There is nothing more exciting than installing a new pool. But once you’ve decided to get one, you have some additional decisions to make such as the water features. There are plenty of water features to consider before you can finalize your pool plans and designs. And the best way to go about doing that is to familiarize yourself with the various options available to you.
Here are five different water features that will help take your pool to the next level and bring you years of enjoyment in return.
Pool and hot tub jets are not just for circulation, they can also be used as unique water features. The jets can be submerged or used to create any type of water effect you want. For example, jets can be directed to shoot out over the pool to create shimmering arcs of water from your deck or patio. You might also want to add some light to them to display lighted arcs for a more mood-setting effect.
People sometimes confuse waterfalls and spillways; however, there are some very specific differences. Waterfalls are generally bigger and look more “natural” while spillways are more subtle and smooth. Waterfalls provide streams of water that can be angled in different ways to create a specific effect. For example, a waterfall that trickles over a rock formation or a ledge will give you that soothing sound of water that’s so relaxing.
3. Negative Edge With Spillway
The negative edge type of spillway isn’t something everyone is familiar with. A negative edge sometimes called an infinity edge, is beautiful, but is more difficult to construct because it requires a great deal of architecture, mechanical, and structural detailing. A pool with a negative edge has one side of the pool that is even with the water level, which as the name suggests is the negative side.
With this type of pool feature, the water spills over the edge into a catch basin below. Then the water is pumped back into the pool.
A negative edge water feature offers soothing sounds and adds a lot of ambiance to any pool. However, a negative edge does require constant upkeep and attention once it has been installed, but it’s well worth the extra effort!
You might think spillways are like the negative edge type of water feature, but they’re not. A spillway is actually purposeful and decorative at the same time and it doesn’t overflow from the pool’s water level like a negative edge.
A spillway is just like it sounds. The water spills out from a fountain, spa, or other feature into your pool. This is the decorative function of a spillway. The purposeful function of a spillway is that the water is constantly flowing so it won’t corrode or leave a calcium build-up on any of the surfaces below it.
Fountains are usually designed to shoot out of hot tubs or the shallow ends of a pool. And fountains will provide you with a great deal of creativity by allowing you to choose a fountain that will add any number of effects to your pool experience.
For example, you might want to add an underwater fountain with lighting effects. Or perhaps a 3-tier fountain, a sprayer fountain, a floating fountain, or a fountain that has a cascading waterfall. There are so many different types of fountains for you to choose from, you will probably find it hard to decide. If you need some advice on which fountain would best suit you and your family, don’t hesitate to talk with your pool builder for some expert recommendations.
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