The Pros and Cons of Owning a Natural Pool

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The Pros and Cons of Natural Swimming Pools

The trend for natural pools started in Europe several decades ago. Since then, natural pools, unlike traditionally rectangular chlorine-filled pools, have been gaining popularity in the United States, Australia, and other regions with sunny climates.

What Is a Natural Pool?

A natural pool is usually designed to mimic pools, ponds, or other bodies of water. They can be irregular in shape, along with rocks, waterfalls, and boulders.

Of course, not all pools built to resemble a natural body of water with realistic rocks and boulders are natural pools. Unlike most bright blue pools, natural pools or lagoons (NSPs) are organically filtered rather than chemically filtered.

Nearby is another pool called a regeneration zone, where the water enters a gravel filter or a marsh built with plants that clean the water. This is similar to the process by which aquatic plants clean ponds in nature and results in a pool no less clean than one with chemically filtered water.

The natural pool and its regeneration zone actually build a small ecosystem that changes over time, and animals or insects are often attracted to the area (but not the pool, fortunately, it does not contain the environment they seek).

These organic ponds are gaining popularity in the US, but there are some pros and cons that you should carefully consider before deciding to install a natural pool over a conventional one.


  • Lower year-to-year costs
  • Adaptable and more flexible in design than traditional pools
  • Less maintenance
  • Work in all climates
  • More environmentally friendly


  • Higher initial cost to build
  • Requires more space
  • May not look as clear and blue as a conventional pool
  • Needs to be build by a contractor familiar with natural pools, which may be difficult to find

Natural Pool Benefits

The natural pools are very adaptable. While your description may conjure up the image of a brown lake with mud at the bottom, most are filled with concrete, and if you want your natural pool to look almost exactly like a traditional pool, you can - the filter can be fitted underground and hidden gravel.

Or you can go the other way and design a pool that looks like the kind of pond or pool you might find in the woods, with rocks and boulders. They are generally more flexible in design than traditional pools.

Natural pools have the advantage of being ecological or ecological: the chemicals needed for traditional pools, on the other hand, can harm the environment.

Organic or natural pools require much less maintenance than a conventional pool and their annual costs are lower after construction is complete.

They don't require chlorine, chemical filtration, pH balancing, or any of the other side costs, and the myriad of daily and weekly tasks that come with keeping a normal pool clean. They still need to be kept very clean and free of debris, but that's really the scope of maintenance you'll have to do with your pool.

Natural pools work well in all climatic ranges - during the cold winter months, they freeze like a pond in nature.

The Downsides of Natural Pools

The flip side of the low maintenance costs that come with natural pools is a higher initial investment. Building a natural pool can be very expensive; remember, a natural pool requires a completely separate pool next to it for filtration.

Since they are more unusual than traditional pools, it can also be difficult to find a good contractor to build one. For an NSP that looks good and lasts, hire a pool and tank builder who specializes in this type of environment and can show you the pools they designed and built.

The regeneration zone also means that more land is needed to build a natural pool; the area should generally be as large as the pool itself. If space is an important factor, it would be better to build a traditional pool, such as an olympic pool, rather than a half-size natural pool with a regeneration zone.

The aesthetics of a natural pool can put off some bathers who are used to perfectly clean, blue, chemically filtered water. Organic water can turn brownish, depending on the presence of algae, and it is impossible to completely remove sediment and some life from the pool. While the water is perfectly safe for swimming, your natural pool may not be as pretty as a traditional bright blue Greek pool.

In the long term, they are cheaper than traditional pools due to their lower maintenance costs, but if you think that selling your property within a few years is a possibility, you run the risk of spending more on your natural pool (and not getting your investment back) ) that you would have in a traditional one.

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