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    Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    Hello. I'm new to the forum and looking for opinions on designing a new pool. We're looking at an inground free form pool 16x36 with a built in slide and hottub. We're debating whether we want a zero entry or tanning shelf. We have small children and thought either would work for them...thoughts?

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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    Zero entry = birds bathing, drinking & pooping in your pool I would do the tanning shelf.

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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    beach entry?

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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlmarsh
    Zero entry = birds bathing, drinking & pooping in your pool I would do the tanning shelf.
    Good point! I imagine it's really easy to have a little bit of stubborn algae right at the edge too.
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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlmarsh
    Zero entry = birds bathing, drinking & pooping in your pool I would do the tanning shelf.
    At my last house I had the great idea of exposing the spillover from the spa to the pool (instead of leaving the deck in between and having a hole for the water flow).

    All this resulted in was the birds jumping down to the spill over for water and crapping all over everything.

    Also, unless you have a drain the full length of the zero entry (like resorts) then I think you would find a debris line just out of the water.

    +1 on the shelf
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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    My builder also advised against the zero or beach entry, and precisely for the same reasons: birds.
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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    we don't have zero entry, but our top step is barely covered with water. this makes for an extremely slick surface which I think would maybe be the same for zero entry.
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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    +1 on the tanning ledge. We love ours, plus if you have a cleaner it will try to climb out of the pool with a zero entry.
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    Re: Tanning Shelf or Zero Entry

    I had an AG 18' years ago that birds would fly into and drown. Fished out about 10 in 3 yrs. I had neither beach nor tanning shelf. I did have bird poop though. lol
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