Deck Level Pool Designs

Deck level swimming pools are so called because the level of water is same as the level of surrounding pool deck. In some modern residential and most of commercial pools, the skimmers are frequently replaced by an overflow channel through which water overflows constantly into a balance tank, from where it is pumped into the circulation system. Filtration designers favour this system because the entire perimeter becomes effectively a water skimmer, giving perfect debris removal at the surface.

Our engineers will assess the design of your pool in respect of water over flow from the pool in the static and the actively used modes. The water channels need to be able to handle large volumes of water during active swimming and this needs to be displaced into the channels with minimal over-spill onto the surrounding deck area. A holding tank needs to be adequately sized to capture and retain the displaced water and the pool “balance tank” will need a system of level controls and high and low alarms to warn if the tank is over filled or empty.

Aqualias’ engineers can use their significant experience to deal with these issues, and our in house controls knowledge to design the level control and alarm systems.The overflowing grating on a deck level pool can be one of the more important aspects of the pool. The grating can be plastic, stone, stainless steel or even porcelain when reinforced with steel backing plates. The grating material needs to have gaps that are wide enough to be free-flowing, but narrow enough that they do not create a trap for small fingers and toes. The grating material needs to be durable against flowing water and many natural stones are unsuitable because of this.

Stainless steel grates need to be resistant to chlorine and only the best quality stainless will do. Even top grades of stainless steel can suffer corrosion if water quality in the pool is allowed to deteriorate. Plastic grating offers one of the more durable and free-flowing covers to the over flow channel, but of course plastic is not to everyone’s taste and may be completely out of the question on a beautifully tiled pool with sumptuous natural stone flooring. Aqualia’s design experts work with enthusiastic and knowledgeable stone specialists to ensure that their products are perfect for your needs.

Infinity edge pools are often confused with Deck Level pools. With an infinity edge there is normally one wall over which the water from the pool spills. The infinity edge allows the swimmer the impression that the overflowing edge of the pool is merging with the horizon. Where the horizon is in fact the sea then this effect is at its best giving the impression that the pool extends out into the ocean. Infinity pools look stunning and again create a powerful skimming effect. They may need a balance tank also, but some rely upon a deep trough into which the overflowing water drops.