Are smaller swimming pools worth it?

When people think of swimming pools – they usually think of installations that take up a lot of space and monopolize a backyard. In fact, when people are on the fence as to whether or not they want to purchase a pool – it’s that very reason that headlines the list of objections, usually. But not every pool has to be a goliath. 

In fact many installs are smaller pools. Your average pool is only about 12 feet by 24 feet providing you with plenty of room for you and your loved ones to play, swim and relax. In fact, smaller pools come with a number of advantages, some of which we’ll discuss here today.

Here are some of the benefits to having a smaller pool and what that can mean for you. Let’s jump right in!

Less maintenance

Smaller the pool, the less physical maintenance it’ll need and the less money you’ll need to spend! The smaller volume of water will mean you won’t need as many chemicals. The smaller pool means you won’t have to run your filter for excessively long periods of time. Smaller pools take less time to heat and cool – and retain temperature better – meaning that it’ll cost you a lot less on the electricity bill. 

Additionally – when it comes to structural stuff like re-plaster, re-coating, refilling/draining and the like – it’ll cost significantly less. Will you be able to swim endless laps in your pool? No, probably not. But you’ll get many of the same benefits with significantly less cost and effort put into maintaining it. 

Less cost up front


While we usually DO recommend you install a heater in your pool, you know what? With a small pool – you usually don’t need one. Here in warmer climates like Tampa, FL – smaller pool means smaller volume of water and that makes it far easier to heat up. Sun will be able to get to the depths of the pool far easier and as we know – this can save you a truck load of money. Solar covers, rings and heating mats are absolutely the way to go. 

More room for other things

Small pools don’t take up space and as such – it gives you more space to add other things to the space so that it’s not suffocated by the pool. Grills, gazebos, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, eating areas – you name it – you’ll be able to bring a lot more life to the party than just the pool. 

If you’re interested in what a smaller swimming pool can do for your home, give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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