What are the advantages of a single-depth pool?
Start with why you want a pool… How do you envision you and your family using the pool?
For many, pools are the perfect place to lounge, to get a workout in, to entertain guests, and to let the kids play. In each of these scenarios, a shallower depth pool would be ideal, and a single-depth pool would be the best choice. Swimming laps, playing volleyball, throwing a ball, and entertaining more guests, these are the reasons to get a single-depth pool versus a pool with both a shallow and a deep end. With more area to lounge and play, you will get the most out of your new pool.
Does the stainless steel get hot?
Yes, and no. Stainless steel, like any metal material, conducts heat rapidly. If the metal is exposed to direct sunlight, it can quickly heat up. This is why we run our coping over the top of the stainless steel lip of the pool so that it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Depending on the amount of sun exposure, some clients have decided to leave the steel exposed to show off its beauty. All stainless steel below the coping and below the water line does NOT get any hotter than other materials. If you add a heater, the water warms faster; if you add a chiller, the water cools faster. However, in normal settings, the water is the insulator, not the vessel, so you can expect similar temperature changes as with other materials.
How deep is the Signature Spa?
Our Signature Spas are 30” deep. This may not seem very deep, but both the jet placements and seating heights have been developed for best use scenarios. Seating in the spa is 12” from the bottom, leaving 18” from the seat height to the waterline. This provides a perfect water depth for a spa setting.
How much do they cost?
As you can imagine, a pool that is guaranteed to endure the tests of time and nature without future maintenance will be a significant investment. Compared to gunite/concrete pools, our MPools are in the same price range. The vessel itself ranges from $65k to $112k, depending on the length (20’ to 40’). This price does NOT include applicable taxes, shipping, and necessary pool equipment. Our normal installation costs for MPools range between $30k and $40k with labor, materials, decking, and finishes.
Custom stainless steel pools increase costs significantly due to the substantial additions of stainless reinforcements around and under the vessel and the labor incurred. However, custom pools and spas are limitless in their design options and can be installed in locations that cannot be done otherwise. The long-term savings and peace of mind outweigh the initial investment in every case.
Is the stainless steel slippery?
No. Our stainless steel pools and spas are not polished and are not slippery. Since stainless steel naturally inhibits algae growth, it is actually less slippery than a liner or fiberglass pool. Stainless steel is smooth. This means that you won’t be doctoring the kids’ “pool toes” that concrete pools notoriously provide users from extended use. For peace of mind, we have dimpled our stairs. It was not necessary, but it does provide even more traction. Hydrotherapy spas, saunas, and physical therapy facilities all choose stainless steel for all of the many benefits that stainless steel provides.
What water depth is best?
Most pools today are built shallower than in decades past. Most home-owners are realizing that deeper water increases insurance liabilities, increases utility and chemical costs, and limits the area of the pool that will be used most. Pools today are built with the homeowner in mind: water levels deep enough to swim laps, but shallow enough to use the entire pool length for leisure and play. Deeper water means more water. The more gallons of water that a pool has, the more stress on the pump and filter to turn the water over. Shallower depths are ideal for cutting utility and chemical maintenance costs while providing more usable surface area. Our standard pool depths are 4 feet 6 inches from the bottom of the pool to the water level.
How many jets does the Signature Spa have?
Our Signature Spas have 16 jets that are strategically placed for maximum comfort and therapeutic results.
Can I use salt-cell disinfectant systems with stainless steel?
Salt water chlorination systems are NOT recommended for stainless steel pools and spas. Stainless steel naturally inhibits algae and bacteria growth and uses less than half of the disinfectants necessary to maintain the water cleanliness. In combination with a UV/Ozone supplement, stainless steel pools and spas further reduce the chemical usage.
Besides chlorine, are there other ways to disinfect the pool or spa?
Chlorine continues to be the preferred choice for most homeowners and commercial pool owners; however, there are other options available now. Salt water chlorination is NOT recommended for stainless steel; plus, all you are doing is using a generator that turns saltwater into chlorinated water with an extra by-product that degrades plastered concrete pools even faster, costing $10-20k to repair. Hydrogen peroxide, bromine, and UV/Ozone are among the alternatives. Since stainless steel pools and spas naturally inhibit the growth of algae and bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can be dispensed in small quantities with a chemical automation device. Hydrogen peroxide does not have the residual effects of bromine and chlorine which means that the automated dispenser will need to continuously add hydrogen peroxide to keep the water chemistry stable, and hydrogen peroxide will need to be in direct sunlight for optimal effectiveness. Both bromine and hydrogen peroxide are slightly more expensive than chlorine, but for some, it may be the perfect solution. Bromine, like chlorine, holds its disinfectant abilities longer and produces a silkier smooth water than chlorine. It has a lower chemical smell and doesn’t burn the eyes as much as chlorine, but it does have a slight odor and does still affect those with chlorine allergies–since both bromine and chlorine are in the same chemical family.