Everything You Need to Know About Freestanding Pools

May 15, 2020

Deciding to add a swimming pool to your property is one of the best decisions you could make. They are a great investment both in you and your family’s health and wellbeing, but also in the value of your property. A swimming pool is a major purchase, so it’s best to be fully informed about your options before you take the plunge. 

It all starts with the design. Working with your local Narellan Pools pool builder, you will select the type and style of pool that is best suited to you, your property, and your budget. If you have a sloped backyard, a free-standing pool could be the perfect solution. Once you have agreed upon a design, your local Narellan Pool builder will get things sorted so that the installation process can start.  

If you’re considering a free-standing pool for your property, read on. In this article, we’ll take you through the key decisions you will have to make and provide you with the information you will need to start you on your pool ownership journey.

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What is a Freestanding Pool? 

A free-standing swimming pool is a popular option for home pool ownership. Like their in-ground counterparts, they come in a variety of materials and designs, but the key difference, as the name suggests, is that they are not inserted into the ground and instead sit above-ground with a support structure. 

Types of Above-ground Pools 

Above-ground pools are available in a few different types. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting the type of pool that is right for you, as each type has its own pros and cons. 

Vinyl Pools: plastic, rubber, and vinyl pools are often seen as the entry-level home pool tier. They come in a few different designs from inflatable models to metal support-structure versions. They are a great option if you are unsure if you want a long-term pool investment as they are cheaper and have a much shorter lifespan than fibreglass or concrete. 

Fibreglass Pools: this is the most common and popular option for pool ownership. Fibreglass pools are constructed in a factory from a selection of pre-made moulds and then transported to your property for installation. They are mid-priced but have excellent lifespan and do not need heavy amounts of maintenance. 

Concrete Pools: the most expensive type of swimming pool is the concrete pool. Concrete pools are built completely on-site from a metal framework with sprayed concrete. Their design allows them to be highly customisable but also makes them expensive and fairly high-maintenance. 

Freestanding Swimming Pool Design Options 

Freestanding or above-ground pools can be designed to accommodate almost any style, design, or usage case. Whether you are looking to create a backyard garden spa, oasis, want a space to exercise and keep fit, or something more general-purpose there is sure to be a design option to suit. 

Spa Pool: this design option is great for those that want a tranquil place to relax and unwind in their backyard. They are characterised by their smaller shape and generally come with in-built pool seating to make relaxation easy. 

Infinity Pool: a great choice for a multi-purpose pool, infinity pools are designed so that their edge disappears into the horizon, creating a stunning relaxing view of your backyard. 

Lap Pool: the perfect solution for those that want a dedicated exercise space in their backyard. Lap pools are a long and narrow design ideally suited to swimming laps. 

These are only a few of the design options available!

The Benefits of Above-ground Pools 

Above-ground pools are a great option for many homeowners and can be a superb alternative to in-ground swimming pools. Their ease-of-install makes them particularly well suited to customers who have limited backyard space or access. Freestanding pools can be installed in virtually any backyard, regardless of size or terrain, and offer a fantastic solution for sloped yards. 

Concrete or Fibreglass Above-ground Pool? 

A very important decision you will have to make early on in the pool design process is what material do you wish your pool to be constructed from. The most common and popular options for permanent free-standing pools are concrete and fibreglass. Both have their pros and cons, so consider them carefully before making your final decision. 


Fibreglass swimming pools are one of the most popular options for homeowners. Constructed from a pre-built shell, they are long-lasting, low maintenance pool options that are also reasonably priced. Fibreglass swimming pool shells can come in a variety of sizes and shapes.


Concrete swimming pools, sometimes referred to as gunite, are constructed by spraying concrete onto a framework built on-site. The primary advantage of a concrete pool is that since they are built on-site they can be highly customised in terms of size and shape. They do require more maintenance to keep clean and function, and have a much higher initial purchase price—almost double a fibreglass price in some cases. 

Cost of Building an Above-ground Pool 

The price of an above-ground pool will vary depending on the type and options you select. With almost infinite customisation and add-on options, it’s difficult to give an exact guideline price without going through the design process to assess your wants and requirements. 

If you’re planning on having a free-standing pool, be mindful that your budget may need to accommodate for extra materials used for the build.

There is also the variety of optional extras to consider such as additional lighting, pool-side heating, and automated cleaning solutions. These will be priced individually so speak to your pool builder to find out more about the range on offer.

Narellan Pools 

Narellan Pools are experts in fibreglass swimming pool design and installation. Our skilled team of local pool builders have decades of combined experience and are ready to help you bring your free-standing dream pool to life. We have a wide range of options and designs available to suit whatever your needs are. 

Get in touch with the team to find out how Narellan Pools can work with you to design your freestanding swimming pool now.

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