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Infinity Pools

Specialists in the design and construction of luxury infinity swimming pools

A pool with a view

Infinity pools offer what some consider to be the ultimate in luxury; a pool with the appearance of no boundary that seems to disappear into the surrounding landscape. Infinity pools are perfect if you’re looking for a show-stopping pool design that’s lower maintenance than other outdoor pools and works well in outdoor spaces with a natural slope.

How infinity pools work

An infinity pool gets its name for the seamless blend between the edge of the pool and its surroundings – usually another body of water, such as a sea or lake. With a regular pool, the water is contained by higher pool walls, but an infinity pool works like a waterfall, with lower pool walls to match the water level. This creates the illusion that the water is, as the name suggests, infinite.

The lowered wall is gradually sloped to allow the water the flow out into a catch basin which is built along the bottom of the exterior lowered wall. This collects the water and pumps it back into the main pool or recirculates the overflow, so the water level remains consistent.

For this reason, a true infinity pool – also known as a negative edge pool – must be built on sloped ground, to make it look like the pool is completely edgeless. In order to achieve this illusion though, the water level needs to flow over the edge of the pool into a weir or secondary pool.

Benefits of Infinity Pools

The aesthetic of an infinity pool is one of the primary reasons why they’re chosen – they have an eye-catching design that creates continuity with the surrounding landscape. If you want a space to relax where you’ll feel secluded and nestled in nature, an infinity pool is a great option that sits seamlessly among the greenery.

Since infinity pools spill over into the lower edge of the structure, they create a waterfall effect which provides the natural sound of rushing water. This makes an effective natural noise barrier from the surrounding sounds of your property, from traffic and people walking past to neighbours.

Infinity pools can also be considered a more environmentally-friendly option – although they require more powerful pumps than a standard pool, they tend to only operate when the pool is in use. And since the lower pool collects the water, it can be recycled back into the main pool.

A stunning design that’s easy to maintain

Infinity swimming pools can be truly stunning. At Compass Pools, we understand how to make use of the surroundings to maximise the look of the pool.

The location of your infinity pool is extremely important. Surrounding levels must be carefully measured to determine how to achieve the pool’s infinite-edge look then, once the relevant sight lines have been determined, you need to think about which materials to use. To achieve the maximum effect, the materials you choose should closely match the body of water, sky or landscape that the pool will need to blend into.

Maintenance is also easy with an infinity pool. If clearing dead leaves and insects from your swimming pool doesn’t really appeal to you, one of Compass Pools’ innovative overflow and infinity deck swimming pool designs ensures this won’t be a problem to be concerned about.

In addition to the materials, think about the view you’ll gain from your pool. Part of the joy of having a pool on your property is being able to relax and enjoy your surroundings, and that’s amplified when you choose an infinity pool where the aesthetic of the design plays such a central role.

Most infinity pools are constructed in elevated locations so you can overlook the view, but for residential infinity pools, this isn’t always possible. In such instances, you should choose a location that is surrounded by a beautiful view or inviting surroundings.

When considering locations for your pool, you should be checking for sufficient slope as it’s easier to construct this style of pool if the ground has a gentle slope. If your garden is uneven and slopes, an infinity pool can be a great alternative to a traditional swimming pool. However, if your garden is flat, it is possible to create an artificial slope to construct a fully or partially raised infinity pool.

Another benefit of choosing an infinity pool is that they are low maintenance. If clearing dead leaves and insects from your swimming pool doesn’t really appeal to you, one of Compass Pools’ innovative overflow and infinity deck swimming pool designs ensures this won’t be a problem to be concerned about.

Woman Floating in Pool
Woman Floating in Pool

How we install your luxury infinity edge swimming pool

Compass swimming pools are unibody lightweight structures, made of carbon ceramic and installed in one-piece by crane. Our lightweight swimming pool construction material overcomes many of the structural issues involved with building a concrete infinity pool, which you can find out more about here.

Our one-piece shell design makes the installation extremely accurate and quick to install. Once the pool has been lowered into a previously excavated hole, we maintain its water level using VSD (variable speed pumps) and a computer-controlled water level system. This not only ensures you achieve the correct water level, but it will also save you money on running costs.

Maintenance tips for infinity pools

Whichever style of swimming pool you choose, maintenance will be required to keep it hygienic and usable for a long time. Luckily, infinity pools are an easy design to maintain – here are a few tips to keep your pool clean and working properly.

  • Clean the catch basin to prevent build-up of leaves and debris
  • Keep the drain clear to allow the water to flow freely
  • Some water will naturally evaporate so top up the water every so often to keep it flowing at the right level
  • Check the chlorine and pH level regularly to ensure they stay in the normal range
  • Always check the performance of the pump and if you spot any unfamiliar noises, have it serviced

Are infinity pools safe?

Yes, infinity pools are safe since you’ll be swimming up against a wall when you reach the edge of the pool. While the pool appears to disappear into nothing, there is a secure edge that keeps you and other users of the pool completely safe.

Are infinity pools challenging to install?

Installing an infinity swimming pool is more technically complex than fitting a standard pool for two key reasons:

Engineering logistics: installing a pool on a hillside or slope not only poses more logistical issues, but it also complicates the engineering work required. For example, overflow edges will need to have a wall structure built, rather than rely on the surrounding ground to support them.

Careful calculations: the pool’s edges will need to be carefully calculated and constructed to the same tolerances of a deck level pool (approximately 1-2mm along their length). To do this though, the design team will need to determine how to construct a complex system of balance tanks and pumps, ensuring the overflow remains constant regardless of how many people are in the water.

How much does an infinity pool cost to install?

Naturally, beautiful things are never cheap and unfortunately the same principle applies to infinity pools. Due to the complex design involved, installation needs to be completed by a qualified builder – you definitely do not want a self-builder or first-time contractor to complete the work.

Infinity pools cost approximately £30,000 more than similar-sized conventional free board or skimmer pools. However, this calculation very much depends on the site conditions and available access.

How much does an infinity edge pool cost to run?

Infinity pools naturally cost more to run than conventional freeboard pools. This is mainly due to the cooling effect on water that flows over the pool edge – an effect which is greatest when the outside ambient temperature is low.

This cooling effect can be eliminated through Compass Pools’ variable water level system (VWLS), which reduces water usage when the pool is not in use. Without this system, additional running costs will be need to both heat the water and run the overflow system. It is difficult to determine what the exact cost will be, as it really depends on a number of factors. Some of these factors include:

  • Air temperature.
  • Wind speed.
  • Site exposure.
  • Soil type and water content.
  • Pool temperature.
  • Hours of pool use.

Full Infinity Deck Level Pools

For the ultimate in opulence, Compass Pools can provide you with a deck level swimming pool where the water flows in all four directions simultaneously. Or, if your swimming pool is installed on the side of a slope, you can enjoy a magnificent infinity effect swimming pool whereby the water flows over one edge, exactly as you might see in a luxury hotel resort.

All Compass Pools infinity and overflow swimming pool systems are manufactured from high grade 301 stainless steel. This ensures corrosion is not a problem during the normal lifetime of the pool and you can enjoy years of hassle free service. For salt water swimming pool applications, there is also a 316L stainless steel option available for extra protection against the corrosive effects of salt water.

For more information about Compass Pools infinity and overflow pool systems, and how they can make your life a lot easier, give us a call today.

Read Our Latest Reviews

Adam Breeden
Adam Breeden
06/11/2023
i procured a pool from compass on a new construction house we built. the house was considerably delayed, but compass were extremely good and accommodating the moving timelines. now the pool is in we are totally delighted with it, stunning aesthetic but also the kit is state of the art and all online via an app they really take the hassle out of up keeping a pool which i was dreading. re the resign of the pool, you are really left with the feeling they really know about pools and whats important. we were going to build one bespoke but we would never have thought of the little design touches that make is so user friendly. i rarely write reviews, but these guys really deserve it, rarely these days do you come across top notch suppliers that are also not too expensive. top service too, shout out to sheila, thank you..
Rupert Evenett
Rupert Evenett
29/09/2023
Penny and Mike of Compass in Kent did a fantastic job - professional, experienced, confidence building (for first time pool owners!) and always on time/always doing exactly what they said they would from first meeting and good advice through to final installation, handover and explanations of maintaining the pool. dealt expertly with difficult access, a narrow lane, a big crane lift (with high winds) along the way. Thoroughly recommend them. Great product, great finish.
Tiffany Hornshaw
Tiffany Hornshaw
15/09/2023
Penny and Mike have been fantastic - from the first enquiry to the handover. So easy to deal with - very responsive and accommodating. Would highly recommend!
Jonathan Hook
Jonathan Hook
04/09/2023
The team were so professional from start to finish. Very thorough and slick. It is true that 'you get what you pay for'! 5/5
Michael Stallard
Michael Stallard
30/08/2023
Compass pools have just installed our new pool, the service from them has been nothing short of fantastic from the beginning to the final handover. Nick has given us all the help we needed from the start and on site Ryan Nathan & team made the whole construction process enjoyable. We can highly recommend them.
Tom Nicholls
Tom Nicholls
27/07/2023
Denise and Mike were fantastic! Thank you so much for the quality service
Zar Sheikh
Zar Sheikh
05/07/2023
Once decided upon a pool company I’m very pleased we went with Waterstream and the Compass pool. Their whole end to end process was so straightforward for such a dramatic change. No sales push. Dedicated representative thorough out the process. The on-site team were efficient, no nonsense get the job done - but all friendly and very professional. Couldn’t be happier with the final result. Pool looks great - went with the light Pearl finish which looks stunning against the green backdrop of the garden. The plant room is compact and easy to navigate and we love the way it’s all hidden away (behind the hedge) and quiet! The integrated cover completes the look and helps heat the water. With the plethora of companies out there, choosing the right one is paramount and we’ve not been disappointed.
James Lloyd
James Lloyd
28/06/2023
Penny and Mike from Waterstream installed our Compass Pool. From the moment I first met Penny to discuss installing a pool to their handover on completion they gave the best service. The quality of the product is excellent and Penny and Mike are so professional and their work is of the highest standards. Commissioning a pool can be quite a daunting process but throughout the process they were always there to put your mind at rest and the end result is perfect. Thanks again and highly recommended to anyone thinking of having a pool!
hamish baillie
hamish baillie
16/05/2023
Made a potentially difficult job simple and enjoyable. The team at Compass completed the installation professionally and promptly. They were always quick to reply to any queries we had and had a depth of experience to call upon. The end result is a high quality pool installation that speaks for itself. Anyone daunted by the prospect of a project of this size should speak to the team - it is actually quite simple and they have a tried and tested formula that works.

FAQS

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What is the difference between an infinity pool and a regular pool?

From their captivating aesthetic appeal to the design complexity and cost differences, unravel the unique characteristics that set these pool types apart.

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How much does it cost to build an infinity pool?

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