A Guide on Plunge Pools

Jun 11, 2020

If you’ve been dreaming of your own backyard inground swimming pool, but are concerned you may not have enough space or money for a standard-sized one, a plunge pool might be perfect for you. Ideal for cooling down during the hot New Zealand summers, a plunge pool also provides the ideal environment for relaxation at the end of the day. These space-saving pools create a calm, peaceful, and best of all, completely private escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Plunge pools are named after the naturally forming ponds below waterfalls that were believed to have rejuvenating properties and other health benefits. Today’s modern plunge pools continue this tradition by offering a similar experience, designed more for relaxing vibes rather than intense exercise or swimming laps. As their main purpose is for leisure, plunge pools usually come with large built-in seating areas which are perfect for entertaining guests all year round.

The style and shape of a plunge pool will most likely be influenced by your backyard dimensions and the design of your home. Available in a wide variety of different sizes, shapes, and styles other than a simple square or rectangle, most small plunge pools are no more than 2 to 3.5 metres wide and up to 6 to 7 metres in length. While the average depth tends to be around 1.2 metres, they are still available both shallower and deeper. The interior colour and finish of your plunge pool will ultimately impact how the water appears, and the overall budget and installation timeline.

What are plunge pools made from?

Just like other swimming pools, these above or inground pools are built to last a lifetime using extremely durable and strong fibreglass or concrete. There are a few main differences between the two material types.

Fibreglass plunge pools come in a range of available shapes, colours, and sizes. Your chosen fibreglass pool shell will be delivered directly to your home before being installed in your backyard. Both inground plunge pools and above ground plunge pools are relatively fast to install compared to other options and are usually completed in weeks.

Alternatively, concrete plunge pools are designed specifically to suit the requirements of your unique property. That means that concrete plunge pools are constructed completely onsite using a lengthy and complex process which can take months to fully complete.

What are the benefits of a plunge pool?

Because plunge pool designs vary, choosing a design that best suits your lifestyle and usage requirements is relatively simple. These small-space friendly backyard plunge pools generally cost much less money than normal size pools, and they are also super easy to clean and maintain.

Not only is a small plunge pool installed in any below average size yard a highly convenient way to cool down in summer, but it also doubles as a luxurious backyard water feature which makes the whole area seem much more inviting. Other popular plunge pool ideas which make them even more attractive include perfectly planned landscaping and lighting.

Unlike the more traditional, larger swimming pool, plunge swimming pools are small enough to not be a dominating feature of a backyard. The standout design of this small pool highlights the visuals of your backyard and can truly provide that wow factor to your home.

When it comes to thinking green, plunge pools are better for the environment than standard swimming pools. These small pools are quite popular with people interested in reducing their carbon footprint and increasing sustainability, as well as anyone who is looking for a pool that won’t drastically increase their energy costs. That’s because a small backyard plunge pool needs significantly less water, smaller amounts of cleaning chemicals, less energy to heat, and needs less powerful filtration systems than a large swimming pool.

What is involved with the installation of a plunge pool?

Before you rush out and start digging holes in your backyard for your new plunge pool, there are some things that are worth considering which could improve both the functionality and design of your backyard. Not only will this help with the end product, but it may also save money in the process. Beyond assessing site access for the pool builders and their equipment, the two main considerations for your plunge pool should be privacy and where your pool fence will be located. It’s a good idea to make sure that your plunge pool isn’t going to be installed anywhere in direct line of sight of any neighbours.

While plunge pools can be installed either above ground or inground by your swimming pool builder, an above ground plunge pool may be the cheaper option. That’s because there is only a relatively small amount of groundwork required by small pool builders to prepare for the installation, which doesn’t take exceptionally long to complete. However, a lot of people seem to prefer inground plunge pools because of the way they look and enhance the space they’re in.

Plunge pools are generally an excellent choice of swimming pool for most homeowners because it is relatively simple to customise your plunge pool to suit specific needs. You could customise a plunge pool with optional features such as swim jets, which allow you to practice swimming in a small length of water without travelling forward.

Plunge pools are an asset which can not only improve your quality of life, but they can also make your property look even more beautiful.

If you want the right advice on a plunge pool solution for your property, Narellan Pools are here to help you. Reach out for a free quote with your local Narellan pool builder today.

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