If you’re considering an upgrade to your swimming pool, but just aren’t certain what to do, talk with your Coventry, Rhode Island swimming pool contractor about the addition of sun shelves. These beautiful, practical accessories for your swimming pool can be designed in almost any shape or size and can be whatever depth you desire. Talk to the swimming pool builders at The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island for suggestions on adding sun shelves to your swimming pool.
Here are a few things to discuss with your swimming pool builder when you’re attempting to make a decision on your sun shelves:
Sun shelf sizes: you can have your swimming pool builder install sun shelves in anything ranging from a bench size to ones that are the size of a chaise lounge and even longer. If you’re prone to bouts of sunbathing, you can install shelves along the entire length of your pool.
How deep to make them: Your sun shelves can be installed at a depth of as little as five inches to as deep as two feet. Some shelves have been installed at depths of up 18 inches, but at that depth it’s unlikely that you will be able to lie back and relax as you’ll be underwater. If you’re looking for the sun shelves as accessories for your children to play on, they should be a bit on the wide side and no deeper than 12 inches.
Where to place them: Typical placement of sun shelves is in the shallow end of the swimming pool, especially if you have a deep end and a diving board. As a way to save space, swimming pool builders recommend extending the swimming pool steps. The best placement for a sun shelf is so that it faces the main focal point of your swimming pool, especially if you have a rock waterfall, grotto or a beautifully landscaped patio area that you’d like to enjoy the view of while you relax. If you’re looking for the sun shelf as a place to work on your tan, the shelf should be placed where it will achieve maximum exposure from the sun. Check the rotation of the sun for a few days to see how many hours a day a potential spot for a sun shelf receives sunlight and how many hours of the day it’s in shade. Some swimming pool owners that have incorporated hot tubs into their swimming pools may opt to have the sun shelf curve toward the hot tub but beware if you do this, you risk the potential of splashing come from the hot tub into the pool and vice versa.
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