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Ultimate Guide To Shipping Container Swimming Pools


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Taking a dive into a swimming pool is one of those summer rewards we wait for all winter long. A warm-weather must-have, pools let you escape the heat and keep kids entertained during long summer days.

Unfortunately, pools are a luxury that can carry a hefty price tag. On average, conventional in-ground swimming pools cost upwards of $50,000! Fortunately, more affordable options exist: Shipping container swimming pools come with a wealth of benefits and a much lower price tag.

Shipping Container Pool Benefits

1. Affordable

A shipping container swimming pool is an excellent option for individuals who can't quite afford the cost of traditional swimming pools. A small shipping container pool typically costs around $20,000 or less. While it's not an inexpensive option, it's a much more reasonable amount to spend than other options.

Shipping container pools also allow individuals to dodge one of the most significant expenses associated with more traditional options: the fence. Because most shipping container pools will operate as above-ground pools, owners can get away with installing a single gate blocking off the entry. This remains a much more affordable option than installing a fence encircling the entire structure.

2. Easy Set-Up

Shipping container pools can be delivered in a single day. Plumbing, heating, and electrical systems are already installed, so all you need to do is make the necessary provisions, position the pool in the prepared site, hook it up to all necessary utilities, and fill it up with water!

Traditional pools can take weeks to install, excluding any delays due to weather or construction issues. So, in terms of setup and installation, shipping container pools have a clear advantage.

3. Fully Customizable

Shipping container pools offer endless creative potential. From paneling to LED lighting and side windows, container pools are infinitely customizable, so you can make it your own.

You can even add a divider to create a separate jacuzzi space with heating options that let you control water temperature.

And when you’re ready, shipping container pool companies are ready to help you realize your vision.

4. Transportable

Moving? No problem. Shipping containers are designed for transport, so you can pack it up along with the rest of your belongings. You can also opt to leave the shipping container pool behind, which may even increase your home value.

5. Eco-Friendly

Reusing anything is always a greener, more sustainable option. Turning a used shipping container into a pool is no exception. The off-site builds of container pools generate far less waste than traditional pool construction.

shipping container pool with a fiberglass shell

How to Build a Shipping Container Pool

Now that you know why shipping container pools are gaining in popularity, let’s explore what the process entails.

1. Site Preparation

The first step is to decide where you want your pool and to make sure it is an ample distance from existing structures. Important considerations include surrounding landscaping, privacy, sun exposure, and noise.

In addition to level ground, your site should have a prepared foundation that can support the container once filled with water. A concrete slab or compacted gravel offer adequate load-bearing capacity, but be sure to confirm with an engineer or contractor.

And be sure to clear the entire site of any debris prior to delivery.

2. Permits

Installing additional structures, including shipping containers, often requires permission from local governing authorities. Therefore, you should find out about specific requirements before you purchase.

3. Modifying Your Container 

Once installed, you'll need to make modifications before filling it with water. The roof must be removed and the doors welded shut. Depending on how deep you want the pool to be, you might also consider cutting a few feet off the top of the walls.

Shipping containers typically come with corrugated steel walls, which are not designed to be load-bearing. So it's a good idea to reinforce them with structural steel around the top edge of the container.

At this stage, you’ll also want to make any other changes to the container, including adding a window, stairs, benches, and more.

4. Waterproof Liner

Installing a waterproof liner ensures that your pool is watertight and protects the container from rust and corrosion. A blue liner will also give your container a more pool-like aesthetic.

There are several liner options available at different price points. You can:  

  •  Use a fiberglass shell
  •  Insert a vinyl liner
  • Apply a thick, polymer coating to the interior
  • Spray the inside with concrete

Research the pros and cons of each and decide which one is right for you and your budget.

5. Add All Necessary Systems

A number of critical systems keep the water clean and sanitary. Pumps, drains, suction and return lines, skimmers, and valves circulate the water, preventing unsightly — and unhealthy — algae from growing. And installing a filtration system will remove all debris after a day of pool use.

Treating the water regularly with chemical products, typically chlorine, will protect it from bacteria. Salt is another option, but it is not generally recommended, as it can corrode the metal.

Monitoring pH levels, water hardness, and alkalinity are also important in determining whether you need to shock the water.

Shipping Container Pool Drawbacks

Benefits aside, shipping container pools aren’t for everyone. There are a number of drawbacks to think about, starting with their very distinct appearance. Some simply prefer the more traditional look of an in-ground pool.

They're also limited in terms of shape and design. Typically, shipping container pools come in two sizes: 8 feet by 20 feet and 8 feet by 40 feet. While this is perfect for someone looking for a lap pool, it may not be ideal for families looking to entertain friends, family, and children.

While still less expensive than a traditional swimming pool, shipping container pools can present some unexpected costs. Many people end up building a fenced deck around their pool, which can potentially be expensive to complete.


For anyone looking for an alternative to costly traditional pool construction, shipping containers are a great way to go.

If you're interested in purchasing a new or used shipping container for a backyard pool, get in touch with our representatives. You can also take a look at our blog for more information about shipping containers and their many uses.



How much are shipping container pools?

According to one shipping container pool manufacturer, base prices typically range from $16,500 to $39,900, with other sources estimating $20,000 or less. Still far less than traditional in-ground pools that cost anywhere from $35,000 to nearly $65,000.

Can shipping container pools be inground?

Due to the fact that pressure against the container’s sides may cause damage, shipping container pools are not designed to be in-ground. You can, however, build a deck around your pool to give it an in-ground appearance.

How do I go about ordering a shipping container pool?

Call us and speak to one of our representatives to get started. You can also request a quote for your shipping container online.

Are there pool covers available for shipping container pools?

Shipping container pool covers are available from certain retailers. Depending on the size of your pool, you may also want to look into custom covers.



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