Choosing between an indoor pool and your other options is rough. There’s an outdoor pool with auto cover, fixed enclosure, and/or screened enclosures. And I know you have a lot to decide, but let me introduce you to another option – a retractable enclosure that offers the benefits of an indoor environment (swim year round) with the benefits of an outdoor environment (retract it back in the summer to get full sun). See all the comparisons in the chart below:
|Indoor Pool/ Conventional Construction||Indoor/Outdoor Pool/ Retractable Construction|
|Cost||$130K+||Half the cost of traditional|
|Sunlight/Outdoors||Minimal direct sun/ not outdoor experience; less light than enclosure||Experience indoor or outdoor atmospheres; bright and well-lit because of clear glazing throughout entire structure|
|Ventilation||Air is contained; chemicals can build up in the air, unless a ventilation system is installed (can be expensive)||Chemicals can be released when enclosure is opened; when enclosure is shut, side doors and windows can be opened for ventilation|
|Heating||Contained heat, especially with an auto-cover on the pool||Not thermally broken, so heat does not stay as well, but the enclosure offers quite a bit of heat gain from the polycarbonate material attracting rays|
|Lifespan||If proper ventilation system is not installed, life span can be very short and may ruin your entire home||Structure: 50+ years
Glazing: 30+ years
|Privacy||Varies based on the windows and doors used||Translucent or opaque polycarbonate panels can be used to provide the level of privacy you desire|
|Bugs/Critters||Kept out||Can get in under the bottom rails if the critter is determined; is not an entirely bug free environment|
1. What about heating a pool enclosure compared to an indoor pool?
The natural solar heat gain from the sun — “greenhouse effect”— gives the environment and pool water a 20 degree advantage, even on winter days.
2. Do I need a building permit?
In most areas you do. Your Libart Project Manager will work with you and your local Building Department to determine if one is required by law.
3. Are these engineered?
They are fully engineered and come with a wet-stamp approval from a structural engineer licensed to practice in your state or province.
This also means they will withstand the weather in your area. They are engineered for the snow fall and wind requirements.
4. Does the enclosure material have any UV resistance?
The polycarbonate material blocks 99% of UV rays, giving longer life to your skin, your furniture, and your vinyl liner.