Not everyone has the space or the financial ability to install a full-sized swimming pool. A typical home swimming pool requires a lot of outdoor space, even the smaller kidney-shaped ones, and needs intensive maintenance. An excellent alternative is a plunge pool which is smaller and easier to maintain. A plunge pool is less expensive and a great way to cool off and entertain guests.
What is a Plunge Pool?
If you live in a warm summer location, having a refreshing body of water to cool off in is like having a little slice of heaven. It’s not possible to swim laps in a plunge pool – they are only 4 to 7 meters long and 2 to 3 meters wide – but they are the perfect size to kick back and relax in when the summer days are hot. It’s still a great size to host family and friends for a pool day.
And a little secret? You can even use it in the winter if it’s heated! A larger pool would be much more difficult and expensive to keep functioning in the colder months.
The Upside of Plunge Pools
If you want a swimming pool but don’t want or can’t have a big pool, then a plunge pool is the perfect option for you – there are many benefits! For one thing, a plunge pool is smaller, so it’s less expensive to buy and install, which means you can get it up and running much sooner and have more time to enjoy it.
While it’s not possible to swim laps in a plunge pool, it is possible to exercise in one. Water resistance is an excellent natural resistance for building strength in the legs and arms, and it’s excellent for low-impact activity during pregnancy or if you have a sports injury needing to heal.
Plunge pools can still be attractive, too! Imagine a beautiful pool design just on a smaller scale. The smaller size also enables you to maximize your backyard space. With a plunge pool, you might have space for that back patio and firepit you’ve always wanted.
The Downside of Plunge Pools
While the limited size of a plunge pool is its strength, it is also its weakness. For one thing, a plunge pool doesn’t support athletic swimming, so if you like to exercise in the water, you need a larger home pool or a swim spa. However, there are small resistance spas that support swimming!
A plunge pool is only suitable for specific individuals and families; while you can enjoy some resistance training in a plunge pool, the options are limited. If getting a workout in the pool isn’t a concern to you, then this is not a problem for you.
The only other downside to a plunge pool is that you can’t fit a ton of people in it, so a major pool party is probably not on the docket for the summer. If you prefer to hang out with a few family members and friends, then a plunge pool is ideal!
Types of Plunge Pools
When it comes to investing in a plunge pool, you have three options:
- A fiberglass pool
- A concrete pool
- Or a vinyl liner pool
There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of plunge pool that are worth knowing about before you invest. Here is what you need to know.
A fiberglass pool is an excellent all-around option; these pools are easy to maintain, easy to install, and have a smooth finish that you will enjoy walking on. These pools are installed quickly (over a few weeks instead of months), cost much less in the long run, and require minimal maintenance and repairs.
It’s important to note that the gel coating of the fiberglass can be worn down more quickly over time if water quality isn’t properly maintained.
Concrete is the most reliable pool shell solution. Its unmatched durability and strength protect it against inclement weather and heavy wear. Additionally, concrete resists stains and scratches to preserve its appearance over time. These inherent properties contribute to the pool’s prolonged usage and enjoyment.
However, concrete pools are high maintenance and hard to install.
Vinyl Liner Pool
Vinyl liner pools are the most cost-effective to install out of all three options.
Because of its flexibility, there are no limitations to the length, width, or depth of a vinyl liner pool, meaning the shape and size are highly customizable. Vinyl surfaces are buttery smooth, and when the time comes to replace the liner, it’s a relatively quick and painless process and can be completed in just a day or two without any heavy equipment.
The downside of these pools is that liners can be torn, and their typical lifespan is about 5-7 years.
The Best Use of a Plunge Pool
Plunge pools are not designed for swimming or jumping into; instead, they are made for wading, cooling off, and lounging around on a hot day; this means they aren’t designed for everyone. Plunge pools might be suitable for younger children learning to swim, but they are not for diving.
If you enjoy having friends over on warm days and socializing in the backyard, a plunge pool is ideal. If you’re a family or a couple and you appreciate some outdoor time, install a plunge pool. As stated above, plunge pools are also suitable for the winter months and can be heated.
How to Install Plunge Pools
If you want to install a plunge pool in your home, the best way is to buy one from an established retailer that offers an installation service. Of course, the ease of installation depends on the type of plunge pool you buy – above ground versus below ground – and the site’s landscape.
The easiest plunge pool to install is an above-ground plunge pool. Above-ground plunge pools are made by preparing the ground so there is minimal disturbance to your life. Concrete slabbing is installed before delivery, and equipment is supplied to ensure the best service.
We recommend consulting a pool installation professional like us here at Procare to learn what you need to do to have your plunge pool installed correctly!
The Cost of a Plunge Pool
The good news is that plunge pools are much cheaper than swimming pools, the bad news is they still cost a chunk of cash, and the final price might vary depending on the type of pool you choose, the installation service, and the type of land your pool will be installed on.
Typical prices for plunge pools range between $20k-$25k for the plunge pool (a regular pool can cost upwards of $60k) and extra for the installation. Again, the installation costs vary depending on the site and the job’s complexity, so bear this in mind when investing in your pool. Keep in mind that size also affects cost.
Get a Plunge Pool Installed by Professionals
At Procare, we have decades of combined experience with installing all types of pools. Additionally, we have the knowledge and expertise with landscape design to ensure your backyard looks beautiful with your new pool. We’ll help you devise a plan to bring that vision to life, and then we’ll do all of the work so you get to sit back and enjoy the process.
Contact us today, and let’s talk about your new plunge pool!