Swimming pools

A swimming pool is an added value for any outdoor space. For its installation it is fundamental to evaluate the available space and the garden conformation, factors which do have an impact the choice of the model design. A pool in place does not have standard forms and can follow the creativity and the lines of the soil on which it is built. Choosing a shape that is harmonious with the surrounding context makes its management easier. As far as depth is concerned, there are no regulatory requirements to abide with when it comes to swimming pools for domestic use; however reference is made to the good rules of design and to the expertise of professionals in this sector, always taking into account the specific requirements of the commissioner. The most sought-after model is undoubtedly the swimming pool with hydromassage, for delightful relaxing moments. Once the swimming pool is created, it is important to focus on an outdoor furnishing that is able to confer the right atmosphere to the place for the location to be charming and apt to be used to a maximum degree during the day as well as at night. From the classic rectangular form to compact, square and round solutions, the swimming pool is an element that can nowadays be integrated in a number of outdoor contexts, from the larger to the smaller, offering pleasant moments of relax and adding to the space aesthetic impact with products of a design that is taken care of to the tiniest detail.

Overflow pools or pools with skimmers?

The pools with skimmers are the most common and convenient, as they use a filtration system consisting of the intakes suction -namely the skimmers- from the pump, the filter and the inlets. Through this technique the water is sucked by the pump through the skimmers positioned about 15 cm from the edge of the pool, sent to the filter and then returned to the pool through the inlets.
In pools with classic overflow system instead, the water laps the level of the pavement, with an elegant optical effect and design, also suitable for free-form pools. In technical terms, the water is channeled towards grids or slots located in proximity of the swimming pool perimeter; it is then collected by the compensation tank, a lateral structure that captures the surface water and directs it to the filtration systems, thus ensuring always the same water level and the right level of cleaning and hygiene.
The pools with waterfall overflow, on their hand, are a variant of the classic overflow pools, a type in which the water, overflowing, falls into a collection channel located below the edge, producing the effect of a small waterfall, for a faultless and remarkable effect. Such overflow system works like the classic one, but is essentially different from it for the aesthetic outcome it produces. This is an ideal solution for swimming pools that are created on a sloping ground, where the unevenness is compensated by the wall of the pool on which the water slides, thus enriching the project.

Coating, flooring for swimming pools

There are a multitude of solutions both as far as the internal coating of the swimming pool – in PVC or porcelain stoneware – and for its edge and outdoor flooring – such as natural stone and reconstructed stone. All are first choice materials, a guarantee of safety, impermeability and a stunning aesthetic impact.
The pools in reinforced concrete are the most common; concrete allows to make them of any size and shape. As it is not a very elastic material, it is necessary, however, that the bottom of the pool is prepared very carefully to prevent the formation of cracks in the structure. A swimming pool in reinforced concrete has no boundary as far as coating is concerned, near to all of them can be used: mosaics, natural stone, reinforced PVC membrane, tiles, resins or enamels. The choice is uniquely based on personal taste, although it is important to remember that resins have limited durability.
Swimming pools made of steel panels have become a standard in residential areas. The peculiarities that distinguish these types of pools are certainly the durability, the mode of installation and the costs that are slightly lower compared to other types of pools. The prefabricated structure of swimming pools made of steel panels do not demand a high level of precision in the building phase, but it is important to take care at the same time of the backfill of the excavation and to fill the pool, with an aim to avoid the embankment of the walls.
Swimming pools in fiberglass, instead, are normally monoblock structures or made of two blocks. This is a particularly interesting solution as it allows to choose among diverse and very particular shapes and can be quickly installed. The monoblock swimming pool just needs to be placed in the excavation, after having put the ground level and possibly after having made a slab. This allows to complete the installation in extra-short time, as there is no need to create a coating either.

Maintenance and features of swimming pools

The swimming pool is considered a sheer product of design and there are many types available, from the swimming pool in PVC to covering in tiles. When it is placed in an outdoor space, the swimming pool needs to be as much as possible located in a sunny spot, far from trees or bushes. For indoor swimming pools, on the other hand, it is necessary to provide a heating and dehumidification system for the environment, so to avert the formation of condensation and thus the occurrence of unsightly and unhygienic stains on the walls and ceiling. In both cases it is necessary to plan a technical room to house the re-circulation pump, the filter, the manifolds and the electrical panel, together with the automatic mechanisms for water treatment. Furthermore, swimming pools can also be heated up akin to any other environment; the offer of heat pumps, combined with the covers, allows to obtain excellent results with very low energy consumption, using cutting-edge technological solutions. ... More ... less

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