Choosing a Swimming Pool: Indoor or Outdoor?

When investing in a new swimming pool for your home, you’ll need to consider the best type of pool for your available space and your needs before you start building.

With an existing home, you’re constrained by the space available, unless there’s room for an extension to your home or the land available for a pool outdoors.
If you’re having a new build from scratch, however, and the land is available for what you want, it’s simply a case of preference in deciding whether to have an indoor or outdoor pool.

Here are some things to consider when deciding what type of swimming pool to choose:

Indoor Pool

With an indoor pool, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is or what the weather’s like. You can still use it whenever you like, day or night. An indoor pool is a good choice as it maximises availability and the use you’ll get out of it.

An indoor pool also makes for easy cleaning, too, as there’s no chance of bad weather bringing in dirt or leaves from the garden.

One thing to consider with an indoor pool is that you are losing a whole room of your house, unless you extend or go for a basement pool. However, you are gaining an asset that you can use again and again.

An indoor pool does cost more than an outdoor one. Your budget will need to include the building work and possibly an air handling unit or environmental control system, depending on the type of pool you choose.

Outdoor Pool

The biggest problem with an outdoor pool is, of course, the British weather. It’s notoriously unreliable, and many people only use their pool from around late March up until perhaps the end of September. Though there’s nothing to stop you heating your pool and using it year round.

Installing an outdoor pool also takes up potential garden or outbuilding space. So you’ll need to consider whether you have the room before you go for an outdoor pool.

You may also want to think about the design of your pool and integrate it more to fit in with the design of your garden and your home. Then it doesn’t simply look like a bright blue box that doesn’t blend in with the rest of its surroundings.

There is also a compromise available between the two options that might suit: You can now get folding or sliding mechanisms that open up an indoor pool to the outdoors, or even an indoor-outdoor pool that’s split by a glazed screen that you can open when the weather is good.

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Considering installing a swimming pool?

If you’d like to discuss options for your new swimming pool, why not get in touch with one of the Jetform team on 01268 270505.