Looking for a fun way to get in your exercise for the day? A lap pool can make it easy to complete your workout under the sun in a comfortable and convenient manner. Read further for information on fibreglass lap pools, the newfound popularity of lap pools in Australia, and whether they are the right option for you.
What is a fibreglass lap pool?
A fibreglass lap pool is essentially just what it sounds like: as opposite to plunge pool, a lap pool is a large pool that is long, thin, and meant for swimming laps rather than simply lounging by the poolside. This definition, however, is very flexible, so the design of your lap pool can be melded to fit your lifestyle. Customisation options include your choice of length and width so that your exercise routine is tailored for your comforts and preferences.
The Olympic sized pool is traditionally 50 metres long, but clients can choose whatever length is the best fit for them, going even as short as just eight metres. Width can also be tailored for your lifestyle. The traditional Olympic sized pool typically offers 1.8 metres per lane, but when working with hard pool edges rather than just a rope barrier per lane, it is important to add extra space so that you can comfortably complete all strokes necessary without feeling that you are at risk for hitting either side. Because of this, we recommend building your pool a minimum of 2.5 metres wide so that your routine can be as comfortable as possible.
Our belief is that a lap pool can be any pool in which our client can freely swim, and we want to work alongside you to find the best fit for you.
How deep should my fibreglass lap pool be?
Depth is yet another feature which can be altered depending on your wishes. However, standard lap pools run at one and a half meters deep so that the water is deep enough to safely jump into without having to worry about hitting the bottom. This is also shallow enough that you can easily stand in the water and complete other water exercises aside from traditional lap swimming, so that you are getting maximum usage from your pool. This gives your pool even more potential for cool and fun workouts in the comfort of your own backyard.
How much do lap pools cost?
While lap pools are generally longer and sleeker-looking than your typical family swimming pool, lap pool prices are typically very similar to a traditional family pool. Your pool will be tailored to your own wishes regarding length and width, as well as any additional features, and so the price fluctuates. Lap pools for sale by reputable dealers tend to cost about $40,000 to $65,000, depending on the package you feel is best for you. If you are a cost-conscious buyer in the lap pool market, know that the length of the pool will considerably alter the price, so choosing a practical length while keeping this in mind is key to keeping costs low. Additional customisation will also incur extra expenses, along with the smart pool options; however, it’s important to think of your lap pool as an investment and not to be too quick about cutting corners in the name of budgeting.
Are lap pools commonly built in residential areas?
Lap pools have the advantage of being incredibly sleek looking and photogenic, and so they certainly add charisma to your yard. While lap pools are coveted by the masses, as evidenced by the statistics that show they are widely searched for online, they are not built as commonly as traditional pools. While other pools may be chosen due to their versatility, the lap pool represents an investment in your own health and interest, and lap pools are certainly on the rise in homes around the world. Here in Australia, where cities can be quite crowded and yards quite small, lap pools are more popular in other areas of the world. Homeowners with small yards enjoy having the option of exercising and cooling off in the privacy of their own private property.
Other features of lap pools
While you already know that the size of your new lap pool can be altered in whichever way you choose, you might also be wondering what potential features can be added so that you are creating the absolute best pool for your ideas of usage. One popular feature that can easily be added to your lap pool is a heating system. Adding a heating system is a simple but effective way to ensure that your pool will be able to be used regardless of the season. This is a really important thing to consider because with such a huge decision and investment, you will want to be completely sure that you can use your pool in all seasons.
Similarly, you may consider adding some sort of cover for your pool. This will ensure that you can be in the pool no matter how the weather chooses to behave, so that a little rain will never come between you and your exercise routine. If you do choose to heat your lap pool, a pool cover will also help to trap in that heat so that energy is conserved and your bills stay low. While the same can be done by building your new lap pool in an indoor setting, building your pool outdoors may be a more practical option, and it can be a far less expensive choice. Adding a heating system and cover for your lap pool can help to preserve your investment and make sure you are getting as much use out of it as possible every single day.
What is the most practical way to access my lap pool?
Traditional family-style pools often feature steps through which pool users can access the pool, although diving in might be a more fun way to get the job done. Considering the minimal space most lap pools have, stairs are generally not a practical option, as they will certainly get in the way of your exercise sessions. Because of this, we recommend choosing to build your pool with steps built into the wall so that no pool space is used, or perhaps considering steps that are offset to prevent you from swimming into them. In order to be safety conscious regarding your pool, either of these choices can be combined with a stainless steel rail that you can grab on to and sturdy yourself while leaving the lap pool.
Is swimming in a lap pool good exercise?
Absolutely! Some experts say that swimming is the best exercise because it can be easier on the joints and therefore less damaging than other forms of high-intensity workouts. Swimming builds bone mass, helps with strength training due to water resistance, and burns calories that lead to weight loss, all while keeping you sweat-free and comfortable. This can help to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis and teach your body to maintain its oxygen levels. With a lap pool in your backyard, working out will have never been easier, or more fun!
Why is a lap pool the right choice for me?
If you have looked this far into the option of getting a lap pool, chances are that you are deeply considering how one can better your life. We are here to say that a lap pool can be a great choice for anyone, and with the ability to customise the pool in whichever ways you prefer, a lap pool fits every lifestyle. Lap pools are great because they are incredibly beneficial to your health, and an investment in your health is one that is always worth it. Furthermore, the aesthetic value of lap pools can do wonders to your home’s property value, and so, should you ever choose to rent or sell your property, you are looking at a much larger asking price, as well as ensuring that your home will stand out far above the rest.
Perhaps the best advantage, however, is simply that having a lap pool easily accessible in your own backyard can greatly improve your quality of life and bring enjoyment to you every day, whether that be through an intense workout session or a much-needed cooldown. Adding a lap pool to your home will make it easier than ever before to get healthy, add a unique element to your property that can pay off massively in the long run, and enjoy each day that life brings you from the comfort of your own home.
We want to help you with this important decision! Please feel free to reach out to our team for more information on lap pools, their benefits, and how to personalise yours so that every day provides the option to dive into comfort that fits your lifestyle.