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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.

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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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Cost and Pricing  |  Installation & Construction  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

Inground Pool Coping: Idea and Cost Guide!

Let me just say...if you’re reading this article, it’s pretty safe to say you have good taste.  How do I know? Because if you’re researching pool coping, you already know you want something special.  Am I right?

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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

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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Swimming Pool FAQs

Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Liner vs. Concrete Pools: An Honest Comparison

Is there an unbiased comparison of fiberglass inground pools, vinyl liner pools, and concrete pools on the internet? A client who recently reached out to me doesn't think so. He stated in an email: As you're no doubt well aware, it's a desert wasteland when trying to find information on pools... Sorting through the internet for usable information is difficult in the extreme. Of the few forums I've found, most devolve into trolls arguing gunite pools vs. fiberglass pools vs. vinyl liner pools - over and over and over and over. "What would help a great deal is to find some kind of unbiased information that explains each pool in detail and then backs off - letting me (or the customer) make the final decision." This article is my effort to provide an objective source of information about the three types of inground swimming pools. The approach is simple. I list the advantages and disadvantages of fiberglass inground pools, vinyl liner pools, and concrete pools...then back off so you can form your own opinion.

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

What is a Saltwater Pool? Chemistry, Lifespan, Cost, & More

Did you ever swim in the ocean, get a mouthful of seawater, and think, “Yum, I wish my pool at home tasted like this”? Yeah, probably not. Lucky for you and your taste buds, that’s not what a saltwater pool is.

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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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Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Finding A Pool Contractor

The Ultimate Swimming Pool Builder Vetting Checklist

If you are seriously considering an inground swimming pool, you’ve probably discovered that there are a lot of decisions to make! At the top of this list stands one preeminent question: How do I select a reputable swimming pool builder? This question is so important because the expertise and integrity of your pool builder will play a huge role in determining the final outcome of your project.

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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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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

Coolest Pool Tile Options for 2019

My mom is big on interior design, and her most recent project is redoing the tile on her kitchen wall. It wasn’t old-fashioned or broken, but she likes everything to be up-to-date and looking its best. In the same way, for fiberglass pools, tile is a matter of taste, not necessity. Here at River Pools, it’s important to us that you get the pool you want. Some customers love tile, and we’re happy to put it on. Others choose to save the money toward other features and accessories. There’s no wrong option!

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