The feedback that we receive from the owners of swimming pools indicates that people really would like to make more use of their pools. Obstacles to year-round enjoyment often include poor weather, and in the UK, this has the potential to mean a good chunk of the year.

Well, help is at hand. Pool enclosures are a great way to extend the usability of your pool leaving you with no excuse not to be in it whenever possible. Read on to learn what the pool enclosure could do for you.

Types of Pool Enclosures and Surrounds

These removable accessories or permanent structures can take many forms. The most common type is an enclosure that sits above your pool, providing an effective form of cover from the elements whilst giving you the ability to still get in and out and swim unimpeded.

The most upmarket type of enclosure will make liberal use of glass, allowing those inside to be able to see out as well as providing an environment that should be slightly warmer than the ambient temperature due to the benefits on solar gain.

A more cost effective solution could involve a series of poles placed around the perimeter of the pool which allow the placement of a vinyl cover or sheet that can be pulled across for weather protection as well as to keep the pool cleaner when not in use. The most common categories are;

  • Flat Enclosures – A basic pool cover which is retracted to facilitate access.
  • Low Profile Enclosures – This type of enclosure forms a dome. Access into the pool will be possible with the enclosure in place but standing height may be restricted. Diving into the pool will likely be impossible.
  • Standing Enclosures – These are your all singing and dancing enclosures which effectively turn an outdoor pool into an indoor one.

What Are the Benefits?

Apart from the obvious which we’ve touched upon, pool covers and enclosures also come with a host of other benefits.

  • An increased level of safety is provided as it no longer becomes possible to accidentally fall into the pool when not in use.
  • Depending on the type of enclosure, you may also benefit from heightened levels of privacy, especially if your property directly adjoins another.
  • A well designed pool cover could add to the value of your property. This is especially the case as you could market it as having an indoor pool. Speak to your estate agent for more information.

Buying Enclosures and Covers

Depending on the size of your pool, you might find yourself needing a bespoke installation. There are a few well known retailers that sell swimming pool supplies and furniture who should be able to assist. There are also several showrooms in West Yorkshire so if you’re local, be sure to make a visit. If not, a quick web search will identify other suitable suppliers.

Once you’ve swam in a swimming pool under an enclosure, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the leap sooner, and with the ability to reduce maintenance costs and potentially add value to your home, it could end up paying for itself.