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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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Who Are the Best Pool Builders in Wisconsin? (Reviews/Ratings)

Do you live in Wisconsin and want to build an inground pool? Getting a swimming pool can be an exciting time, but even though you might be in a hurry to see your pool in the ground, it's important that you shop around for the best pool builder for your project. How will you know if your pool builder is right for you? First, you'll want to ensure that your pool builder has a good track record (see our pool builder vetting checklist here), and you'll need to do your research to find out what they specialize in.

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Building a Swimming Pool in Virginia Beach? Here Are 6 Things You Should Know

We’ve heard it before, the naysayers against having a pool in an area that enjoys all of the seasons. "Why build a pool when you can’t enjoy it year-round?", they ask. Answer: our summers are shorter, so we take advantage of them while we can! Not to mention, having a pool to relax in after a long day of laying on the sand is basically a requirement when living in Virginia Beach.

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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  |  Installation & Construction

Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Swimming Pool In Maryland

In the dead of winter, we’re all imagining the smell of sunscreen in the air and the sound of cannonballs in our backyard. If these thoughts are making you consider installing a pool, you’re not crazy - now is actually the best time.

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Shopping for an Inground Swimming Pool in Virginia? Here Are 7 Things You Should Know

Buying an inground swimming pool is the same no matter where you live, right? Actually, buying and installing a swimming pool in Virginia can be a totally different experience than installing one in, say, Texas or Utah. The state you live in can often mean additional costs to build your pool, whether that’s due to local regulations or the nature of your landscape.

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A Massive Review of Swimming Pool Contractors and Installers in Virginia

Finding the right swimming pool contractor can be a lot of work. The reality is that there are many swimming pool builders to choose from across the state of Virginia, and they don’t all offer the same services (or build the same types of pools!). So, how do you find a good swimming pool contractor without spending days sifting through your options? options

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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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7 Clues Your Pool Builder Has It Together

One of my coworkers just got engaged. (Congrats again, girl!) I don't know how long it took her fiancé to pick out the ring, but the more I learn about ring shopping, the more complicated it sounds. You have to spend enough that it's lifelong quality, but not so much you put yourself in lifelong debt. You have to choose a high-quality band and stone(s). Just as important, you need a high-quality, trustworthy jeweler. They'll make or break the experience in the long run. You know what's bigger, more permanent, and much more expensive than an engagement ring? An inground pool. So how do you know if your pool builder is a good one?

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How Do I Make Sure My Pool Is Right for Me?

Most people shopping for a pool think that they know just what they want. For example, 90% of the people who want a diving board think they need it. But after education on the pros and cons of a diving board, only 10% of those people will still get a diving board. You're spending a lot of money on this swimming pool investment. You expect that the person that you invite into your home will be an informed professional and have your best interest at heart. In reality the person who shows up will probably be a salesperson trying to earn a commission that will feed his family or lifestyle. That's what is in his/her best interest, not yours. All too often, the homeowner says, "I want a pool this size and a deck this big," and the salesperson quotes them on what they ask for. It's far easier to sell a pool when the homeowner knows what they want, so why rock the boat? That's the mentality of most salespeople today. The problem: in most cases, what the homeowner thinks they want, and what they really want, are two different things.  

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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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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Finding A Pool Contractor

4 Questions to Ask about a Fiberglass Pool Warranty

Okay, I know warranties aren’t exactly a fun conversation topic. But bear with me! Most of us skim over Terms and Conditions, but you do actually need to read your fiberglass pool warranty—and you need to know what to look for. As fiberglass pool manufacturers and installers, we at River Pools can offer expert advice.

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