• Christine Rhode-Parsons

How Do Infinity Pools Work?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Infinity pools are reflecting swimming pools that produce the visual effect of water extending infinitely into the horizon or merging with the surrounded landscape. They are a luxurious recreational amenity featured in not only upscale homes and hotels, but in many medium-priced homes as well. But how exactly do they work?

Infinity pools have the appearance of dropping off into the horizon on one or more edges, creating a beautiful and breathtaking view of the surroundings. However, this is simply an illusion created by a technique known as, the infinity effect. Unlike a conventional pool, which has walls that are above the water level, an infinity pool has one or more walls that meet at the exact water level. These are then sloped downwards from the pool, to create the waterfall illusion.


The water that overflows is caught in a basin or trough, hiding beneath the vanishing edge. It is then collected and pumped back into the main pool. However, the basin must be deep enough to collect the spillover water, so there is never a shortage of water in the main pool. Another important factor in creating the infinity illusion is the view from the vanishing edge. The basin or trough should not be visible, so as not to block the Infinity Edge View.


Whether you’re looking to install an infinity pool or a traditional pool on your property, you must first hire a trusted contractor to provide you with top-notch service.


Give us a call at (239) 440-1241, to set up an on-site appointment.


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