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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the considerations to keep in mind if you’re choosing a new pool shape. You typically have two options here, the rectangular shape or a curved (“freeform”) shape, and both come their own sets of benefits and drawbacks.

At Dolphin Pools & Spas, we’re happy to provide a wide range of services in swimming pool design, construction, maintenance and more. While part one of our series went over some basic themes to think about when choosing your pool shape, today’s part two will dig into some specific pros and cons of both rectangular and curved pools.

Rectangular Pools

The “classic” pool shape, rectangular pools have been around for centuries and remain popular to this day. They’re often seen as the more “formal” option, and can be a good choice if you’re looking to make a statement or create a certain aesthetic in your backyard.

On the plus side, rectangular pools are relatively easy to build and don’t require as much customization as other shapes. This can lead to a shorter construction time and a lower overall cost. Additionally, rectangular pools are often easier to maintain than other shapes, since there are fewer nooks and crannies for dirt and debris to collect in.

Rectangular pools also offer a wide range of possibilities in terms of design and aesthetics. You can choose to go for a more traditional look, or get creative with custom features and finishes.

On the downside, rectangular pools can sometimes feel a bit “sterile” or “cookie-cutter.” If you’re looking for something a little more unique, a rectangular pool might not be the right choice. Additionally, rectangular pools can be less versatile than other shapes when it comes to fitting them into your backyard layout.

Curved or Freeform Pools

If you’re looking for a pool that’s a little more unique, a curved or freeform pool might be the right choice. These pools are often seen as more natural and organic in their design, and can help create a relaxing oasis in your backyard.

One of the biggest advantages of curved pools is that they can be customized to fit almost any space. Whether you have a small yard or a large one, a curved pool can be designed to fit your needs. Additionally, curved pools often offer more opportunities for creative design, including custom features and finishes.

On the downside, curved pools can be more difficult and expensive to build than rectangular pools. They often require more labor and materials, and the construction process can be more complex. Additionally, curved pools can be more difficult to maintain than rectangular pools, since there are more nooks and crannies for dirt and debris to collect in.

For more on the pros and cons of rectangular and curved pools, or to learn about any of our swimming pool design, construction or maintenance services, speak to the experts at Dolphin Pools & Spas today.