The Pros and Cons of a Zero Entry Pool

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Considering taking the plunge or making a splash this summer with a zero entry pool?

Zero entry pools, also called beach entry pools, are currently all the rage. While some love them for the ease of entering the pool, many adore them for their striking looks. Considering taking the plunge or making a splash this summer with a zero entry pool? Here are some of the positives and negatives of this hot new pool trend.

Wait, What’s a Zero Entry Pool?

Zero entry pools are pools with one or more sides that gradually slope to transition from land to water. While sometimes that means there aren’t steps, it doesn’t have to exclude them. Some zero entry pools slope gradually until you descend halfway into the pool, where underwater steps can help you further down into the water. Overall, the goal is to make a pool that looks like it is part of a beach. More elaborate zero entry pools often include sand, waterfalls, and other natural pool design elements to make you feel like you’re miles away.

Take a Dive: Pros

While zero entry pools are obviously attractive because, well, they’re attractive, there are many reasons that homeowners are going crazy for this style. Zero entry pools allow kids, the elderly, and people with disabilities to enter the pool more easily. They won’t have to climb down a pool ladder or simply dive in. Instead, they can have a gradual transition, and assistance if necessary, for their swim. The beach entry pool also has warm, shallow water at the entry due to the design. This makes your pool a great spot to sunbathe or relax on a hot and sunny day without being completely immersed in water.

Blow the Whistle: Cons

For many people, the upsides to a zero entry pool are extremely obvious. However, zero entry pools are not right for everyone. First, the cost of zero entry pools can be extremely high. Many pool contractors do not yet have the technology to design and install beach entry pools, and those that do are probably charging a premium for their expert abilities. Most zero entry pools are built into existing or new in-ground concrete pools, but they can also be made in fiberglass pools.


Size matters when it comes to installing a zero entry pool. Because they require the gradual slope into the actual body of water, designs require much more space than a typical in-ground pool. If your backyard doesn’t have much space to spare, these might not be the best option for you. Additional space will also mean additional material and labor expenses.


Finally, zero entry pools can attract unwanted visitors in more rural areas. Some pool owners have noticed animals wading into the water and polluting the pool with dirt and “presents” for you.

Ready to Swim?

While zero entry pools are not the perfect fit for every home and family, they are an excellent option for those looking for a pool that is both functional and fun. If you are ready to design the perfect pool for your home, contact the experts at Sunrise Pools & Spas. For more information on our services, contact us online or give us a call at 410-349-3852. To see examples of our work, check us out on social media on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.


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