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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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Cost and Pricing

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Concrete Pool with a Fiberglass Unit?

Based on our experience, people usually assume that replacing a concrete pool with a fiberglass pool will be cheap—maybe as much as replacing the liner twice in a vinyl liner pool, or resurfacing a concrete pool. I like a clearance sale as much as the next person, so I’m sad to say this isn’t the case. It can actually end up costing more than a new pool.

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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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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  |  Installation & Construction  |  Pool Manufacturing Process

The Basics of Manufacturing and Installing a Fiberglass Pool

A lot goes into the manufacturing and installation process for a fiberglass pool. It’s especially hard to make sense of all those steps when the explanation includes a lot of pool and science jargon, regardless of whether you’d like a refresher on the basics of a fiberglass pool or already know the components.

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Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How to Get Rid of Algae in an Inground Swimming Pool

Green: the lovely color of freshly mowed grass, summer leaves fluttering in the breeze, and the protagonist’s eyes in any teen novel in the local library. It’s not so lovely when it’s the color of algae in your inground pool.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

Best Interior Finish for a Concrete Pool: Plaster vs. Pebble vs. Tile

Here at River Pools, we care about your skincare routine. Well, for your feet.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Swimming Pool FAQs  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Concrete Pools vs. Vinyl Liner Pools: An Honest Comparison

Even though we’re one of the country’s leading fiberglass pool specialists, we’re still familiar with concrete and vinyl liner pools and understand that they have a place in the market. We appreciate their value and recognize that people want to learn about all types of pools. We’re here to help you learn everything you need to know about buying the perfect pool for you and your family.  In this article, we'll cover the pros and cons of these two types of pools in the following areas:

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

What's the Best Concrete Pool Design for Your Needs?

Every pool owner has different goals. This affects the design—pools don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) one-size-fits-all. You can customize concrete pools to fit almost any look you like, which is a huge advantage for this pool type. However, most don’t vary that much.

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Installation & Construction  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How to Remove Wrinkles from Your Inground Vinyl Liner Pool

Liner wrinkles are part of owning a vinyl liner pool. A liner is very thin, and when it’s initially installed, it’s not uncommon to have some wrinkles in the pool. Wrinkles can also develop slowly over time, which is unfortunately true for both pools and people.

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Are Tanning Ledges on Vinyl Liner Pools Really a Good Idea?

Pools aren’t always for exercise, so why should they all be designed as if they are?

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Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Vinyl Liner Pool Wall Comparison: Steel vs. Polymer vs. Aluminum

Whether you’re building the pool yourself or contracting it out, you need to know the differences between the material options for your wall panels. It’s only the second step in the construction process, too, so you can’t make much progress until you decide. And this decision will be with you for a long time.

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