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How Long Do Container Pools Last?

Shipping container pools have emerged as a great method for many people to have a swimming pool. They come with many benefits which make owning a swimming pool possible for many people who might not have the possibility of owning a normal pool. They are usually much cheaper to set up than building a normal swimming pool, they can be moved, they come as a full package (complete with water cleaning mechanisms and everything else needed), they can be set up in a single day, and they can be set up in locations in which it’s difficult or impossible to build a normal swimming pool.

But when it comes to shipping container pools, many people have their doubts about whether it’s a good idea to get one or not. Usually, people have many questions regarding the practicality, quality, and durability of shipping container pools. Here in this article, we will ask one of the most important questions regarding shipping container pools; how long do they last?

How Long Do Container Pools Last?

Are Shipping Containers Suitable For Building Swimming Pools?

Shipping containers are made of corrugated weathering steel. Weathering steel (usually referred to as COR-TEN steel) is a specific type of steel made to be extremely durable in the conditions which shipping containers will go through. They are built to have a very high resistance towards humidity and rusting, while also carrying an immense amount of weight. While these qualities are amazing for building a swimming pool, a shipping container by itself is vulnerable to rusting and decay when exposed to large amounts of water over long periods, they are made of steel after all, and almost all types of steel will rust eventually.

There are a few methods for converting shipping containers into swimming pools, and all of them involve covering the entirety of the steel surface with a material which is fully water resistant. These materials include vinyl liners, waterproof paint, concrete, or fiberglass coating. Concrete is among the least popular choices, as it’s very heavy and prone to decay. Generally, fiberglass coating is the best method to make the sturdy steel box waterproof, but the quality of fiberglass is not always the same.Each of the waterproofing methods has its own benefits and weaknesses. The better they are at maintaining the quality and durability of the pool, the more expensive they become.

So How Long Do Container Pools Last?

Just like any other type of swimming pool, that depends on the conditions of use and the maintenance it receives. With proper care and maintenance, a shipping container pool can last up to between 20 and 30 years. There are many things which affect the durability of a shipping container.

What Affects the Durability of Shipping Container Pools?

The Quality of its Waterproofing Layer

As we briefly covered this before, there are a few different types of waterproofing methods which are usually used while building shipping container swimming pools, and each of them has a different amount of durability. Rusting is the main reason behind the limited lifespan of a shipping container swimming pool, and the better the waterproofing method works, the longer the shipping container pool will last.

How Long Do Container Pools Last?


If you have had a normal swimming pool, you already know that they need a lot of looking after. Any type of pool requires maintenance over the years, and since shipping containers are made of steel and are vulnerable to rusting, they require a little more maintenance and care.

It’s a good idea to have professionals take a look at your container pool once every few years, if not every year. Depending on the type of waterproofing layer used, they might need maintenance every year of just once every few years. It’s far easier to find a small spot which needs a renewed waterproof layer than to deal with a big rusted part of the pool.

Weather Conditions

Generally speaking, and not only about swimming pools or container pools but when it comes to most things, weather conditions highly affect the durability of man-made things. Buildings, vehicles, electronics, and everything else is far more prone to decaying damage in more humid environments, and shipping container pools are no exceptions. Also, in warm and dry environments, since the temperature difference during night and day is very high, everything will be taking damage over time.

Type of Use

Even if the weather conditions are good and we take good care of shipping container pools, the way we use them will affect their durability. If you intend to move your shipping container pool a lot, it will be more prone to taking damage. Shipping container pools usually come with their own cleaning and pumping mechanisms, and the more often they are used, the more maintenance and replacement they will require.

Where Can You Get Your Own Shipping Container Pool?

If you are here reading this, you are probably considering acquiring a shipping container pool. You are already in our website, so all you need to do is get in touch with us.We have a lot of experience in converting shipping containers into pools, and we can build tailor-made container pools for your exact requirements and preferences.

We are proud of the quality of our work, as we will test any pools built multiple times to make sure they are good representatives of our standards.If you have any questions regarding the details of our work or our current prices, please contact us. We are ready and happy to provide all the details you might require.

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