There are so many things you need to consider before installing a swimming pool in your backyard. From where to put it, to how deep it should be, to what features you want to include, you should plan out your design wants and needs before contacting a Vancouver swimming pool contractor. One of the biggest items you need to consider when planning your future pool’s design is what type of pool entry or entries your pool will feature.

But what are those options and which option is the best one? Let us break it down… 

 

The 3 most common pool entry options:

 

Baja pool shelf entry

 

 

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Also known as a tanning ledge, a baja shelf is essentially a large oversized second step that creates a shallow standing area at the entrance of your pool. 

Pros

  • Since the ledge is only covered by a few inches of water, it can be a great area for kids or those with mobility issues to relax and enjoy the pool without getting into the deeper areas
  • No upper body strength is needed to get out of the pool
  • Less risk of tripping since there are no stairs
  • Seamlessly blends into the rest of the pool, no need to install unattractive handrails
  • Option to set up lounge chairs right on the shelf 

Cons

  • They do take space away from the actual pool so they are not ideal for smaller pools or those who want plenty of space for swimming laps
  • Wildlife may view the ledge as the perfect birdbath

 

Beach entry

 

 

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Also known as a “zero-entry”, this style is designed to mimic a beach with its gentle slope into the water. 

Pros

  • The easiest way to get into and out of a pool
  • Great for swimmers of all ages and abilities; you could even roll a wheelchair in
  • Looks like your very own tropical paradise 
  • The gradual entry provides a shallow area perfect for lounging without being completely immersed in the water

Cons

  • While this may not be a major con, you do need to keep in mind that beach entry pools are heavily regulated and the slope cannot exceed a 1:7 ratio. This means that for every 7 feet in distance, the pool may not have more than one foot in depth. 
  • Requires a lot more space to build
  • Can be much more expensive than the other two options
  • Wildlife can more easily access your pool

Steps

 

 

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Simple steps are the most common pool entry option and are fairly self-explanatory.

Pros

  • Can be endlessly customized to suit any design style
  • Can fit in pools of almost any size and can as large or as small as you desire. The whole side of your pool can be devoted to steps or they can be tucked into a corner. 

Cons

  • Depending on local construction requirements, you may need to add handrails which can disrupt the look of your pool
  • As with any type of stairs, there is the risk of slipping and falling especially for younger children or seniors 

 

Choose one or choose multiple, it all depends on what you and your family are looking for in a pool entry! If you have any questions about designing your very own pool, contact the professional Vancouver swimming pool contractors at Trasolini Pools today.