One of the big concerns about fiberglass pools is that they aren't "customizable" the way vinyl liner and concrete pools are—the pool shell itself is pre-made in a factory, and you're limited to existing designs. But in reality? Everything else is customizable, even down to the pool color and features. What you do with color, tile, elevation, water features, and more will dramatically change the look of your pool. River Pools manufactures and installs fiberglass pools every day, so we know quite a bit about this. Our designers work with each client to create a unique aesthetic that's perfect for that family.
The following is a guest post by Conner Flynn from Gadget Review.
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.
Take a deep breath with me, and think back on the last time you had extra money left over in your budget. Wasn't it great? For me, it was when I had euros left over at the end of my Scotland trip—can't use them here in the US, so I ran around the Glasgow airport with my girlfriend and spent them on overpriced souvenirs. The memory alone warms my heart. The spare money is especially great when your budget is for a big purchase, such as a house or, hey, a pool. Let's be real: when you're first nailing down the project, you pass on a few things that you secretly want, for the sake of Responsibility And Budgeting. But happy day! You can use this newfound wiggle room to pick up those super awesome things. Pools are a big investment, so we're discussing proportionally affordable add-ons—about $2,000 or less.
As any woman in a clothing store will tell you, there's no such thing as "one size fits all." There are too many variables—the length, the fabric, the cut. The same "universal" shirt is too small on one person and too big on another. When you're looking for an inground pool, there's no universal "best" pool type either. Hold on... Shouldn't we at River Pools say that there is? We specialize in fiberglass pools, after all. Well, no. Every person has different goals for their pool, different boundaries, and different families.
Here at River Pools, our mission as educators in the pool industry is to answer all your questions—the common, the technical, and even the bizarre. (Don't worry; it's a judgment-free zone.) The most common question? Cost. Whether vinyl liner or concrete or fiberglass pools, whether extravagant or minimalistic aesthetics, people want to know about how much they're going to spend. You ask; we answer.
Why are there so many brands of pool equipment? And don't even get me started on all their products. It can feel overwhelming, especially if you're new to the pool scene. We're here for you. Here at River Pools, we don't stop at just manufacturing and installing fiberglass pools. We're enthusiastic about educating consumers just like you in order to make your pool life easier. Welcome to our comparison of Pentair vs. Jandy filters, Part 3!
The idea of building my own home (well, hiring someone to build it) is wild to me. That's some phenomenal cosmic power. You can include all your favorite things and leave out the details you hate. The only thing that would make building a new home even cooler? If you were putting in a pool with it. Talk about living the dream. So if you're building a new house, when should the pool be installed? The answer is... "It depends." (I know, I wish it were simpler too.) The ideal time: after power, before asphalt and landscaping. Of course, things aren't always so simple.
There are a lot of brands and even more models in the pool equipment world. It can feel overwhelming, especially if you're a new pool owner. Fear not! Here at River Pools, we enjoy making the pool-owning life easy for you. Welcome to our comparison of Pentair vs. Jandy filters, Part 2!
One of my coworkers just got engaged. (Congrats again, girl!) I don't know how long it took her fiancé to pick out the ring, but the more I learn about ring shopping, the more complicated it sounds. You have to spend enough that it's lifelong quality, but not so much you put yourself in lifelong debt. You have to choose a high-quality band and stone(s). Just as important, you need a high-quality, trustworthy jeweler. They'll make or break the experience in the long run. You know what's bigger, more permanent, and much more expensive than an engagement ring? An inground pool. So how do you know if your pool builder is a good one?
How many brands can there possibly be in the pool equipment industry? A lot, as it happens. Fortunately, you have us on your side. Pentair and Jandy are two big names you'll see when you're researching pumps and filters for your inground pool. It can be tough to see the differences in their products, especially if you're new to the pool scene. Worry not! Welcome to our guide comparing Pentair's and Jandy's similar cartridge pool filters.
Story time! Once upon a time, in Warsaw, VA, I was researching all the different types of pool filters. I started with cartridge filters, and they made sense. When the spec sheet said, "Effective filtration area," it meant it. The filter took care of however many square feet of surface area the pool had. It filtered that area. Got it. The D.E. and sand filter spec sheets ruined my day. When the "effective filtration area" was 6 square feet, the filter processed 57,000 gallons of water in 8 hours. Obviously it's not for the world's cleanest bathtub, so what gives? What is the filtration area supposed to mean? Not to worry, my friends. I enjoy research, and I'm here to help.
Most people shopping for a pool think that they know just what they want. For example, 90% of the people who want a diving board think they need it. But after education on the pros and cons of a diving board, only 10% of those people will still get a diving board. You're spending a lot of money on this swimming pool investment. You expect that the person that you invite into your home will be an informed professional and have your best interest at heart. In reality the person who shows up will probably be a salesperson trying to earn a commission that will feed his family or lifestyle. That's what is in his/her best interest, not yours. All too often, the homeowner says, "I want a pool this size and a deck this big," and the salesperson quotes them on what they ask for. It's far easier to sell a pool when the homeowner knows what they want, so why rock the boat? That's the mentality of most salespeople today. The problem: in most cases, what the homeowner thinks they want, and what they really want, are two different things.
The following is a guest post from Diane Pierce at Authentic Plaster & Tile.
Fiberglass pools are becoming more and more popular...but they're still a relatively new addition to the pool scene, compared to vinyl liner and concrete pools. What do you actually know about them? If the answer is "not much," fret not. This is a judgment-free zone, and we've got you covered. We've collected the fiberglass pool FAQs, and succinct answers for all of them. Plus links if you're interested in more in-depth info. Let's dive in! (Get the pun?)
As summer draws to an end, we have to bid goodbye to our loyal friend, the pool. You can opt to close your pool yourself or hire a professional. They're both valid options. If you choose to DIY, though, be careful! Many pools across the country get damaged because they were improperly closed and winterized. River Pools specializes in manufacturing and installing fiberglass pools, and we educate on all three pool types through our blog articles and videos. We know pools. And we're here to help you take the best possible care of the backyard oasis you've worked so hard on.
"Gelcoat" is a funky word to describe the surface of a fiberglass pool. Personally, it makes me think of the expensive nail polish option in a salon. Plus, "gel" sounds like it'll be soft and squishy—not the ideal texture for a pool. So what gives? What is a gelcoat, really? Here at River Pools, we specialize in fiberglass pools. Between manufacturing and installing them, we know them inside and out (literally). We want to share our knowledge so that you can be fully informed when you make that big pool decision for you and your family. Let's start at the beginning: the gelcoat surface. What you should know about fiberglass pool gelcoats: What they are How they're applied How they're tested How they compare to a plaster finish How they compare to a vinyl liner What makes River Pools different
When I'm doing the dishes, I love the dishwasher-safe ones. I just pop 'em in the dishwasher, run the wash cycle, and move along until they're clean. So easy! Hand-wash-only dishes feel ridiculously high-maintenance in comparison. As I scrub them, I hate them. Sorry, Abraham Lincoln mug. Cleaning dishes is nothing compared to cleaning a pool. How can you make sure your pool is "dishwasher safe"—as low maintenance as it can possibly be? The TYPE of pool you have can make or break your maintenance satisfaction. The interior finish, durability, and more can significantly increase or decrease your to-do list (and your costs).
In my house, we take turns doing chores, but I’m exclusively in charge of laundry. My favorite (?) part is collecting all the stained clothes so I can apply stain remover and then scrub them like an old-timey washerwoman. It feels as if I should later buy hardened brown sugar in paper bags tied with twine like I live in a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. But that’s just washing clothes. How do you feel about being an old-timey washer for your inground fiberglass pool stains?
Few yards are perfectly flat. (Well, maybe in Ohio, which is so flat I can see Cincinnati from Toledo. But in normal places, no.) Some yards have only a teeny-tiny grade (2 ft. or less), so pool builders can grade the dirt off the patio to compensate for the difference. However, not every situation is so simple. When you have a big slope, you need a big solution. How will you keep the water from running onto the pool deck? How will you keep the pool in place? Enter retaining walls, stage left.
Fiberglass pools have many benefits over concrete and vinyl liner pools. Fiberglass is low maintenance, quick to install, uses fewer chemicals, has a smooth finish, is extremely durable, and has an attractive and elegant look. Because of all of these benefits, you may want to have a fiberglass pool installed at your house. One of the questions that people often ask is when they should have their fiberglass pool installed. Another benefit to these pools is that they can be installed year-round, regardless of the climate or weather conditions where you live.
You know something I think is cute about humans in general? Our love for small things. Think about it! Even if we like the thing itself, we love the tiny version. A pig? Kinda gross. A tiny pig? Awww! A teacup? Classy. A tiny teacup? I need it right now! A house? Fine. A tiny house? Perfect! A cat or dog? Beautiful. A kitten or puppy? I want to die of happiness!
The following is a guest post from Diane Pierce at Authentic Plaster & Tile. Owning a pool can be a relaxing way to take a break after a long day, or enjoy the majority of your summer vacation. They’re the ideal location for any backyard barbecue where friends and family can gather together, connect with each other, eat good food, and splash around. They can also be a lot of work if not properly maintained in a timely manner.
When I first visited River Pools in person, the first things I noticed were the...red-orange lumps outside. What kinda yard decorations are those? The answer: Not decorations at all. (Whew!) Turns out, these are pool molds—we make them ourselves and then use them to manufacture our fiberglass pools. Fancy, right? But what does all that really mean? Let's talk about these weird-looking lumps: What a pool mold is, and what it is not How we make a mold for a fiberglass pool How we use a mold for a fiberglass pool How we maintain a mold for a fiberglass pool
We have some exciting news today, so I'm going to take a brief break from pool costs and maintenance to share it with you!
Some of us (like my friend Ed and my mother) have a green thumb. Some of us (like me) have a black thumb. I either over-water or under-water any houseplants I try to nurture; low-maintenance succulents are the best I can manage, and even that is hit or miss. When you're planning the plants to put around your pool, you'll of course want to pick the prettiest species. But hold your horses! Yes, beauty is important, but there are more strategic elements you need to consider too.
Is drowning really an issue? Yes! I know it's easy to think, "That only happens to other people." We get lazy. We make assumptions. But this is the absolute worst time to learn what they say about people who assume. Drowning kills children under 5 years old more than anything else besides birth defects. About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another 5 receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. We can prevent these tragedies by knowing both how to prevent potential issues beforehand and what to do if an accident does occur.
Hey guys, my name is Mike Harper, aka The Pool Care Guy, and in today's post I'm going to be talking about the pool water saturation index. It's a bit of a complex topic that involves lots of numbers, but I'll try to break it down into plain English as best I can. The water saturation index, officially known as the LSI (Langelier Saturation Index), is a scientific formula created to calculate the perfect water balance, or essentially whether it is corrosive or scaling. Specifically, it's defined as “an approximate indicator of the degree of saturation of calcium carbonate in water.”
Pools are party central, basically by nature. They're a great opportunity to win over your grumpy neighbors or spend quality time with your extended family. And, bonus, they offer a reprieve for awkward guests like me, who answer three questions about writing or work and then hide behind the refreshments table for ten minutes. Here at River Pools, we've learned that pools bring people together like nothing else. We specialize in fiberglass pools, but we're here to help you regardless of whether or not you buy a pool from us. Whether you have 3 guests or 30 (which seems like a lot to me, but still), we want to help you make the most of this bonding experience. And it's so satisfying to pull off a successful party!
The following is a guest article from Bill Michaels at Patterned Concrete. Nothing beats that “fresh, new look.” Unfortunately, too many things in life lose their luster if not properly cared for. That can be the case even for something as stable as stamped concrete, but it doesn’t have to be. Your new installation is beautiful, whether it's your patio, walkway or even indoor surface. With proper care it can keep up its appearance and luster for many years.
You've invested so much into your pool. Time. Money. Sweat. Maybe even tears (although I hope not). And now some storm wants to come in and mess up your oasis? Not today, Satan! If a natural disaster is on its way, you can follow these guidelines to storm-proof your pool as much as possible. And this doesn't apply to only a hurricane or tornado per se, but any big storm, especially with high winds.
When I was a kid, I hated my mom’s chore charts. I vowed, with the seriousness of any 8-year-old, that if I had children, I would never make them do that. I now make chore charts for myself. Moms really do know everything. As you plan out the swim season, it may help to make a pool chore chart for your family—or at least to mentally review what you'll need to do.
Considering a fiberglass pool? Every pool type has its advantages and disadvantages, and these are no exception. Weird, I know—a fiberglass pool manufacturer is saying that? Out loud? (Well, metaphorically out loud.) Yeah. At River Pools we believe pool buyers should have all the information, regardless of whether you buy a fiberglass pool from us. So we're going to go over the things you should know about fiberglass pools, both good and bad, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not it's the right choice for you and your family.
We can all admit that, back in the day, fiberglass pools used to be a bit of an eyesore. But science is an amazing thing: the technology has developed so that not only are these pools now gorgeous, but you can find the exact design and accessories to create your dream backyard. We at River Pools take nigh-parental joy in creating fiberglass pool shapes and designs to fit all kinds of needs. Disclaimer: The shape and size of fiberglass pools can’t be customized the way concrete or vinyl liner pools can. A, they’re built from existing molds, rather than from scratch. B, they have to be 16 ft by 40 ft or smaller, since they travel via highway to get to your house. It’s sad, I know. However, that’s not to say you have no choices! There are plenty of options available, and every fiberglass pool manufacturer produces different designs. Most people are able to find a fiberglass pool design that they love and that fits their needs.
The following is a guest post from Mike Harper, aka The Pool Care Guy. Flocculant may sound like the white fluffy stuff you spray on your fake tree at Christmas, but it's actually a really useful chemical you can use to clean up a cloudy pool. In fact, it's probably the fastest way to clear up a pool that you can’t seem to get clean with your filtration system. But in case that’s not enough information for you, let’s talk about it a little more.
Sometimes it’s time for a switcheroo. I’ll reorganize my nonfiction bookcase, or my mom will plant new flowers around her house, or my cat will suddenly start sleeping on a new corner of the sofa for no reason. You might have reasons behind it, or you might just feel like a change. Maybe for you—whether for money, maintenance, or just a plain ol’ change of pace—your vinyl liner pool is the subject of that change. At River Pools we manufacture and install fiberglass pools, and several times each year, we replace vinyl liner pools with fiberglass units. Our clients are thrilled with the results, and with fiberglass pools gaining market share every year, we expect to take on more and more of these replacement projects.
Testing your pool water for the first time? It can feel intimidating, especially if you never had a good chemistry teacher to build up your science confidence. But don’t worry! At River Pools, we know pools, and we’re here to help.
In February 2018, River Pools had the opportunity to build a fiberglass pool for former Vice President Joe Biden. This was in Delaware, though—outside the River Pools installation area. A problem? Not at all. Enter one of our nationwide dealers, Clean Cut Pavers and Pools. River Pools manufactured the G36 fiberglass pool shell and transported it to the dealer, who installed it in the Bidens' backyard. Some of the River Pools family went out that week to watch the installation and to highlight this dealer, their employees, and their good work. (Others of us—that is, me, myself, and I—were left at the office. I was kind of sad.) The visit was a great experience, and the installation went well! We're growing as a manufacturer, so we're talking to dealers all across the country. This is a new partnership we're excited about and they are as well. During the pool installation process, we spoke with Doug Arcos and Rich Bell from Clean Cut Pavers and Pools to get their perspective as fiberglass pool dealers: What do dealers look for in a pool manufacturer? What do dealers look for in a pool product? What do dealers want in leads from the manufacturer? What are some current trends in backyard pools? How do dealers handle pools in smaller lots?
Lifespan matters for just about everything. As an exotic pet owner, I check how long a snake breed is expected to live before adding that snake to my menagerie. As a laptop buyer, I check user reviews for the real-time battery life before purchasing that model. So how long will your fiberglass pool last?
We say “Don’t drain your pool.” Then we say, “At some point, every pool will need to be drained.” So, fiberglass pools: to drain or not to drain? That is the question. Yes, I know this Hamlet-style pondering can be confusing. But are we contradicting ourselves? Not quite. To keep your pool living its best life, don’t jump on the drain train. Problems can happen if the groundwater around an inground swimming pool is higher than the water in the pool, no matter what type of pool it is.
If you're considering an inground pool, you're probably wondering what the pool will look like in 5, 10, or even 20 years. At River Pools, we've been around a while and understand how the different types of inground pools weather over time…specifically, when and how the surfaces of inground pools fade.
When you're considering a pool for your backyard, you have big decisions to make. Here at River Pools, we aim to provide informative, all-inclusive content to answer your questions about inground pools. Even if you don't choose our fiberglass pools, we want you to know you've made the best decision for your family! In our blog and our videos, we've created content to help you walk through the three main choices: Is an inground pool right for your backyard? Is a fiberglass pool the best option? Who is the best manufacturer?
Are you considering an inground pool or, more specifically, a fiberglass pool with an integrated tanning ledge? Are you a fiberglass pool installer looking for best practices regarding tanning ledge pool installations? If so, you're in luck! Today we're going to share our system for installing tanning ledge pools—and reveal our unique manufacturing process to ensure your tanning ledge pool is super awesome. Let's dive right in!
“A patio around the pool.” Sure. No problem. Sounds simple, right? Until you start thinking size, and shape, and materials, and money… Yuck. Details. The devil’s in ’em. But we at River Pools are here to help! We want to clear out the mess and the stress so that you can make the best pool decision for you and your family. We specialize in fiberglass pools, sure, but no matter what pool type you choose in the end, we provide all the information on all the aspects, good and bad.
Double double, toil and trouble / fire burn and gelcoat bubble… Wait. Why are there bubbles in my pretty, pretty fiberglass pool gelcoat? How did they get there? Who can I yell at about it? First of all, don’t yell. It’s not nice for anyone. Second, let’s take a chill pill and discuss these bubbles—osmotic blisters.
Time for a shout-out to the unsung heroes: pump and filter systems! Your pool pump circulates the water to distribute the chemicals and filter out particulate matter from the water to keep the water clean, pretty, and safe. It’s doing you a solid, but it can also be a giant energy hog thanks to all that work. (Plus, extended hard work could wear the pump out sooner than expected. We don't want that. After all, extended hard work is the worst.) So how can you get all the benefits without spending extra money on electrical costs you don’t need?
Looking for the perfect vinyl liner pool? You’ll eventually have to choose the vinyl liner part of that. Color and design, of course—but how thick are the different pool liner options? How do the manufacturers measure it? What does the measurement mean in normal people terms?
We recommend cartridge filters for fiberglass pools with salt water systems. They work the best and are easy to clean.
Ever notice how some people insist on using a $5 word when a 10¢ word would suffice? (I know I just used the word “suffice,” but hear me out.) The first time I heard the phrase “exposed aggregate” for a pool finish, I thought it was a pretentious way to say “Pebble Tec.” But it’s actually the correct term. Not all exposed aggregate pool finishes are products of the Pebble Tec company. Exposed aggregate finishes are sometimes called Pebble Tec in the same way that we often call tissues Kleenex—one brand has become representative of the product. So we’re going to talk about exposed aggregate finishes as a whole.
You know that feeling when you have so much to do that you end up just binge-watching Netflix instead of doing anything at all? Pool research can feel that way. What should I search first? What should I search for? If it’s your first time looking into all this stuff, it can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of information, and somehow you’re supposed to figure out how to navigate it all. How are you supposed to know what you don’t know? Well, fear not. I’m going to give you a super quick rundown of the most common questions—and links to learn the answers. Boom. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
The joys of summer: pools and convertibles. My best friend has a red Mustang convertible named Sally (i.e., Mustang Sally). In the summer we love to drive with the top down to get Slurpees. However, with a heavy heart, she has to cover Sally up for the winter. Likewise, you should bundle up your pool during the chilly months. We know it’s a sad day. We won’t judge if you cry a little.
No one wants to be labeled “high-maintenance”—and we don’t particularly want to live with someone or something high-maintenance either. Well, you’re in luck! Your fiberglass pool is as low-maintenance as they come.
Ever watched “What Not to Wear”? I wish Stacy London would hand me $5,000 for new clothes. The catch: those clothes didn’t come off the hanger magically the right shape. All those outfits were tailored to the shopper. They looked amazing afterward, yes, but that tailoring also used up a big chunk of their shopping money. Now prepare yourself...that’s basically what you have to do to a vinyl liner pool.
My mom is big on interior design, and her most recent project is redoing the tile on her kitchen wall. It wasn’t old-fashioned or broken, but she likes everything to be up-to-date and looking its best. In the same way, for fiberglass pools, tile is a matter of taste, not necessity. Here at River Pools, it’s important to us that you get the pool you want. Some customers love tile, and we’re happy to put it on. Others choose to save the money toward other features and accessories. There’s no wrong option!
Are you in the market for a freeform fiberglass pool and looking for the perfect model for your family? We’re here for you!
Fine print: we all hate it. How many of us really read the Terms and Conditions? Buckle down...you really do need to read your pool warranty. Actually read it. Then ask about anything you don’t understand or agree with.
When I’m not taking the pool industry by storm, I like to write novels. I plan ahead obsessively: think 10-page character sheets, hand-drawn world maps, and color-coded plot diagrams. “Congratulations on overthinking everything,” you say, “but I’m not writing a book. I’m buying a pool.” Don’t give me that look! For pool purchases and maintenance, you, too, need to plan ahead. Maps and diagrams included, probably.
Don’t you hate when you’re trying to smooth frosting on a cupcake and it keeps showing the dents from the spoon or knife? If you know how to do it right, tell me your secrets. Bakers must have sold their soul to figure out the magic trick for that. Sure, the cupcakes taste the same either way, but it just looks so much better when they’re smoothly swirled. Welcome to the world of trowel marks on a pool.
Concrete pools are often referred to as “gunite” pools, but then what’s shotcrete? Are gunite, shotcrete, and concrete all the same thing? Not to worry… all will be revealed. (Doesn’t that sound ominous? I love it.) Quick refresher: concrete is a mix of water, cement, sand, and a coarse aggregate, which is usually stone or gravel. The cement, sand, and aggregate are the initial mixture. How the builder mixes in the water determines how we refer to it.
Odds are, you’ve heard pool people tell you, frantically and with tears in their eyes, “Don’t drain your inground pool!” They mention hydrostatic pressure as the reasoning before running off to warn the next pool owner they can find. It’s nice of them to alert you…but what are they talking about? Why shouldn’t you drain your pool, really? What does “hydrostatic” even mean? Not to worry, friend. I have your back. Let’s talk pool physics.
A lot of people with medium-sized pets like to let them play in the pool. Have a dog? Sheep? Llama? Small horse? They might be interested!
If you’re new to the world of pool ownership, get ready to use your Surprised Face… You don’t have to have a pool cover. I always got the impression that you did, but it’s actually not required. The obligatory fence around the pool area is your first line of defense in the safety arena.
Let’s be honest: we all like to seem super skilled and smart. My personal tricks include: Reciting all of “Beauty and the Beast” from memory Counting on my fingers how many novels I’ve written, using dramatic pauses Using the phrase “nonlinear progression of time” (I may not be much fun at parties, now that I think about it.) Anyway, my point is, here’s a topic that you can try out for yourself: science! Science may not be your specialty, but you can impress your neighbors if you casually explain some chemistry to them in precise scientific terms, so it’s worth a shot.
I have zero tolerance for the cold. My family teases me for my wimpiness. I’ve accepted it.
Most of us have been around vinyl liner pools at one time or another. (For example, my grandparents have one. I now know that they needed to replace the liner years ago. Don't blame the grandkids for rusted wall panels, Nana.) But personal experience doesn't necessarily mean someone knows the details. Curious about the basics? Here at River Pools, we worked exclusively with them for years before we discovered and fell madly in love with fiberglass pools. We’re all about making information available to you and easy to understand. That includes all types of pools.
For my family, a diving board is a runway. It's all very dramatic. We waddle like penguins, strut like models, wave like royalty, and stroll like oblivious pedestrians...and then drop into the deep end of the pool, still “walking.”
What’s the best concrete thickness for your pool? If you’re asking this question, you’re probably already looking at and comparing the pool contractors in your area. The vast majority of us can’t DIY a concrete pool; the process is too complicated and technical. You’ll contract professionals to engineer and construct it. Be sure to ask them the relevant questions we lay out in our Swimming Pool Builder Vetting Checklist to confirm their integrity and expertise.
Okay, I know warranties aren’t exactly a fun conversation topic. But bear with me! Most of us skim over Terms and Conditions, but you do actually need to read your fiberglass pool warranty—and you need to know what to look for. As fiberglass pool manufacturers and installers, we at River Pools can offer expert advice.
Time for a radical statement: fiberglass pools aren’t for everyone. I know! Contain your shock! River Pools manufactures and sells them, but our priority is one thing: customer satisfaction. We want you to be informed so you can make the best decision for you and your family...even if that means not choosing us.
Are you in the market for a freeform fiberglass pool and looking for the perfect model for your family? You aren't alone. As manufacturers and installers of inground fiberglass swimming pools, we at River Pools have a unique determination to help homeowners (like you!) to find your perfect pool—whether that means choosing us or not.
Considering a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool? We’re here to help. Even though we specialize in fiberglass pools, our goal is for you to walk away satisfied, and part of how we achieve that is by providing information on all types of pools, not just the ones we sell.
As tempting as it may be sometimes, you’re not allowed to leave people stranded in your pool. There are laws against that. Swimmers need a way to get out of the water, so you need a ladder at least, if not actual steps, and you have to include them in your design from the beginning.
Planning a new vinyl liner pool and unsure what to do with the floor? Although River Pools now specializes in fiberglass pools, we started out working only with vinyl liner pools, and we want to share our knowledge so you can make the best decision for you and your family.
If you’re planning to buy a concrete pool, have you ever wished you could time-travel to the future and see what the construction process is like? Time travel is, of course, the best solution to any question, but in this case we can provide answers without it.
Based on our experience, people usually assume that replacing a concrete pool with a fiberglass pool will be cheap—maybe as much as replacing the liner twice in a vinyl liner pool, or resurfacing a concrete pool. I like a clearance sale as much as the next person, so I’m sad to say this isn’t the case. It can actually end up costing more than a new pool. I know; it hurts me too. Here’s why it’s expensive even though you already have the pool-shaped hole in the ground—and why it may still be worth the cost.
Did you ever swim in the ocean, get a mouthful of seawater, and think, “Yum, I wish my pool at home tasted like this”? Yeah, probably not. Lucky for you and your taste buds, that’s not what a saltwater pool is.
A lot goes into the manufacturing and installation process for a fiberglass pool. It’s especially hard to make sense of all those steps when the explanation includes a lot of pool and science jargon, regardless of whether you’d like a refresher on the basics of a fiberglass pool or already know the components.
Green: the lovely color of freshly mowed grass, summer leaves fluttering in the breeze, and the protagonist’s eyes in any teen novel in the local library. It’s not so lovely when it’s the color of algae in your inground pool.
Here at River Pools, we care about your skincare routine. Well, for your feet.
Even though we’re one of the country’s leading fiberglass pool specialists, we’re still familiar with concrete and vinyl liner pools and understand that they have a place in the market. We appreciate their value and recognize that people want to learn about all types of pools. We’re here to help you learn everything you need to know about buying the perfect pool for you and your family. In this article, we'll cover the pros and cons of these two types of pools in the following areas:
Every pool owner has different goals. This affects the design—pools don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) one-size-fits-all. You can customize concrete pools to fit almost any look you like, which is a huge advantage for this pool type. However, most don’t vary that much.
Liner wrinkles are part of owning a vinyl liner pool. A liner is very thin, and when it’s initially installed, it’s not uncommon to have some wrinkles in the pool. Wrinkles can also develop slowly over time, which is unfortunately true for both pools and people.
Pools aren’t always for exercise, so why should they all be designed as if they are?
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.
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.
What is a fiberglass pool, in the most basic sense?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Interested in a concrete pool, but concerned about staying within budget? At River Pools, we sell fiberglass pools, but we know that in some situations, concrete pools are a better fit. Vinyl liner, concrete, and fiberglass pools all vary in cost, but each type has a certain range. In order to make a fully informed decision about your concrete pool purchase, you need to know the cost of ownership both up-front and in the future.
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.
If you are looking to build an inground pool, you may be excited about the prospect of adding this new feature to your outdoor space. A pool can provide you and your family with many benefits and hours of fun. However, while playing in a pool can be fun, building one is another story. There is a lot of research and work that needs to go into planning the pool. You need to ensure that you purchase the right pool and layout so you are happy with your decision for years to come. Many factors come into play when designing and selecting a pool. This includes items like size, color, type, and design. Here are a few of the things you need to consider when you are buying a pool. They will help you hone in on the pool size, shape, type, and design that best meet your needs.
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 helps ensure the pool not only looks amazing outside your house, but has the features and functions that make sense for you and your family.
If you are installing an inground pool, you are likely excited about the prospect of being able to swim and play in the pool when you want. However, when people purchase a pool, they have an idea in their head as to what their space will look like. It may be green and lush, or it may be exotic and tropical. Regardless, the pool alone will not make your vision a reality. It is the landscaping around the pool that helps everything come together to give you the outdoor space you have been dreaming of. Choosing a look or theme will help you decide what type of landscaping to place around the 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?
If you are planning on buying a pool, you may be looking at the accessories as well.
If you're considering the purchase of an inground fiberglass pool and have done any research on the web, you've probably encountered some discussion of the problems associated with fiberglass pools.
If you're in the market for an inground pool one of the first questions you're likely to ask is, "How much should I budget for my pool?" In the following video, we discuss the installation prices of the three types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner. We also discuss the long term cost and price to own each type of pool over a 10 year period.
If you’re in the market for an inground fiberglass pool, you’re probably looking for a single resource that lists the most prominent fiberglass pool manufacturers in America. As a manufacturer of inground fiberglass pools, we are often asked our opinion of other manufacturers. Because we believe strongly in answering the questions we are asked, we put together the following list of 10 of the most prominent fiberglass pool manufacturers in America in alphabetical order.
Over the years we’ve helped answer millions of questions from potential pool buyers. We've found that when people understand the basic construction process, it empowers them to make a more confident decision regarding which type of inground pool is right for them. In this article we provide an overview of the basic construction phases of concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner pools. For a more in-depth look comparison of these pool types, be sure to check out our free ebook “Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age.”
One of the advantages of working with fiberglass pools is the flexibility it allows in design and installations. We are able to customize our pools to fit the needs of our customers.
One of the things that keeps business fresh and exciting for us here at River Pools is our desire to constantly improve. We have found this requires getting into the mind of our clients—to see our brand, our products, and ultimately the overall experience that we provide from the perspective of our customers. We recently conducted a survey of our clients who purchased our Greco (G36) pool, and the results were so compelling I thought it would make good food for thought for those trying to decide which pool model is right for them.
Are you losing water in your fiberglass pool? Perhaps you've scanned the pool surface and cannot find any damage to the pool shell so you're wondering where to turn next.
On hot days where the temperature has you sweating and thirsty for a cold drink, there aren't many things as refreshing as jumping into a cold pool. A pool is something you want to enjoy when it's hot outside. However, many people don't consider that their pool water can reach temperatures in the 90s during the summer. Pool chillers, an optional feature on pool heat pumps, are specifically designed to lower your pool's water temperature so you can fully enjoy it, even on the hottest days of summer. In the following video, I show just how big the difference can be when you have a chiller/cooler installed on your pool.
It was a blistering July day in Virginia. The heat index was 108 degrees, there was a heat advisory in effect, and we were sitting around the office discussing what an enlightening experience it is for potential clients who decide to make the trip to visit our inground pool park in Warsaw. Dan Dunn, our sales manager, mentioned how he not only takes time to show the different types of patio options featured in the pool park, but he actually has his clients remove their shoes to feel the temperature difference between the various patio materials. Immediately a light bulb went off in my mind and I said, "Video!"
If you're reading this it's because you find yourself at a crossroads as to what to do with your existing inground pool. We encounter folks all the time who purchased a pool decades earlier (perhaps when the children were small) but have reached a point where they are considering replacing or filling it in for one or more of the following reasons: the older pool has become a maintenance burden it's difficult to justify maintenance/repair expenses based on how often the pool is used the size and features of the pool no longer meet the needs of the pool owners
We recently received a comment on our blog asking:
If you live in an area with a high water table you may be wondering if a pool installation is possible, or how to manage ground water during the installation of an inground pool.
Of the roughly one hundred inground pools we install each year throughout Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, we encounter several that require upgrades to the home's electrical service. Today, we're going to answer some of the common questions we receive about how a swimming pool may influence whether or not you will need to upgrade your electrical service.
Are you in the market for an inground swimming pool? If so, we at River Pools understand that this can be an overwhelming process. Initially, when shopping for a pool we encounter what seems like a never-ending flood of budget, design, and construction questions. Furthermore, It can be difficult to find credible and unbiased information. Well, today you're in luck because we are going to share our answers to common swimming pool construction-related questions that hundreds of our inground pool clients have asked over the years.
Are you looking for inspiration for your new backyard pool? Awesome! After helping hundreds of folks in Virginia and Maryland design and build their dream pool over the years, we would like to help you get your project off on the right foot. But if you're like most people, the prospect of finding the perfect pool can seem daunting. Well, you're in luck, because today we're going to walk you through a simple step-by-step process to finding the right pool shape, size, and features for your backyard space. Let's jump right in!
So you're considering an indoor swimming pool? Great! Having worked on many indoor swimming pool projects ourselves over the years, we have found that people often have a variety of questions when they initially begin their research. Today, we are going to cover some of the most common questions we receive from our clients, as well as from folks around the world who find us via the internet. Let's jump right in!
Are you considering installing pavers around your inground pool?
After installing over 1,000 inground fiberglass pools throughout Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia since 2001 we at River Pools have worked in a wide variety of soil conditions, ranging from coastal areas that are literally below sea level, to mountainous regions engorged with bedrock. As such, we have had to learn to deal with both high water tables (ground water) and the removal of rock for the installation of our pools. If you are considering an inground pool, you likely have a myriad of questions regarding how water and rock can influence the construction of your project, and whether the soil condition should impact which type of pool you purchase. Today, we're going to tackle these questions and hopefully give you the information you need to feel comfortable moving one step closer to owning your own backyard pool. So let's jump right in!
If you are in the market for an inground pool, whether fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner, one of the first things you're likely to consider is the shape of the pool you'd like in your backyard. Being that you're reading this article, there's a good chance you're interested in a freeform or curvy shaped pool. You likely have some questions about freeform pools such as:
Are you thinking of installing a pool in a yard with trees? We've surveyed hundreds of yards in VA, MD, and WV for inground fiberglass pools over the years, and we've encountered many different tree scenarios. We'd like to share our experience with you today. Here are some common tree questions we are going to answer.
When we first began installing fiberglass pools in the early 2000's we encountered our share of problems. Despite the fact that we fixed each one and made sure every customer was happy, we were still left asking the question: What went wrong? Many of these issues were leaks that developed in the plumbing of the pool or in the fittings that the plumbing was connected to. In the following video I explain our process, called Rhino-Roc Construction, that we developed specifically to eliminate these plumbing problems along with the other challenges associated with fiberglass pool installations.
What is Rhino-Roc Construction and why should you care? Valid question, so here's the thing: an inground pool is a huge investment. And unlike a new car that you could simply return if things go awry, once a pool is in your backyard...it's your baby. That makes both the quality of the pool and the manner in which it is installed extremely important.
If you are considering an inground swimming pool you probably have a lot of questions about how they are constructed. Before we get into the following video that covers a key component of fiberglass pool installations, let me introduce you to our FREE inground pool ebook that goes into great detail regarding the installation processes of all three types of inground pools: Concrete Pools, Vinyl Liner Pools, and Fiberglass Pools.
I'll be completely honest....at River Pools we have made just about every fiberglass pool installation mistake possible.
Whether you are a pool builder or a home owner, it's important to understand that the process of building a fiberglass pool on a home under construction presents some unique challenges. However, if these are understood and discussed beforehand they can be easily overcome.
If you are looking for information about how fiberglass pools are manufactured, you have come to the right place today! Being a manufacturer of fiberglass pools, we receive lots of questions on a daily basis about the materials we use, how they are applied, and how they perform in the field.
If you are seriously considering an inground fiberglass pool, I'm going to make two assumptions: #1. You are actively searching for specific information from fiberglass pool manufacturers about the actual materials they use and how they are applied. #2. Up to this point, your search has been in vain. Luckily, your search is over. Our Vinyl Ester Barrier Coat not only overcomes the common manufacturing challenges in our industry, but also provides many other benefits that result in a more beautiful and durable pool for your backyard. Here are some specifics I'd like to point out:
Before I give my frank observations on the happenings of last week’s national dealer conference, allow me to reflect a little if you wouldn’t mind.
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:
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.
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 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 questions we receive about pool loans. Let's jump right in!
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 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 (up to 34' long and 14' wide) would be a better fit. Then there are always large pools, which can be 40' or even longer.
If you are seriously considering an inground swimming pool, you’ve probably discovered that there are a lot of decisions to make!
After years of working with hundreds of inground fiberglass pool customers we have found that our clients research several key factors when preparing for their project: cost and pricing the amount of pool maintenance required 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!
Have you ever wondered how an inground fiberglass pool is created? Let's see the 3-step process to making a fiberglass pool from scratch: The production of the pattern or "plug" The production of the mold The production of the pool shell The video shows the "birth" of our first Oasis 27 (O27) pool from the mold.
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.
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!
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.
Are you looking for a way to use 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.
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.
The fact that you’ve found this article means you are probably well into the process of finding the right pool for your family. Maybe you have already decided that a fiberglass pool is the way to go, and possibly that a rectangular shape is best for you….now it’s just a matter of finding the pool design that meets your needs the best. If this is the case, you’re in luck because today we’re going to compare two of the most popular rectangular fiberglass pools on the market: The Casini by Trilogy Pools and The Greco (G36) by our company, River Pools.
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. After working with hundreds of fiberglass pool customers since 2001, we’ve basically found that there are five factors that influence which rectangular pool design might make one option a better fit for your family than another. We're going to discuss each of these elements in this article, so here goes!
Of the hundreds of questions we are asked on a daily basis, the most common is probably this: "What are the differences between concrete and fiberglass pools?" It's a great question and there are many differences, but there's one in particular that fiberglass pool owners love to talk about: fiberglass pools are extremely low maintenance.
A man and a woman who met online are having their first phone conversation. Here's how it goes:
We have written a blog on this subject a few years ago, and after visiting the 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.
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.
If you are considering a new pool or even replacing your existing pool pump, you're probably wondering which type of pool pump will best meet your needs. Great question!
The sales person you work with should take the time to listen to what your pool will be used for and ask you questions regarding the same. There are a lot of important fact finding questions that you should be aware of, like will the pool be used for diving, or for volleyball, or for basketball, or doing laps? How many people will use the pool on a regular basis, do you entertain a lot? If the right questions are asked and the sales person does their job then you should have the pool of your dreams and be very happy with the pool buying experience. Below are the factors that will come into play on determining how much you will pay for your fiberglass pool.
When we started River Pools and Spas 14 years ago we were like any other pool company and if you asked for it we sold it to you. But we have learned that the customer can be their own worst enemy. What I mean by that is buying a pool is usually a new experience for the home owner and with the right guidance they can end up with a pool that will best suit their family. What the concrete/gunite companies knew was that most fiberglass companies did not have diving pools, so they could use that to help beat out the fiberglass sales guy. But it did not take long before fiberglass manufacturers started building fiberglass swimming pools that were 8’ deep and could take a diving board.
The purchase of a swimming pool is a huge investment. Buying a pool is not like buying a car; it is more like adding on an addition to your home. Most people purchase their first car before they are 18 years old and they do so with the help of a family member. During your lifetime you will purchase many cars where on the other hand you will probably only purchase one pool. Also when purchasing a car you can get quite a bit of advice from quite a few people, because almost everyone you know has owned more than one car. The same is not true with a pool. Even when talking with someone who has had or has a pool does not guarantee good advice, because that person has probably only owned one pool, which means that their knowledge is limited to just that.
When does a pool need a retaining wall? One of the biggest challenges that I run into when I show up at someone’s home to lay the pool off is the grade of their yard. I rarely walk into someone’s back yard and discover that it is completely flat. Sometimes I find that with some extra gravel and some creative backfilling we can get by without the extra expense of walls. Sometimes walls can really add to the aesthetics of the pool when incorporated properly.
We have already discussed automatic pool covers in another blog article that discusses all covers, but this past year I have had many requests for automatic pool covers and mostly I have found that those people have not read our article on pool covers.
Okay, let's cut to the chase. Although as a pool guy this seems crazy to me, the following is an accurate portrayal of the entire conversation most folks considering an inground pool have with a potential builder about a very important topic...their warranty:
At River Pools we receive calls on a daily basis from folks who are in the process of looking for a new home or property where they can install a future pool. They all want to know the same thing: “What should I look for in a property where I can install the pool of my dreams?” That’s a great question, and we just happen to have some great ponters so let’s dive right in!
When I first walked into the backyard of Chuck and Kristian Todd in Arlington, Virginia, my first thought was, "If this is going to happen, it'll have to be interesting." In the end, it turned out to be quite interesting indeed, as you'll see in the following before and after video.
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. Its flexibility and tensile strength, as always, saved the day.
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!
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.
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.
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 suit your needs, here are some helpful tips.
With the prolific 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. This being said, the size of fiberglass pools will always have some limitations due to the fact that they are built offsite in a factory and then shipped on highways. With most wide-load laws preventing anything to travel on the highway that is more than 16’ wide, this can make it very difficult to produce anything of a greater size.
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.
Rarely do we ever toot our own horn here on this blog, but recently Pool and Spa News—the swimming pool industry's premier publication—ranked River Pools as a top 50 builder in the United States.
As someone who closely watches swimming pool research buying and traffic pattern from an internet marketing perspective, this last week has blown me away in terms of the amount of people online right now researching swimming pools, much of which can be attributed to this incredible heat wave we've been feeling throughout the U.S. and certainly on the east coast. In fact , to get a true feel of just how much heat affects the way people research swimming pools, take a look at the following screen shot, which shows the amount of traffic we've been getting these last 2 weeks here at the River Pools website.
Well, it appears every 6 months I'm going to be writing an article about how Viking Pools has decided to purchase another fiberglass pool manufacturer, with Royal Fiberglass Pools being the next small company to hand over its keys to the industry giant.
After having been heavily involved in the swimming pool industry for the past 10+ years, it has been interesting for me to watch the changes that have occurred in the industry, as well as the trends that seem to be taking shape daily, especially when it comes to preformed fiberglass swimming pools.
When it comes down to it, every type of inground swimming pool has its share of problems. Vinyl liner pools are very temporary, fiberglass pools have size/depth restrictions, and concrete pools have their drawbacks as well. In this article, though, I’m going to point out some problems with concrete pools you may not have considered before. These are things you should clearly know before moving forward with your inground pool purchase.
Let’s face it; many folks just don’t have a flat yard. If you fall into that category and are interested in an inground pool, you are probably asking yourself the following questions: What options do I have for installing a pool in my yard? What will the project look like when completed? How much will it cost?
In the following video you’ll see an existing vinyl liner pool that we converted to fiberglass. The most amazing aspect of this entire project is that the dilapidated vinyl pool you're about to see is only 15 years old…and it’s already gone through 3 liners!
With the summer upon approaching rapidly, many folks out there are debating whether or not they should go with an underground pool (aka “inground”) or one that sets on top the ground. So for the sake of all you out there that are having this debate, here are some points to consider.
If you are considering the purchase of an inground pool, you're already researching how much the pool will cost upfront. It's important! However, you’re probably also wondering what maintenance and repair costs you can expect to encounter as the years pass on. As you’ll see, the answer to that question largely depends on the type of pool you choose: concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass.
With real-estate being a premium even in difficult economies, many backyards today simply don't have a whole lot of space. This being said, just because you have a small backyard doesn't mean you shouldn't consider installing an inground swimming pool. In fact, a small yard can really flourish with the addition of a small pool design and all it has to offer. This article will discuss some of the common questions associated with installing an inground swimming pool in a small backyard.
Are you considering a coping upgrade on your new fiberglass pool? If so, take a minute to check out this video outlining how NOT to install fiberglass pool coping. As you'll see, the video was shot on a job site where paver coping was improperly installed. We'll look at what was done incorrectly, as well as discuss correct ways to install coping on fiberglass pools.
Last week, I opened my swimming pool up for the season and was surprised to find the results-- it was green...REALLY GREEN.
In the market for an inground pool? If so, you're certainly looking for the options and accessories that best meet your needs. Let's discuss 10 of the most popular and innovative pool options in the pool industry today! You'll learn why they are gaining in popularity and ballpark costs for each.
Let's be honest: Although fiberglass pools are taking the inground pool market by storm in North America, there are still some potential installation problems that continue to pop up in the industry:
When someone is considering the purchase of an inground swimming pool, there are many factors that will dictate whether they choose fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner. And although each type of pool has its own pros and cons, this article will discuss 5 main benefits to owning an inground fiberglass swimming pool.
With the readership of this blog consisting of folks all over North America, Australia, and other parts of the world, each and every year we get emails from folks from what seems like every corner of the globe expressing dissatisfaction with their pool installation and contractor. Whether it's a concrete pool, a fiberglass pool, or even an above ground pool—homeowners only have one chance to pick the right pool contractor to entrust their backyard. But sadly, we often times still choose poorly.
There is a huge misconception out there in the inground pool consumer market and I’m here today to set the record straight. The idea that a concrete pool will cost you less than a fiberglass pool is fool’s gold.
Yes, people do buy used fiberglass swimming pools. And no, I’m not kidding. How does it happen? In most cases, a ‘used’ fiberglass pool is one that was partially installed, got damaged during the process, and then had to be taken back to the factory for repair (as the repair was too much to do on the job site itself). Also, in a very few cases, fully installed fiberglass pool shells have been removed from the ground in order for the homeowners to install another pool or change the backyard design in general. But because fiberglass shells can last 50+ years, this typically isn't an issue.
So you're thinking about doing a DIY and installing a fiberglass pool kit yourself, ehh? It's interesting how often we get asked about self-installs here at River Pools. In fact, we usually sell 3-5 of these kits every year to homeowners. That's why I wanted to discuss today some of the problems and considerations that must be made before you simply buy a kit and start digging.
Now that gravel has become the accepted standard (over sand) as the backfill and base material used in the fiberglass pool industry, many persons often inquire with our company as to the type of gravel/stone that should be used as well as the amount typically required when installing a fiberglass pool.
There are many factors that make up the quality of a fiberglass swimming pool, and one of the most important is that the appropriate amount of materials are used during the process of constructing the shell.
We are frequently asked questions about deck drainage for inground pools.
In one of the most surprising moves of the fiberglass pool industry of 2011, Viking Fiberglass Pools (Latham Int) has announced today that it has purchased Trilogy Pools, another major fiberglass pool manufacturer.
One of the questions we often hear this time of year is about tarp pool covers, and whether or not they'll do the trick for protecting your swimming pool over the cold winter months. In most cases, the frank answer to this question is 'NO'. Here are 5 reasons why most tarp pool covers aren't worth it.
Well, sadly the summer has again come to a close for most folks around the US, which means it's time to winterize their inground swimming pools. But for those persons that own a fiberglass swimming pool, it's very important to remember one key to a proper winterization: Water Level.
In the last year or so, we at River Pools and Spas have done more paver patios than ever before with our fiberglass pool installations. With their elegant look, customized design, plus the fact that they never crack, pavers are becoming more and more popular as a patio choice amongst swimming pool consumers.
We talk about swimming pools all the time here at River Pools and Spas, but the bottom line question consumers need to answer during this process is:
Like many of you, I just was part of the ‘East Coast Earthquake’ of 2011. For 10 seconds, I was sitting in my office, feeling the floor shaking beneath me, and asking myself—“Am I actually in an earthquake?”
One of the more popular shapes in the inground swimming pool industry is the Roman End style—a rectangle with a half circle on each end of the pool. With its elegant look combined with its plentiful seating, Roman End pools can certainly enhance the look of a backyard.
As we've mentioned many other times in the past, fiberglass pools have come light years in the last decade when it comes to beauty and aesthetics. Today, it's not uncommon to see fiberglass pools in the most luxurious of homes, much of which can be attributed to these advancements as well as the fact that consumers are now more informed than ever.
We are frequently asked the question: What is the correct elevation or height to set an inground pool? First off, we need to understand why setting the pool at the right elevation is so important. Choosing the right elevation will ensure the pool does three things: Drains properly Looks pleasing to the eye Works with the grade of the yard as much as possible (and thus not spending “invisible money”)
You may be wondering: How long should the salt chlorine generator for my inground pool last? Let’s take a quick look, but first, let’s take a second to understand exactly how salt water chlorinators actually work. Then we'll reveal the average lifespan of salt chlorine generators...along with a few pointers on how to make yours last longer.
I recently stumbled across Angie's List. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s an explanation in their words: “Angie's List is the premier word-of-mouth network for homeowners with more than 1.5 million members nationwide. It's a growing collection of homeowners' real-life experiences with local service and health care professionals. Our members research, rate and review service companies in more than 500 different categories. We receive over 400,000 inquiries and more than 40,000 reports each month from our members.”