Infinity pools are the most amazing home addition you can dream of. They get their name from their design that incorporates an illusion, so it appears that the pool has no edge and extends into the horizon.
These pools are a complex structure that should be designed and installed by a reputable custom pool contractor. The pool should match the design of your exterior and make the most out of the view to fully realize its potential.
If you were thinking about buying an infinity pool for your home, here’s everything you need to know about them.
What are they?
Infinity or negative edge pools are pools built so that they appear to extend into the horizon. These pools are built on sloped ground so the water can flow over the edge of the pool into a secondary pool on a lower level. However, these pools are different to overflow pools, where there’s a single section that overflows and it’s level with the deck.
When the pool is installed in a backyard with an ocean view, these pools can look absolutely breathtaking, as it merges with the landscape.
How do they work?
The effect that makes these pools unique is a masterpiece of pool design and craftsmanship. It can be difficult to install as a few prerequisites must be met.
You need to have a gorgeous view to complement the pool. There’s a lot that goes into choosing the best orientation so that the view of the pool would be nothing short of stunning. Ideally, the pool should be installed on a gentle slope.
These pools also have at least one wall that catches the water that overflows from the pool. This is called the catch basin and is what provides the illusion of the pool having no edges. The height of the wall should be low enough so it can’t be seen but high enough to catch the overflowing water.
These pools also feature a pump that gets the water that the catch basin collects back into the pool. They are paired with a filter that prevents any debris and sediments from accumulating in the pool.
How hard is it to maintain?
When compared to traditional pools, infinity pools are definitely a bit more difficult to maintain. Because of the catch basing you should clean it at least twice as much as a regular pool. Essentially, the catch basin is a small pool that has the same maintenance needs as the main one. You will also need to regularly replace the filters so the water can flow freely. As far as the water chemistry is concerned, maintaining it is no more difficult than with a regular pool.
Is the scenery fit for an infinity pool?
Having a beautiful view is part of what makes these pools irresistible. However, your house does not have to have an ocean view for the pool to have an impact. You can make use of a green hill or a cityscape. If you live in a city, you should consider a reverse infinity pool, although they require more space.