Infinity pools have become increasingly popular worldwide thanks to their innovative and eye-catching designs. While you probably know what an infinity pool looks like – those striking pools that seem to stretch out to the horizon – do you actually know how they work or what you need to consider before adding one to your property? 

We break down everything you ever wanted to know and more about infinity pools and how you can create an infinity pool in your own backyard. 

 

What is an infinity pool?

Infinity pools, sometimes known as wet edge pools or negative edge pools, give the illusion of having no wall on one or more sides so that the pool blends seamlessly into the overlooking view. They offer the perfect vantage point for enjoying views such as a stunning cityscape, a serene ocean, or a spectacular mountain range. 

These stunning pools have long been found on the rooftops of luxury hotels, at the hilltop homes of celebrities, and at exclusive spas. 

 

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How does an infinity pool work?

To create the infinity edge, pool builders lower one or more of the pool walls to the water level so that it can not be seen. These lowered walls are also built to slope away from the pool so that the water at the edge cascades downwards, just like a waterfall. The overflowing water then tumbles into a hidden holding tank which is built below the lowered edge. From the tank, the water is pumped back up into the main pool and the cycle starts again. 

 

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What type of site do you need to build an infinity pool?

These kinds of pools are usually constructed on sloping sites so that the holding tank can be properly hidden below the rest of the pool. The more dramatic the slope, the more you will feel like you are about to swim right off into the sky.

For sites that do not have a natural gentle slope, one can be artificially created – but that will significantly increase the cost of building your pool. 

 

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Can an existing pool be turned into an infinity pool?

It would be extremely difficult to upgrade an existing pool into an infinity pool as they require different sites. Regular pools are usually built so that all of their edges are flush with the level of the surrounding ground, but remember that an infinity pool works best where one side can hang off of a slope. 

If you want to have an infinity pool, you will need to make that decision first or be prepared to either perform an expensive renovation or remove your existing pool and start from scratch.

 

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Is an infinity pool more expensive to build than a regular pool?

The short answer is yes. Infinity pools cost more to construct due to two main reasons:

  • You must build the holding tank
  • There is additional engineering work required

The holding tank is essentially a second, smaller swimming pool that needs to be capable of holding one-third of the total amount of water in your main pool. It also needs to be built to the same high safety standards, which adds a considerable amount of work and cost to the construction of your pool. 

The process of building an infinity pool is much more technical than your average pool and requires extra engineering work, so it must be installed by an experienced team in order to be done safely. Even if your site does not require the creation of an artificial slope, you will still require some amount of reinforcement work. 

It is hard to estimate exactly how much building an infinity pool will cost as they are usually custom-designed to suit the site. If you would like to receive a quote, please contact our team of professional pool contractors. 

 

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Do infinity pools require more maintenance? 

The technology involved in an infinity pool is more complicated than that of a regular pool, so expect to spend more time maintaining it. You will need to regularly clean the catchment basin and keep a close eye on the filtration system and water pump, if one gets clogged or breaks down, your circulation will suffer. Also, the water in an infinity pool will evaporate faster due to it running over the edge of the pool. 

 

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Want to add an infinity pool to your home?

An infinity pool is a stunning and luxurious statement piece that can elevate your home both in terms of aesthetics and value. If you are interested in adding one to your property, contact the team at Trasolini Pools – we have over 30 years of experience building pools across the Lower Mainland and we have constructed numerous infinity pools for a wide range of properties. 

 

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