The Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing A Fiberglass Pool Design
Spring is bustin’ out all over, which means those lazy summer days will soon be upon us. Will you spend them staring wistfully at the grass that needs to be mowed or frolicking in your fabulous new inground pool? If you’re thinking of taking the plunge this year with a new, inground pool, fiberglass is definitely the way to go. Fiberglass pools offer maximum durability, easy pool maintenance and a fantastic variety of shapes, sizes, colors and ultra-cool new innovations, like a beach entry fiberglass pool design. How can you possibly choose? Let us help!
Here are the top five things to consider when you’re choosing a fiberglass pool design:
- Soak or swim (or both)? How will you use your pool? Do you see yourself and your friends and family soaking up the sun and relaxing in your new swimming pool? Or are you interested in using your new pool for exercise? The Goliath or Monolith designs from Thursday Pools are ideal for lap swimming whereas beach (or zero) entry designs like the Grace Beach Entry or Sandal Beach Entry, or designs with a built-in tanning ledge, like the Aspen, are perfect for soaking up the sunshine. Perhaps, you picture yourself as both a swimmer or a soaker, depending on the mood. If that is the case, take a look at the Cathedral LX or Spirit which have space for lounging along with a wide-open swim area.
- To cover or not to cover? If you have young children in the house, or lots of young children in the neighborhood, an automatic pool safety cover can literally be a life saver. They’ll also save you time and money with pool maintenance, as they keep debris out of your pool and reduce chemical loss. Rectangular pools are considered to be auto cover-ready. Straight-sided pools (even if they have a curve or other design feature on the ends, like the Cathedral or the Cathedral LX) are considered auto cover-compatible. If an automatic pool cover is a key part of your pool plan, designs like the Aspen or Lil Bob LX are a great choice. However, if you have your heart set on a freeform, like the Wellspring, you can still get an automatic pool cover. You’ll just have to opt for a top-mounted track system.
- Diving board or slide? Do you want kid-friendly features such as a slide or diving board? If so, keep in mind that both slides and diving boards have specific safety requirements that the pool design must meet. If one or both of these accessories are important to you, then be sure to speak with your dealer about ensuring the design you choose meets the requirements of the manufacturer of the slide and/or diving board. As an example, if you want a diving board, then you may want to look at the Monolith, which is a Type 1 diving pool. Keep in mind, not all diving boards are suited for a Type 1 diving pool. Check with the diving board manufacturer for specific requirements.
- Touch or tread? The depth of any pool design is important to consider when you’re choosing your new fiberglass pool. Do want to be able to touch the bottom anywhere in the pool? Or do you want to be able tread water? Perhaps you want a little of both. Being in a pool where you can stand or touch is ideal for sport activities such as basketball or volleyball. The Spirit or Lil Bob are great choices for you if you want to be able to touch or stand up in your pool. When you’re looking at the pool’s depth online or in a catalog, keep in mind that you’re seeing the pool’s depth–not the water depth. Your actual water depth will typically be 4” to 6” below the pool depth depending on the placement of the skimmer and how high you keep the water level in your pool. You’ll just need to keep your water somewhere between midway to three-quarters of the way up the skimmer opening for proper operation.
- Space or size? Take a look at the space you have in your backyard. You want to be sure that you consider the size of the pool design and ensure it will be a good fit in your space. Remember, you don’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) get the biggest pool your yard will fit. If your yard is small, check out designs like Pearl or Titus. Think about what else you want to be able to do in your new backyard oasis. Leave room for plenty of decking, ample grass and some landscaping. And if you’re thinking of adding other amenities, like a water feature, pergola or outdoor kitchen down the line, ask your pool builder to propose a design that ensures you’ll have room for those later.
Planning for a new inground fiberglass pool is fun. (Not as much fun as swimming in it though!) Of course, no matter which Thursday Pools design you choose, you’ll have a lifetime of fun, adventure, exercise, relaxation and, above all, family togetherness. Happy swimming!
About Thursday Pools
Thursday Pools manufactures one-piece, inground fiberglass swimming pools that are built for a lifetime of fun at its facility in Fortville, Indiana. Their pools are built to meet strict ISO 9001 and 14001 standards and are backed by two industry-leading warranties. Dedicated to bringing cutting-edge innovations to the pool world, Thursday Pools is also the creator of the world’s first sunken living room fiberglass pool designs, available to order in 2020.