Nowadays, plunge pools are becoming more and more popular among Australian homeowners. They’re compact, aesthetically pleasing and, best of all, they’re more cost-effective than a traditional pool.
Despite the advantages of a plunge pool, some people might still be on the fence about getting one. Indeed, there’s more to buying a pool than just looks and costs. For example, it’s important to understand the installation process. Will you need to excavate your backyard? Is the process environmentally friendly? What about local regulations?
In this blog, we will try to answer some of these questions and hopefully help homeowners decide if a plunge pool is right for them. If, by the end of this blog, you still have questions or concerns, we recommend talking to your local pool builders.
What is a plunge pool?
A plunge pool is a compact swimming pool that’s designed for relaxing and unwinding. It’s small enough to fit in a modest backyard, but big enough for three to four people to enjoy. Rectangular plunge pools measure around 3-6m in length and around 3-4m in width. There are also round pools that are around 3m in diameter. Plunge pools are also known for their depth, with most moulds going more than 1.2m deep.
Since the swimming area is smaller, a plunge pool can afford to have large seating areas next to it. This makes it perfect for small outdoor gatherings or parties. Matched with the right kind of landscaping and fencing, your modest plunge pool can easily become an enviable outdoor attraction. Just make sure to adhere to the fencing requirements of your state or territory.
Another selling point of plunge pools is that they are typically precast out of concrete, fibreglass, or vinyl. The pool builders will create the plunge pool in their facility and then simply deliver the finished product to your home. This reduces installation costs and helps you minimise disruptions at home.
Plunge pools will generally take only a few weeks to install. For comparison, full length swimming usually takes a few months to complete.
Because of its small size, plunge pools aren’t ideal for long-distance swimming. However, depending on your pool builder, you might be able to install swim jets that simulate natural waves. These waves will enable swimmers to practice their stroke without having to have a full-length pool.
Benefits of a plunge pool
- Perfect for smaller properties
When you consider how hot it gets in Australia, it’s not surprising that a lot of Australian homeowners want a pool in their backyard. The problem is, not everyone has the space for it. Luckily, with plunge pools, you’ll be able to get the joy of having a swimming area without having to worry about the size of your property.
Most plunge pool suppliers offer a range of different sizes and shapes. So, regardless of the style and size of your property, you’ll be able to find a product that’s right for you.
If you have specific preferences, some builders can even make a pool that’s specially designed for your own backyard. You can customise the powder coating, the materials and even the shape of your pool. Additionally, you can also add custom lights to make it suitable for after dark gatherings and swimming sessions.
Some pool builders also offer pool and spa installations. This combination will give your property a swimming area for the kids and a nice relaxing spa area for adults.
- Easy to install
Installing a full-length pool can take months to complete. During that time, you’ll have to deal with building noises and daily disruptions. For some, getting a traditional pool can be a stressful experience.
In contrast, since plunge pools are premade in the builders’ facility, it can be installed quickly. In just a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy your new pool with friends and family.
Additionally, you can choose the type of installation that you want. You can have your pool in-ground, semi in-ground or above-ground.
In-ground means your pool is level with the floor, giving your backyard a sleek and clean aesthetic. The downside of in-ground pools is that you’ll need to excavate your backyard to install it. This might add to the construction time as well as the building costs.
Above-ground pools are easiest to install out of the three types. They don’t typically need excavation and will be ready to go after just a couple weeks. However, an above-ground pool isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing option. If you’re not careful with the design, it might look bulky and out-of-place in your backyard.
Semi in-ground pools are best of both worlds. They are great for backyards that have a slope. One side of the side of the pool will be integrated in the ground, while the other side juts out. Semi in-ground pools are typically installed for design purposes rather than practical uses.
- Environmentally friendly
Lastly, plunge pools are more environmentally friendly than a traditional pool. Since the size of the pool is smaller, the builders can afford to use less chemicals and materials during the manufacturing process. The smaller size of the pool also means less chemicals will be used during maintenance. In the long run, this could reduce carbon emissions significantly.
Since the installation process is shorter, the use of vehicles and power tools will also be reduced. Less trips will be needed for transporting materials and there will be a limited use of the mini excavator.
Hopefully, this blog gave you a better understanding of what a plunge pool is. It’s an eco-friendly and cost-effective way of getting a swimming area in your property. If you think plunge pools are for you, contact your local pool builder today.