24 May 2018
The Advantages of Having Your Own Pool
Many people aspire to have their own swimming pool. There are a variety of different pool types that potential owners can choose from, depending on their property and circumstances. Pools can be built to almost any shape or size, indoors or outdoors, in the basement or on the roof! Although a private pool is a desirable status symbol, it also offers a dizzying array of benefits. In this post, we take a look at the advantages of having your own swimming pool.
Exercise to your heart’s content
Writing for Livestrong, Catalina Logan espouses the health benefits of swimming: “Swimming is one of the best low-impact exercises in which you're able to get a high-quality cardiovascular workout while minimising stress on your joints...it's the type of exercise that burns the most calories and should be carried out for at least 30 minutes several times a week for maximum benefits to your heart, lungs and circulation...additionally, low-impact exercises are a comfortable way for pregnant and overweight individuals to get a workout.”
By installing and using your own private pool, you have access to a fantastic workout at any time of the day or night for that matter. If exercise is your main motivation for having a pool installed, you would most likely benefit from a classic rectangle shaped pool, rather than a more elaborate shape, such as a guitar shape! This way you can swim lengths more easily.
If you're having your pool built in a small space, you can also opt to add a counter-current unit. This clever technology allows you to 'extend' your pool by providing a consistent current to swim against. This way you can get a vigorous workout from a smaller pool. And the pool doesn't even have to take up space permanently in your home or garden. It’s possible to have a pool installed that disappears beneath a solid floor with the flick of a switch - you'd never even know it was there
Access and Control
It's universally accepted that swimming is a fantastic form of exercise. Like any exercise, however, it can sometimes feel like a chore – many of us are very good at making excuses not to visit the gym or leisure centre! The advantage of having a private pool is the accessibility. It’s right there! You never have to worry that it's going to be overcrowded, or closed. Many public pools hold lessons, meaning parts of their pool are cordoned off, leaving a smaller area for visitors to swim.
The numerous other people are also a factor in terms of hygiene. Hundreds of people might get in and out of a public swimming pool on any given day, introducing all manner of different bacteria into the water. Although the chlorine likely neutralises them, it's a comfort diving into your own pool safe in the knowledge that the water is clean and controlled by you and your service engineer.
A private swimming pool is great for socialising with your friends and family. So long as everyone can swim and uses the pool safely, it provides a welcoming and fun environment to host get-togethers and parties. It's something a little different from the run of the mill cocktail or dinner party.
Adding Value to your Property
An expertly designed swimming pool, installed by professionals, can boost the value of your property. It certainly improves your ‘kerb appeal’, making it easier to attract attention and seduce an ultimate buyer. However, this is one aspect that comes with a double-edged sword. Should a pool be poorly built or maintained, it will hurt you more than help you when it comes to selling your home, so you must choose a pool designer/contractor that has years of experience, a great reputation and preferably a member of SPATA so they adhere to the highest design and build standards. Always consult with your pool designer and do your research before breaking ground. It will pay off in the long run.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool design, construction and refurbishment, so if you need advice on a brand new pool, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice.