Shipping Container Pools: Pros And Cons

Shipping Container Pools: Pros And Cons

Innovation and shipping containers seem to go hand in hand. There are so many ways to repurpose and reuse them. One of the uses rapidly gaining popularity is as a swimming pool.

But is converting a shipping container into a swimming pool as quick and easy as it sounds? We take a look at the pros and cons of this type of container conversion.

How it works:

Instead of a pre-fabricated fibreglass pool or a concrete pool, shipping containers can be used as the shell of your pool, either by digging the container into the ground or simply placing it in your garden directly onto the ground.
The container will need to sealed and waterproofed to handle the amount of water it will hold. The corners and seams also need to be welded to strengthen the container, otherwise it won’t handle the outward pressure of holding the water, especially if it’s above ground.

Ideally, the container should be rust free and in very good condition. But if there are some minor rust spots, they’ll need to be properly treated. Above ground pools are usually finished off with nice edging and a ladder for easy access. Alternatively, they can be placed next to an elevated deck or patio. The container is then plumbed with a filtration system and filled with water, just like any other type of pool.


Containers Are Robust And Long-Lasting
As long as the container is properly waterproofed and cared for, your pool should last many lifetimes with very little maintenance needed.

The Shape And Size Make For Great Lap Pools
Containers are generally fairly narrow and quite long. This shape makes for a near perfect lap pool.

They Can Be Above Or Below Ground
Containers can hold their own shape with ease, meaning you can choose to either dig the container into the ground or simply place it on top.

They Can Be Moved
A container swimming pool can be moved with relative ease at a later stage, especially if it’s above ground.



You’re Limited To The Size Of The Container
Containers come in a few different sizes, but you’re still limited in how big your pool can be. The width in particular will always be very limited.

Containers Are Deep
If you want a child-friendly pool, you’ll need to do some clever adapting to make a shallow end. The container can be cut shorter, but that involves additional labour and cost.

They’re Not Necessarily Cheaper
Depending on the size and condition of the container, how you choose to install it and what added extras you want, a shipping container pool might end up a little pricier than you pictured.

They Can Be Tricky To Transport
Expect to stumble into some complications if there’s limited access to your back garden or if the container needs to be transported a far distance to your house.

Just because you’re using a shipping container, doesn’t mean you can cut corners. You still need to pay particularly good attention to the plumbing and filtration system to ensure you don’t run into problems in the future.

You also still need to get planning approval from the council if you want a ground level pool, especially if it is close to your house or your boundary wall. There are required minimum distances from other structures when installing a pool.

Also, a shipping container full of water is going to be pretty heavy. Make sure the area where you put it can handle the weight. If in doubt, consult an engineer.