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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 vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

What Type of Inground Pool Is Best for Me?

 As any woman in a clothing store will tell you, there's no such thing as "one size fits all." There are too many variables—the length, the fabric, the cut. The same "universal" shirt is too small on one person and too big on another. When you're looking for an inground pool, there's no universal "best" pool type either. Hold on... Shouldn't we at River Pools say that there is? We specialize in fiberglass pools, after all. Well, no. Every person has different goals for their pool, different boundaries, and different families.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Swimming Pool FAQs  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How Much Does an Inground Pool Cost?

Here at River Pools, our mission as educators in the pool industry is to answer all your questions—the common, the technical, and even the bizarre. (Don't worry; it's a judgment-free zone.) The most common question? Cost. Whether vinyl liner or concrete or fiberglass pools, whether extravagant or minimalistic aesthetics, people want to know about how much they're going to spend. You ask; we answer.

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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 vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Maintenance

Will My Inground Pool Fade?

If you're considering an inground pool, you're probably wondering what the pool will look like in 5, 10, or even 20 years. At River Pools, we've been around a while and understand how the different types of inground pools weather over time…specifically, when and how the surfaces of inground pools fade.

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Maintenance

Are Trowel Marks on Your Pool Inevitable?

Don’t you hate when you’re trying to smooth frosting on a cupcake and it keeps showing the dents from the spoon or knife? If you know how to do it right, tell me your secrets. Bakers must have sold their soul to figure out the magic trick for that. Sure, the cupcakes taste the same either way, but it just looks so much better when they’re smoothly swirled. Welcome to the world of trowel marks on a pool.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Vinyl Liner Pools vs. Fiberglass Pools: An Honest Comparison

Considering a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool? We’re here to help. Even though we specialize in fiberglass pools, our goal is for you to walk away satisfied, and part of how we achieve that is by providing information on all types of pools, not just the ones we sell.

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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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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Installation & Construction  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Which Pool Type Is More Prone to Leaks? Fiberglass vs. Vinyl Liner vs. Concrete

Ah yes, the relaxing rush of a waterfall. Such a beautiful, soothing noise…until you remember that you’re sitting by your pool and didn’t install a waterfall. Yikes.

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How to Avoid Divots, Dents, and Bumps in a Vinyl Liner Pool

If you decide to go with a vinyl liner pool, we won’t cry…much. (River Pools specializes in fiberglass pools, after all.) But that vinyl liner needs some special attention in order to live its life to the fullest. While the builders and installers are responsible for creating your pool according to specifications, you have the power to ensure that they do so and that your pool stays in good health for as long as possible. One way to do that is to understand how to prevent divots, dents, and bumps in the bottom of your vinyl liner pool.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner

What is the Price Difference Between Concrete, Fiberglass, and Vinyl Liner Inground Pools?

If you're in the market for an inground pool one of the first questions you're likely to ask is, "How much should I budget for my pool?"  In the following video, we discuss the installation prices of the three types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner.  We also discuss the long term cost and price to own each type of pool over a 10 year period.   

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Installation & Construction

Pool Construction: Comparing Concrete, Vinyl Liner, and Fiberglass Installations

Over the years we’ve helped answer millions of questions from potential pool buyers. We've found that when people understand the basic construction process, it empowers them to make a more confident decision regarding which type of inground pool is right for them.     In this article we provide an overview of the basic construction phases of concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liner pools. For a more in-depth look comparison of these pool types, be sure to check out our free ebook “Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age.”  

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