Shipping Container Pools: What you need to know


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Shipping containers weren’t designed to hold water or serve as swimming pools. While the idea of repurposing them may seem appealing, there are several factors to consider before diving in to a container pool.

Limitations of Technology

Shipping containers were originally designed to transport freight and not to function as pools. This means they lack purpose-built technology such as ceramic core technology, which is essential for ensuring pool strength, withstanding ground movement, and resisting the effects of long-term water exposure.

Lack of Insulation

Keeping shipping container pools at the right temperature can be challenging. Since shipping containers are made of steel, they’re not well insulated. You’ll probably have to spend a lot on heating if you install the container above ground, especially if you live somewhere cold.

Limitations of Design

Shipping container pools have limited boundaries, shapes, and depths. Shipping containers are rectangular boxes, so while it’s great for lap pools, it might not suit those who want a specific shape or size. Shipping pool containers usually come in just two sizes: 8×20 or 8×40.

Prone to Rust

Using shipping containers as swimming pools can pose some challenges. Steel is the main material in shipping containers. Metal rusting and corrosion can be concerns, especially if installing a saltwater system.

Steel is highly corrosive when it is exposed to salt. Although the inside of the pool will be lined, the outside will still be susceptible to corrosion and rust. To keep your shipping container pool in good condition, you should maintain it properly and use corrosion-preventative oil on the shipping container.

Fiberglass coatings vary in quality

Fiberglass is commonly used to waterproof shipping container pools. However, not all fiberglass coatings are of the same quality. Poorly applied gelcoat or mishandled shells can result in spider cracks, which can be both difficult and costly to repair.

They aren’t necessarily cheaper

While repurposing a shipping container into a pool may initially seem like a cost-effective option, it’s essential to evaluate the expenses involved. For example, Container Pools NZ, which recently went into liquidation leaving 42 clients out of pocket, offered base models priced between $40,000 and $75,000.

In conclusion, repurposing shipping containers into pools may have certain drawbacks, both in terms of design limitations and potential complications. Before making a decision, it’s crucial to weigh all factors and assess whether this option is worth the potential risks.