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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.

Jim Spiess

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Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Installation & Construction

Building a Swimming Pool in Virginia Beach? Here Are 6 Things You Should Know

We’ve heard it before, the naysayers against having a pool in an area that enjoys all of the seasons. "Why build a pool when you can’t enjoy it year-round?", they ask. Answer: our summers are shorter, so we take advantage of them while we can! Not to mention, having a pool to relax in after a long day of laying on the sand is basically a requirement when living in Virginia Beach.

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Patio and Coping

Concrete Pool Deck Cracks: Causes, Types, Repair Methods

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a beautiful deck around your swimming pool. Enter concrete. Concrete pool decks are affordable, relatively easy to maintain, and easy to customize. They can also be comparable in aesthetics to more expensive pool decking materials. While concrete has a reputation for being strong and durable, it’s also prone to cracking. By that, we mean it’s almost inevitable that your concrete pool deck will crack at some point in time.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides

Large Fiberglass Pools FAQ: Cost, Designs, Pros and Cons

If you’re shopping for an inground pool and if "go big or go home" is your motto, you probably want the largest swimming pool that you can afford. At River Pools, we exclusively manufacture and install fiberglass swimming pools, so we know all about your pool size options and how they affect the price, installation, and long-term maintenance of your inground pool. In this article, we’ll share what we know about large fiberglass swimming pools, including sizes, designs, cost, installation, and more to help you decide if a large fiberglass pool is the right choice for your home.

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Patio and Coping

Concrete Pool Deck Pros and Cons

Imagine you’re next to your beautiful new inground swimming pool. You’re standing on the deck, and you look down at your feet. What’s under them? Is it concrete? If you’re dreaming about getting a concrete pool deck around your pool, we can’t say that it’s a bad choice. But before you make your final decision, we want you to take a deeper look at the pros and cons of choosing concrete as your decking material just to make sure that it's the right fit for you.

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Patio and Coping

Should You Get a Concrete Pool Deck?

Did you know that concrete has been around since at least 6500BC? That’s more than 8,000 years ago and 240 plus generations. So, when you walk down your concrete driveway or relax around your pool’s concrete deck, you’re actually connecting with a long-standing piece of human history. As cool as that is, it’s probably not why you’re considering a concrete deck for your swimming pool, at least not the main reason. First and foremost, concrete is known for its durability as a decking material. It’s also more cost-effective than most other pool deck and patio options. How do we know this?

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Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Automatic Pool Cover Winter Maintenance: Everything You Should Know

Winters can be harsh. We’re talking pipes bursting, driveways cracking, and roofs collapsing harsh, and you need to know how to maintain and protect your pool equipment during these cold months. After all, you want to be able to enjoy your pool again when the warm weather rolls back around. One of the things that you need to take care of is your automatic pool cover. (Don’t have one yet? Read about the pros and cons of automatic pool covers here.) Automatic pool cover systems are beneficial to have mainly for safety reasons, but they also help to keep out dirt and debris. As tempting as it might be, you can’t just put the cover on for the winter and hope for the best. You also have to take care of it to make sure that snow, ice, and water don’t damage it.

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Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How Long Do Vinyl Liner Pools Last?

It’s happening. You can’t deny it because you’re reading this article. You are thinking about getting a pool! Does anyone know yet, or are you secretly getting details about your options so that you’re prepared to make the pitch to family, friends, or a spouse? Great news, you’ve come to the right place.

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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  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Automatic Pool Covers Pros and Cons

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.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

How Do I Make Sure My Pool Is Right for Me?

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.  

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