Including a transparent side, wall or window in a swimming pool is a trend!
However, construction techniques have evolved over the years and there is now a better option than glass for swimming pools: the acrylic panel.
We tell you about it!
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Designs that usually include glass for swimming pools
One of the most attractive designs when building a pool focuses on the use of a glass wall. The glass for swimming pools is very striking in infinity pools when the end that faces the horizon is transparent and produces an effect of opening to infinity, very surprising.
It is also possible to see the glass in underwater windows, which are included in the pool shell to, for example, illuminate a spa or a gym located on a lower floor.
Without forgetting that it is also possible for an entire pool to be surrounded by glass, so that both its glass and its walls have been made of glass. This is the case, for example, of the famous Sky Pool, located in the Embassy Gardens building in London.
All these designs are still very much in force today. However, what has evolved is the material used. Although many builders continue to use glass or glass for swimming pools, you should know that the acrylic panel offers characteristics that are far superior to glass and is currently the best option on the market to create transparent walls or windows in the water.
Advantages of Acrylic Panel
Keep in mind that water presents a dynamic load. This means that when we swim in a pool, the water moves and the water pressure comes and goes. When these pressure changes occur, it is necessary to include a flexible material in the pool, which absorbs this dynamic load.
For this purpose, acrylic panels are ideal, given their high flexibility, which even allows molding in complete safety, both with concave and convex shapes.
When building a pool it is very important to take into account the weight of the materials used, especially if you want to build a pool in an attic or roof terrace.
You should know that, if we compare the pool glass with the acrylic panel, the latter weighs much less and is also stronger. Moreover, with the same installation, the weight of the glass is 4 times greater than the weight of the acrylic panel. It’s a lot of difference, don’t you think?
Acrylic panels won’t break or crack like glass and offer 11 times the impact resistance of glass. In fact, it is precisely acrylic panel that is used in enclosures such as aquariums, as it is capable of withstanding high mechanical loads.
While the glass used in swimming pools is made up of several sheets of glass joined together, the acrylic panel does not have layers, but is custom-made, to the desired thickness.
This means that, in the event that the glass receives an impact, as it is not flexible, one of its layers or sheets could break more easily.
In addition to the consequence that it would have on the safety of the pool, there is another disadvantage from an aesthetic point of view, and it is the following: when glass is used, for example in an infinity pool, the user can see all the layers, negatively affecting the result. final.
What happens if a pool glass is scratched or worn? Unfortunately, glass is a very difficult material to polish. Quite the opposite of acrylic panels, which are easily polished even when placed in the pool.
Many types of pool glass tend to yellow and distort the image.
This does not happen with the acrylic panel for swimming pools, which offers up to 92% light transmission, excellent brightness and distortion-free vision, undoubtedly much better than glass.
Conclusion: Glass or Acrylic Panel?
In some cases it may be enough to include glass in a pool. However, from Godo Pools we recommend that you always choose the acrylic panel as it offers much superior characteristics and, in the long term, it will not give you any kind of problem, it is 100% safe and it looks very aesthetic, especially when it is included in designer pools.