Popular swimming pool options to consider

Choosing a pool is an exciting time, but if this is your first time buying a pool you might not know what kind of extra features are on offer that you can add to your pool. Here, we share some of the most popular pool options and features to help you with your choices.

Pool options

When purchasing a pool for your home, one of the first things to consider is what kind of pool you want. You should ask yourself what your motivation for buying a pool is and what you think it will be used for the most. Here are some of the more popular pool choices:

Family Pool

Family pools without a doubt are the most popular style of swimming pool and as their name suggests they are catered to families. If spaces allows, your design and size options are endless. They are typically large in size and have plenty of room for everyone to swim around freely, play games, exercise, and relax.

Lap Pool

Lap pools are designed with health and fitness in mind and their primary use is for swimming laps. They are best suited to those who are serious swimmers that are working towards fitness goals and need an uninterrupted stretch of water to do laps in. They can also be used for relaxation and other fitness activities. They are a great swimming pool solution for those who would like a swimming pool for their home despite a narrow yard.

Plunge Pool

Over the years plunge pools have risen in popularity and this is mainly due to the fact that Australian backyards are getting increasingly smaller. They offer much of the same benefits that a family pool does, they are just smaller in size. Plunge pools are great for people who want a pool to relax in, as they are smaller in size, they heat efficiently and are suitable for small backyards and courtyards. 

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Of course there are other varieties of pools on offer, if you are unsure of which pool type is best suited to your home and lifestyle, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your pool builder to discuss your options.

Pool features

Once you have decided on the type of pool you want for your home, you can decide on the features you want to add to it. Here are some popular ones to consider:

Water Features

Putting a water feature in can enhance the look of your pool and add to the outdoor space. They not only look beautiful but the sound of running water has a therapeutic quality which aids as a stress reliever. There are many different types of water features for pools and you can choose one to suit your family. If you have kids, it is an extra element in your pool that will keep them entertained. Cascading waterfalls and deck jets are very well received.


Many of us entertain in the afternoon through to the evening, especially in the warmer months of the year. If you like the idea if being able to use your pool at nighttime, you can greatly benefit from installing lighting into your pool. Lighting can drastically improve the appearance of the pool and it makes it much safer too. It’s a good idea to factor this cost into your budget of the start of your pool installation, as it can be quite costly to put them in after your pool has been built.

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You may not think it’s worth having a heating system in your pool, however it allows you to use your pool on demand, not just when the weather is warm enough to do so. Young children, the elderly and those who are using their pool for relaxation or physiotherapy purposes can greatly benefit from having heating in their pool. A heating system can be installed at any date, although if you have enough room in your budget, it is easier to install it when your pool is being built.

A water slide

A water slide is probably the most fun thing you can permanently add to your pool. Slides can enhance the look of pool area as well as a provide a great source of entertainment for the kids and big kids alike. If you want to emulate the feel of a real water park slide, consider one that has its own water supply, this way you don’t have to worry about holding a hose up at the top. Its good idea to discuss your waterslide ideas with your pool builder to ensure that they complement the design of your pool and they do not impede into any of your pool fencing zones.

Automatic Pool Cover

A pool cover is an absolute must if you want to cut down on your water, chemical and heat loss. They are also fantastic for keeping out leaves and debris. An automatic pool cover makes life easier by automatically rolling across your pool water without the hassle of having to drag out a cover and adjust it across the pool. The roll back neatly, ready for their next use.

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When getting a pool, you may want to know how you can reduce your running costs. Solar is the best way to run your pools equipment for the least amount of money. Virtually all your pools running mechanisms can be operated by solar. Here are some of the more popular solar equipment choices:

  1. Solar heating – If you decide to have heating, solar is the most cost-effective solution. Rather than using gas or heat from the air, it works by using energy from the sun. Although it is an initial outlay to get a solar heating system put in, it cost next to nothing to run.
  2. Solar filter pump – Your pools pump consumes the most energy of all of your equipment. A solar pump can reduce your pumps running costs by up to 75%.
  3. Solar pool cover – They heat your pool and can warm the water by up to 10 degrees, this is an inexpensive way to get the most use out of your pool. They also all retain heat and prevent heat loss.


Jets are very popular for lap and plunge pools. They create a strong, one directional current in a lap pool which provides resistance for swimmers to do laps against. In plunge pools they are more used to massage and relive sore and achy muscle. The bubbles created from the jets in conjunction with warm water can greatly aid in the relaxation experience.

There are many features you can add to your pool to enhance its fun and its look. All the options mentioned above should be features that are well known to your pool builder and they can advise you on which ones will work well for your pool and within your budget. Before construction begins you should be well aware all of the features available to you to avoid having to install them later, which can be costly. If you have any questions about which popular pool options are best suited to you, give our team here at The Fibreglass Pool Company a call, we are happy to help.

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