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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.

Marcus Sheridan

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Pool Maintenance  |  Pool Videos

How to Clean a Swimming Pool Cartridge Filter: Video

We recommend cartridge filters for fiberglass pools with salt water systems. They work the best and are easy to clean.

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Swimming Pool FAQs

Should I Get a Salt Water Generator for My Pool?

As a current pool owner or someone who is looking to purchase a pool, somewhere along the way, you may have asked yourself, what's the difference between a salt water pool and a chlorine pool? Which is better? Should I get a salt water generator for my swimming pool?

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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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Finding A Pool Contractor

River/Thursday Dealer Conference Marks New Era in Fiberglass Pool Industry

Before I give my frank observations on the happenings of last week’s national dealer conference, allow me to reflect a little if you wouldn’t mind.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner

Visual Proof that Fiberglass Pools are Stronger than Concrete

Although this photo might confuse you at first, it's showing a fiberglass display pool at our headquarters here in Warsaw, VA, after some serious wind gusts that have been plaguing the state over the last couple of days. What normally is a pool shell on its side with the trailer as its base, mother nature decided to blow it over with some serious force behind it, causing the shell to slam to the  ground. Even better though, the shell was unharmed. Its flexibility and tensile strength, as always, saved the day.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides

The Best Inground Fiberglass Swimming Pools/Designs of 2013

In the past, we at River Pools and Spas have taken the time to recognize the different advances and developments in the fiberglass pool industry over the years, many of which have been the most read articles on this blog to date. So as 2013 is now here, we felt it time to discuss the best inground fiberglass swimming pool designs we’re seeing in terms of functionality and creativity in 2013. Also, as a side note, this article is not about the quality of the included manufacturers, but rather our opinions on their designs. Here goes!

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Cost and Pricing

Will a Fiberglass Pool Increase the Value of My Home?

Often times when homeowners are considering the purchase of an inground swimming pool, they want to know how it will affect the value of their home—which is a very important and legitimate question. Interestingly enough, the type of pool you choose for your backyard will greatly dictate the return on investment for the pool itself.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information

Fiberglass Pool Pricing in 2013 and Beyond: Where is the Industry Headed?

We’ve talked extensively about the cost of fiberglass pools here on this blog over the years but as 2013 approaches, I wanted to take a look at where pricing is headed in this industry and what it means for consumers and pool builders as a whole.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner

What Are the Best and Worst Types of Swimming Pools and Why?

Well, you’re in the market for a swimming pool. Congratulations! Yes, I know, you may be thinking a pool is going to be a lot of work. But these days, it clearly doesn’t have to be, especially if you choose a few options that will make pool ownership much, much easier. In order to help you find the type of pool that will best suit your needs, here are some helpful tips.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Swimming Pool Design

What are the Biggest and Smallest Sizes for Fiberglass Pools?

With the prolific growth of the fiberglass pool marketing over the last 10 years here in the United States, consumers are getting more and more options, sizes, and accessories to choose with their fiberglass swimming pool. This being said, the size of fiberglass pools will always have some limitations due to the fact that they are built offsite in a factory and then shipped on highways. With most wide-load laws preventing anything to travel on the highway that is more than 16’ wide, this can make it very difficult to produce anything of a greater size.  

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

5 Ways to Keep Your Pool Algae Free During the August Heat

Well it's that time of year folks. August is here, vacations are being taken left and right, the heat is on, and for some pool owners, this all can equate to that green thing that makes pool ownership a frustrating experience—Algae.

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