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4 Inground Pool Options That Are Trending In 2016

By: Jason Hughes on December 17th, 2015

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4 Inground Pool Options That Are Trending In 2016

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What's Hot In The World Of Inground Pools Today? 

One advantage we have here at River Pools Powered rsz_jg5.jpgby Thursday Pools Manufacturing is that helping hundreds of inground pool clients plan and design their dream pools allows us to keep a pulse on the options, accessories, and features that are trending in the inground pool marketplace.  And today we want to share this with you! In this article we’re going to take a quick look at four such options that are hot in 2016:

  • Tanning Ledges
  • Heat/Cool Heat Pumps
  • Glass Tile
  • Fire Bowls

Tanning Ledges / Baha Shelves

Tanning ledges (also called a Baha Shelves infiberglass-pool-tanning-ledge some regions), are areas in or around the pool with around 12” or less of water.  They are the perfect depth for chaise lounges and allow bathers to stay cool without being totally submerged.  Tanning ledges are also great for smaller kids who would rather not venture out into deeper water for extended amounts of time.    

elevated-inground-pool-tanning-ledgeAre Tanning Ledges Available On Fiberglass Pools?

Yes, in fact there are many fiberglass pool designs that have tanning ledges.  Some designs have tanning ledges integrated into the pool like our Wellspring and Oasis.  Sometimes tanning ledges are separate, stand-alone units that are mounted poolside.  It is also possible to build custom tanning ledges on fiberglass pools.    


Heat/Cool Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps are an extremely efficient type of pool heater that work just like a heat pump for your home.  Some heat pump manufacturers offer heat pumps that cool as well as heat the water.  This may not sound like a big deal at first, but the water temperature in many pools during the hottest part of the summer can reach the mid 90’s.  

Who Needs Heat/Cool Heat Pumps?

Typically, heat/cool units are very popular with people who have automatic pool covers or with those who have pools exposed to direct sunlight for a large portion of the day.  It's not uncommon to see the water temperature in a pool with an auto cover reach the upper 90's.

You can learn more about how they work and compare to other types of pool heaters here and you can visit Aqua Comfort, our heat pump supplier here.  


Glass Tile

inground-pool-glass-tileAll concrete pools and many fiberglass pools have a six inch wide band of tile along the waterline of the pool.  This is required on concrete pools to prevent staining the surface of the pool.  Waterline tile is added to fiberglass pools for aesthetics, but it is not required because the gelcoat surface of the pool in incredibly durable.   

Glass tile is made of small squares or rectangles of colored translucent glass glued together on a 12”x12” sheet.  The sheet is divided in half and applied to the pool.  It is available in a myriad of colors and it’s stunning appearance is no doubt why it has become so popular.  Click here to learn more about inground pool tile.


Fire Bowls

jg4.jpgAs one of the hottest inground pool accessories in the market today (couldn’t resist), fire bowls are a high end feature that grab everyone’s attention.  They typically cost between $6,000 and $9,000 a piece.  Fire features require a lot of planning so be sure to discuss them with your builder early in the design process if possible. 

Well, there you have it.  Four pool options that have people talking in 2016.  As always, feel free to leave a comment below.