4 Reasons Residential In-Ground Pools Should Use Ladders Instead of Steps


If you ask your kids, they'll probably tell you the best way to get into a pool is to cannonball, whereas the best way to get out is simply to haul yourself up at the edge. However, even home swimming pools should have proper entry and exit points. For in-ground pools, this usually means either fitting a built-in ladder to the side of the pool or designing a pool with internal steps that allow you to slowly climb in and out.

Step entryways certainly have their own benefits, but most homeowners are going to find that opting for a built-in ladder makes more sense. Here are just four reasons why.

1. Lower Costs

If you're thinking about using internal steps rather than a built-in ladder, you're obviously still in the planning stages and may not have even contacted a pool contractor yet. One thing you'll quickly discover is that steps generally add a considerable sum to the price of your pool. That's largely because creating a pool with internal steps requires more work and expertise than simply creating one with a uniform depth or a gentle slope. You'll also often have to make your pool larger to accommodate a step entry point. Ladders make things considerably more affordable.

2. Fewer Space Restrictions

As noted above, internal steps can take up quite a lot of space in a pool, especially a residential pool. This means you'll be forced to either take up more of your outside space than you expected or sacrifice some of the space actually available for swimming in the pool itself. Since built-in ladders have no impact on the design of a pool and can be placed anywhere along the edge, they tend to make designing a pool far simpler.

3. Uniform Depth

Many homeowners prefer their swimming pools to be a uniform depth. This keeps things simple and ensures the entire pool can be used for swimming laps. A uniform depth is simply not an option when you opt for a stepped entryway, so this can mean that part of your pool is less usable than the rest. In contrast, built-in ladders work perfectly for pools of a uniform depth.

4. Added Safety

Swimming pool steps often blend in quite well with the rest of the pool, so they may be hard for swimmers to see. This means it can be easy to bump your head as you swim back and forth or even for guests to jump in without seeing the steps beneath them. It can also be less obvious where the steps are, whereas all it takes is a quick look around the perimeter to see where a built-in ladder is located.

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