Swimming brings with it many health benefits, both short and long-term. The cardio vascular benefits of swimming are amped up because you can get a great workout without putting any stress or strain on your bones and joints. Swimming is ideal for those suffering from arthritis and other joint issues. If you envision working out and swimming laps in your new inground swimming pool you should consider a lap pool, a regulation size pool, or a combination of these options.
Differences Between a Lap Pool and a Regulation Size Pool
The difference between a lap pool and a regulation sized pool is the shape and size. A lap pool is a long, narrow rectangle that emulates a single lane of a pool. If there is room enough in the yard, some homeowners will opt for the full 25-yard lap pool length found at most pools. A lap pool is generally only three and a half to four feet deep. A regulation size pool is one that is larger, longer and better able to accommodate more swimmers and is generally of a size that makes it pool-party ready. A regulation size pool can come in myriad of shapes and sizes and can be constructed out of many various types of materials.
Lap Pool or Regulation Size Pool
If you’re considering an inground pool this year, but aren’t certain how much of your backyard you want to give up for it or wondering whether your home is even zoned to accommodate a pool, talking with your pool contractor is your best first step. The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools can help you come to a decision to determine if a lap pool or a regulation size pool is best for the space you have available.
In some areas of Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia backyard space is at a premium. If this is the situation you find yourself in, but you also find you want access to your own family swimming pool, talk with the Town & Country pool experts about installing a lap pool rather than a regulation size swimming pool. Why? You can get the same enjoyment of a full sized swimming pool while not having to give up your entire backyard to accomplish it.
Regulation Size Pool
A regulation size pool requires at least 25 yards in length to be regulation. Other regulation sizes include 25 meters, and 50 meters (Olympic regulation). As you can see from the sizes listed for regulation size pools they typically take up a larger area of space. This size gives you a larger area to workout and also gives you and your family more water to enjoy!
Benefits of a Lap Pool
A lap pool may also be ideal if you don’t plan on hosting large pool parties or need it to accommodate a houseful of playful children. While a lap pool can accommodate party goers or children, it will have its limitations. A lap pool is most usually prized by those who want a pool but don’t want to give up their entire backyard to accommodate it. Most often a lap pool is chosen by individuals for whom fitness takes precedence over recreational swimming.
Lap pools require less water than recreational pools — this may make it a great choice in those area of the country that experience water bans. Their simple, elegant design complements most architectural styles and they more easily blend into existing landscaping. Although a lap pool is a simple design there is no reason you can’t add a waterfall or other items to spice it up a bit. Ask your Virginia, Maryland or DC pool contractor for ideas on how to add to the aesthetic appeal of your elegant lap pool.
A lap pool measures between 40-75 feet in length and are typically eight to ten feet wide. You can choose your depth. If you have the room and don’t want to give up valuable swimming space for pool stairs, ask your contractor about constructing it in a L-shape so you can enter the pool from the L. Having an L-shape may also offer a place for children to play in shallower water.
Don’t count yourself out of becoming a swimming pool owner simply because you don’t have a large back yard space to hold one — a lap pool might be just the solution.
Contact Town & Country Pools
Ready to get started on your lap pool or regulation size pool project? The expert pool builders at Town & Country Pools can make your dreams a reality and design you the perfect pool. To get started contact us by phone at (877)451-6660 or contact us via our website.