Pools in the Sunbelt vs. Pools in the Snowbelt

Did you know the Sunbelt and Snowbelt are actual terms used in the United States? So, where do you live? And if you have a pool, does where you live determine how you care for that pool? The answers to most of these questions are pretty clear, but I’m pretty sure that there might be some stuff you’ll learn from this blog.

The Sunbelt

The Sunbelt is actually an imaginary line that separates the Southern part of the United States from the North. In the Sunbelt, temperatures rarely fall below freezing. However, this area is susceptible to extreme prolonged summer heat and drought. Pool design is basically open across the Sunbelt. Gunite pools are ideal for the Sunbelt because of the lack of concern for expansion and contraction of the pool during temperature freezes. Gunite, Vinyl and fiberglass pools can be built with accent water, fire and rock features to showcase to the Sunbelt’s beauty. For example, Aggregate pool finishes and features are gorgeous additions to supplement the natural beautify of the American Southwest.

One the main advantages of having a swimming pool is the Sunbelt is the fact that you can virtually swim all year long. The lack of prolonged freezing temperatures allows you to leave your pool open and accessible. During periods of drought in the Sunbelt, it is best to take proper care of your pool to prevent damage to the pool’s deck, finish, and motorized parts. To avoid damage to your swimming pool during a drought:

  • Keep the water level at the bottom of the drainage grate because water evaporation occurs rapidly during drought conditions.

  • Keep consistent soil conditions around your pool. Pool decks tend to crack or shift during droughts due to soil contraction.

  • Water your grass around your pool at night when temperatures are low to prevent rapid water evaporation and soil drying.

The Snowbelt

The Snowbelt, is the exact opposite to the Sunbelt in terms of geography. The Snowbelt is the area of the United States that experiences prolonged freezing temperatures during the fall and winter. Because of this, the ground tends to contract when the temperatures drop below freezing and expand as it warms up. A gunite pools offers you the most flexibility as in terms of pool design, but this is usually not the best option of the Snowbelt. The gunite tends to crack as the ground expands and contracts. However, vinyl swimming pools are made from a stretchy plastic, and are fitted over pool walls made of steel or other materials. Fiberglass pools are also very flexible. Fiberglass in itself is a shock absorbent and it has been reported can flex up to two feet. Vinyl and fiberglass pools have the ability to flex making them an ideal option for places with cooler temperatures.

In the Snowbelt, there is always the chance of a snow or ice storm during the winter. Even if the pool is closed, the harsh conditions can run havoc on your pool’s motorized parts. In the event of a winter storm remember to:

Pool ownership is fun. The ability to come home and jump in the pool after a hard day is amazing. But who knew that where you live has a lot to do with the type of pool you should get and why it will benefit you long into the future.