What is a freeform swimming pool? – Know Your Shapes, Types and Designs

Specifics of a freeform swimming pool

A freeform swimming pool is one designed in an irregular, curvy style and shape. This pool is not like your typical rectangular-shaped or “L”-shaped pool. In fact, freeform pools are just about the exact opposite of your local recreational pool. Here’s all you need to know about freeform swimming pools:

How are freeform pools shaped?

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Any pool installation company should have plenty of freeform layouts to glance through. You’ll still see them measured length x width, only that will be more of an estimation given the curviness of the pools. As for the creation of freeform pool shell, you will have three options: concrete, vinyl and fiberglass.

Concrete is the recommended material for forming a freeform swimming pool. Reason being, concrete is more easily shaped than fiberglass and it’s a better material in the long run than vinyl. Concrete can be customized as it is being installed, thus, it is perfect for tricky shapes and designs.

The knock on fiberglass, at least regarding freeform pools, is the fact that fiberglass pool shells come pre-shaped. Hence, they are not customizable. You can still purchase and install a fiberglass preform pool, just know that what you purchase is what you get—you won’t be able to change the shape once you purchase it.

Vinyl can be customized; however, it is basically a cheaper version of concrete. This can of course be a good thing if you are on a budget; just know that a vinyl pool is less durable and you will have to replace the liner every 5-10 years, likely costing around $4,000 each replacement.

How do costs differ from ordinary pools?

Freeform pools are going to cost more than traditional pools due to their customization. Manufacturers either put forth extra work in the front end, creating freeform pools for their product line, or the customization requires extra work for the installers. Either way, a pool that has a unique shape and a unique design is being established, therefore, it will cost more.

Fiberglass pools will cost the most initially, concrete the 2nd most and vinyl would be the cheapest. Remember the long-run cost of vinyl, however.

Why is a freeform pool best for my backyard?

Freeform swimming pools add character to a backyard. You can turn them into a truly eye-catching space with the addition of rocks, boulders and mini waterfalls. Certainly, you’ve visited a backyard that matches that description. It’s a neat look, isn’t it? That could be your backyard, but with your own taste. You can have the backyard that everyone wants to hang out in.

Plus, freeform pools create the illusion that your outdoor space is bigger than it actually is. Instead of staring at an open patch of grass, you create a space with a swimming pool, a lounging area and perhaps some extra grass space on the side. And you won’t have to mow as often or for as long.

Fujiwa Tiles

Every pool needs pool tiles, whether traditional or freeform. Fujiwa Tiles offers over 100 different tile styles, each with a different look and each up to date with recent innovations. Contact Fujiwa today to find the pool tiles for your freeform swimming pool. Also, please visit our blog for additional information.

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