When looking at swimming pool options, there are a surprising number to choose from. Materials vary from concrete to fiberglass, and a lot more options to choose from. One important option is the types of pools you choose to install.
While many know the inherent differences between an in-ground and above-ground pool, there is another type: the infinity pool. Infinity(or negative edge) pools where one exposed edge appears to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
But what are the key differences between a conventional built in pool and an infinity swimming pool? Well we’ve gone ahead and did the research so we can bring you an honest comparison between the two.
- Conventional materials can vary widely depending on style, but most can be purchased from a home improvement store or specialized store.
- Infinity pool materials are often specialized and not easily accessible to the average do-it-yourself-er.
- Conventional pools are easier to install. You can literally install a conventional pool, from digging to tiling to landscaping, without the need for professional help.
- Infinity pools are highly specialized and require professional installation. This style is not easy to install and those looking to install one will have to bring in professional installers and landscapers to get the desired look.
- Conventional pools are much easier to maintain. By using chemicals like chlorine and algaecide and performing regular cleaning of walls, floors, and filters (done once every 2 weeks), you can keep your pool clean rather easily.
- Infinity swimming pools require greater maintenance in both time and cost. They have a greater chance of water contamination and need more regular maintenance to keep the water clean and swimmable.
- Conventional pools can be built for around $17,000 depending on whether you use vinyl or concrete, with concrete being more expensive. Depth is also a key factor. Deeper pools cost more. Also remember to factor in accessories like diving boards, chemicals, and the like.
- Infinity pools cost substantially more than conventional pools, starting at $30,000 and up. Infinity pools require additional costs you don’t find in conventional pools like a smaller catch basin pool and a system to allow water to flow between the two pools, which themselves can cost between $10,000 and $20,000 before you even start building the actual swimming area. Then you have to factor in many of the same accessories of a conventional pool.
Installing a pool is no easy feat and the decision to start one should be made after you’ve weighed your options. We hope this comparison has helped you regardless of whether you’re already planning or just curious about your options.
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