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You might have heard of infinity pools and had a hard time visualizing them since infinity itself is a hard thing to picture. There’s no need to worry, though, because our Liquid Concept Signature Pool & Patio team has written this article to help make infinity (pools) knowable. An infinity pool is a pool that uses a visual trick to make it look like there is no separation between the water and the surrounding landscape, so the water can look like it goes on for infinity. It is also known as a zero-edge pool.

The Inventor of the Infinity Pool

The first modern architect to build an infinity pool in the United States was John Lautner in the mid 20th century. Today, he has a type of infinity pool design named after him, the “Lautner Knife-edge Design.” This type of infinity pool has the water flowing towards the outwards edge of the pool at the deck level where it then overflows into a slot at the edge. However, there is coping on the “Lautner Knife-edge Design” that most infinity pools today don’t have. This was done to create the effect where an individual could stand on the “vanishing side” coping, and look down into the pool without getting wet.

How Do More Traditional Infinity Pools Work?

The illusion of more traditional infinity pools is created by having one section of the pool’s ledge being lower, acting as a dam that allows the water in the pool to overflow into the catch basin underneath the pool. The water is then pumped back into the upper level of the pool, creating a continuous flow.

Infinity pools do not use a traditional cap, as most pools have, to create the illusion that the vanishing edge is connected to the landscape surrounding it. Because of the illusion, on the deck level of the pool, there is nothing that would call attention to that edge, creating a sleek unified look between the pool and landscape.

Are Infinity Pools Safe?

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Yes, infinity pools are just an illusion. There is a wall that individuals in the pool can swim up to, which protects them from falling into the catch basin below. Since they have a wall like any other pool, though that wall is designed more uniquely, infinity pools remain just as safe as other pools, too.

Do Infinity Pools Need Extra Maintenance?

There is a bit more maintenance that is required for an infinity pool than your typical pool due to the complex technology that is involved. For example, the catch basin will need to be cleaned out regularly. In addition, the filtration and the water pump need to be monitored and regularly maintained to ensure that they do not get clogged. Any breakdowns of either of these two systems will result in the illusion being broken as the circulation stops. You may also find yourself refilling the pool more, as the infinity pools seem to have a higher evaporation rate than a typical swimming pool. 

Build Your Dream Swimming Pool With Liquid Concept Signature Pool & Patio

When it comes to your dream swimming pool, infinity is literally an option. Whatever you dream up, our team at Liquid Concept Signature Pool & Patio has the passion and experience to make your ideal swimming pool a reality while still maintaining safety and cost-efficiency. To get one step closer to making your dream pool come alive, contact us today!