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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  |  Installation & Construction  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

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

Most of us have been around vinyl liner pools at one time or another. (For example, my grandparents have one. I now know that they needed to replace the liner years ago. Don't blame the grandkids for rusted wall panels, Nana.) But personal experience doesn't necessarily mean someone knows the details. Curious about the basics?  Here at River Pools, we worked exclusively with them for years before we discovered and fell madly in love with fiberglass pools. We’re all about making information available to you and easy to understand. That includes all types of pools.

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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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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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Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

3 Types of Steps for an Inground Vinyl Liner Pool

As tempting as it may be sometimes, you’re not allowed to leave people stranded in your pool. There are laws against that. Swimmers need a way to get out of the water, so you need a ladder at least, if not actual steps, and you have to include them in your design from the beginning.

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Installation & Construction  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

Vermiculite vs. Grout Vinyl Liner Pool Bottom: Which Is Better?

Planning a new vinyl liner pool and unsure what to do with the floor? Although River Pools now specializes in fiberglass pools, we started out working only with vinyl liner pools, and we want to share our knowledge so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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