Fiberglass Pool Accessories and Features
Even though fiberglass pools are prefabricated, and you therefore have some limitation as to what you can create in your dream backyard, they come with tons of options that you can choose from to make your pool unique and enjoyable for your family. From tanning ledges to water falls and beautiful lighting features, the choices can get overwhelming.
Don’t worry, though. We’re here to take you through the options so you can decide what you can’t live without and what can be left off your pool purchase.
Here are a few of the most common additions:
Inground Pool Lights
Inground pool lights can drastically change the way your pool looks, especially at night! There are three kinds of lights—LEDS, Fiber Optics, and Incandescent. The price range of these lights can go from $500-$2,000. It is wise to put these in during the construction of your pool, or it will be a major renovation later on.
Waterfalls bring a sense of calmness and relaxation. Beautiful designs can be done. The prices generally range from $2500-$25,000 depending on the size and type of waterfall. Custom waterfalls can cost up to $6,000-$25,000 depending on the finishes.
Diving boards are one of the most exciting add-ons to a pool, but there are certain aspects to consider. Diving boards should be in deep water pools with at least 8ft depth. They come in a few different sizes, depending on the size of your pool and what you prefer. Diving Boards prices can range from $1,800-$3,000.
What Pool Features Are Available?
A fiberglass pool’s structure cannot be customized to your liking, but many accessories and options can be added on. Consider these artful and functional options for your pool.
This is an important feature to decide upon. You have a few options for the way you enter a pool: stairs or steps (a simple structure descending into the water), beach entry (a gradual descending entryway beginning at an open section of the pool down into the water), or a tanning ledge area (shallow area of water to lay or play on).
Adding handles, railings, or a bar is an important aspect of your pool’s safety, because it allows swimmers to enter without slipping.
A slide is a popular feature for those with children. A straight slide (forward-facing descent), a winder slide (a slightly twisting descent), and a spiral slide (a 360-degree wraparound descent) are three options to consider.
A diving board is also a great accessory to add for kids. A short board and a long board are two options, and don’t forget the railing for safety!
Pool fences are for security and peace of mind when you are not home or near the pool. These are especially important if children are in the vicinity.
Pool Mosaics and Tile
Pool mosaics are generally only for visual appeal, but they can add function as well. Children or the elderly can use them to navigate stair placement as they enter. They can also help by indicating the shallowness or depth of the water. Mosaics can be animals (like turtles, dolphins, or octopuses) or shapes (like a water drop, star, or other design).
A tanning ledge is a small area of shallow water (1-4 inches) for laying while working on a tan. This shallow water area is designed to keep you cool. This can be a part of the actual pool or added to the side.
You can choose to install an automatic pool cover to protect your fiberglass pool.
Water features are fully customizable and add beauty and functionality to your pool. Here are the top options to consider.
Pool fountains can either be a structure inside the pool body or on the outside wall spraying into the pool.
Pool waterfalls are continuous cascades of water falling into the pool. Rock or metal frames can be positioned on the rim of the pool for water to fall, such as water bowls or waterwalls.
A pool bubbler is similar to a water fountain, but the difference is it’s a shallower and wider column of water erupting from underneath the surface. These are mostly used in shallow shelves, spas, and pool steps.
A pool spillway is similar to a waterfall, but the difference is instead of water being pumped into the pool by an external device, water overflows or “spills” into the pool from another pool or spa.
A pool cascade is an art or function piece with water flowing down rocks or other visually-appealing arrangements.
Pool streams are jets of water squirting over or into the pool from the edge. These are generally used for visual effect. In the industry, the most popular options are deck jets and laminars.
Vanishing Edge or Infinity Edge
A pool vanishing edge is where the water flows over one raised edge of the pool into a basin (and then pumped back into the pool), so it appears that the water never ends.
It’s best to have adequate lighting around the pool so you can see what’s under the water at night. Options for this include floodlights and bright LED lights. Additionally, proper lighting enhances visuals around your pool. Include lights in bubblers or streams to illuminate your pool. Here are options to consider.
Pool deck lighting includes bright lights around the pool deck so swimmers can see the edge, stairs, and handles.
Underwater pool lighting can be used both for safety and visual appeal. Underwater lights illuminate what’s beneath the surface. These can be white or colorful.
Light Color Customization
Colored LED lights in and around your pool can create an enticing atmosphere for your swimmers. Use colorful lights such as blues, greens, oranges, yellows, and purples to keep your guests coming back for more.