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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.

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Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool Design

Vinyl Liner Pool Wall Comparison: Steel vs. Polymer vs. Aluminum

Whether you’re building the pool yourself or contracting it out, you need to know the differences between the material options for your wall panels. It’s only the second step in the construction process, too, so you can’t make much progress until you decide. And this decision will be with you for a long time.

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Installation & Construction  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Which Pool Type Is More Prone to Leaks? Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Liner vs. Concrete

Ah yes, the relaxing rush of a waterfall. Such a beautiful, soothing noise…until you remember that you’re sitting by your pool and didn’t install a waterfall. Yikes.

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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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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Fiberglass Pool Basics: Pros, Cons, and How They’re Made

What is a fiberglass pool, in the most basic sense?

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Cost and Pricing  |  Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Ultimate Budget Guide for an Inground Vinyl Liner Pool

How much will my vinyl liner pool cost? What do I need to budget for? You’ve already asked yourself these questions—you know that buying a pool is a big financial decision. You don’t need us to tell you that. River Pools aims to provide you all the information so you can make the best decision in your pool search. We suggest ways to make your pool project more affordable and provide a pricing guide for all three of the major inground pool types. Now we’d like to help you budget by providing an overview of the areas you should take into account when planning your dream backyard pool: the factors for both initial and lifetime costs.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Pool Manufacturing Process  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Concrete Pool Basics: Pros, Cons, and How They’re Made

A pool is a pool is a pool, right? Actually, not so much. When you’re planning such a big investment, you need to look into the three primary pool types—concrete, vinyl liner, and fiberglass—to understand the differences. River Pools manufactures and sells only fiberglass pools, but we know you need all the information on all the pool types in order to make an educated decision on what’s best for your needs. For some people, concrete is the way to go.

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Installation & Construction  |  Pool Manufacturing Process  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Inground Vinyl Pool Liner Thickness: Basics, Costs, and Options

Are you shopping for liners for your vinyl liner pool and uncertain what thickness is best? Want to verify in layman’s terms what your pool builder has offered? Unsure what a “mil” measurement even means?

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How to Avoid Divots, Dents, and Bumps in a Vinyl Liner Pool

If you decide to go with a vinyl liner pool, we won’t cry…much. (River Pools specializes in fiberglass pools, after all.) But that vinyl liner needs some special attention in order to live its life to the fullest. While the builders and installers are responsible for creating your pool according to specifications, you have the power to ensure that they do so and that your pool stays in good health for as long as possible. One way to do that is to understand how to prevent divots, dents, and bumps in the bottom of your vinyl liner pool.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How Much Does a Concrete Pool Cost?

Interested in a concrete pool, but concerned about staying within budget?

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Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

10 Common Concrete Pool Problems and How To Avoid Them

Are you in the market for a concrete pool? With so many pool types and companies available, it can be difficult to find unbiased, thorough information. Here at River Pools, we sell fiberglass pools exclusively, but we understand a fiberglass pool may not be the best fit for everybody, and many pool shoppers might find a concrete pool to be the best option for their situation. However, concrete pools comes with their own unique set of problems, and because a pool installation is such a big decision, we want to ensure you have the full picture. Here are 10 of the most common problems for a concrete pool—and how you can avoid them.

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6 Things You Must Know Before You Buy an Inground Pool

Buying an inground pool is a major purchase. They cost tens of thousands of dollars and can affect both the aesthetic of your outdoor space and the value of your home. This is a purchase that you should never take lightly. There is a lot of research that you need to do before buying one and a lot of decisions that need to be made. If you leap in without doing your homework, you could overpay, purchase a pool that requires more maintenance than you prefer, or hire the wrong contractor for the job. Doing your research can help you make educated and informed decisions about the type of pool you buy and its features. All in all, this should help ensure the pool not only looks amazing outside your house, but has the features and functions that make sense for you and your family. Here are the six things that you should know before you purchase an inground pool.

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