Smaller Swimming Pool Benefits and Tips, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some initial benefits and factors associated with a smaller pool installation on your property. From common smaller pool dimensions and depths to maintenance themes and some of the benefits of owning such a pool, there are several areas to consider here.

At Packman’s Pools, we’re proud to offer custom swimming pool design and construction for a variety of pool needs, including those with a smaller space looking to install a pool. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll dig into a few additional factors to keep in mind when considering a smaller pool, including a few accessories plus important installation variables to consider.

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Heater Factors

Like with many other pool types, one of the factors to keep in mind with a smaller pool will be whether you require a heater. This doesn’t necessarily depend on your climate, though this does play a role – it’s possible for pool water temperature to be very different from the outdoor environment in many situations.

With smaller pools, water volume is lower. This means you can expect water to heat much faster if you do purchase a heater, and it also makes alternative pool heating methods like solar covers, heating mats and others more viable in many cases.

Slide or Diving Board

A common question we get from clients considering a smaller pool installation: Can a slide or diving board be installed for entertainment? The answer tends to depend.

Slides, in most cases, are easily installed in smaller pool spaces. They may be limited somewhat depending on the slide and pool depth, but most slides for small children don’t require a very deep pool. Diving boards, however, will have more stringent depth requirements: You must have at least eight feet of depth to install a diving board. While smaller pools may run to such depths if you desire it and can find the right liner, this is not as common and most smaller pools will restrict the shallow zone.

Installation Timing Factors

How long will pool installation take for a smaller pool setup on your property? The answer will depend on a few factors, but by far the most important is the material used for the pool. Based on material, installation times may vary thusly:

  • Fiberglass pools: 2-4 weeks
  • Vinyl liner pools: 4-8 weeks
  • Concrete pools: 3-6 months

As some who have installed a larger pool in the past may have noted this is not all that different from the installation time for standard sizes. While you may be able to shave off a few days here or there for a much smaller pool, many of the same installation themes remain and there’s only so much you can do to shorten this process.

For more on smaller pool design or installation, or to learn about any of our custom pool construction services, speak to the staff at Packman’s Pools today.