Choosing the color of your swimming pool is a significant decision. As such, if a black bottom pool is high on your list of “must haves,” then it is important to understand how a dark surface color may differ from lighter colored swimming pools. This applies not only in terms of aesthetics but also in terms of a functional standpoint. For the discerning pool owner, a black bottom pool can be a great complement to one’s property and personal preferences.

Dark Bottom Pool? 

A dark bottom pool is basically what it says it is: a swimming pool with a dark surface. This could be along the lines of a deep blue, gray or, yes, even black. However, it may not necessarily be the first choice of pool colors. Most pool owners save that honor for blue. However, a dark pool color does have its own appeal with certain backyard aesthetics.

There’s a good reason for this, too. While dark pool colors are nothing new, they are beginning to see an escalation in popularity. However, before we proceed any further, please be advised that in certain municipalities across the country, dark bottom pools may be prohibited. The main reason for is because the dark color distorts depth perception. Therefore, please check with your local municipality before deciding on this particular color for your pool.

Diving into the Dark

Choosing a color for your fiberglass inground backyard swimming pool is a significant decision and not one to be taken lightly. After all, it lasts the entire lifetime of your pool, which is a pretty long time. Fiberglass pools are well-known for their longevity. Therefore, you will get to appreciate and enjoy the color you choose for many years to come.

Actual black swimming pools, also known as black bottom pools, are truly the epitome when it comes to dark pools. However, if black is not the color for you, but you are still drawn to a darker pool color, you might consider a gray pool. This color can range from a very deep and dark gray to a lighter hue. (Side note: no matter how dark the color of your pool is, the water will always naturally carry a blue hint.)

One of Aviva Pools’ most dramatic and bold colors is Bora Bora Black.

Are you feeling blue? A dark blue pool may just have the head-turning appeal you desire without necessarily going full-on black. With so many shades and varieties of blue, you will undoubtedly find the ideal hue to complement your backyard oasis.

One of Aviva Pools’ most dramatic and bold colors is Bora Bora Black. Its gorgeous color allows light to reflect off its surface producing an exciting showcase of contemporary style and modern design. At Aviva Pools, we use a boutique color palette. This offers you the freedom to customize and stylize your Aviva Pools swimming pool. Regarded as “the art of the swimming pool,” our expressive line of premier gelcoat colors has a distinctive sparkle and shine. However, they are also chemical and blister resistant. Thus, they set the standard for high quality UV.

Another color to consider is green. Just hear us out, first. This is actually an ideal color selection for those who desire a lagoon or lake-style pool. It is also a great fit for a pool design that relies on natural features to accent its style.

with a Dark Surface

No matter the type of pool construction material, there are a variety of color options available. However, there are a few differences between fiberglass, concrete and vinyl liner pools:

1. Fiberglass Dark Bottom Pools

Gelcoat colors for fiberglass pools come in a variety of shades. These include blue, gray and black options. Fiberglass pools also provide a bit of extra panache in terms of sparkle and shine. They also tend to offer the most vibrant and luxurious pool colors.

2. Concrete Pools with a Dark Surface

Concrete pool plaster can be dyed most any color. However, it might not be as colorful and speckled as a fiberglass pool. Further, it will most likely require resurfacing in about 10 years.

3. Vinyl Liner Pools with a Dark Surface

Vinyl liner pools come with a vast selection of pool shades and colors. Additionally, many of them offer patterns, such as marble, tile and mosaics. However, excessive exposure to chlorine can cause the vinyl liner to fade. As such, your dark colored swimming pool may become lighter much sooner than anticipated. Alternatively, you will have to replace the liner in a vinyl liner pool every five to 10 years. Therefore, if you are not satisfied with your color, you have the option to change it out at a later time.

Will a Black Pool Make My Pool Warmer?

In a nutshell, yes. A black pool will make the pool water warmer. Compared to their lighter counterparts, darker pools absorb more heat from the sun. As a result, this increases the overall temperature of the water. Just as a darker car will be considerably hotter on the inside than a lighter car when left out in the sun all day, the water in a darker pool will be a few degrees warmer than, say, a sandstone-colored pool. The darker the color, the warmer the water will be.

Are Pools with a Dark Surface More Expensive?

The cost of a dark bottom pool may vary depending on manufacturer and/or dealer. For complete information on the costs associated with style and design wishes for your inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool, contact a local dealer. They will be happy to assist you in finding the price point most suitable for your budget and preferences.

Bottom Line

With a dark bottom pool, you can experience a tranquil and somewhat mysterious ambiance. Imagine swimming in your darker colored pool under the stars at night. A dark bottom pool can definitely become the eye candy of your backyard. Further, it is easier to heat compared to a lighter colored pool. A dark and warm fiberglass backyard pool may just be the luxury item you desire and deserve when it comes to creating your personal backyard sanctuary that reflects your own personal style.