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Plan for swimming pool shade

Town & Country Pool builders offer shade options for pool owners

The sun is one of the things we love the most in the summer, but when it comes to swimming in your family pool, there might be times when you just want to get away from the sun and relax in the shade, right? The swimming pool builders from Town & Country Pools know that it’s ideal to have your swimming pool water benefit from the heat of the sun, but it’s also great to have a space to relax poolside without having to be in direct sunlight. To achieve this, you need to do some strategic thinking on shade and pool placement and design.

Planting trees is one way to get shade, but trees could bring the following issues with them:Pebble Sheen Blue Granite - Potomac, Maryland

  1. Leaves or sap that can fall into the water
  2. Roots that could grow too large and damage the pool structure
  3. Birds and bird poo
  4. Branches that overhang the pool could block too much of the sun
  5. Branches that overhang the pool could break off in a storm and damage the pool

Here are some shade ideas:

  • Plant shade trees with care. Ask us which trees work best for poolside planting.  What species won’t drop too many leaves or sap into the pool. Which trees have a small enough root structure to not damage the pool.
  • Umbrellas are colorful, flexible, typically inexpensive and offer myriad shade opportunities. They can be movable or umbrella bases can be built into the deck to make them permanent.
  • Awnings are stylish, can be made from material that is UVA and UVB rated safe and can open or close, depending on the weather.
  • Add a permanent structure in the form of a pergola or a pool house.
  • The original placement of the pool will lend, or not, itself to shade during the summer months. Track the path of the sun so you understand the best place for pool placement.
  • Utilize your safety fence as a shade provider. Safety fences are more than utilitarian structures.

Of the many things you need to consider during your pool construction, shade might not have figured into your thoughts, but they should!

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