At less cost and more convenience, installing these sustainable pools will go just swimmingly.
Costly swimming pools can shape up or ship out — shipping container pools have just dropped in, at a much lower cost and far greater convenience than their in-ground counterparts.
With sustainable building on the rise and budget-friendly renovations forever on-trend, here are 5 reasons why it’s the best time to choose a shipping container pool.
QUICK & EASY INSTALL
“The pool is delivered in the morning, the customers have a water truck show up and fill it up in an hour or two, and the kids are in there by the afternoon and all having fun. That’s really unheard of in the pool industry.” The transport’s a no-brainer, given a shipping container’s initial purpose. They only need to be craned into the backyard, which will only take up to an hour.
YOUR BUDGET WON’T SINK
Homeowners often forget that costs for installing an in-ground pool can escalate beyond their expectations. If the site is unsuitable for digging or requires jackhammers, installation costs will grow. Add a few more bills once plumbers and electricians get involved. Shipping containers need only sit on the ground, and many are designed with in-built plumbing, heating and electrical systems. “It’s usually a massive commitment to get a pool on your property, but we’ve removed those commitments.”
POOL DESIGNS CAN GO WITH THE FLOW
No matter how awkward a pool may seem in your backyard, shipping container designs can be personalised.
The side of the container also becomes a creative space where homeowners can paint murals, apply patinas or even use acrylic panels to cut windows into their pools. “It’s amazing to see people swimming inside, and if the parents are busy in the kitchen, they can look through the pool window and see the kids. It really gives them a sense of safety and awareness.”
The guarantee of a shipping container is that its welded steel body can really take a beating, from bearing huge loads to being pushed around different ports. When prepared for home installs, shipping containers like SCP’s are lined with fibreglass (which is also often used to protect yachts).
“Customers are getting an actual pool, not just lining a container with corrugations inside the pool because that would be a nightmare to clean.”
HAVE POOL, WILL TRAVEL
A shipping container can come with you when you move house. If you buy a pool and live in a rental, it can become a mobile, moveable product. The concept of a pool as a structure dug in the ground with paving or tiles around it has never changed, but these pools have flipped the industry.
This article is from excerpts of article that first appeared in Homes To Love
Would you say that a shipping container pool is the best
small swimming pool solution?
Shipping container pools provide homeowners with an option to consider when it comes to owning a swimming pool.
With them being a
relatively new pool option, many people are used to the traditional concrete
swimming pools. However, this is not the case with the innovation and
development in the swimming pool industry.
If you want to own
a shipping container pool, you can consider the following options: buy a
standard-sized pool off-the-shelf; or customise your container pool to fit your
size and style requirements.
The trend for shipping container swimming pools is growing
rapidly around the world, and with the combination of rising temperatures,
hotter summers, and increased eco-awareness, many are opting for upcycling
shipping containers and turning them into affordable and easy to install ‘plug
and play’ backyard swimming pools.
It may come as a surprise to someone first being introduced
to the idea of a shipping container making an ideal swimming pool, but they
come with many advantages – from being affordable, durable, easy to install,
cost effective, able to fit in small or awkward spaces; and with great
versatility to add your own stamp of classic or luxurious style, and a host of adaptable
function and design elements. Adjust the water temperature, add a spa/hot tub
feature to use your container pool all year round.
About shipping containers
containers, as you probably already 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 purpose.
For several years
now, shipping containers have been used in other ways. They can be repurposed
very creatively, with offices, sheds, restaurants and homes being created from shipping
containers. This innovative upcycling technique is becoming more and more
popular, and now shipping containers are also being used to make swimming
This is a highly
effective use of a shipping container, as the long, narrow shape is ideal for
swimming laps. Also, they can easily fit into tricky spaces – inground or above
ground – without huge costs involved with preparation.
The concept of the container pool
Shipping container pools are designed to be off-the-shelf,
instant swimming pool solutions which are installed above ground in your
backyard. 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. You can also opt for an inground
pool, and many completed container pools look no different to their traditional
counterparts once fully designed and styled in place.
For most shipping container swimming pools, the shipping containers are cleaned up and rust treated before being lined to transform them into swimming pools. However, Tanqua Pools uses brand new shipping containers.
There are a number of different varieties of shipping
container pools now on the market. Some of these are simply lined with an extra
layer of steel, while others have vinyl-liner inserts. The highest quality and
most durable shipping container pools have constructed pool shells inserted
into the containers, which offer seating areas as well as swimming space,
increasing your leisure and relaxation options.
Once it has been transformed into a swimming pool, the
container is then loaded onto a truck and delivered directly to your home,
where it can be installed in your backyard using a crane. The pool comes
complete with its own filtration system, so once the electrics have been
connected and the pool is filled with water, it is ready to use almost straight
Can you relocate your container pool?
One of the best parts is that shipping container swimming
pools are relocatable. That is, when you move house, you can move them from one
point to another using cranes and a transporter, and setting them up only takes
a matter of hours before they can be used. Then it’s just a small matter of ‘plug
From its basic beginnings of being constructed for big transporting
steel boxes for shipping, we have ours manufactured brand new for Tanqua Pools,
in standard sizes of 20ft and 40ft, and from these we build unique swimming
pools of different designs, shapes, sizes, and finishes – to customer’s specs.
“Container pools are just an all-around winner when it comes to owning a swimming pool”
They are easy to
set up and install
container pool comes as a fully functional unit. It comes with plumbing and
electrical systems already installed as well as other any other customised features.
With this pool, all
you need to do is get the foundation ready. When the pool is delivered
you will install it, fill it up with water and you are good to go.
They are customisable
You can have a divider included in the pool so that one part
is the pool and another a Jacuzzi/hot tub. Similarly, your pool can be customised
with LED lightings and even clear window sections. Speak to us about any
variations and other options you’d like for your pool.
They are more affordable than traditional swimming pools
While there will be other costs involved in creating the
pool to your taste, container pools still represent huge savings as compared to
traditional swimming pools. Depending on how many customisable features you are
wanting, this will have an impact on the final cost, and you can speak to us
about your ideas.
They are durable
Shipping containers had a very tough exterior that’s made of
prefabricated steel and welded together. These containers are sturdy, robust
and hardwearing, and are built to last. A shipping container pool will allow
you and your family with years of fun-filled swimming.
Pumps and filtration systems are handily located under the deck,
tucked behind a neat door that is easy to access for pools that are above
Shipping Container Swimming Pool Water Temperature
A heater is a must to help in the control of the temperature
of your container pool water. This goes a long way to extending your swimming
season two or even three times longer than you are used to. Also, if you are a
swimming coach, you can teach classes all year round.
Door for an above ground shipping container swimming pool
Child safety is of utmost importance and we have a child
safety door as a feature on our above ground container pools. It provides
restricted access to the swimming pool. Once this door is locked, kids or pets
won’t be able to access the pool via the steps unauthorised or unsupervised.
Installing a shipping container pool is much easier. This is
because the pool comes already made.
The only major thing needed to install container pool is
some minor site preparation for an above ground pool, and then putting the pool
in place. Inground pools, or container pools built to be housed as an indoor
pool will have other preparations needed, in conjunction with the house owner
Ease and Speed of Construction
Shipping container pools are built offsite and then
delivered for installation when ready.
A small container pool can take just a few weeks to be built
and delivered for installation. This is because most modifications are done
offsite making onsite assembly way much easy.
are known to be very strong and hardy, and they make excellent building
material, especially for swimming pools.
So if you want an
affordable, off-the-shelf, instant swimming pool, a shipping container pool is
the solution. They can be installed in the least expensive way, which is above
ground in your backyard. They are quick and easy to install, require 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.
The pool comes
complete with its own filtration system, so once the electrics have been
connected and the pool is filled with water, it is ready to use almost straight
We believe that your pool should look beautiful, as your swimming pool is the main feature of your backyard or home, and it should coordinate with the rest of your property and fit in effortlessly into the design of your living space.
Find out more about
our brand new Tanqua shipping container swimming pools
If you would like more information, or to discuss the various options we offer, our friendly team are always ready and happy to help. Please contact us and we can work with you to find the best and most convenient swimming pool solution for you.
Have you been neglecting your swimming pool maintenance while summer is still taking its time showing up?
Or, have the recent rains left your pool less than perfect for swimming?
Why would you need to shock your pool?
There are three main reasons to shock your pool:
Heavy rain can dilute your pool, leaving you with very low chlorine levels – and we’ve certainly been having our fair share of rain in June!
Sunshine also breaks down your chlorine
Swimmers are constantly bringing in contaminants like make-up, sweat, and bacteria that normal chlorine levels can’t always fight – certain living organisms can still survive in your pool with its normal chlorine amounts; others can become completely immune to it.
What is Pool shock?
The process of shocking your pool is simply
super-chlorinating it in order to kill the build-up of chloramines and anything
else floating around that doesn’t belong.
What are chloramines?
Chloramines, or combined chlorine, are what get into your pool when chlorine disinfectants combine with the sweat, oils and urine from the people swimming in your pool.
So when you shock your pool, you’re adding enough
chlorine to destroy the chloramines.
Remember to protect yourself: Pool shock can harm your skin and bleach your clothing, so make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind ruining, and gloves and protective eyewear.
Preparing the chemicals: Once you’ve chosen your pool chlorine shock, you’ll need to read the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare it accordingly.
For example, granular shock will usually need to be
dissolved in a 20-litre (about five-gallon) bucket of water before it’s poured
into the pool. But other shock, such as lithium hypochlorite can be poured
You’ll also need to determine the proper amount of shock
to use with your particular size of pool and prepare it accordingly.
When to shock your pool
Although most people only decide to shock their swimming
pools when they see an overgrowth of algae or start getting cloudy pool water,
but by this time cleaning your pool could take a lot more work.
When your free chlorine levels drops below 3 ppm, it’s time to shock your pool. Free chlorine is the chlorine that is actively cleaning your pool and ‘free’ to do its work, compared to ‘combined’ chlorine which is the chlorine that is already used up in the water from sanitising it. Total chlorine is the ‘free’ and ‘combined’ together.
“Free chlorine is what is most desired during the shocking process. We want a lot of free chlorine because that means it hasn’t been contaminated and it will help keep your pool clean if contaminates do get into your pool.”
Before you first use your pool for the season: – your pool definitely needs a pre-boost of chlorine before everyone starts jumping in with all their germs. It’s especially important if you’ve had a cover on all winter. Who knows what might be lurking under there?
After extreme weather conditions: heavy wind or rain can carry in debris and algae spores that can get out of hand quickly
After heavy pool use
At the first sight of algae: this can bloom and spread quickly
Types of pool shock
There are several different types of pool shock
on the market and it’s important to know the difference, as some need more dissolving
time than others; while some treatments may affect your water acid levels to
rise and to know how to monitor these.
There are also non-chlorine shock treatments, so people
can actually swim very soon after this treatment is applied (as quickly as
fifteen minutes after administering the non-chlorine treatment) – this is a
popular type of shock to use in between super-chlorinating during heavy swim
Most pool shocks are best used at night so that the
sunlight doesn’t decrease its effectiveness.
It’s also best to shock at night so that it can be left
alone for several hours, giving it time to work.
How long does it take to
shock a pool?
The actual process shouldn’t take more than an hour, but
depending on the product used, it could be up to 8 hours before you can use it.
Remember to leave it alone while it’s doing its stuff! It’s usually recommended
to leave it overnight, and if you do it on a Monday you’ll have a pristine pool
for the rest of the week.
Check your pool chemistry
after shocking your pool
A pool expert says: “After you’ve waited the recommended number of hours, you still need to test your pool’s chlorine levels (pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness especially) before letting anyone swim.
Make sure the levels have returned to normal before
you allow anyone in.
Note that low pH levels are important here: if your pH level is over 8.0, your pool shock is basically useless. Shoot for a pH level of around 7.2 if you need to lower it.”
And run the filtration system
While shocking your pool will help kill any germs any algae, it won’t actually get rid of them; for that, you need your filter. So be sure to run your pool filter for at least 24 hours.
According to a pool expert, here are some excellent additional
After the pool shock is added,
pool toys and accessories can also be thrown in for decontamination.
Never add pool shock directly
to the skimmers.
Keep the pool uncovered until
chlorine levels return to normal.
NEVER swim before checking to
make sure the chlorine levels are at 3 ppm or less.
Use the entire amount of shock
necessary for your pool’s size.
Don’t use shock on windy days.
The product needs to stay in the pool, not in your face!
Shock your pool once a week to
keep contaminates and algae from becoming a problem.
can brush your pool after shocking to distribute chlorine more evenly.
Shocking your pool is a great way to bring it back to its
cleanest state. Keeping up with your swimming pool maintenance is important,
but if you miss a few weeks your swimming pool may become cloudy, that is why
it is good to shock your pool. Once you’ve brought your pool water back to its
proper balance, then you can enjoy your clean and crystal clear swimming pool
with your friends and family.
Need any help with your swimming pool? Get in touch, we’d love to help
Summer at home – long lie-ins, breakfast on the terrace,
playing or reading in the garden, cosy barbecues in the evening… Does this
sound like the relaxing and refreshing holiday of your dreams?
New research shows that more British holidaymakers are
choosing not to travel abroad this coming summer, with local holiday search options
up by a third. It seems it is a combination of Brexit uncertainty along with
hopes for a repeat of last summer’s record-breaking heatwave that is encouraging
people to seek holiday fun closer to home. Even established travel companies
are reporting big losses as a result of this trend due to a slowdown in travel
bookings. Sun and fun is about to happen at home!
“As we get closer to the summer holiday period we will be
able to observe whether or not last-minute British holidaymakers cause a surge
in this staycation trend,” says an industry observer.
Yet another industry source says that ‘more than 51% of
Brits are planning to spend their main summer holiday in the UK this year.’
“Backyard summers make great memories”
If this latest Staycation data has inspired you to plan your own home summer holiday, we’ve got some lovely brand new shipping container swimming pool ideas that will bring your dream destinations into your own back garden. From Ibiza-style home pool parties with friends. To the quiet feeling of Maldives-inspired relaxation under the umbrella on your patio. Family time and family gatherings with limitless refreshments without the exorbitant expense of cafes and restaurants, and no crowds jostling for position at beach resorts. The wellbeing of hours and days of fun outdoor home entertainment away from mobile screens for the kids. And no need to limit your holiday to a 10kg suitcase! (Pets get to holiday with you too in your backyard).
One journalist was asked, “What is the perfect formula
for a family’s summer holiday?” And her simple answer was: Time together.
“That’s what kids want, that’s what parents want.”
“There’s no greater joy than watching your child enjoy
the freedom of play.”
Increasingly, parents are looking for value in family
holidays. Even environmental ethics come into play when considering one’s eco
footprint with travel. And, of course, parents are looking at how they can also
enjoy some of their own down-time on holiday.
Bring on the good times and the feel-good
It’s not too late to get your own back garden shipping container swimming pool, in time for the long summer holidays at home, and to make your staycation magically memorable.
Remember the summer of 2018? Didn’t you wish you had an
outdoor pool in your back garden? If the answer is yes, then one of our Tanqua
pools is what you need. The hardest decision you will make is the size what
size pool will be the best fit in your garden – 20ft or 40ft!
It’s easy to see why the convenience of a container pool suits your world. You can position it above the ground, or inground. Your pool can even move house with you one day. Choices can be made about all the finishes, from the decking to the lining and spa jets, and also whether you would like to be able to heat the pool for colder days. Once your shipping container swimming pool is delivered to your home, within a few hours you’ll be able to swim – ‘plug and play’ is the way to fill your summer with wonderful memories and lots of swimming.
Don’t let a swimming pool be the one thing missing from your holiday. Our brand new shipping container pools are a cost-effective alternative. Out of season you can simply empty the pool, cover over, and re-fill again the following season with minimum effort – ready for the next summer of fun!
Shipping containers have been upcycled into housing, offices and even a cafe. Now the versatile shipping container is diving into the world of backyard pools.
container pools have given many wannabe pool owners a slice of the action
thanks to their cut-price affordability.
While concrete pools can cost up to $100,000 and
fibreglass pools around $50,000, these unconventional pools start at just
$25,000 (Australian prices 2019).The
popularity of the upcycled containers is also soaring because they can be
installed on sloping sites – a feat previously only achievable for those with
lots of cash to splash.
Property investor Paul Absalom says he spent one third of what
he would have spent on a custom concrete pool by choosing a shipping container
people see it, everyone thinks it’s really cool and that’s not just because
it’s a nice pool with nice views, but because of how it’s done,” he says.
of the upcycled containers is also soaring because they can be installed on
sloping sites. “The
structure to build all the foundations and getting enough concrete in there to
support the pool would have been a huge and costly project,” he says.
brilliant solution on every front, in terms of its functionality, its cost and
the way it looks.”
containers have been an experimental tool for architects and artists alike.
simplicity, strength and stack-ability makes them a ready-made solution for
everything to backyard home offices to multi-level apartment complexes.In
Taiwan, the country’s first Starbucks is constructed of 29 containers
piled in a grid-like formation.
The modifiable nature of shipping containers is becoming more important to environmentally-conscious consumers. Excerpts of the story that appeared in Financial Review
We are thrilled to bring our shiny new website to everyone who loves a pool with a difference!
Tanqua Pools is the place for brand new shipping container swimming pools, just in time for summer. If you’re fancying a dip this season you may well be able to in one of our container pools that can be tailored to your requirements.
Read all about it on our website, share it with your family, friends, work colleagues and social media … and most of all, get in touch with us to see how you can have your backyard transformed in time for a summer splash.