Pool Steps

Pool steps and ladders are a necessary pool feature and important aesthetic element. Whether you are building a pool or already have one, there is a wide range of pool entry options to explore.

Pool stairs are commonly rectangular although circular models are also available. Pool stair color choices are endless although most common in blue, white and cream. Corner steps are often rectangular and while some are built into the pool's structure others sit on the pool's floor. Removable corner steps are great for those wanting to add extra stairs to an existing pool. These less-permanent pool stairs are sold with different mounting instructions. Some are secured to the pool's deck or patio while others use sand to weigh them down - and some need both.

Wedding cake steps have become the latest trend. They feature rounded edges that can be easily accessed by one or many sides. Wedding cake steps often come with one or two hand railings and, like their namesake, are most often found in white. Having wedding cake stairs added to your pool is now more affordable - prices start at around $450.

Built-in pool steps are easily installed during pool construction. A pool builder can easily match the stairs to the pool surface, either by placing the liner over the steps or by plastering or tiling hand-made steps. Many pool builders choose pre-fabricated stairs to either match or contrast with the pool's surface.

Beach entry ramps instead of stairs are a new trend for pool owners. Although considerably more expensive, and requiring a skilled tradesperson, this type of ramp mimics a beach. Beach entries are an exciting architectural feature that are luxurious and unique and they make the pool easily accessible.

Pool ladders for above ground pools are available as entry and exit systems. The two-way entry and exit systems are shaped like an upside down V. Because you walk up and then down to enter the pool, many come with a locked gate for safety.

Pool ladders today are commonly made of vinyl, polyethylene or stainless steel. Some feature adjustable handrails and extra-wide rungs that are non-slip. Rung replacements can also be easily purchased. Above ground ladders may require sand to keep them secure, while others are anchored to the pool's frame or deck.

Portable lifts are a must for people who cannot access a pool via the stairs or ladders. Pool lifts may need to be mounted to the pool deck or installed into the deck. Portable pool lifts are also available. Pool lifts can be powered using batteries or water pressure. Manual lifts are considerably less expensive (basic lifts start at around $1,0001) while the automatic versions are much easier to use but cost upwards of $2,000.

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