There’s something peaceful about staring out at the never-ending ocean. It’s one of the reasons our beaches stay so crowded.
What if you could enjoy that tranquil view without ever leaving home? And even if you already have an ocean view, what if you could bring it closer onshore?
If those peaks your interest, you might want to consider an infinity pool.
what is an infinity pool?
An infinity pool — also known as a vanishing edge pool — looks like it goes on forever, hence the name.
Water flows over at least one of the pool edges, creating the effect that the water has no boundaries. This design is especially popular around water backgrounds since it makes the pool look like it merges with the other body of water.
The benefits of having an infinity pool are purely aesthetic and really just a personal preference.
So if you like the idea of having a pool with sparkling water that never seems to end, you’re probably wondering what the differences are between infinity vs. regular pools. Here’s a comparison of costs, maintenance, and what to expect.
how much does an infinity pool cost (5 factors that affect the price)?
Every infinity pool project is different, and the price will depend on a variety of components:
- Size of the pool
- Type of finishes (ex. glass tile, ceramic tile, stones in the basin, or metal grates)
- Lights in the catch basin
- Size of the infinity edge, basin, and collector tank — this is a key factor and is often overlooked or misguided
- Additional equipment is needed for proper operation of the catch basin i.e. filter & pump
Obviously, the larger the pool is and the more features you want, the higher the price will be.
infinity pool vs. regular pool price
The cost for a 12-by-24-foot regular pool starts at about $35,000 and goes up to $50,000 or more depending on what’s included.
An infinity pool typically costs 20 percent more than a regular pool if you have the infinity edge on one side.
If you have an infinity edge on more than one side of the pool, the cost percentage increases.
A separate collector tank may also be required on your property if the catch basin isn’t big enough to support the bather load and make-up water (because of setbacks or other issues). That can make the price go up, as well.
Something else that’s a little different with infinity pools (and can play into the price) is the material you use for the exterior. With a normal pool, you don’t have to think about it because you don’t see it, but that’s not the case with infinity pools.
The overflow wall is seen (at least in most cases), and you want it to look good and stand up to water constantly flowing over it. The price will depend on what material you choose and how much of the area will be covered with it.
The most expensive option is to use tile from the edge all the way down to the surge chamber.
how pool maintenance is different
All pools require regular maintenance, but there are additional concerns and services an infinity pool needs.
Compared to a regular pool, an infinity pool will have a higher evaporation rate, which can cause the pool to consume more chemicals. Maintaining the water level can be a bit tricky because although it evaporates more, the water level always looks the same because its pump will fill the pool up to the edge. Whoever services the pool needs to understand they should check and maintain the water levels in the surge chamber and not just the pool, according to Aqua Magazine.
Just remember: Adding one inch of water to the chamber doesn’t equate to adding one inch of water to the pool since the pool is much larger.
An infinity pool will also need a catch basin, and those require separate vacuum lines, separate pumps, and filter systems. You may have to deal with birds, as well, since they often use the infinity edge as a birdbath.
Although an infinity edge is part of the pool, it should be treated as its own thing.
let reef pool builders install your dream infinity pool
Before you can enjoy staring out at a pool that seems to flow on forever, you’ll need to choose an experienced pool company to manage the project.
Beyond just having the certifications and experience to install your infinity pool, Reef Pool Builders can also maintain the pool and surrounding landscape going forward. This will allow us to warranty your expensive investment. All that’s left after that is for you to just enjoy your outdoor space.