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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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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories

A Complete Review of ecoFINISH for Swimming Pools

Looking for a new finish for your swimming pool? If tile, plaster, or aggregate aren’t your jam, you still have a few other options. One viable option that we sometimes recommend is ecoFINISH. You might have heard of it before, so we want to help you learn more about it and explain how it works.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information

An Honest Look at Fiberglass Inground Pool Prices and Monthly Pool Payments in 2020

We say this a lot, but buying a pool is kind of like buying a car. If we’ve saved enough for the car, we can pay for it all upfront. Most of the time, we make payments until it’s paid in full. So, chances are, when you get quoted for an inground fiberglass swimming pool, you’re not getting the number that’s going to apply to your day to day life: the monthly payment. At River Pools, we manufacture and install fiberglass pools for customers across North America, and we have seen a wide range of financing options.

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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 Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Pool Manufacturing Process

Do Fiberglass Pools Need to be Resurfaced?

We’ve covered fiberglass pools extensively in our previous guides and articles, but there’s something that's been missing from our content... We haven’t said much about resurfacing fiberglass pools. At River Pools, our fiberglass pools are made with high-quality materials, and they really don’t need to be refinished when cared for properly, even after several decades. However, we also acknowledge that not all fiberglass pools are made equal. Some fiberglass pool shells are made with lower quality materials that may be less durable over time. 

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Cost and Pricing

How Much Does a Fiberglass Pool Cost in Texas?

Texas is a great place for a swimming pool, and it’s an even better place for a fiberglass pool. Why? Fiberglass pools are low maintenance, quick to install, and cheaper to own over time than other inground pools. In addition, choosing a fiberglass pool in Texas can minimize risks that are associated with long installation timelines, which is crucial for those living in windy or stormy areas (we see you, Houston). But how much does it cost to put one of these fiberglass pools in your yard?

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Patio and Coping

Wooden Decks for Inground Swimming Pools: Cost, Types, and More

When you put a pool in the ground, you have to consider much more than just the pool itself. To start, you have to think about what you’re going to do with the area around it. After all, you don’t want messy dirt tracks taking away from the beauty of your new sparkling pool! Most people either build a patio or deck around their swimming pool, or sometimes both. Decks, in particular, are usually made out of wood and are some of the most popular add-ons to inground pool projects.

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Options and Accessories

Your Swimming Pool Color Options: Concrete, Vinyl Liner, and Fiberglass

One of the really cool parts of buying your own inground pool is that you get to pick the pool color. That’s right. Not all swimming pools have to be white or blue. Swimming pools of all types are finished in a wide range of colors like green, grey, and even black.

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Pool Maintenance

How to Keep Your Pool Water Clean and Prevent Pool Parasites

You may have heard the news that the lack of maintenance in public pools has led to bacteria and pool parasites running amuck in the swim water all summer. Yeah, gross. If you never had a good reason to invest in your own swimming pool, you might be thinking about it now.

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Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

What Is an In-Floor Pool Cleaning System? How It Works, Cost, Pros, and Cons

Everyone looks forward to swimming in their pool, but who looks forward to cleaning it? Okay, some of you like cleaning the pool (maybe even you), but most people find pool cleaning to be a chore and would rather have someone or something else do it for them.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Installation & Construction  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Inground Pool Shopping: Can You Buy a Pool Online?

These days, you can buy just about anything online. Food, furniture, heavy machinery, and yep, even inground swimming pools. We’re not talking inflatable kiddie pools either. These are massive, permanent structures, and they are sold online every day from various retailers. When you shop for an inground pool online, it can be as simple as picking the pool you want, paying for it, and having it delivered to your door. But how does buying a swimming pool online change your installation options? What choices do you have when you buy a pool online?

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Cost and Pricing  |  Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool Design

Who Can Get a Rooftop Pool?

Let’s say you'd like to get a pool, but you don’t have a yard to put it in. Maybe you’re in a tight neighborhood and can’t fit anything bigger than a kiddie pool on that little patch of grass outside your door. You can give up on the idea, or you can get creative and put a pool on the roof. Everyone knows that it's possible in theory, but can you really put a pool on the roof? 

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