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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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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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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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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  |  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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Cost and Pricing  |  Installation & Construction  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

Fiberglass Pool Coping: Paver vs. Cantilevered Concrete

One of the most under-utilized options for fiberglass pools (in my opinion) is the coping material.  Many people assume that cantilevered concrete coping is the only alternative…simply not so.  The purpose of this article is to outline the two most popular types of coping on fiberglass pools (at least in our area).  These are paver coping, or what could be considered brick coping, and cantilevered concrete coping.  We’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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11 Simple Ways to Enhance the Look of Your Backyard Swimming Pool Oasis

Although there are certainly many ways to dress up an inground swimming pool, I wanted to write a brief list showing 11 things (just about all of which are shown in the video) you may consider to dress up the overall appearance of your backyard ‘poolscape’. Keep in mind that as you read the following ideas they are just that—ideas, and by no means a requisite to having a beautiful pool in your backyard. As I always say, it’s better to have a pool in your backyard without all the options you wanted, than it is to have a beautiful pool with every option you ever dreamed of...in your head…and not in your backyard.

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Attention Fiberglass Pool Shoppers: 26 Things You Must Know Before Breaking Ground!

If you want a crash course on the finer details of a fiberglass pool installation then you've come to the right place.  Contained in this article are points of a fiberglass pool project that are NOT frequently covered on the internet, or possibly even in your backyard with your contractor, but are absolutely essential to a successful installation.  These are the things you absolutely should know before the first piece of equipment shows up. 

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How to Pour Concrete Coping around a Fiberglass Pool [Video]

One of the biggest factors in the success of a fiberglass pool project is the proper forming and pouring of the concrete patio. The absolute best way to achieve maximum structural integrity, as well as aesthetics, is to use cantilever forms. But as we've talked about many times in this blog, the reality is that many fiberglass pool builders have not yet fully grasped this construction technique.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Options and Accessories  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

5 Ways to Make Your Pool Project More Affordable in 2019

Okay, so the economy is back on track and everyone seems to be flourishing. This doesn't change the fact that just about every pool shopper has a budget. As a pool guy, I get this. And that's what this article is all about. I've personally assisted over 1200 people in their inground pool purchase.  The concept of meeting a budget but also being happy with one's decisions can be a fine balance. To start you off, our cost and pricing guide for inground swimming pools compares the pricing for concrete, vinyl liner, and fiberglass pools. On top of that, I have 5 suggestions for how you can stay within your pool budget. How to save money with your swimming pool purchase in 2019 Wait on the heater Add more patio later Size isn't everything Plumb for the slide or water feature Install the cover at the end of the season

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

Top 5 Vinyl Liner Pool Problems and Solutions

Vinyl liner swimming pools make up a significant portion of the swimming pool market in the United States, with a very large majority built in the Northeastern segment of the country. Often when someone is considering the purchase of such a pool, they are confronted with a few important decisions regarding some potential issues and problems that come with this structure. This article will explain some of these issues as well as the corresponding remedies.

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