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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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Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

How to Customize a Fiberglass Pool

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.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

7 Pool Extras That Won't Break the Budget

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.

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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 vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

What Type of Inground Pool Is Best for Me?

 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.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Swimming Pool FAQs  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost?

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.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Is Pentair FNS Plus or Jandy DEV D.E. Filter Better?

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!

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Installation & Construction  |  Pool Manufacturing Process

Why You Should Wait to Get a Pool Until Your New Home Is Built

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.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Is Pentair Sand Dollar or Jandy JS Side Mount Sand Filter Better?

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!

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Finding A Pool Contractor

7 Clues Your Pool Builder Has It Together

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?

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Is Pentair Clean & Clear Plus or Jandy CV Cartridge Filter Best?

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.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

What Does a Pool Filter's Filtration Area Mean?

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.

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