Are shipping containers the best small swimming pool option?
Sep 02, 2019
When it comes to choosing a swimming pool for your home, and for your family to enjoy during the summer months especially, there are so many options.
First up is whether you choose to buy a cheap paddling pool that could last two seasons at a push, one that is hard-wearing, and there’s the constant filling up and changing of water to keep it fresh. Of course, this is the most cost-effective option for those who want an instant solution to a hot spell, and mostly for young kids to enjoy.
But, if you’re looking for the next level up in swimming pool that is still less expensive than a traditional pool, and one that the whole family (and neighbours, and friends…!) can enjoy, then there is a whole new trend of swimming pools made from shipping containers. And that’s just what we do at Tanqua Pools. Our parent company, Concept Pools, designs, builds and maintains private and commercial pools, so we have all the expertise and equipment to manufacture quality shipping container swimming pools.
A container pool can also double up as a hot tub, and ours have all the features of a traditional pool, with a neatly tucked away filtration plant and system, and a water temperature regulator so that you can heat your pool and swim all year round.
Although there is standard container pool sizing of 20ft and
40ft (we have also combined container pools to create a longer lap pool), these
can be customised to your style and taste, and can be put in the ground, above
ground, built in indoor – with the right access, like this container pool for
one of our clients, below. It was built up in our factory, to spec, transported
and lifted over the property buildings and into position.
Once in place and completed, you can’t tell that it was once a shipping container! It’s beautifully surrounded by practical, but luxurious decking, complete with pool jets and lights. And heated, of course, for instant use throughout the winter months too.
About shipping containers
Shipping containers, as you probably know, are large
rectangular boxes made of steel, which are used for transporting a wide variety
of goods on ships throughout the world. However, this is no longer their only
For several years now, shipping containers have been used in
other ways, from houses to sheds and restaurants – and now shipping containers
are even being used to make swimming pools. This is a highly effective use of
an old shipping container, as the long, narrow shape is ideal for swimming
The concept of the
pools are designed to be off-the-shelf, instant swimming pool solutions which
are installed in your backyard, or in a pre-designated place to later become an
indoor pool, as part of a building project. As an above-ground pool, they are
quick and easy to install, requiring very little ground preparation work, as
they simply need a level concrete or gravel surface to sit on, and a connection
to an electricity supply.
What are the main advantages of the container pool?
We agree with this industry expert, who sums it up
well: “The quick and easy installation is one of the main advantages of the
container pool. As it sits above ground, it does not need to be built into the
ground of your backyard, so there is none of the long preparation and building
work that goes with having an in-ground pool built. This means it causes very
little disruption to your lifestyle. Even having a prefabricated fibreglass
pool installed in-ground can take weeks, whereas if you choose to have a
concrete swimming pool built from scratch in your backyard, you can have
builders and other contractors on your property for several months, causing
noise, mess and a serious degree of inconvenience.
As most shipping container pools come as complete
kits with everything you need to get started, including pool lighting and
a filtration system, this means they can be used practically straight away as
soon as they have been installed and connected to an electricity supply. This
enables you to start enjoying your pool almost instantly, instead of having to
wait for it to be built. Waiting can be frustrating, especially in the
summer months when you want to take advantage of the warm weather, so this is a
great option for the more impatient of us.
Another major bonus of the container pool is that
it can easily be transported by road on a truck. This means it can be taken
with you if you decide to move home, making it an extremely convenient option
for a wide variety of homeowners. Alternatively, you can include the pool as
part of the deal if you sell your home, or choose to sell it separately if the
new owners decide they do not want a pool.”
Would you like to know more? Give us a call or pop us an email and we’ll be glad to help. Happy swimming!