More and more homebuyers are looking for properties that feature indoor pools because they are a luxurious feature. Yes, a poolroom implies certain costs, but it also offers you the possibility to swim when snow will cover the land outdoors. An indoor pool is not only a large investment, but it also requires proper pool building because in many cases the addition is destroyed by the corrosion, rot and mould that eat the walls and structures of the pool.
You can build indoors any type of pool you want, from fiberglass, granite or even a vinyl one. Depending on the size of the pool, it can vary from a simple space to a complex water park. You will have to decide if you also want to add showers, a sauna, a steam room, or other similar amenities to the room. Do you want to create a spa atmosphere or you want to keep it simple?
Here is everything you need to know when building an indoor pool.
Pool construction and cost
The main two aspects that should concern you when deciding to install an indoor pool are the time when you should construct the pool and the cost of the project. The best time to construct an indoor pool is during the construction of the house. However, if you have already built it and you have considered later to add it, then it is also possible. No matter if you want to construct the pool at the same time with the house or later it is advisable to ask for the help of an architect.
The majority of constructors build indoor and outdoor pools the same way, the difference is that the outdoor one features deck slopes oriented away from the pool to keep the debris away, and the indoor one has the slopes oriented toward the pool to keep the water away from the walls.
When building it, the constructor can choose from a wide variety of materials because the pool will not have to stand in freezing point temperatures.
You may think that an indoor pool looks exactly the same as an outdoor one, but when it comes to the way it is built, it differs, because it requires heating and ventilation to maintain the right humidity levels. You can expect to pay for the air quality equipment the same sum you pay for building the pool.
The pool can cost you starting with $40,000 and it can grow to even millions, it all depends on the amenities you want to add to the project.
Lately, the focus has been on air quality when it came to indoor pools. You will have to make sure that the humidity level is between 50 and 60 percent, therefore you will definitely need to install a dehumidification system. When choosing the dehumidification system it is important to opt for one that evenly distributes the air over the outside walls of the pool because it is important to prevent evaporation and condensation. Besides being ventilated, the pool still has to be heated too because you need to create a comfortable atmosphere during the cold season. The heating system will also dry up the standing water and will reduce evaporation.
In order to maintain dehumidification at a proper level you need to use an automatic pool cover. And do not forget about deck drainage that also contributes to the evaporation process and it prevents puddling. In order to maintain the design of the pool in its best state it is advisable to opt for low profile hub drains.
What type of pool should you install indoors?
As stated before there are multiple types of indoor pools, but the commonest ones are the vinyl liner, concrete and fiberglass versions. When it comes to the speed of installing if you are in a hurry it is advisable to opt for the fiberglass one. The pool shell is installed in a day maximum two; therefore, it cuts down the overall construction time dramatically.
- When it comes to fiberglass pools, they are easy to maintain, have no abrasive surfaces and can feature built-in steps or seats. Because they are made from a gelcoat surface, they prevent the growth of algae and reduce the amount of chemicals required to treat the surface to maintain its properties. You will not have to resurface or replace the upper part of the pool and you will not have to spend extra money on reconditioning it in the future. It is one of the preferred options of people because it offers the possibility to play with the colour of the finish, and it allows you to add water features, poolside walls and pool lights.
- The vinyl lines pools are also a top choice because they require a low initial cost. You have the possibility to customise it according to the depth, width and length, you prefer the addition to have. Similar to the fiberglass one, the vinyl pool is smooth to the touch because it is made from a nonabrasive material. You will not have any algae issues because it is made from a non-porous material that inhibits plants growth. The disadvantage this pool has is the lifetime cost; you will have to invest in restoring it every 5 to years.
- Concrete pools allow you to build the space as big as you want, especially if you include it in the design of the house from the beginning. You will also have the possibility to choose whatever design features you want, you can opt for tanning ledges, beach entries and any other addition you would imagine. The majority of luxury houses feature concrete interior pools because they can be designed similar to a work of art, and integrated into the landscape of the property. But all these benefits come with a price, the concrete pools require extensive maintenance, chemical use and a longer installation time, compared with the other options.