Before you go ahead and purchase a swimming pool enclosure, take a few moments to consider the following questions and answers. Hopefully they’ll help in making sure you get the best value from your swimming pool enclosure.
What do l want to achieve from having a pool enclosure?
If you are clear on what benefits you want to achieve from having a swimming pool enclosure then this will help in narrowing down your product choice.
What is more important, aesthetics or function?
Although aesthetics are important to a certain extent, as having invested in a swimming pool, you don’t want your enclosure to detract to much from the open pool feel. Having said that, the enclosure has to function and perform well, if it to meet your expectations in delivering on its promised benefits.
Here are some of the main benefits you might be looking for;
Pool safety & security
Reduced heating costs
Year round swimming
Maintenance free cleaning
Reduced water evaporation
Reduced chemical usage
In the end, the better the enclosure performs in terms of heat loss and evaporation, then the more you will save, which is better for you, and for the environment.
Should l buy a standard product or have one custom made?
You’ll find it no surprise that buying a standard sized product is considerably better value than opting for custom made, however with the full height enclosures (rather than low profile) are all generally made to order, and consequently are rather expensive.
There a quite a few standard sized products on the market which could fit your pool dimensions, despite the fact that there seems to be little in the way of standard sized pools, particularly when you’ve added a Roman End. For example, you can now buy a low profile telescopic pool enclosure for a 10 metre by 8 metre pool for under £6,500.
If you have to go for a custom made enclosure, you can expect the price to increase by at least 30%, even for a small increase in size.
Do I need Planning permission for an enclosure?
The simple answer is no, as a pool enclosure is a temporary structure. However this may not apply for some of the larger enclosures. Also, as with anything to do with planning departments, these things can often be viewed on a case by case basis, and certainly differ from one Council to another. The best answer is to contact the planning office, who will usually send you a letter confirming that you do not need planning permission.
Where to go to buy one?
There are many specialist swimming pool enclosure companies around these days, particularly for the larger enclosures. However it is only more recently that the low profile enclosures have become more readily available. It’s probably always good to start by asking you pool maintenance company or supplier, before trying the search engines, but once you’ve got a feel for what you want then Google or Yahoo will give you a list to start and contact.
How much should I budget?
Up until recently, swimming pool enclosures have only been available to those with very deep pockets, with prices around £20-30,000. However, as swimming pool ownership is becoming more affordable, to so many more people, new lower cost products have come onto the market. These newer generation, low profile enclosures are becoming an essential complement to an outdoor pool, and can be purchased from anywhere between £3-10,000.
On a tight budget?
Here’s a simple solution, buy a low profile self assembly pool enclosure, take look at www.splashsafety.com. These are high quality enclosures that have been specifically designed and developed for self assembly. These are batch produced products to standard sizes that have been very cleverly packaged, complete with all the tools, guidance and instructions you need to put an enclosure together in less than a day.