An infinity pool is a unique fixture that is commonly found in resorts and in advertisements. These pools have been in existence for centuries, with the first infinity pool having been built in the 1600s in France. However, they are only now making a surge in popularity throughout the world, and they are considered by many to be an attractive and luxurious feature to add to a home. Read on for a brief overview of what an infinity pool is and what you'll need to consider when thinking of installing one in your home or on your property.
What is an Infinity Pool?
Generally, an infinity pool is a pool in which one or more edges of the pool appear to extend beyond the visible boundaries of the pool. This is achieved by building a low wall on that edge, such that the surface of the water continues unbroken. Excess water will spill over the edge and is captured in a catch pool below. This catch pool is also technically part of the infinity pool setup, as it's necessary in order to provide water to pump back into the infinity pool.
Infinity pools are also known as infinity edge pools, vanishing edge pools, disappearing edge pools, and other related names as well.
Unique Fixtures of an Infinity Pool
An infinity pool contains two circulation systems, while a normal pool will typically only contain one. The first and primary circulation system for an infinity pool is the primary one which works to pump water in the main pool through filters and back into the pool. This type of circulation is exactly the same as for a standard pool. The second type of circulation system helps to retrieve water from the catch pool and to pump it back into the regular pool. Because of this second system, infinity pools typically require more energy in order to operate, and they also require a larger amount of space than standard pools of the same size.
Considerations when Installing an Infinity Pool
In addition to understanding the extra costs and mechanical parts of an infinity pool, it's important to also remember that infinity pools are generally considered to be aesthetically useful only in particular situations. Most designers and pool specialists recommend installing these pools only in areas in which you have a naturally lowered area for the catch pool.
This helps to facilitate the design of the pool and ensures that the water can fall from the exposed edge of the infinity pool without the catch pool being visible. This also naturally lends itself to areas that are perched up on a hill, where the view from the infinity pool will be better than it would be if the pool were placed on a flat surface.