The installation of a pool must meet both technical and aesthetic demands. Before starting work on it, the ideal location should be carefully thought over.
Going for a swim in your pool is a special time in the year. The location of the pool is therefore a choice not to be rushed into. Exposure to the sun is the first criteria to be considered. Avoid putting the pool too close to the house or to a wall, as these will put the pool in the shade at some time of the day. The more the pool is exposed to the sun , the warmer the water temperature will be.
The same goes for exposure to dominant winds – if the pool is in the path of a northern wind, this will quickly cause the water temperature to drop. On topof this, getting out of the pool will be a rude awakening, rather than a prelude for a siesta !
The pool should also be located far from trees. Trees not only bring shadow, but also unwelcome guests like birds, which will quickly soil the clean pool water. And in the autumn, the leaves will fall into the pool, making it difficult to keep it clean ! Add to these constraints the need for privacy from the neighbours and the desire not to damage the aspect if your house, you soon discover that choosing the location of the pool is not an easy task !
Flat, well-drained ground
Apart from the technical and aesthetic aspects considered above, the pyhsical make-up of the ground must be taken into account. The pool should ideally be placed on flat, solid ground. Even if it is possible to install a pool on sloped ground, the water flowing downhill towards the pool will cause untold headaches ! And if water flows beneath the pool, it will become more and more unstable over time.
For pools made of concrete, the drainage beneath them is very important if you wish to avoid cracks in the structure. For moulded pools, the water pressure beneath the floor of the pool may also cause irreparable damage : the mould could be pushed out of its pit by the pressure of the build-up of water underneath.