If you're thinking about adding a pool to your house, there are plenty of considerations you need to think about, but one of the most important is whether you should go for a beach pool or a regular pool.
Regular pools are rectangular in shape, with the sides going straight down, so you get into them either by climbing down a ladder or simply jumping in. In contrast, beach entry pools, also known as 'zero entry pools', start gradually, so you can walk into them just as if you were walking slowly into the sea.
There's no real right or wrong option – you simply have to work out which style best fits your needs.
Why Should You Go for a Beach Pool?
Probably the best thing about beach pools is that they are very easy to get in and out of; this isn't a big deal for the general population, but it makes these pools ideal for anyone with physical limitations. For such people, climbing in and out of a pool can be quite tiring. It's something you might want to think about if you have family members with physical limitations, older family members, or if you're getting into your golden years yourself.
The gradual entry point also makes beach pools a great idea for those with young children. Kids can sit in the shallow area to play in the water, and you can stretch out a plastic fence across the middle of the pool to make sure they don't stray into deeper waters.
And beach pools can also be great for healthy adults. You can't exercise in them as easily as you can in a regular swimming pool, but they're wonderful for relaxing in since you can lie in the shallows or bring a sun lounger halfway into the pool.
Why Should You Go for a Regular Pool?
It's hard to deny the advantages of a beach pool, but there's a reason why most residential pools are of the regular variety, and that reason is space. The major issue with beach pools is that they require quite a lot of it, with a long section to slope downwards into the main swimming area. Regular pools, even those with a shallower end, are cut straight downwards, so you can have them placed in smaller yards without issue. You'll also find the installation costs a lot lower since the work is far less complex; in fact, you may struggle to find a local pool contractor who can even install a beach pool.
Beyond space, regular pools are much easier to exercise in since you can swim up and down their whole length and breadth.