Effective pool management means listening to patrons, and in the great debate between indoor and outdoor pools, project managers must keep many factors in mind. Construction costs, design feasibility and customer-facing attractiveness are only a few of the things to keep track of. Outdoor pools are generally larger than indoor ones, but they can’t boast the features and cleanliness of indoor facilities.
However, adding an enclosure over an outdoor pool may not just make it easier to clean by keeping leaves and other debris out of the water, but patrons might be more interested in the year-round events enclosed pools can offer. Even though the weather is improving, adding an enclosure to an outdoor pool can increase interest in your site.
Why you should cover your pool
Building an enclosure doesn’t have to mean that you’re now running an indoor facility, but putting a roof over the water can make a big difference when it comes to cleaning your pool. By keeping any dirt, leaves or pebbles outside, the water of a pool covered by an enclosure says cleaner for longer. Also, its temperature is also more stable because it’s no longer in direct sunlight for the entire day.
Customers prefer enclosed pools not only for these reasons, but also because enclosed pools can be used year-round. While heated outdoor facilities can run in the winter, most swimmers don’t find the temperature difference enjoyable. However, with a simple canvas or plastic enclosure over the pool, swimmers can enjoy your facility regardless of the weather outside.
What kind of enclosure should you choose
The style of the enclosure you put over the pool can vary from inexpensive awnings and tarps to million dollar construction projects. Pool managers with small facilities may way to look into plastic or glass enclosures that let sunlight through and capture heat to recreate a warm summer day regardless of the weather outside. These curved domes naturally regulate the water temperature while allowing your patrons to enjoy the experience of swimming in an outdoor pool.
Larger pools will require more substantial enclosures made from iron and steel. Many popular models have entire ceilings or walls made from glass so plenty of sunlight can penetrate to the water. Also, complex designs allow pool management to get creative – instead of a transparent roof, these enclosures can be designed with retractable roof systems. With these, pool managers can give their patrons the best of both the indoor and outdoor pool experiences.