Swimming Pools

Stay cool as everything warms up by having a relaxing swim! An Overview of Various Types of Swimming Pools Available

There is not just one type of swimming pool. You can find swimming pools available in all different shapes, sizes, styles, and designs. The specific swimming pool you choose will depend on several factors, such as your budget, materials available, lifestyle, land size and local city regulations and codes.

It would help if you considered all these factors before deciding on a swimming pool to buy. Perhaps you only need a small pool for you and your spouse. But if you have a larger family with lots of kids, you might want a bigger pool to accommodate everyone. Also, think about whether you want an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool. There are pros and cons to each type of pool.

Let’s examine the different types of swimming pools more closely.

Above-Ground Swimming Pool

An above-ground swimming pool is often associated with working-class families because it is cheaper and easier to install than an in-ground pool. You don’t need to dig into the ground and fill it with cement. Instead, you can place an above-ground pool on almost any land space in your backyard. Sometimes you can install the pool on a rocky surface area and get away with it too.

Above-ground pools are portable. You can move them to a new house if necessary. All you do is extract the water, disassemble the pool structure and transport the materials to the next house. It is something you cannot do with an in-ground pool.

Architectural Pool

An architectural pool is a sophisticated type of in-ground swimming pool. It is usually constructed at the same time as the house because they share the same materials and appearance. Everything from its structure to its geometric shape will accompany the house beautifully.

As the name indicates, an architect designs an architectural pool. After all, it is a custom-built pool with a design that does not exist anywhere else. If you were to call your local pool installer, they wouldn’t know how to design an architectural pool. An architect would have to work with them.

Family Pool

Family swimming pools bring fun and excitement to your backyard. Your family can enjoy a plethora of cool water features, such as boulders, tunnels, caves, and slides. You’ll turn your backyard into a small water park. You could invite friends and relatives over to your backyard, so they enjoy your personal water park. Children and adults will have a great time using a family pool.

Indoor Pool

Most people associate indoor swimming pools with rich people and fancy homes. But in actuality, a heated indoor swimming pool is cheaper to manage than an outdoor swimming pool because you have insulation to trap the heat indoors. That means the water won’t lose as much heat as it would outside. You also won’t get as many bugs flying into the water either. 

Indoor pools have standard geometric shapes. People install them if they want to swim during the winter and wish to avoid the cold and snowy conditions. It is an in-ground swimming pool built inside of a structure with walls or screens around it. You’ll have very little maintenance to do because you have protection against outside elements.

Infinity Pool

Infinity pools go by several different names. You might seem them marketed as vanishing edge pools, infinity edge pools, zero edge pools, negative edge pools, etc. They are customized pools with one or more edges built into them. The pool water flows over these edges to make it appear like the pool has no boundary. The water drops into another body of water and recirculates back. The fantastic thing is that you don’t hear the water falling at all. If you have plenty of money available to spend, you should consider getting an infinity pool.

Kiddie Pool

Kiddie swimming pools are the cheapest pools on the market. Most of them are inflatable and can be purchased at any children’s toy store. If you are on a strict budget and wish to buy a pool for young children, then a kiddie pool is the best option. You can place it almost anywhere, including sidewalks, driveways, backyards, and front yards. They don’t require much water to fill them, so it is easy to dump out the water afterwards and relocate the pool somewhere else.

Lap Pool

Lap pools are designed for athletes and health and fitness enthusiasts. They are usually long and narrow swimming pools where people swim laps straight across from one end and back again. The length could be as long as 50 feet, forming a rectangular shape. If you have a long and narrow section of land on your property, you could build the lap pool in it.

Natural Pool

Natural pools have been around for nearly 40 years. They are considered self-cleaning pools because they use organic matter to clean the water rather than chemicals. You can use a custom architectural design for the pool and line it with reinforced polyethylene or rubber. The filter area is called the “regeneration zone.” It contains aquatic landscaping to clean the water naturally.

Natural pools still use water pumps and skimmers to circulate the water. That is how the water can flow into the regeneration zone. As the water passes through this zone, it is filtered by the loose gravel, rocks, and friendly bacteria. The bacteria are considered a biological filter that prevents natural contaminants from polluting the water. You’d be surprised how clear it makes the natural pools look.

If you don’t know anything about landscaping or pool installation, then you’ll need to hire a professional to install your natural pool. It is a bit costlier than ordinary pools when you purchase them from a professional pool company. It requires you to know about plant life and which plant species are best to filter your water. So, if you’re ready to give up the chlorinated and chemical-filled pool water, then go with the natural pool water instead.

Olympic Pools

Olympic swimmers must swim in large pools when they train and compete. An Olympic-size swimming pool is what you see at the Olympic sporting events and other sporting events around the world. If you have enough land and money, you could build your own Olympic-size swimming pool. Then you could train for the Olympics every day.

Plunge Pool

The Ancient Romans and Chinese were the first to use plunge pools. They are small pools filled with cold water. The belief is that the cold water has therapeutic benefits for the body. These pools resemble a spa or hot tub, but the difference is the plunge pool is cold rather than hot. You can attach a plunge pool to a bigger in-ground pool or keep it separate. The choice is up to you.

Saltwater Pool

Saltwater pools are popular in New Zealand and Australia. People find saltwater pools to be a safer alternative to chlorinated pools because they don’t have chemicals which burn your eyes. Saltwater pools use a salt water chlorinator to clean the water. It must be built into the pool as the pool is constructed. You can have an in-ground or above-ground saltwater pool.


Spools are a cross between a swimming pool and a spa. Imagine having a small swimming pool where you can control the temperature. Spools can be customized to any size you want. Some people purchase small spools because they are more affordable than bigger swimming pools. They’re great for relaxing and cooling off when it is hot outside.