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Dark Colored Pools – The New Trend

In Pool Features by Swimming Pool Expert

Building dark-colored pools inlay has become fashionable recently; a more comprehensive range of esthetic options for people looking for a pool that suits their property or personal taste.

Depending on when you want to go swimming, the darkness of these pools can look more attractive. If you’re going to swim under the stars after dark, the dark gray or black look they give off is a perfect choice. A dark bottom swimming pool can give the impression that it is infinitely deep and calm.

Are you building an indoor pool?  A dark bottomed pool is also a popular choice, and it gives you more design options, as a regular pool’s light blue or blue-green color often does not go well with many modern interior designs.

Although it is appealing and more than eye-candy, the essential feature of a dark bottomed pool allows it to heat faster based on the materials.  In other words, it is easier for the floor and walls to absorb the sun’s heat, warming up the water.  The result is a beautiful, dark pool that warms up faster, stays warm longer, and lowers heating bill costs.

Our designers at Platinum Pools are ready to help you design your dream pool, especially if you want a pool with a dark bottom.

Common Pool Color Options

In most cases, the customers select the inlay pool color.  The most popular colors are:

  • Black: The pool with a black bottom is the darkest color you can get and is available in several varieties. Such pools are usually not advisable for pools where small children or pets swim regularly, as the black color makes it impossible to see the bottom and could be a safety hazard. However, you can counteract this with angled or light shapes, especially for outdoor pools.
  • Gray: Gray is another color option that comes in a wide range of hues. They add a beautiful deep blue hue to the water.
  • Dark Blue: Perhaps the most popular surface color for all pools today, not just dark bottom pools; dark blue depths have several significant advantages. For one, there is a considerable variety of precise shades, and second, they add a nautical flair to the environment. There are several materials in dark blue that work particularly well.

Price Considerations

For most pool manufacturers, the cost of a pool goes on a standard surface color such as white or blue. Some additional colors may be a price upgrade, but it depends on the choice of material and the exact color.

Color and Temperature

The material of the pool can also affect the temperature. Dark pool bottoms tend to heat up a little faster than others, depending on their exact pigmentation, so that you can expect better heat retention from these shades.

Pool Materials

Many options for materials are available.  However, the best is going with pebble tec or tile.   A well-built inlay pool can last at least ten years.  

The Ying and Yang of Dark-Colored Pools

Dark-colored pools offer many visual advantages; there are disadvantages also.  Remember that darker pool bottoms do not make it more challenging to monitor the pool from above. It can limit depth perception, especially with black or dark gray colors. It poses a jumping or diving hazard if the pool is not deep enough – in such cases, make it clear to all pool users, both verbally and visually, that jumping, and diving are not allowed.

The problem tends to affect people who have children, as adults rarely have trouble telling where the bottom of the pool is. However, adding lights or placing markers indicating deep and shallow areas can help too.

Let our staff help you to design the pool of your dreams.  The transformation of your backyard is just a phone call away.  Contact Platinum Pools at 281.870.1600 or visit our website for a free quote.