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Question: I love the look of vanishing-edge pools. Do you need a certain type of topography to have one installed?

Answer: Dave McGinnis, vice president, Armond Pools, Bridgeport (armondpools.com): Yes, a specific type of topography is necessary. The ideal property has a topography that slopes away from the house. It’s also ideal to be able to design the pool so you walk out of the house and look at it head-on. Although it’s possible to manipulate a slope on a flat site, I wouldn’t recommend it because the look is not as dramatic. What makes these pools especially unique is how impressive they look, so you don’t want anything to compromise that.

Installation is quite expensive. A majority of the expense is incurred with the construction of the vanishing edge; a trough has to be installed to capture the overflowing water. But if you have the right type of property and the budget, a vanishing-edge pool is a beautiful addition.

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