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Retaining Walls For Pools 101: Types, Prices, And Features

Posted by Jake Harding

 

If you're interested in purchasing an inground pool and you have a sloped backyard, then you've probably considered incorporating a retaining wall into your design.  In the following video, we'll cover the most popular questions people have about retaining walls around inground pools.  Here's what we'll be discussing in the video:

  • Types of retaining walls around pools
  • Retaining wall cost and prices
  • Popular retaining wall features
  • Basic retaining wall construction around pools
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Tags: retaining walls, retaining walls for swimming pools

Cantilevered Concrete Coping For Inground Pools: Advantages, Installation,  And A Video Tour Of A Beautiful Pool!

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

If you are considering an inground pool, you've probably noticed there a lot of decisions to make!  From the type of pool, to options and accessories, to the type of patio and coping; all of these details impact the look and feel of your finished pool...as well as your budget.  

One detail that may not initially stand out is the pool coping, or material that borders the perimeter of the pool.  In the video below, we discuss a particular type of coping called cantilevered concrete coping.   

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Tags: pool coping

Pool Loans 101: Rates, Payments, and How to Qualify

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

If you are considering an inground swimming pool and have a realistic expectation of how much it will cost, the next step is to explore the various pool financing options available to you.  Here at River Pools Powered By Thursday Pools Manufacturing we have had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients make their backyard dreams a reality, by not only manufacturing and installing their pools, but also by helping answer their questions about pool loans and financing and directing them to financial institutions that can best serve their needs.

If you find yourself in need of more pool financing info, you're in luck because today we’re going to answer the most common

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Tags: Swimming Pool Financing

Small Pools 101: Shapes, Dimensions, Features And Other Considerations

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

If you are considering an inground pool and have limited space to work with you're likely thinking that a small pool could be the way to go.  Today we're going to discuss some of the major questions we receive on a daily basis here at River Pools Powered by Thursday Pools Manufacturing from folks who think that a small pool might be the best option for their backyard.  Let's jump right in!

What Are The Dimensions or Sizes Of Small Pools?

We consider small pools to be up to 26' long and up to 12' or 13' wide.  If this is too small for you, perhaps a medium pool, which ranges up to

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Tags: small pools

The Ultimate Swimming Pool Builder Vetting Checklist

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

If you are seriously considering an inground swimming pool, you’ve probably discovered that there are a lot of decisions to make!  

At the top of this list stands one preeminent question:

How do I select a reputable swimming pool builder?  

This question is so important because the expertise and integrity of your pool builder will play a huge role in determining the final outcome of your project.  To assist you in this process, we at River Pools Powered by Thursday Pools Manufacturing have put together a checklist to help you vett potential pool builders.  This checklist is based on our experience of not only working with over 1,000 inground pool customers throughout Virginia and Maryland, but also from helping hundreds of folks who found us through the internet find reputable swimming pool builders in their area (see more about this below).  So, regardless of where you live or whether you are looking for a concrete, vinyl liner, or fiberglass pool, this checklist will help you identify various criteria to look for when selecting your swimming pool builder.  Okay, let’s jump right in!

 

The Ultimate Swimming Pool Builder Vetting Checklist

Contractor Name: ___________________________________________________________

1.  Business Information and Experience

__ The company is licensed and insured

note: ask if the name on the license is the same as the company name. If not, find out why.

__ Find out how many years the company has been in business

Years in business:  __________

note: 43% of contractors fail within the first three years after start-up

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Tags: How To Choose Your Pool Contractor

How Durable Are Fiberglass Pools And How Long Do They Last?

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

After years of working with hundreds of inground fiberglass pool customers we have found that there are several key factors that our clients research when preparing for their project such as cost and pricing, the amount of pool maintenance required, and how long they can expect their fiberglass pool to last.

Today, we are going to discuss the latter, and share with you what we know about the durability of inground fiberglass swimming pools.  So Let's get started!

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Tags: fiberglass pools

How Fiberglass Pools Are Made: 3 Step Video Guide

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

Have you ever wondered how an inground fiberglass pool is created?  In the following video we introduce the three step process to making a fiberglass pool from scratch:

1.  The production of the Pattern or "Plug"

2.  The production of the Mold

3.  The production of the Pool

The video shows the "birth" of our first Oasis 27 pool from the mold.  This process begins with the production of the pattern.  As you'll see in the video, a pattern is the original shape of the pool shell.  It is constructed using wood, fiberglass, body filler, and primer.  

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Tags: fiberglass pool manufacturing

How Are Fiberglass Pool Molds Made?

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

As one of the leading manufacturers of fiberglass pool shells in America we get asked all the time, “How do you create a new fiberglass pool design from scratch?”.   

It’s a question we love answering because it’s a fascinating process and we honestly feel that the more informed the consumer is about the product they are buying, the happier they will be with it in the end.  

With that said, there is a three step process in the creation of a new fiberglass pool design.  

3 Steps To Creating A New Fiberglass Pool Design: 

  • Step One:  The Pattern
  • Step Two:  The Mold
  • Step Three: The Pool

This is a very detailed process that we can’t cover entirely in this article, but we can give you the basic concept behind the first two essential steps, constructing the pattern and producing the mold.  

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Tags: fiberglass pool manufacturing

4 Inground Pool Options That Are Trending In 2016

Posted by Jason Hughes

 

What's Hot In The World Of Inground Pools Today? 

One advantage we have here at River Pools Powered by Thursday Pools Manufacturing is that helping hundreds of inground pool clients plan and design their dream pools allows us to keep a pulse on the options, accessories, and features that are trending in the inground pool marketplace.  And today we want to share this with you!

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Tags: Swimming Pool Heaters, fiberglass pool tile, fire bowls, tanning ledges

Inground Pool Light Cost & Other Common Lighting Questions

Posted by Brittany Joyner

If you’re considering an inground pool, you are probably also considering installing an underwater pool light.  As we work with hundreds of folks throughout Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia each year we have the opportunity to answer tons of questions about pool lighting.  In this article, we’re going to tackle some of the most popular inground pool lighting questions we receive on a daily basis.  Let’s jump right in!

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Tags: Inground Pool Lights

Pool Heater Options: Gas/Propane vs Heat Pump vs Solar Which is Best?

Posted by Brittany Joyner

Are you looking for a way to utilize your swimming pool for as much of the year as possible?  At River Pools we meet with hundreds of folks across Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia each year regarding their inground pool projects and we receive many questions regarding pool heaters.  Today we're going to discuss the benefits of heating your pool, different heating options, and how much each option costs initially and on a monthly basis.    

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Tags: Swimming Pool Heaters

HOW DEEP ARE FIBERGLASS POOLS?

Posted by Jim Spiess

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Trilogy Casini vs Greco Rectangular Fiberglass Pool Comparison

Posted by Jason Hughes

The fact that you’ve found this article means you are probably well into the process of finding the right pool for your family. 

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Tags: trilogy pools, fiberglass pool videos, Jason Hughes, fiberglass pools, fiberglass pools va

What is the Best Rectangular Fiberglass Pool Design?

Posted by Jason Hughes

If you are in the market for a rectangular fiberglass pool, you’re probably wondering which design will best meet the needs of your family. 

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Tags: fiberglass pool ratings, Fiberglass Pool Design Tips, fiberglass pools, fiberglass pools richmond virginia

Don't Believe Concrete Pools Are a Maintenance Nightmare? Watch This Video!

Posted by Jason Hughes

Of the hundreds of questions we are asked on a daily basis, the most common is probably this:

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Tags: How to Choose Your Swimming Pool, Why Choose Fiberglass over Concrete, Concrete Pools, Jason Hughes

Are You Looking For A One-Night Stand With Your Pool Builder?

Posted by Jason Hughes

A man and a woman who met on line are having their first phone conversation.  Here's how it goes: 

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Tags: How To Choose Your Pool Contractor, Jason Hughes, fiberglass pool installers, fiberglass pools va, fiberglass pools md

The Cost of Going with a Vinyl Liner Pool vs Fiberglass Pools

Posted by Jim Spiess

We have written a blog on this subject a few years ago, and after visitingthe Pool and Spa show in Atlantic City I felt that the topic needed to be revisited. I had heard that some fiberglass pool manufacturers who also have vested interest in vinyl liner pools manufacturing are requesting that their fiberglass pool dealers install vinyl liner pools also. I have no problem with that as long as the sales person keeps the customer's best interest in mind when working with them. I have installed vinyl liner pools myself and under the right conditions, I would do it now.

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What Are The 3 Most Popular In-ground Pool Options Of 2014?

Posted by Dan Dunn

As a pool guy, I get asked all the time, "What are the most popular options for in-ground pools and why?" I would say the three most popular options are salt water chlorinators, underwater pool lights, and security covers. Here are the pros and cons of each.

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Tags: Inground Pool Lights, salt chlorine generators, fiberglass pool covers, winter pool covers

Fiberglass Pools Installation Trends Of 2014

Posted by Jim Spiess

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Tags: Fiberglass Pool Cost, Leisure Pools, fiberglass pools, barrier reef fiberglass pool, leisur fiberglass pools, swimming pool decks

Variable Speed Pool Pumps vs One and Two Speed, Which is Best?

Posted by Jason Hughes

If you are considering a new pool or even replacing your existing pool pump, you're probably wondering which type pool pump will best meet your needs.  Great question! 

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