One of the biggest debates that pool shoppers have during the process of building their swimming pool is which type of concrete to use for their patio. There are many, many types of patios that can go around a swimming pool: brushed concrete, stamped concrete, pavers, stone, brick, overlays, etc. This article will solely focus on helping you to understand the pros and cons to brushed (aka broomed) vs. stamped. By so doing, you will be able to make the best choice for you and your family.
Let me just say...if you’re reading this article, it’s pretty safe to say you have good taste. How do I know? Because if you’re researching pool coping, you already know you want something special. Am I right?
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.
I speak with pool shoppers in Virginia and Maryland, as well as across the country. One of the questions I'm most often confronted with: How big should our pool be? This is certainly an important question to ask. The pool's size and shape has no means of being pulled, stretched, or even shrunk after it's in the ground. The decision needs to be correct the first time, as there is no turning back. So how does one know what size to choose? How do I choose the right pool size for my family? Who are the pool's main users? How often will they likely use the pool? Does anyone plan on doing laps in the pool? How much patio would I like to have around the pool? What objects (grills, furniture, etc.) would I like to fit on the patio? What are the pool's setbacks off the house and property lines? How often do we plan on entertaining? What is the likely number of people at our gatherings? Will our family change size in the coming years?
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.
The following is a guest article from Bill Michaels at Patterned Concrete. Nothing beats that “fresh, new look.” Unfortunately, too many things in life lose their luster if not properly cared for. That can be the case even for something as stable as stamped concrete, but it doesn’t have to be. Your new installation is beautiful, whether it's your patio, walkway or even indoor surface. With proper care it can keep up its appearance and luster for many years.
“A patio around the pool.” Sure. No problem. Sounds simple, right? Until you start thinking size, and shape, and materials, and money… Yuck. Details. The devil’s in ’em. But we at River Pools are here to help! We want to clear out the mess and the stress so that you can make the best pool decision for you and your family. We specialize in fiberglass pools, sure, but no matter what pool type you choose in the end, we provide all the information on all the aspects, good and bad.
It was a blistering July day in Virginia. The heat index was 108 degrees, there was a heat advisory in effect, and we were sitting around the office discussing what an enlightening experience it is for potential clients who decide to make the trip to visit our inground pool park in Warsaw. Dan Dunn, our sales manager, mentioned how he not only takes time to show the different types of patio options featured in the pool park, but he actually has his clients remove their shoes to feel the temperature difference between the various patio materials. Immediately a light bulb went off in my mind and I said, "Video!"
Are you considering installing pavers around your inground pool?
If you are considering an inground pool, you've probably noticed there a lot of decisions to make! From the type of pool, to options and accessories, to the type of patio and coping; all of these details impact the look and feel of your finished pool...as well as your budget. One detail that may not initially stand out is the pool coping, or material that borders the perimeter of the pool. In the video below, we discuss a particular type of coping called cantilevered concrete coping.