Shipping Container Pools
What You Need to Know About Shipping Container Pool Conversions
What are shipping container pools and how can you get one for yourself?
In recent years, the versatility and customisability of shipping containers has become increasingly apparent within the building and construction industry. With rising home prices and a relative increase in the cost of construction, people are looking to create dream spaces in the most cost-effective yet non-compromising way. More specifically, many customers have turned to shipping containers to fulfil the Australian dream and finally put a pool on their property.
Not only are shipping container pools able to offer strength, durability and convenience, but they’re significantly cheaper than traditional swimming pools – meaning they’re budget friendly and you get to keep more of your hard earned money. They’re also easy on the environment, with minimal ecological impact achieved at a fraction of the cost of traditional pool construction. Shipping container pools also offer an extremely easy installation process. Since they’re pre-fabricated, once they’ve been delivered and filled, they’re instantly ready to use – and because they’re shipping containers, if you ever decide to move then your pool can be shipped with you.
A shipping container pool is a new or used shipping container that has an open top and has been modified to include a pump, filtration system, pool lining, heating system, stairs and optional covers, lights, jets and more. They’re becoming increasingly common in the marketplace due to their convenience and flexibility. Our team has had an enormous amount of experience in the conversion of shipping containers for use as residential pools so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!
Our top tips for buying and installing a shipping container pool.
- The Space – First and foremost, you need to ensure your site can accommodate the size of a container pool. We know the pools pictured above are breathtaking and you probably want one for yourself – no matter what it takes. The good news is that they can be installed just about anywhere there is space so as long as you’ve got enough room for a 20ft (6m by 2.4m) or 40ft (12m by 2.4m) container then you’re good to go. You might also need a little space around the container so it can be installed and accessed with ease.
- Council Permission – The next step is to talk to your local council about any permits or requirements you need before install. We’d hate to see you pool-less or hit with fines and rejection so seek approval before we begin fabrication. Your local area may have additional restrictions on the construction or installation of pools, fences and associated structures so it’s best to check early and make sure a container pool is legally feasible on your property.
- Get Professional Help – This is one of the most important steps in the process – and it’s the one we can help you with! You might think complete DIY is the best, cost saving option but unless you’re a fully qualified contractor, this is likely to be false. Costly mistakes can turn this dream process into a nightmare in no time at all. But that’s where we come in! Container Traders have a team of experts who are overflowing with experience in converting shipping containers for use as residential pools. Seeking professional help ensures the longevity and structural integrity of your pool by developing a best-practice procedure.
- Choose a Height – The general purpose shipping containers that are used for pool conversion come at a standard height of 2.9m. If you’re a pro-basketballer or general giant, this size will be perfect for you. If not, 2.9m is fairly high for a residential pool and unless you plan to put your container in-ground or semi in-ground, you’ll most likely need to construct a decking area that is flush with the pool surface. For this reason, you might want to have your container cut down to a more manageable size, between 2m and 2.4m high, especially if you have young children who will be using the pool. Container Traders are happy to shave some height off your container so you can create the ideal pool for you and your family.
- Choose Internal Lining – You might have read about the weather proof and water proof capabilities of shipping containers – they are, after all, responsible for transporting high value goods across oceans and in the worst of weather conditions. Perfect for filling with water and using as a pool, right? Wrong. Shipping containers are built to keep water out, not in, so if you decide to use a container as a pool, you’ll need to select an internal lining (or shell) to make it totally usable. These can be steel or fiberglass – or you can choose to have welding completed on the existing container and use it as is. The most popular choice is a fiberglass pool shell because it provides entry stairs and often a shallower area for wading or sitting. We’re happy to discuss options or fully customise a lining solution for you so you’ll get the most out of your new container pool. Give us a call today.
- Select Your Options – Beyond lining, container pools are able to include creature comforts that you might’ve thought were only possible in traditional, in-ground, concrete pool construction. You’ll have the option to select glass panels, lighting, covers, jets, speakers and more so you can create a complete, multi-purpose recreational area. Plan on throwing a lot of parties? Why not add multi coloured LED lighting and some speakers around the perimeter. Want to practice for an ocean swim in strong currents? Include a powerful water jet and train in your heated container at any time. The options are endless so get in touch with us today to discuss what you need, what you want and how we can help you get it all!
- Prepare Your Area – A container pool boasts strength and durability, and demands a strong and durable foundation. The surface the container sits on can be concrete, crushed rock or a footing system (like supported stilts). With engineering advancements and innovation, any site should be able to be accommodated but get in touch with our team to find out what will work best for you!