A new pool is a huge investment for any homeowner, council, body corporate or resort. So designing a useable and functional all round four seasons pool is a serious consideration for most of our Redlands clients.
Thankfully we live in sunny Queensland and the Redlands climate is spectacular for most of the 4 Seasons.
Once the summer begins to roll into Autumn the temperature in the new season starts to drop away significantly. Warm summer days become cool Autumn nights.
While 26 degrees ambient temp may seem warm, pool water below 26 degrees can start to feel a little chilly.
Then roll into winter and an ambient temperature of 10 degrees and the pool can start to feel like an ice bath until the new Spring arrives.
However with some clever equipment, design and additional investment a pool area can be designed that is functional for all 4 seasons.
The key considerations are positioning of the pool, available solar heat, heating, additions of a integrated or separate spa, firepit areas, sitting/sun lounging areas.
A pool with a spa incorporated can provide an extra special experience in winter months having steam come off your spa while other pools sit cold and idle is one of life’s simple joys.
A pool without heating and limited available solar heat will likely only be utilized from October – February. Whereas a pool that receives full sun and northern sun in winter months without heating will normally be used from September to March.
Now if wishing to extend for a full four season experience the use of heating is essential. There are a few options available to heat a pool and they vary substantially in capability, initial outlay and ongoing cost. The three most common are solar, electric and gas.
Solar Pool Heating in the Redlands-
The most economical way to extend the pool season by around 4 months a year is the addition of solar heating. Solar heating is essentially a radiator for the pool located on the roof of your home or business. Water is pumped from the pool up to the roof where the sun heats the water before returning to the pool. A good quality solar system will also comprise of a thermostat and small dedicated pump to regulate when the system turns on and off. By using solar heating in the Redlands area in conjunction with a pool blanket most pools can be extended to be used until May and again from late August. Solar can generally be retrofitted quiet easily to an existing pool.
Electric Pool Heat Pumps Redlands-
An electric pool heater works in a similar way to an air conditioner. Instead of drawing cooler air in to cool and area the heater will draw in warm air to warm the pool water. Heat pump technology has advanced immensely over the last decade and they are now quiet efficient. However with the ever increasing energy costs it should be a serious consideration to install solar panels to offset energy use by the pool heater to get it as close to cost neutral as possible. When sized correctly and used with a pool blanket an electric heater can provide year round use of the pool. The key is to buy a large enough unit for your size pool and operate with a blanket and solar panels to minimize running costs.
Gas Pool Heating Redlands-
Gas is the most instant way of heating a pool however gas supply in the Redlands is generally limited to bottles and this can become cost prohibitive. For a small body of water though such as a spa gas heating can be very advantageous as heat it time is extremely quick when sized correctly.
When designing or renovating a pool for all 4 seasons use the following should be considered.
With the cost of building a pool serious consideration should be given to making the pool available for use for all 4 seasons. Thankfully in the Redlands area our climate is so good it is more than possible to have a true four seasons pool with a little creativity, foresight and additional investment this is easily achieved. The outcome should be a true 4 season pool you can be very proud of and make use of year round.
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The Pool coping is the first row of tiles on top of the pool this is usually replaced with a stone or porcelain tiles approx 400mm in width.
Waterline tiles are several rows of tiles between the coping and pool interior, whilst not essential the addition of waterline tiles will make ongoing cleaning of the waterline much easier.
Pebble interior finishes have evolved greatly over the years and can provide some very natural water colours. The stone is 1-2mm in size and very fine grain allowing for a smooth and tough pool interior finish.
Glass bead interiors can be utilized as an alternative to pebble interiors to provide a very striking water colour. These products have a similar texture to pebble interiors and a similar service life but can provide much more intense and deeper water colours.
Our filtration packs provide an upgrade of all pool equipment including new sand or cartridge filter, new pool pump and a new salt chlorinator connected to the existing plumbing lines.
Our range of single or multi colour lights will provide another dimension to the pool once the sun sets. These are possible in most renovations however an onsite inspection is required to confirm viability of an addition of lighting.