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River Pools & Spas Blog

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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Pool landscaping  |  Pool lighting

A Beginner's Guide to Pool Landscape Lighting: Types, Tips, and Other Considerations

You may be asking yourself, "Do I really need landscape lighting around my pool?" Good question, and the answer in most cases is yes for two main reasons: form and function. As manufacturers and installers of inground fiberglass swimming pools around the U.S., we've overseen thousands of inground pool projects over the years.

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Tanning Ledges

Should You Get a Tanning Ledge? (Infographic)

How would you feel if we told you that there is a feature that could double the usefulness of your swimming pool? We know that you’re not spending thousands of dollars on your pool just to stare at it (although swimming pools are beautiful things!). The feature we’re talking about puts you back in the pool for all the activities you would traditionally do poolside.

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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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Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

Shipping Container Pools: The Essential Pros and Cons

They’re cheap, they’re stylish, they look cool...so what’s the catch? We agree that shipping container pools are awesome, but like anything else in life, they don’t offer a one-size-fits-all type of experience. Some people are attracted to all that the shipping container design has to offer, while others would not be able to meet their needs with this type of pool.

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Options and Accessories  |  Tanning Ledges

Tanning Ledges: Everything You Need to Know

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. With summer right around the corner, you might be tempted to ditch work, grab a lounge chair, and go sit in the pool. You read that right. In the pool, not beside it. That's just one of the many cool things you can do with a tanning ledge.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Do Fiberglass Pools Look Cheap?

Once upon a time, fiberglass technology was in its infancy. Fiberglass pools often looked plain or cheap, simply because technology hadn't advanced very far yet. However, with time, science, and a passion for splashin', modern fiberglass pool manufacturers have blown those outdated appearances out of the water. Today’s fiberglass pools are elegant and stylish, fitting beautifully into any backyard landscape.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides

How Deep Are Fiberglass Pools?

Fiberglass pools come in many different sizes and shapes. Back in the 1970s and '80s, you were limited in the selection of sizes and shapes of fiberglass pools. Fiberglass pools came in two colors, white and powder blue. But today there are a wide variety of fiberglass pools to choose from, including a wide variety of colors to pick from. This is due to more people getting into the manufacturing of fiberglass pools and the advancements that have been made in the gel coat industry.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides

4 Inground Pool Options That Are Trending In 2019

What's hot in the world of inground pools today? Here at River Pools, we help hundreds of inground pool clients plan and design their dream pools each year. This 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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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How Much Time Does It Really Take to Maintain a Fiberglass Pool?

Owning a pool is constantly a balancing act. You must balance the time you spend caring for your pool with the time you spend enjoying it. Spend too much time on maintenance, and there's no free time left to have fun in your pool! That is just one of the many advantages of fiberglass pools: the lowest-maintenance in-ground pool available on the market today.

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Installation & Construction  |  Pool Manufacturing Process  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How Messy Is a Fiberglass Pool Installation?

A fiberglass pool installation is, relatively speaking, less messy than vinyl liner or concrete.  However, note that I said less messy, rather than not messy. We're using giant machinery to rip out a ton of earth and put in your glittery new pool. It's not a clean, tidy process. There tends to be a rose-colored-glasses assumption that there won't be that many machines, and they won't make that much of a mess. In the past we've heard people say, "I didn't know my yard was gonna be such a mess. No one told me." Well, it's time someone told you—and that someone is River Pools.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Should I Get an Automation System for My Pool?

I've lost count of the times I've addressed my parents' Amazon Echo with "Hey Google." There are just so many virtual assistants, it's hard to keep them all straight. Alexa, Siri, Google Home/Assistant, and Cortana (wait, who?)... If I can barely remember which one I'm addressing, I certainly can't keep track of all the things they automate or simplify for us. A pool automation system creates this convenience for handling your pool and its features, without the multi-brand confusion. (But hey, some of them can also connect to Alexa and co.! Score!)

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