Hottest Pool Trends & Features

February 15th, 2017 by

Summer is just around the corner, and the only thing hotter than the July sun will be the pool trends we’re anticipating for the year ahead. If you’re looking to upgrade or accessorize your backyard oasis, check out our list of the most in-demand features and functions.

Fire pits and barbeques

Yes, there’s some irony in starting a list of pool trends with fire! But, through the past few years, fire pits and barbecues integrated into the pool deck seem to be at the top of the list for many pool owners.

Ledge Loungers

While people have been lounging on ledges for years, there are new designs that elevate your backyard so that it feels like a relaxing resort. There’s just something about being warmed by the sun while simultaneously cooled by the water that whisks you away to a real (or imaginary) destination.


Tanning Ledges

Speaking of lounging… tanning ledges continue to grow in popularity, as people want their pool to have areas to relax, areas to swim and areas to play.

Pool System Automation

Not only are there pool systems that can be fully automated or adjusted from anywhere through an app on your smartphone, it is now possible to have the same kind of control via your in-home personal assistant. “Alexa, please turn on the jets in the spa and dim the pool deck lights.” Your pool equipment can now be a part of the Internet of Things.

Multi-Level Pool/Patio Areas

A recent trend in pool decks is to break up the area around the pool into different levels, often separated by low retaining walls. Many owners feel this allows them to get some separation from the pool when their kids are in high-energy mode while still being able to keep an eye on things.

The “Staycation” Approach

The term has become a little cliché, but the desire for the kinds of multi-level pools, swim-up bars, and negative edges you would see at a tropical resort is as hot as ever. Pool owners are realizing that for a fraction of the cost to take the family on a nice vacation that lasts a week, they can make some pool enhancements that will provide a getaway feel for decades.

Heating Systems

Perhaps in a desire to start the pool season earlier and end it later, gas heaters and heat pumps, which used to be the exception, are quickly becoming the rule. One supplier is even expected to come out with a gas heater/heat pump combo this year.


Darker Colored Pool Surfaces

The traditional light blue color of pools is starting to get some stiff competition from darker shades. In addition to looking great, a bonus with dark colors is that they retain more of the sun’s heat so it can cost less to keep your pool warm.

Variable-Speed Pumps

With many power companies offering rebates on them, energy efficient variable-speed pumps are a feature in virtually every new pool install.

Advanced LED Lighting

New innovations in LED lighting mean that rather than having five or six color options, you now have hundreds to choose from. And it’s surprising how much different a change in hue can make a pool look.

Keeping You on Top of Trends

One of the things we love about this business is that there is always an exciting new development just around the bend and eager pool owners ready to take advantage of it. Latham may have been around for over 65 years, but we’re still on the cutting edge when it comes to the latest in pools and covers.

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