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Swimming Pool Blog

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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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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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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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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Concrete Pool Information  |  Cost and Pricing  |  DIY Fiberglass Pools  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool FAQs  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

DIY Inground Pools: Costs, Types, and Problems to Consider

So you’re up for a home improvement project, only this time you’re taking on something big...you want to build your own swimming pool. And that’s awesome. We know how rewarding it can be to complete a project and benefit from it for years. It might fill you with a sense of pride to do things on your own and to do a good job, or you might just want to save some money. Swimming pools can be tricky though, and mistakes can be costly. So, how will you know if a DIY inground pool is a good idea or if you’ve undertaken too much?

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

How to Extend Wi-Fi to Your Pool Deck or Outdoor Living Space

Lying on your lounger by the pool requires a few important essentials: sunglasses, a drink, a book, and something to browse the internet with. Let’s be honest, you’ll quickly tire of squinting to read the book and inevitably move to your phone or tablet. Why? To post pictures, check e-mail, peruse the internet, watch a show, listen to a podcast, or shop. But what happens when you’re lounging with your feet in the water taking a video on Snapchat and it doesn’t go through? You load Facebook...nada. E-mail? You just see that little circle loading thing.

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Fiberglass Pool Information

Should You Buy A Fiberglass Pool in Texas? 4 Points of Consideration

Ah, Texas. The land of BBQ, football, and...intense heat. The temperature in Dallas gets up in the 90s throughout June, July, and August. El Paso gets up to over 100 degrees on the regular, and Houston, Austin, and San Antonio are stuffy and humid during the summer months. It's no wonder that so many Texans want inground swimming pools.

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Cost and Pricing

What to Expect From an Online Pool Quote Tool

How much does a swimming pool cost? This is the question that most people want to answer first before they decide what features they want their swimming pool to have. However, since we at River Pools have been in the fiberglass swimming pool business for many years, we know that you can never give a simple across-the-board answer when it comes to swimming pool prices.

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