Keep a Cool Head When It Comes to Swimming Pool Insulation

One of the factors that makes people think twice about installing a domestic swimming pool is the running costs. According to The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, the typical daily energy and chemical cost of running a standard 10m x 5m outdoor swimming pool is around £5 per day, depending on the season and heat source installed. This equates to roughly £1,900 per year.

However, specifying thermal insulation for the pool helps to reduce running costs and can be a very worthwhile investment. When high performance swimming pool insulation, such as Styropool, is installed, typical savings can be around 10-30% of total running costs.

Although swimming pools differ in size, shape and energy consumption, there is a grade of Styropool available to help all pools achieve the required thermal performance.

Building regulations introduced in 2010, required that swimming pools should achieve a minimum thermal performance equivalent to a U value of 0.25 W/m2K. This led to the development of Styropool to ensure the required U values can be achieved, whilst enhancing the pools’ energy efficiency.

So what makes Styropool such an effective insulator of swimming pools?

Because it is manufactured from Styrofoam extruded polystyrene, which has a unique close cell construction, Styropool offers a long term insulation solution. The material has high compressive strength and low water absorption, so it is designed to last the lifetime of the swimming pool. In fact, Styropool has an average life expectancy of 50 years and it pays for itself in terms of energy saving in just a couple of years.

To make the installation process easy, Styropool can be installed directly below concrete slabs, whilst its grooved surface improves the key of cement and/or render in the pool installation.

If you’d like more details about Styropool for your next pool project, call: 0114 275 2881 or email

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