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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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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Which Type of Pool Has the Best Warranty?

Fine print: we all hate it. How many of us really read the Terms and Conditions? Buckle down...you really do need to read your pool warranty. Actually read it. Then ask about anything you don’t understand or agree with.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Cost and Pricing  |  Pool Maintenance

How Much Does Resurfacing a Concrete Pool Cost?

When I’m not taking the pool industry by storm, I like to write novels. I plan ahead obsessively: think 10-page character sheets, hand-drawn world maps, and color-coded plot diagrams. “Congratulations on overthinking everything,” you say, “but I’m not writing a book. I’m buying a pool.” Don’t give me that look! For pool purchases and maintenance, you, too, need to plan ahead. Maps and diagrams included, probably.

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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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Concrete Pool Information  |  Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories

Gunite vs. Shotcrete: What’s the Difference?

Concrete pools are often referred to as “gunite” pools, but then what’s shotcrete? Are gunite, shotcrete, and concrete all the same thing? Not to worry… all will be revealed. (Doesn’t that sound ominous? I love it.) Quick refresher: concrete is a mix of water, cement, sand, and a coarse aggregate, which is usually stone or gravel. The cement, sand, and aggregate are the initial mixture. How the builder mixes in the water determines how we refer to it.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool Design

How Thick Should a Concrete Pool Be?

What’s the best concrete thickness for your pool? If you’re asking this question, you’re probably already looking at and comparing the pool contractors in your area. The vast majority of us can’t DIY a concrete pool; the process is too complicated and technical. You’ll contract professionals to engineer and construct it. Be sure to ask them the relevant questions we lay out in our Swimming Pool Builder Vetting Checklist to confirm their integrity and expertise.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Concrete Pools vs. Fiberglass Pools: An Honest Comparison

Time for a radical statement: fiberglass pools aren’t for everyone. I know! Contain your shock! River Pools manufactures and sells them, but our priority is one thing: customer satisfaction. We want you to be informed so you can make the best decision for you and your family...even if that means not choosing us.

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

4 Things You Should Know About Concrete Pool Construction

If you’re planning to buy a concrete pool, have you ever wished you could time-travel to the future and see what the construction process is like? Time travel is, of course, the best solution to any question, but in this case we can provide answers without it.

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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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Concrete Pool Information  |  Cost and Pricing  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Pool Manufacturing Process  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Concrete Pool Basics: Pros, Cons, and How They’re Made

A pool is a pool is a pool, right? Actually, not so much. When you’re planning such a big investment, you need to look into the three primary pool types—concrete, vinyl liner, and fiberglass—to understand the differences. River Pools manufactures and sells only fiberglass pools, but we know you need all the information on all the pool types in order to make an educated decision on what’s best for your needs. For some people, concrete is the way to go.

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