Today, designing the living area is a major concern, and more and more homeowners are looking to fit swimming pools in their limited living space. 

When your house has a tiny backyard, opting for a lap pool instead of a swimming pool might be a better idea because of the space constraints. But note that these pools are not everyone’s cup of tea. So, in this guide, we will help you identify if it will be a good option for you.

And for that purpose, we will be stating the dissimilarities between full-sized swimming pools and lap pools. Go through the read thoroughly, and you will have enough information that you require to make the right choice. And once you make this thoughtful choice, your pool parties will be sorted out for good.

So, without further delay, let’s take a look!

Lap Pools VS Full Size Swimming Pools

While most of you already know what a swimming pool is, we will tell you about lap pools in detail, which should help make an informed choice. 

Full Sized Swimming Pool

What Is A Lap Pool?

What makes lap pools stand out is their unique dimensions. Unlike standard full-sized swimming pools, lap pools are pretty narrow, balanced, and available in standard shapes. They will satisfy the eccentric in you as their dimensions are particularly made for personal use. The sizes vary widely, and there’s one for everybody.

Besides, depending on your swimming preferences, you can choose from 1 to 3 swimming lanes. There’s hardly any wastage of space, which makes them well-suited for many modern homes, which may come with space restrictions. So, space will no longer be the roadblock for you to enjoy a peaceful swim after a long day at work. 

And do not worry, lap pools come with comfortable seating areas too. In case you are planning a pool party with friends, they will surely have a gala time, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful blue of your pool. These pools also make for great spots where you can spend a romantic evening with your partner or simply play water games with the kids. 

Installation Process

When it comes to installation, the process does not seem very different for a swimming pool and a lap pool. However, the location where you want to place it will make a significant difference. 

If you opt for a fibreglass lap pool and decide to get it installed above the ground, most of the pool will be completed even before the unit reaches you. So, all you have to do is unpack and plug it in. And in no time, you will be ready to play!

But remember that you might face major difficulties while trying to create a level surface and a structure to support the pool. Generally, creating a deck or other structures that need to support a lot of weight can be quite challenging. However, it is essential to provide this extra strength to your lap pool to ensure it functions properly when filled with people and water. 

And depending on the design, it can take anywhere between a few hours and days to get it installed. 

On the other hand, if you choose an inground pool, the first thing that needs to be done is to excavate the place where you plan to install it. You would need professional help to get the groundwork done in the backyard and to create the required space for the new pool. 

After the excavation work is complete, the fibreglass will be put in place on the floor surface, recovered, and will be made ready for use. As a pool owner, it won’t require much work on your end, but the installation would need to be done by a professional and that might take a few days. 

Process Of Cleaning

One of the major benefits of a lap pool is that they have a smaller space and are easier to clean. So, if you have a very busy schedule, then scrubbing and cleaning a small pool will be a more convenient choice for you. Smaller lap pools also need less amount of water and chemicals to stay clean

Pool Cleaner

Swimming pools, on the other hand, are great choices for large families, as they offer a bigger area. You will need more water, and you can hire cleaning professionals once in a while for deep cleaning. 

For lap pools, there are several smart pool technologies that allow automatic monitoring and cleaning. It is going to cost you more, but it will serve you well in the long run. Also, it will help in saving a lot of time and effort, which would otherwise be spent on these chores. 

In case you are not able to opt for a fully automated pool, you can still choose a few automated components, which can be used for both swimming pools and lap pools. They include:

1. Automated Pumps

To maintain a pool, it is important to keep the pool pump functioning, and automated options will help in saving a lot of energy. It can run all day while preventing the growth of bacterial and algae growth. 

It will distribute the pool chemicals more evenly across the pool, which will, in turn, keep the water fresh and free from contaminants and insects. Also, these pumps would keep the water moving, and that would prevent insects from breeding in the water. 

2. Remote Monitoring

Previously, people could only control their pools from inside their houses, but today, they can easily control them from their phones. From changing lights to set the right temperature, and managing the cleaning sessions, everything can be done from anywhere in the world. 

Plus, installing remote monitoring tools and accessories usually won’t cost a lot, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time on pool maintenance. 

3. Self-Cleaning 

You can include self-cleaning features in the pool with the help of a number of nozzles that can be placed near the bottom. These would circulate the water in a way that the sides and bottom of the pool are thoroughly cleaned. All these areas will be scrubbed, and the debris will be guided to the drains. 

Hence, you will have a clean pool with transparent water at all times. Not only that, but you can also set the machine to work at night when nobody is going to get into the pool. 

Such a feature is especially required for pools with trees on top as leaves and branches will invariably keep falling on the water surface. But with self-cleaning mechanisms in place, the water would push everything towards the drains, and you do not have to pay any extra attention.


Just like standard full-sized pools, pinning down the price of a lap pool is quite difficult as the types and prices vary widely. The differences mainly occur because of the variation in materials, size of the lap pool, and the area where it should be installed. 

To give you a fair estimate, it would be safe to say that full-sized swimming pools and lap pools cost more or less the same. This may surprise some of our readers who thought that just because the latter are smaller in size, they would be less expensive. 

Sure, installing a lap pool may cost a few bucks less, but that is not something that most people ideally base their decision on. 

Choosing The Right Swimming Pool

Choosing between a swimming pool and a lap pool largely depends on the purpose of use. If you have a medium or big family, then swimming pools become a better option. But as we have already mentioned, they might require more effort for maintenance.

On the other hand, if you just want a mini pool that would be perfect for 1 or 2 people to practice laps and relax, then a lap pool is a better idea. Plus, they are available in a number of sizes and variations. 

And remember that no matter what you choose, it can be equipped with automated technologies. Just talk to the local pool companies, and they should be able to help you out with the entire process, right from installation to maintenance. 

With that, we have reached the end of this guide. We’d love to hear about your preference and experiences in the comment section below. 

Until next time, goodbye!

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