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Clarity Pool Service- Acrylic Swimming Pool Wall Feature
At Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, we pride ourselves on designing and constructing beautiful custom swimming pools. So, when it comes to custom features for your swimming pool, we have you covered! It’s essential that you select a pool feature or set of features that accentuate as well as complement the overall aesthetic design of the pool. The adage “Sometimes less is more” has never been more accurate. Especially where modern swimming pool design is concerned. This article is the start of a series of informative articles that will cover custom swimming pool design & some of the hottest new features that are available, as well as a few that are taking the industry by storm. In this article, we’ll be covering one of those trends that everyone in the industry is talking about, swimming pool designs that feature transparent walls.
Acrylic Walls – The Current Rage in Custom Swimming Pool Design
Pool designs that feature transparent walls are one of the hottest trends in swimming pool design and construction at the moment, our research here at Clarity Pool Service has yielded some pretty exciting results. The toughest part about this popular style is the structural difficulty and challenges that come along with a project of this magnitude. While we’re not here to cast a negative light on the process of integrating transparent walls into your custom swimming pool, we are here to inform you of the process that goes into this fantastic new swimming pool design feature.
The transparent swimming pool wall feature is sleek, it’s modern, it’s more than modern, it’s futuristic, and it’s one of those features that open up a whole new world of what’s possible within custom swimming pool design.
If you want a custom swimming that will leave the Jones’s in the dust, then this is the feature you’ll want to include within your design. The technical term to describe this transparent pool wall feature is “Open Top Windows.” As we mentioned above, this style of pool opens up a whole other world a possibility within the art of custom swimming pool design.
Acrylic Transparent Swimming Pool Wall Sketchup Design
If you’re looking for a custom swimming pool designer that will work directly with your architect or engineer, give Clarity Pool Service a call today.
The following photo album below is a project from a company in France known as Piscines Carre Bleu. Please don’t ask us how to pronounce it, but one thing is for sure, this company can build custom swimming pools. Their website is in French, but we recommend swinging by their site and getting some design ideas. Or, even better, use Piscines Carre Bleu to build your Chateau swimming pool in France.
The design of an elevated swimming pool or water feature is not inherently complicated, dangerous or even necessarily problematic, but it does include some interesting challenges that can be terribly unforgiving of ignorance or neglect. Some basic issues that should be considered whenever such a design is undertaken include the following.
Pool Shell Design and Construction
Weight of pool and equipment: The weight of water alone is about 62
pounds per cubic foot. The load of the water, pool shell and structural
containment can easily total 350 pounds per square foot or more,
depending upon the structure and the actual water depth. A careful
structural analysis will be required.
Double shell pool/water feature construction: There are two
generally accepted approaches to the construction of elevated pools and
water features. Both entail the construction of a waterproofed
structural well within which will be constructed the pool shell or
liner. The first approach of which would be cast-in-place concrete (CIP)
or shotcrete and the second of which is stainless steel. Although it is
theoretically possible to construct the structural well neat to pool
dimensions, a high level of coordination would be required of the
structural concrete sub-contractor to insure all pool allowances for
finishes, piping sleeves, lights and equipment make this approach very
difficult to accomplish, most oversize the structural support.
Stainless steel pools: The use of stainless steel seems an obvious
choice for elevated pools and water features because of its durability
and, if properly constructed, water tightness. The stainless can either
be left unfinished and bare or provided with an applied finish.
Maintenance of the polished surface of the stainless can be an issue,
and several health departments require that it be finished for reasons
ranging from both color to slip resistance.
Finishes: Tile is an obvious choice, and very popular for this
application for both durability and aesthetics. Several stainless
manufacturers also offer an adhered sheet vinyl or PVC finish that may
have applicability depending upon budget. Stainless is often nominally
more expensive than a concrete solution, although regional preferences
may make it the only viable choice. Also, some creative design solutions
may find translation with stainless difficult to achieve. Further, if
stainless is being used above occupied or in otherwise acoustically
sensitive applications, it is recommended that an acoustical engineer be
consulted; there is an increased potential for the transmission of
noise through stainless.
One of the major keys to successful elevated pool and water feature
design is effective waterproofing. Two layers of waterproofing should
be considered, one at the structural level and the other at the finish
The structural or primary waterproofing system should include the
entire natatorium or pool/water feature area, including the well within
which the pool or water feature shell is to be constructed, the
surrounding deck as well as all ancillary areas anticipated to be wet.
The waterproofing material should be consistent with the application,
coordinated with and if possible compatible with the secondary
waterproofing material under the pool finishes.
The Architect is typically responsible for the base waterproofing system. A drain or drains should be provided at the lowest point at the structural or primary level of waterproofing to carry away leakage and relieve hydrostatic pressure, if any. This drain should daylight at some point, or be provided with a sight-glass, in order to monitor leakage.
With a stainless solution, this second level of waterproofing is the
stainless steel shell itself. No other waterproofing should be
With a concrete solution, a waterproofing system will be specified
that will maximize the compatibility between substrate and finishes.
Leaks, although rare, remain a possibility. Ideally Piping or
conduit should be located in a drained containment area, if not
possible, the use of drip pans under the pool and piping may be
Ample overflow and/or deck drainage capacity at least equal to the
makeup water flow should be provided. On high rise applications, the
potential for sway should be considered and appropriate measures taken
to contain any consequent slosh.
In summary, successful elevated pools and/or water feature design
depends upon meeting the inherent challenges and demands of structure,
appropriate material selection, waterproofing, drainage and acoustical
Elevated Swimming Pool Design Comments by Clarity Pool Service
We decided to repost this article here at the Clarity Pool Service website due to the unique and downright interesting nature, as custom swimming pool contractors, we’ve yet to have the opportunity to build a high rise or elevated swimming pool design. It piques our interest, though, and if ever offered the chance, well with great power comes great responsibility, and that is all on the subject of building a project such as a highrise custom swimming pool. We want to thank Staci Pye of the Hydro+Logic Blog, and we appreciate the article as well as the insight on this complicated subject. You can find the original article by Staci Pye here at http://hydrologicblog.com/elevated-pools/
At Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, we specialize in custom pool design and contracting services. From concept to completion, we’ll ensure that your custom pool project is done professionally and is finished promptly, all while delivering the superior customer service and support that we’ve become known for providing.
If you’re in the market for a custom pool contractor, we invite you to browse the Clarity Pool Service website for an informative overview of our pool building process. We’re Southern Nevada’s premiere authority on custom swimming pool design and construction services. We recommend starting here at our “New Pool Construction” section. At Clarity Pool Service we believe that an educated client is a great client. During the pool design & construction process, we will require you to make both aesthetic and functional decisions about your residential or commercial swimming pool project. These decisions will ultimately lead to the end swimming pool product. So, the more you learn and understand our pool building process, the better your custom pool project turns out.
We’re not just a custom pool builder, at Clarity Pool Service we offer comprehensive solutions for all your swimming pool needs. From regularly scheduled maintenance, bead blasting, PuriPool water treatment, and pool renovation services. Clarity is your preferred custom pool builder and pool maintenance service. Give us a call today to speak with one of our swimming pool specialists. Thank you for choosing Clarity for all your swimming pool needs.
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