Top 5 Shipping Container Pools
If you’re the type of person who is always looking for a new trend to try, then we may have something for you. Shipping container pools are popping up all over the world, and they come with many benefits. Some of these benefits include: saving money on pool installation costs, being environmentally friendly because shipping containers are recycled, and providing your family with an awesome swimming experience in a cool space.
We’ll go into more detail about these benefits below, as well as provide some pictures of what other people’s shipping container pools look like!
While we are shipping container experts, the team at Gateway Containers don’t carry out shipping container pool constructions. However, we can help you through the process of buying the correct container for your project and put you in touch with the right people to create your perfect pool.
What is a shipping container pool?
A shipping container pool is made out of recycled or purpose-built shipping containers. They can be placed in the ground or turned into a portable swimming pool that you can take with you when you move. You might have noticed these pools at the beach, some festivals, or expos.
Shipping container pools come in all shapes and sizes. From simple lap pools through to pools with functional filtration, electric heating, LED lighting and child safety options to provide a comfortable swim. Some have all the sides open, but most of them have several layers of plastic sheeting.
While some homeowners love making this urban design feature a part of their home, the corrugated steel can be a questionable element. However, custom features allow for the corrugated steel walls to be hidden, making this type of pool a viable option for many Australian pool owners.
Some of these swimming pools are homemade, while most are made and installed by specialised pool manufacturers or building professionals. Aussie container pools are becoming a massive trend, and they could be the secret to your perfect summer.
Need a little inspo? Here’s a video to show what a shipping container swimming pool will look like in your backyard:
Advantages of shipping container pools?
The main advantage is the fact that shipping container pools are a great way to save money. The cost of a traditional swimming pool is between $40,000 and$100,000, but a shipping container pool can cost as little as $20,000, depending on what you specify.
While Gateway does not sell pools or kits, our broad range of shipping containers is the first step in making your dream come true. Our team of experts can help you make an informed decision so you can work out the ultimate cost of your pool project.
If you’re interested, check out our general purpose shipping containers and request a free quote to get some prices.
Another advantage of shipping container pools is that they are reasonably environmentally friendly. Recycling used shipping containers creates waste that can be reused to make other products.
Shipping container pools are also great for young families because they’re portable and can be easily moved when your kids grow out of them. This is one of their most amazing features, allowing you to forego permanent planning in favour of diving into your authentic swim solution in no time.
They also come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs. While they are typically 8 feet wide, a shipping container pool can be up to 10 feet deep!
What are some disadvantages of shipping container pools?
While shipping container pools are great environmentally, they have a few disadvantages.
The size and shape of your container can be restrictive when considering custom pools for specific shaped yards and needs. Their rectangular shape can be difficult to work with, and due to this narrow shape they could be impossible for some blocks
It may be difficult to fit one on your property. You need to be able to move your container into your yard, whether this be by crane or truck. However, if you can gain appropriate access to the location of your pool this could be the perfect solution for your next home renovation project.
The best shipping container swimming pools
Shipping Containers are a great way to go if you want to save money and are environmentally conscious, but what about the big question, what is the best shipping container pool for you?
Here’s a look at some of the top shipping container pools around the world which we think you’ll enjoy.
1. This ideal solution is a convenient option with a compact size and a stunning view!
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2. One simple modification can create an innovative design.
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3. An above ground pool has never looked so good, you’ll be swimming laps in no time.
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4. An in-ground pool that will stay in style!
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5. 8ft deep, 20ft long and a whole lot of fun! You won’t be able to help having a dip in this one.
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How much does it cost to build a shipping container pool?
On average, shipping container pools range from $15,000 to $120,000 depending on the size and what additional features are included. If you want the best your money can buy, you’ll want to think about adding heating, swim jets, automatic covers, safety features, and more.
Gateway Containers doesn’t build or sell shipping container pools, but we do have a wide range of new and used shipping containers available for your project.
Questions you should ask before building your own pool
How do you build a swimming pool from a shipping container?
Gateway Containers are experts when it comes to shipping containers. We can provide the perfect shipping container for your project and put you in touch with the right people to help finish the job.
When it comes to the nitty gritty of building shipping container pools, check out our previous blog post.
What amount of space do I need for a shipping container swimming pool?
It’s up to you! How long do you want your shipping container? You won’t need to worry about width as shipping containers come 8ft wide. However, you will also need a bit of space for the installation process. Make sure you consider where you want the container to be placed, and just how easy it will be for a truck or crane to access that area.
How many feet deep will my swimming pool be?
An average container is 8ft deep, however, this is one of the custom features. There are a range of depths to choose from if you are using a premade insert. Customers have even modified the height of their container themselves by trimming the wall.
However, we always recommend getting the assistance of a professional. Due to the depth, the most important safety feature you will need is a pool fence.
How important is a level surface?
To maintain a level water surface, you will need to either place your shipping container pool on flat ground or a level foundation. You can install your shipping containers pool on a slope, but you’ll need to fill in the ground underneath the pool for proper installation.
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Do I need a water supply for my pool?
You will need a water supply and wastewater outlet to go with it. However, you can always add them later. It is likely that the cheapest option for installing water and wastewater is to go through your local utility provider.
Do I need a swimming pool liner?
With a shipping container pool, you can choose to have a liner installed. Not only will this help your swimming pool retain water, but it will also prevent the water from affecting the steel used on your shipping container.
While some people opt for a fibreglass finish, an alternative option like a durable vinyl liner could be the way to go. While our shipping container experts do not carry out shipping container pool modifications, they can help point you in the right direction.
Will I need filtration systems installed?
You can add filtration systems to your shipping container swimming pool, but it is not essential as you can easily install them later. You might also want to consider heating systems and plumbing systems to ensure the health of your pool. Other than that, there isn’t much else for the upkeep of your self-made container pool except cleaning.
Shipping container pools are a cheaper, environmentally safer, and trendier option than traditional swimming pools. However, building with containers is not a task that should be left to those without experience.
At Gateway Containers, we have plenty of options to help get you started on your home pool journey. While we do not carry out shipping container pool modifications ourselves, we have helped a number of customers find the perfect container to start their project. If you’re not sure which size you need, whether to look at new or used containers, or which dimensions you will be working with, talk to our talented team of container experts today.