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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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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Maintenance

How to Maintain Stamped Concrete

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.

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Options and Accessories  |  Patio and Coping

What Are the Best Materials for a Pool Patio?

“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.

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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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Patio and Coping

How Hot Do Swimming Pool Patios Get? Temperature Comparison

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!"

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Videos

Inground Swimming Pool Pavers 101 [Video]

Are you considering installing pavers around your inground pool?  

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Videos

Cantilevered Coping for Inground Pools: Pros, Cons, & Installation [Video]

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.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Patio and Coping

Fiberglass Pools Installation Trends Of 2014

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Videos

Ultimate Fiberglass Pool vs Vinyl Liner Pool Video!

In the following video you’ll see an existing vinyl liner pool that we converted to fiberglass.  The most amazing aspect of this entire project is that the dilapidated vinyl pool you're about to see is only 15 years old…and it’s already gone through 3 liners!  

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Options and Accessories  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Pool Videos  |  Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

10 Hottest Inground Pool Options and Accessories [Video]

In the market for an inground pool? If so, you're certainly looking for the options and accessories that best meet your needs.  Let's discuss 10 of the most popular and innovative pool options in the pool industry today! You'll learn why they are gaining in popularity and ballpark costs for each.  

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Installation & Construction  |  Patio and Coping

Deck/Patio Drainage For Inground Swimming Pools 101

We are frequently asked questions about deck drainage for inground pools.

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Videos

Pavers and Fiberglass Swimming Pools: A 2011 Slideshow

In the last year or so, we at River Pools and Spas have done more paver patios than ever before with our fiberglass pool installations. With their elegant look, customized design, plus the fact that they never crack, pavers are becoming more and more popular as a patio choice amongst swimming pool consumers.

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