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River Pools & Spas Blog

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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Sliding Deck Pool Covers: Cost, Designs, Pros & Cons

Let’s face it - the swimming pool cover is rarely as pretty as the pool itself. They make having a pool safer for your family and the neighborhood, but you lose all of that yard space when the pool is covered up...not to mention that some pool covers can be an eyesore. That is unless you have a sliding deck pool cover.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Options and Accessories

Inground Saltwater Pool Cost: Salt, Cells, Generators, and More

We’ll be upfront with you - a saltwater pool costs about as much as a traditional chlorine pool. If that’s what you were looking for, feel free to exit this page. If, however, you’d like to learn more about saltwater pool costs, keep reading because we’re going to cover all angles of this topic.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Options and Accessories

4 Things to Consider Before Establishing Your Pool Budget

You’ve finally decided that want to install an inground pool on your property. Now what? Like most home improvement projects, installing an inground swimming pool can add tremendous value to your home. However, it can also be a hefty investment if you don’t know how to set a realistic budget. At River Pools, we install inground fiberglass pools for a wide range of customers every year. For some, the budget is an afterthought, and for others, it’s a crucial factor. Before you make any big purchases, it’s important that you understand your finances, carefully research your options, and create a plan to help you pick the best pool package for your home.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories

A Complete Review of ecoFINISH for Swimming Pools

Looking for a new finish for your swimming pool? If tile, plaster, or aggregate aren’t your jam, you still have a few other options. One viable option that we sometimes recommend is ecoFINISH. You might have heard of it before, so we want to help you learn more about it and explain how it works.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

What is Pool Epoxy Paint? Cost, Maintenance, and More

One of the main things that you have to consider when choosing an inground pool is the interior finish. You’ve got a lot of options for this part, but which one is the best? You want it to transform your pool into an oasis, a relaxing space that makes you forget the responsibilities waiting outside the water. With that in mind, you don’t want something that just looks nice. You probably want something that’s easy to maintain and lasts for years. At River Pools, we’ve worked in the swimming pool business for many years and know all about swimming pool finishes and their pros and cons.

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Options and Accessories

Your Swimming Pool Color Options: Concrete, Vinyl Liner, and Fiberglass

One of the really cool parts of buying your own inground pool is that you get to pick the pool color. That’s right. Not all swimming pools have to be white or blue. Swimming pools of all types are finished in a wide range of colors like green, grey, and even black.

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Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

What Is an In-Floor Pool Cleaning System? How It Works, Cost, Pros, and Cons

Everyone looks forward to swimming in their pool, but who looks forward to cleaning it? Okay, some of you like cleaning the pool (maybe even you), but most people find pool cleaning to be a chore and would rather have someone or something else do it for them.

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A Quick Guide to Pool Patio Furniture and Outdoor Living Spaces

Did you know that most pool owners spend 70-90% of their time around the pool rather than in it? When you consider that the swimming season only lasts a few months out of the year, designing an outdoor living space that is functional and nice to look at becomes much more important.  But what are your options when it comes to pool patio furniture and decorating your outdoor living space? 

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How to Extend Wi-Fi to Your Pool Deck or Outdoor Living Space

Lying on your lounger by the pool requires a few important essentials: sunglasses, a drink, a book, and something to browse the internet with. Let’s be honest, you’ll quickly tire of squinting to read the book and inevitably move to your phone or tablet. Why? To post pictures, check e-mail, peruse the internet, watch a show, listen to a podcast, or shop. But what happens when you’re lounging with your feet in the water taking a video on Snapchat and it doesn’t go through? You load Facebook...nada. E-mail? You just see that little circle loading thing.

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Options and Accessories  |  Patio and Coping

Pool Patio Ideas and Options: A Personalized Guide

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about the perfect swimming pool? When it comes to your own inground pool, chances are you already know the exact dimensions that you want, the shape, the type, and even the features that you want your swimming pool to have.

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