The Complete Guide to Pool Styles and Types for Homeowners

As things cool down for the year, it's a great time to start building a pool so it's ready to go when things warm back up.

With this past summer's heat wave, you might already be interested — finding the best type for you requires knowing the options, though. Luckily, we're here to help you out.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the different pool styles and types you can find for your home.

 The Complete Guide to Pool Styles and Types for Homeowners

1. Above-Ground

Above-ground pools are the best option if you want a full-sized pool with an affordable price tag. They come in both hard and soft-sided options, and they're particularly easy to elevate if you want something more luxurious. With a frame or elevated deck, some above-ground options are almost indistinguishable from in-ground ones.

They're also a great option for DIYers. The national average for these pools is around £2,000, but you can spend upwards of £12,000 if you choose to go with other upgrades.

2. In-Ground Family Pool

In-ground pools aren't only a luxury option anymore — in some neighbourhoods, it's actually an expectation.

If you choose to have one installed, though, expect to pay a pretty penny. The national average for in-ground swimming pools runs about £55,000 after installation, but it's easy to spend upwards of £40,000 for a poured concrete pool. It's also important to consider the time and money you'll spend on maintenance each week.

For active families, though, it's a great investment to make. Not only will your family be able to enjoy it for years to come, but it'll also help to increase your overall property value.

In ground pool

3. Lap Pools

If you want a pool for fitness purposes and you're limited in space, a lap pool can be a great option. They're narrow and relatively shallow, making them ideal for swimming laps and other daily workouts. These are not meant for waterslides or pool games during the summer.

You can expect to spend around £38,000 for a pool that's around 12 metres long, and you'll also need to remember all the time and expenses you'll put into the pool itself. This isn't an exact number, but it can help you get a roundabout number, and then you can choose to size up or down from there.

4. Indoor Pool

An indoor pool is exactly what it sounds like. Best for families with plenty of space and a big budget to work with, indoor pools are inside, under your roof, and will probably be insulated and even heated.

Typically, these pools are simple in shape and are built for training and swimming during any time of the year — especially useful if you live in a cold climate. Indoor pools can be either above-ground or below-ground.

You're likely to find that maintenance costs are lower for indoor pools since everything is protected from the elements. It also retains heat more easily than outdoor pools do. So, what you spend in labour costs you're likely to save in maintenance costs over time.

5. Infinity Pool

Otherwise known as vanishing edge, zero edge, or negative edge pools, infinity pools usually highlight a view and are always custom-built. When they're done properly, this pool design gives the illusion of water falling over the edge, like a natural, silent waterfall.

Oftentimes, these pools are usually designed and built with a house, but it's possible to have them constructed afterwards. Their maintenance is the same as regular pools and spas.

Infinity pool

6. Architectural Pool

If you want your pool to make a statement, going with an architectural design is a great choice. You'll gain structured, defined lines that echo your house's design and theme so everything remains cohesive (if you want it to).

Usually, these pools are geometric, luxurious, and designed by an architect if the homeowner chooses to hire one. Either way, you can also choose to rework the land around your pool so everything is themed around the pool itself. Maintenance costs and water quality upkeep is going to cost the same as other pools, though.

7. Spa

A spa is a great way to go if you're looking for something luxurious but small. You can go with a small hot tub, or something a bit larger to allow more space without becoming a full-sized pool. These are great for relaxing and entertaining, and they can either be warmed or cooled. 

Some spas are in-ground and made from poured concrete, but you're more likely to find something created from a large manufactured shell surrounded by a deck. You can opt for more luxurious features, like directional jets to swim against or relax in front of.

Depending on which add-ons you choose, you can spend anywhere from £4,000 to £17,000, and maintenance is usually easier with these than with regular, full-sized pools. If you have jets, though, you'll have to learn to keep those clean. You'll also still have to learn about proper pool water chemistry and you'll have pool filter equipment to manage.

Spa pool

There Are Plenty of Pool Styles and Types

Our list took you through a few of the most popular pool styles and types, but there are still plenty of other options out there for you to choose from. If you're looking for something more custom, you can find it. From sloping pool entrances to elaborate water slides, there are plenty of options you can explore for a pool of your very own.

That's where we come in. Contact us today to get a quote for a new pool installation.