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The most educational swimming pool blog in the country, providing fiberglass pool articles and videos, as well as information on inground concrete and liner pools.

Marcus Sheridan

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Swimming Pool FAQs

Should I Get A Salt Water Generator for My Pool?

As a current pool owner or someone who is looking to purchase a pool, somewhere along the way, you may have asked yourself, what's the difference between a salt water pool and a chlorine pool? Which is better? Should I get a salt water generator for my swimming pool?

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Finding A Pool Contractor

River/Thursday Dealer Conference Marks New Era in Fiberglass Pool Industry

 

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Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age Ebook.

Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age

Don't blindly wonder if a fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner pool is right for you. Our educational ebook does a deep-dive comparison of the 3 types, all while noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner

Visual Proof that Fiberglass Pools are Stronger than Concrete

Although this photo might confuse you at first, it's showing a fiberglass display pool at our headquarters here in Warsaw Va. after some serious wind gusts that have been plaguing the state over the last couple of days. What normally is a pool shell on its side with the trailer as its base, mother nature decided to blow it over with some serious force behind it, causing the shell to slam to the  ground. Even better though, the shell was unharmed. It's flexibility and tensile strength, as always, saved the day.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides

The Best Inground Fiberglass Swimming Pools/Designs of 2013

In the past, we at River Pools and Spas have taken the time to recognize the different advances and developments in the fiberglass pool industry over the years, many of which have been the most read articles on this blog to date. So as 2013 is now here, we felt it time to discuss the best inground fiberglass swimming pool designs we’re seeing in terms of functionality and creativity in 2013. Also, as a side note, this article is not about the quality of the included manufacturers, but rather our opinions on their designs. Here goes:

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Cost and Pricing

Will a Fiberglass Pool Increase the Value of My Home?

Often times when homeowners are considering the purchase of an inground swimming pool, they want to know how it will affect the value of their home—which is a very important and legitimate question. Interestingly enough, the type of pool you choose for your backyard will greatly dictate the return on investment for the pool itself.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information

Fiberglass Pool Pricing in 2013 and Beyond: Where is the Industry Headed?

We’ve talked extensively about the cost of fiberglass pools here on this blog over the years but as 2013 approaches, I wanted to take a look at where pricing is headed in this industry and what it means for consumers and pool builders as a whole. Pool Prices and Consumer Perception For years, the majority of swimming pool consumers, before the “research” phase of buying started, have generally felt that a swimming pool cost 20-30k installed. And although such projects are still feasible today within that budget, the reality is that inground pools, especially when one looks at the entire package (like decking, electrical, options, fencing, etc), are more in the 40-100k range—with multiple factors that will dictate the package price. Because the housing market took such a huge hit in 2008, the swimming pool industry was drastically affected by the events, and fiberglass pool manufacturers left and right were either bought for pennies on the dollar or simply went out of business. During this time period, most manufacturers have done their best to offset costs and keep price increases to a minimum, but at some point, the industry will have to turn back to normal margins that lead to financial stability and long-term success. If this doesn't occur, we'll only see more company mergers and empty factories.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner

What are the Best and Worst Types of Swimming Pools and Why?

Well, you’re in the market for a swimming pool…Congratulations! Yes, I know, you may be thinking a pool is going to be a lot of work. But these days, it clearly doesn’t have to be, especially if you choose a few options that will make pool ownership much, much easier. In order to help you find the type of pool that will best suite your needs, here are some helpful tips:

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Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers

What are the Biggest and Smallest Sizes for Fiberglass Pools?

With the proliferation in growth of the fiberglass pool marketing over the last 10 years here in the United States, consumers are getting more and more options, sizes, and accessories to choose with their fiberglass swimming pool.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

5 Ways to Keep Your Pool Algae Free During the August Heat

Well it's that time of year folks. August is here, vacations are being taken left and right, the heat is on, and for some pool owners, this all can equate to that green thing that makes pool ownership a frustrating experience---Algae.

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Pool Maintenance

A Unique Look at Swimming Pool Facts, Figures, and History

Although I'm not a huge fan of infographics, I thought this one was exceptionally done and a fun look for any swimming pool afficionado...

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