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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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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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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  |  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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Finding A Pool Contractor

River/Thursday Dealer Conference Marks New Era in Fiberglass Pool Industry

Before I give my frank observations on the happenings of last week’s national dealer conference, allow me to reflect a little if you wouldn’t mind.

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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!  

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Finding A Pool Contractor

Are You Looking for a One-Night Stand with Your Pool Builder?

A man and a woman who met online are having their first phone conversation.  Here's how it goes: 

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Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Installation & Construction

Inground Pool Warranties: Critical Questions to Ask Your Builder

Okay, let's cut to the chase.  Although as a pool guy this seems crazy to me, the following is an accurate portrayal of the entire conversation most folks considering an inground pool have with a potential builder about a very important topic...their warranty:

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Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Installation & Construction

How to Find the Perfect Property for a Future Pool: 5 Valuable Tips!

At River Pools we receive calls on a daily basis from folks who are in the process of looking for a new home or property where they can install a future pool.  They all want to know the same thing: “What should I look for in a property where I can install the pool of my dreams?”  That’s a great question, and we just happen to have some great ponters so let’s dive right in!

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Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Installation & Construction  |  Pool Videos

How NOT to Install Fiberglass Pool Coping...Jobsite Video!

Are you considering a coping upgrade on your new fiberglass pool?  If so, take a minute to check out this video outlining how NOT to install fiberglass pool coping. As you'll see, the video was shot on a job site where paver coping was improperly installed.  We'll look at what was done incorrectly, as well as discuss correct ways to install coping on fiberglass pools.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Installation & Construction  |  Pool Videos

How To Avoid 4 Common Fiberglass Pool Installation Problems [Video]

Let's be honest: Although fiberglass pools are taking the inground pool market by storm in North America, there are still some potential installation problems that continue to pop up in the industry:

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