Natural Pools: What Are They and Are They Right for You?

Posted by Denise on 10/29/2015

A natural pool with greenery around the edges

Warm temperatures are gone, but pool construction is a great project to plan for and begin this autumn.  Choosing the right material for your pool is an important factor in the final decision as well as the bottom line.  There are many styles, sizes and materials available from which to choose, including vinyl, fiberglass and gunite.

Although popular in Europe since the 1980s, natural pools are beginning to trend here in the United States for several reasons.  Both pros and cons exist for choosing this type of pool and depending on your needs, preferences and budget, there will be a great option for you.

First and foremost, natural pools are made by using a membrane that separates the inner workings of the pool and the outside dirt, stones and plant life.  It is possible to use the existing landscaping and add waterfalls and flower gardens as well as painted murals that mimic nature.  If you can think it, you can build it.  There are many images available on the internet that can give you wonderful information and inspiration.   

Natural pools do not use chemicals such as chlorine, but rather a system that parallels how nature cleans water.  The plant life that you choose will also add nutrients and good bacteria that will keep your pool healthy.  Once built, a natural pool is a less expensive option to maintain as it depends on the water movement and natural hydroponics that are within the system.  Not having these chemicals in the water removes concerns of skin irritations and allergies as well as problems with hair and clothing.  It is also important to note that animals and insects will not linger in the moving water creating a tranquil space as well as being an environmentally healthy choice for the land.

On the other hand, natural pools have a more expensive startup cost as you are basically building a second space for the filtration system.  Because of the friendly bacteria in the pool, it will not have that clear blue color, but rather a greenish tint, though still safe for swimming.

Whatever you decide to do with your space, we’re happy to answer any questions you have help find the best fit for you.