Unlike regular swimming pools, a zero-entry pool can be entered by walking down a gradual slope – this is why they are often referred to as 'beach-entry pools'. There are plenty of great reasons to think about installing one, but there are also a few drawbacks.
Before you make your final decision, it's best to consider the pros and cons.
The Benefits of a Zero-Entry Pool
The main benefit of zero-entry pools is that they are very easy to get in and out of. Older people or those with physical limitations can find it hard to climb down a ladder; even worse, they may find it hard to pull themselves up and out when they are weighed down by water. With a zero-entry pool, you simply walk in and out.
This is also ideal when you have children. They can play in the shallow section under your supervision, and you'll find it easier to teach them how to swim when you can work progressively into deeper parts of the pool.
Beyond those practical advantages, zero-entry pools are simply nice to relax in since you can drag a sun lounger part-way into the pool or just lie in the shallows as if you were at a beach. If you'd prefer to relax in the sun rather and exercise by taking a few lengths, a zero-entry pool might just be ideal. Finally, many people prefer the appearance of a zero-entry pool.
The Downsides of a Zero-Entry Pool
Of course, zero-entry pools aren't free from their fair share of drawbacks; after all, it's no coincidence that you don't often see them in residential environments.
Probably the most important disadvantage is that they take up a lot of space. Having that gradual slope means that a lot of pool space will be needed before you even reach its full depth. Zero-entry pools are also a lot trickier to design and build; there's a lot of extra workmanship that goes into them, so expect to pay significantly more for installation.
Zero-entry pools are not particularly great for owners who mainly want their pool for exercise. With a regular rectangular pool, you can easily swim up and down for exercise because the sides have no slope; with a zero-entry pool, you're going to find yourself running up against the sides. Finally, you might find that zero-entry pools attract more wildlife since animals can perch in the shallow end to wash; unfortunately, the shallow water can also seem a tempting place for animals to relieve themselves.