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Types of Pools

Selecting a pool for your yard can be a complicated process. Here’s a guide to help you sort out which type is best for you.

The type of pool you choose affects the cost, construction and the way you’ll use your pool. Here’s a brief look at issues to consider when choosing among above-ground, in-ground, and specialty pools.


Concrete, fiberglass and vinyl-liner pools are the most common. We can work with you on the choice of construction. Materials are typically chosen for strength and flexibility.

Fiberglass Pools

These are made at the manufacturer and delivered in one piece. Typically they are more flexible than concrete pools and are a good choice in earthquake prone areas. Also available are fiberglass panel pools which are constructed on site and allow more design flexibility.

Concrete Pools

Often the most costly to build, concrete pools are poured on-site. You may custom-design virtually any shape or size. Several finishes such as plaster, paint and specialty coating materials such as Pebble Tec are available in a range of colors.

Vinyl-Liner Pools

These pools are built with panel walls that are fastened together and sit on a concrete foundation. A custom-made vinyl liner then covers the entire pool.


  • Flexibility in design. Most in-ground pools can be designed to fit any shape or size yard and fit your specific needs from fitness swimming to water polo.
  • They can be easily designed into the landscape.
  • There are several accessories and features available such as diving boards, slides, water games, water fountains, and specialty lighting such as fiber optic lighting.


  • Typically more costly to build.
  • The construction duration can be lengthy.

If your primary reason for owning a pool is fitness, consider a lap pool or swim spas.

Lap Pools

These are long, narrow pools designed for fitness swimming. They are ideal for small yards because they require minimal space. Also, they serve as a reflective landscape feature.

Swim Spas

A hybrid of a pool and spa, swim spas have water jets that allow the swimmer to swim against a constant flow of water. Ideal for small yards, they can also be heated for dual use as a spa and a swim spa.

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Swim Spas

To put it simply, a swim spa is an endless swimming pool. It provides the exercise of a full size swimming pool, in the convenient size of a spa. Swim spas are the perfect option if you’re looking to get the aerobic benefits of a swimming pool, with cost and space savings in mind. This article will detail what exactly a swim spa is, as well as offer a few benefits to owning.

What is a Swim Spa?

A swim spa is a pool that allows you to swim against the current. It almost acts as a “water treadmill” that keeps the user stationary, while providing an excellent workout. This also eliminates the need to turn, or push of the pool wall.

Different Types of Swim Spas

There are a few different options when it comes to choosing a swim spa.

  • Molded “In-Ground” Shell

One of the most popular options is the molded swim spa. Usually these are made of an acrylic based substance and tend to be more cost effective. They offer a good variety of placement options and are easy to install.

  • Portable “Self-Contained”

These are pre-built “out of the box” swim spas. A huge plus with these models is that they are not fixed. The portable swim spas can be moved, with caution, to varying locations based on your needs. Recently, these have become the most popular option as they offer portability with a cost conscious price tag.

  • Modular

Because of its modular build, this unit has the flexibility to be installed indoors or outdoors. It also comes with a wide variety of shapes – as well as length, width and depth. Another bonus of this style of swim spa is the customizability. Customers can choose not only the different features, but the actual size and shape of it as well. It can be 100% custom.

  •  “Fast-Lane”

While not a true swim spa, this add-on is becoming increasingly popular. What the “fast-lane” does is add a jet to an existing pool, if compatible. It can be fitted to most in-ground or above ground pools assuming the pump power is sufficient.


Swim Spa Pros and Cons.


  • Swim spas can be drastically less expensive than a lap pool.
  • The pre-made ones are not unlike hot tubs, which can be relocated if you move.
  • If you want to swim laps, many swim spas are equipped to create a never-ending current that pushes back as you swim forward, allowing you to “lap swim” in an area that is only a little longer than you are tall.
  • If you won’t want to purchase a specialty pump, there are also restraint systems that use tethers to hold you in place while you swim.
  • The high capacity pumps are sometimes designed to minimize the amount of chemicals the pool needs in order to keep the water clean and healthy.
  • Swim spas can also be purchased at varying depths, which allow water aerobics aficionados to use their favorite moves at home.


  • Some swimmers dislike swim spas because they prefer to be able to count laps instead of swimming in place. In particular, distance-driven swimmers may find that demotivating.
  • The smaller size of the pool minimizes its impact on the landscape, whereas a larger pool is typically a prominent and beautiful feature in the yard.
  • The smaller size also limits the number of people and activities that can take place in the pool at one time.


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