Rectangular Vs. Curved Pools: Pros, Cons and Pricing Elements

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked into some of the basics on rectangular swimming pools versus curved (freeform) options. These are the two general shape formats out there for pools today, and each comes with its own set of benefits and possible drawbacks — which is right for you, and why?

At Packman’s Pools, we’re here to offer clients a huge range of swimming pool design services, swimming pool construction and more to all our clients. We assist with any of the major decisions you need to make during your design process, including which pool shape to go with. Today’s part two of our series will go over some pros and cons of each shape, plus look into pricing considerations for each of them as you make your decision.

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Pros and Cons of Rectangular Pools

Rectangular pools offer several great qualities, including:

  • Classic look: the rectangular pool is the image that most people have in their minds when they think “swimming pool.” It’s a timeless look that can complement any backyard design.
  • Less expensive: rectangular pools are generally less expensive to build than freeform pools, due to their simpler design.
  • Well-suited for add-ons: For add-ons ranging from pool covers to solar blankets to automatic cleaners, rectangular pools are generally much easier to find products for since they’re such a popular pool shape.

On the other hand, rectangular pools also have some potential drawbacks, including:

  • Less privacy: If you’re looking for a pool that offers more seclusion and privacy, a rectangular pool may not be the best shape for you. The straight lines and 90-degree angles can make it easy for nosy neighbors (or anyone else, for that matter) to peek in.
  • Less natural look: If you’re going for a more natural backyard design, a rectangular pool may not fit in as well as a freeform pool.

Pros and Cons of Curved (Freeform) Pools

Freeform pools, on the other hand, are known as a more “natural” pool shape since they follow a more organic design. This can offer several benefits, including:

  • Natural look: As we mentioned, freeform pools have a more natural look that can complement a backyard with a more rustic or natural feel.
  • Great for privacy: The curved lines of a freeform pool make it much easier to achieve privacy in your yard.
  • Statement piece: Freeform pools can really make a backyard feel like a luxurious oasis, and they can be a great conversation starter at parties.

On the other hand, freeform pools also have some potential drawbacks to keep in mind, including:

  • More expensive: Freeform pools are generally more expensive to build than rectangular pools, due to their more complex design.
  • Harder to add on: Add-ons like solar blankets and pool covers can be more difficult to find for freeform pools, since they’re not as common of a pool shape.

Pricing Elements

As we’ve discussed already, curved pools tend to be a bit more expensive than rectangular pools. This is due to the fact that they require more materials and man-hours to construct.

In terms of add-ons, as we’ve also discussed, it can be easier to find certain things — like solar blankets and pool covers — for rectangular pools than for freeform pools. However, this does not mean that it’s impossible to find these things for freeform pools; it may just take a bit more searching.

Finally, when it comes to maintenance, both rectangular and freeform pools require about the same amount of upkeep. There is no real difference between the two in terms of how easy or difficult they are to maintain.

For more on choosing between these pool shapes, or for any of our swimming pool design or installation services, speak to the team at Packman’s Pools today.