Swimming pools are extremely popular in Sydney backyards, and it’s easy to see why. A pool offers a great way to stay fit and healthy, relax with family and friends, and enjoy the wonderful Sydney climate for many months of the year.
But before you buy a swimming pool, there are some major factors to consider. This guide will take you through everything you need to know about pools in Sydney to help you make the right choice.
What Are the Laws and Regulations for Pools in Sydney?
Planning laws are set by your local council, so you need to check with them to find out what the approval requirements are for swimming pools in your area. You should also request a copy of your site plan to find out if any essential cables such as water pipes run underneath the ground in the area where you want to position your pool.
If there are any power lines located over your planned pool site, you should check with your local electricity authority or Transgrid before your pool building work starts.
Some trees in areas of Sydney are protected by preservation orders, so you may need to contact your local council to check whether or not you are allowed to cut down any trees to build your pool.
Do Swimming Pools in Sydney Need to Meet Safety Standards?
The safety standards for pools in Sydney are all related to pool fencing. Your fencing must comply with the Pool Safety Standard AS1926.1 – 2012, according to NSW laws. All pool fences must be at least 1.2 metres tall from the ground, and your pool gate must be self-closing and self-latching. It also has to open away from the pool.
Any large objects, such as chairs, pot plants, or barbeques, that a child could climb on to get over the pool fencing must be located at least 90cm away from your pool fences. This is something you will need to consider when planning your pool landscaping.
How Does the Sydney Climate Affect Swimming Pools?
We are lucky in Sydney to enjoy a pleasant climate for most of the year. The summer months can be extremely hot, so having a pool in your backyard is ideal, as it offers you a convenient way to cool down!
However, the hot season often ends abruptly, with thunderstorms and strong winds causing a sudden drop in temperatures. The coastal areas tend to have more rain and wind all year round than the CBD and inner-city suburbs, but these conditions can affect any part of Sydney.
This means that, if you want to enjoy your pool in the spring and autumn as well as the summer, you should consider a heating system for your pool. Solar heating is the most popular type of pool heating in Sydney, as there is enough sunshine here most of the year to heat your pool to a comfortable temperature. This is also the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly method available.
Another factor to consider when planning a pool in Sydney is the condition of the ground where your pool will be built. It might be worth getting a geotechnical survey before you start. This will show any rocks or unstable soil which could complicate your pool installation process.
What Are the Most Popular Types of Pools in Sydney?
The right type of pool for you will depend on your individual circumstances and what your pool will be used for. Generally speaking, there are three types of swimming pools in Sydney that are more popular than the rest.
1. Family Pools
As you might expect, another defining characteristic of a family pool is the number of safety features it contains. Family pools tend to have non-slip surfaces, wide steps, and ledges around the perimeters for the kids to hang onto. They often also contain generous seating areas.
2. Lap Pools
Lap pools are designed for more serious swimmers to practice swimming laps. Longer and narrower than family pools, they are rectangular in shape, with a clear, unobstructed swimming lane. The sides of the pool are straight rather than angled, and the steps take up only a minimal amount of space.
3. Plunge Pools
Plunge pools are becoming increasingly popular in smaller backyards. Measuring on average 3m x 2m, they are much smaller pools, so they are ideal for areas such as the inner-city suburbs, where backyards are also smaller.
However, a plunge pool is still larger than a spa, and it offers a great way to relax, while still having a small space for swimming. Plunge pools can also be highly attractive design features.
Other types of pool are gradually becoming more popular in Sydney. For example, many people now want to combine the flexibility of a swimming pool with the benefits of hydrotherapy, so they are choosing a pool and spa combination.
Infinity pools are also increasing in popularity, particularly in more hilly areas. The “disappearing edge” enables you to feel like part of the scenery as you swim, offering stunning views over the surrounding area.
The type of pool you choose will depend on the size and shape of your backyard, and the purposes you want to use it for.
What Makes a Reputable Pool Builder?
Pool owners in Sydney are covered by a variety of laws that pool builders must adhere to. It is important for you to have some knowledge of these laws to make sure you are choosing a reputable builder who is operating legally.
Any building work in Sydney costing more than $5,000 must be carried out by a licenced swimming pool builder. Licences are issued by NSW Fair Trading, and your pool builder must be prepared to show you their licence. The name on the licence has to be exactly the same as the name on the contract for the work being done.
If your pool installation is costing more than $20,000, your pool builder needs to provide you with a certificate of insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund. The period of cover must include the construction time and all warranty periods.
Before any work begins, make sure you get a detailed quote from your pool builder so you know exactly what costs will be involved before the building work starts. You also need to study the terms of the warranty carefully to check that it gives you the required levels of protection. Last but not least, try to view some of the builder’s previous work to make sure it meets the standards you expect.
Find an Experienced Pool Builder in Sydney
If you would like to find out more about swimming pools in Sydney or want to contact a reputable pool builder, Compass Pools can help. We have two authorised pool builders located in the Greater Sydney region who will be happy to speak with you in more detail and help you find the right swimming pool for you.
Pool Builder for Sydney South
Local Pools and Spas is a family business servicing South Sydney. Established in 1988, the company is highly experienced at installing pools in backyards of all shapes and sizes. For more information, speak to Justin and Renee Magro.
Here are some of the pool projects in Sydney that Local Pools and Spas have completed:
Pool Builder for Sydney North
Compass Pools Sales Centre Sydney services the North Sydney and Central Coast and West Coast areas. The highly specialist team here have been building pools for over 10 years. They also enjoy great relationships with local tradespeople for pool surrounds, fencing, and landscaping.
Here are some of the pool projects in Sydney that Compass Pools Sydney – Central Coast – West Coast have completed:
If you would like to know more about any of the pools we manufacture, please contact us. We are always happy to help.