for excavation, making it as easy to install as any other fiberglass pool.
The Backfill Eliminator’s structure also allows groundwater to flow freely under your pool, eliminating the possibility of stagnant water accumulating underneath or excess groundwater lifting the pool. And to make it even easier for installers, there’s an access point to reach plumbing during the installation process. The Backfill Eliminator works in tandem with Thursday Pools’ patented Fiberglass Pool Anchoring System, which features built-in extensions that allow fiberglass pools to be anchored to the earth during installation.
So, if the fiberglass pool of your dreams includes a built-in tanning ledge, consider a Thursday Pools fiberglass pool with a Backfill Eliminator. If you do, you can be sure that your inground fiberglass pool will bring you a lifetime of memories, fun and enjoyment.
About Thursday Pools
Thursday Pools designs and manufactures the world’s most durable and elegantly crafted fiberglass pools. We are ISO 9001 certified, which means that fiberglass pool shells are made with the highest standards and from the best quality material available. We are also ISO 14001 certified, which means we are committed to environmental stewardship.
Our one-piece, inground fiberglass swimming pool manufacturing facility is based out of Fortville, Indiana. At Thursday Pools, we aspire to be the world’s most respected fiberglass pool manufacturer and to help our customers create a lifetime of memories with their family and friends. Our innovations, commitment to quality and beautiful designs set us apart. Thursday Pools is the creator of the world’s first beach entry (or zero entry) fiberglass pools. View our exclusive designs for the Grace Beach Entry design and the Sandal Beach Entry design.
Get a free estimate on the fiberglass pool of your dreams today. With Thursday Pools, your weekend starts early!