Water Movement: Function or Fashion?
Water movement in your pool can be used for function or fashion, and I recommend utilizing both for the health of your pool finish. Moving water can help prevent topical staining while also creating soothing sounds and light prisms in your swimming pool. Water movement from a water feature allows your pool’s water to reflect and refract light, and this moving water creates a beautiful illusion of ‘living water.’ Living water is created when you see shifting light prisms reflecting off the bottom of your pool, bringing the whole oasis to life.
There are so many possibilities for creating a water feature for your pool. Factor in the features’ size, flow rate, lighting, and acoustics. To achieve a more modern and formal look, explore the options of sheet falls, laminar jets, and fountains. Laminar sheets can be intriguing for guests with their bubble-free water and fiber optic technology.
Rock waterfalls compliment those pools inspired by nature. You can use your natural topography to create a tropical waterfall ending in a lagoon style pool. Stay conscious of the gushing sound of rock waterfalls because they tend to drown out ambient sound. Sheet-fall water features are quiet and suited for poolside conversation.
Then there’s the Mediterranean-style pools that utilize raised walls with sconces (where water pours out of lion heads, mounted rosettes, etc.)
Some pool builders opt for the subtle approach with foam jets or fountain bubblers within the sun bench. These ‘mini geysers’ help with water movement while making the area fun for children and adults alike. Kids like to play around the foam jets and the adults enjoy the inexpensive price tag.
Whether you are looking for that colorful prism effect or the beautiful mirror-like surface of a vanishing edge pool, water movement is key to your pool’s design. It’s truly an art form, so it may take you and your builder several days just to perfect the water flow and sound from your water feature.
* HELPFUL TIP – Create a water feature that flows from your spa to your pool. This requires no additional pump and you get the most bang for your buck. These man made water features create water movement just like windy weather and swimming in your pool. Enjoy your pool on a regular basis to keep it healthy.