New Pools | 10/08/19

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In Phoenix, a backyard pool is more than just a luxury—it’s an essential amenity that will allow you to truly enjoy Arizona’s unique outdoor lifestyle. The sun is almost always shining in Phoenix, and the temperatures skyrocket throughout the summer months. The best way to stay cool is by lounging in the pool.

If you’re thinking about building a custom backyard pool in Phoenix, you’re probably wondering which type of pool you should build. Luckily for you, there are a number of options that can be tailored to fit everything from your ultimate pool wish list to your backyard size and shape. Check out the three most popular types of pools in Phoenix, then contact your favorite Arizona pool builder to see which one best fits your needs.

Lap Pools

Lap pools are a type of inground pool shaped specifically for swimmers who want to exercise by doing laps. They are long, lean and usually deeper than the average inground pool. Style-wise, lap pools have a modern look and clean lines.

Works best for: Lap pools are ideal for active adults who like to include swimming as part of their workout routine.

Not ideal for: Lap pools aren’t the best option if you have small kids, kids who like to play in the pool, or if you’re looking for more of a relaxing pool experience.

Diving Pools

Diving pools were once incredibly popular, but they have become less common in recent years. Nonetheless, homeowners who want to have a diving board will want to invest in a diving pool. A diving pool must be deep enough to keep the diver safe.

Works best for: Medium-to-larger yards can handle this pool style the best, as you have more room to allow for both a shallow end and a deep end. Of course, kids love diving boards!

Not ideal for: You may have a tough time fitting a diving pool if you have a small yard. Also, if you’re looking for a more resort-like pool experience, you’ll want to stick to a lap or play pool.

Play Pools

Play pools are pools that are shallow at both ends and deeper in the middle. Typically play pool depths are three feet deep at each end and five feet in the middle, but you can customize the depths to suit you.

Works best for: Play pools are a versatile pool design that’s a favorite with both adults and kids.

Not ideal for: Really, this pool type can work for everyone, including those who want more of a lap pool but also have kids.


Personally, don’t believe that there’s a one-size-fits all approach to building a pool in Arizona. Every homeowner deserves the pool that will best suit their personality and their lifestyle. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a pool type to build in Phoenix, from what kind of experience you want to who will be using the pool to what type of decking or additional features you want to include. Working with a reputable pool builder like Shasta Pools, you’ll have the chance to discuss all of this (and more!) before settling on a plan.

At the end of the day, we don’t want to build any old pool—we want to build YOUR dream pool.



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