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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.

Marcus Sheridan

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner

Are Fiberglass Pools Toxic? A Look at Their Environmental Impact

There is an excitement that comes with getting a new pool that’s hard to describe. You find yourself dreaming about lounge chairs, the smell of sunscreen, and how magical your pool will look at night. Then reality hits, and you remember that these aren’t the only things you have to worry about as a pool shopper. Cost, upkeep, environment, and safety are all factors to keep in mind when choosing which type of pool to purchase.

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Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Ultimate Pool Planning Guide: 11 Things to Consider Before Installing an Inground Pool

Like many, you’re probably dreaming about having your own swimming pool in your backyard. After all, it is an amazing thing to be able to go swimming whenever you want. No more public pools.

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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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Options and Accessories  |  Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

16 Pool Fence Ideas That Will Upgrade Your Yard

So you're getting that beautiful swimming pool and now you're asking yourself, "OK, what type of fencing should I choose? Which is best for me? How do I get the protection I want without sacrificing the look and feel of my wonderful backyard?"

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Pool Design Guides  |  Tanning Ledges

How Deep Should a Tanning Ledge Be?

Gone are the days of either lying next to the pool or standing in it. Enter the tanning ledge: a place where you can actually lie down in the pool, with or without furniture (and without having to hold your breath!). If you don't know what a tanning ledge is (some call it a baja shelf, sun shelf, or tanning shelf), think of it as a very shallow zone in or next to the main pool where you can relax and keep cool.

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

Stamped vs. Brushed/Broomed Concrete for Swimming Pools: Which is Better?

One of the biggest debates that pool shoppers have during the process of building their swimming pool is which type of concrete to use for their patio. There are many, many types of patios that can go around a swimming pool: brushed concrete, stamped concrete, pavers, stone, brick, overlays, etc. This article will solely focus on helping you to understand the pros and cons to brushed (aka broomed) vs. stamped. By so doing, you will be able to make the best choice for you and your family.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides

Is a Swimming Pool Worth All that Money? 5 Points to Ponder

I was at an appointment recently with a customer who asked a question that I've heard so many times before. In the midst of her struggle to justify a swimming pool purchase, this is what she said:  It's a tough call, Marcus. We are just not sure if we should take the plunge... I just wonder if a swimming pool is worth the money we are going to put into it?

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Pool Maintenance

Proper Filtration: The Heart of Your Pool's Water Clarity

When we consider the different aspects of keeping our pool water sparkling and crystal clear throughout the summer, one of the most often over-looked aspects to water clarity maintenance is filter cleaning. When a pool's filter is not working up to capacity, its water will obviously suffer, with cloudiness and algae being the end results. This article will discuss the two main types of filters used by our customers and the proper cleaning for each medium.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Options and Accessories

How Much Is My Fiberglass Pool Really Going to Cost?

What's the price of a fiberglass pool? This, of course, is always one of the first questions a pool shopper has when starting the research process for a fiberglass pool. Here at River Pools, I'd imagine we receive this question hundreds and hundreds of times a year, likely within the first couple of minutes of any conversation. But we get it. Price matters (along with many other factors). It can certainly dictate what pool and what options you're able to achieve in the long run. You need to be able to develop an initial budget and plan for the ownership costs, no matter the pool type. As you might imagine, though, the problem with answering this question is the fact that a swimming pool has so many options it can be tough to truly know the price to swim in a fully installed fiberglass pool. Still, I'll do my best here to give you some realistic price ranges as to what most people will spend. (And remember, these prices are average. They can can vary drastically depending on the product, the region, the company, etc.)

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Pool Maintenance

How to Identify, Treat, and Remove Algae in Your Swimming Pool

During the months of July and August, algae can be a very big problem for swimming pool owners. With the higher temperatures during these months, as well as inconsistency in a pool's sanitizer levels, algae can rear its ugly head. Algae is a single-celled plant form. It uses the process of photosynthesis to manufacture its own food. It comes in a very wide variety of colors and forms, making it adaptable to almost any condition.

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Options and Accessories

Swimming Pool Covers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

With the summer soon coming to a close, the time to cover your pool for the winter months approaches. Many of you may already have a winter cover that you're happy with. Others may be curious as to the options that are available. This article will talk about the three main types of pool covers and the pros and cons of each.

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