What is a Zero-Entry Pool?

Zero-entry pools are rapidly becoming one of the most popular contemporary designs in luxury pools.

If you’re interested in owning a stunning pool with aesthetic and functional benefits, a zero-entry pool might be right for you. Find out everything you need to know about zero-entry pools in this month’s article.

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What is a zero-entry pool?

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What is a zero-entry pool?

Zero-entry pools, also known as ‘beach-entry pools’ or ‘walk-in pools’, are a style of swimming pool people characterised by their sloping entrance. Unlike traditional pools, zero-entry pools replace bulky stairs and ladders with a slope, creating a seamless transition between land and water.

Zero-entry pools are often referred to as beach pools because they replicate the feeling of being at the beach. Many pool owners choose to enhance this effect by surrounding the pool with pebbles or sand. Other water features like rocks or a waterfall are commonly added, too.

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The water of a zero-entry pool rises partially up the slope. As you walk down the slope to enter the pool you become submerged in the pool gradually, rather than all at once. If you wish, you can simply decide to stay on the slope to experience the cool water without fully submerging into the pool.

Is my yard suitable for a zero-entry pool?

Zero-entry pools require more backyard space than regular pools. This is because the slope will need to be built onto the side of the pool.

According to the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, the slope for zero-entry pools at a private residence cannot exceed a 1:7 slope ratio. So, for every seven feet in distance, the pool can have no more than one foot in depth. Commercial pools and pools designed to be ADA-compliant have differing ratio requirements.

What is a Zero Entry Pool?

However, there is another solution. You can reduce the slope length by only having a partial slope. Instead of extending all the way to reach the bottom of the pool, a partial slope cuts off at a certain point, forming a step to deeper water.

What are the benefits of a zero-entry pool?

The zero entry-pool style offers various aesthetic and functional benefits:

  • It’s a unique and attractive pool style that creates a beach atmosphere
  • The slope makes it easier for anyone with limited mobility to get into the pool
  • The slope provides a shallow area for young children to play in
  • The slope is also a great ledge for sunbathing, or for anyone who wants to feel the cool pool water without fully submerging themselves

What are the disadvantages of a zero entry pool?

Zero-entry pools aren’t suitable for everyone. Make sure you’ve considered the cons before you press ahead with the project.

  • Zero-entry pools require more space and therefore aren’t suitable for smaller yards.
  • Local pets or wildlife might take advantage of the natural entry to play in or drink from your pool.
  • Because there is no clear edge, zero-entry pools aren’t ideal for swimming laps.

Zero-entry pools are just one of the many pools styles we offer at Aqua Blue Pools.

As the Lowcountry’s premier custom pool builders, we can help make your dream pool a reality. Since 1991, we’ve been building pools in a range of styles for residential and commercial clients in South Carolina SC. Working closely with you, we take all your requirements on board to construct a custom pool built to your specifications.

Our team takes control of the entire process, from the design to the build to the renovation. It’s this dedication to our customers that has earned us countless awards for excellence in pool design and customer service.

Start the journey towards owning your dream pool today. Contact our team to find out more.


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