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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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Pool Design Guides  |  Tanning Ledges

How Deep Should a Tanning Ledge Be?

Gone are the days of either lying next to the pool or standing in it. Enter the tanning ledge: a place where you can actually lie down in the pool, with or without furniture (and without having to hold your breath!). If you don't know what a tanning ledge is (some call it a baja shelf, sun shelf, or tanning shelf), think of it as a very shallow zone in or next to the main pool where you can relax and keep cool.

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Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

Shipping Container Pools: The Essential Pros and Cons

They’re cheap, they’re stylish, they look cool...so what’s the catch? We agree that shipping container pools are awesome, but like anything else in life, they don’t offer a one-size-fits-all type of experience. Some people are attracted to all that the shipping container design has to offer, while others would not be able to meet their needs with this type of pool.

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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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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides

How Deep Are Fiberglass Pools?

Fiberglass pools come in many different sizes and shapes. Back in the 1970s and '80s, you were limited in the selection of sizes and shapes of fiberglass pools. Fiberglass pools came in two colors, white and powder blue. But today there are a wide variety of fiberglass pools to choose from, including a wide variety of colors to pick from. This is due to more people getting into the manufacturing of fiberglass pools and the advancements that have been made in the gel coat industry.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides

4 Inground Pool Options That Are Trending In 2019

What's hot in the world of inground pools today? Here at River Pools, we help hundreds of inground pool clients plan and design their dream pools each year. This allows us to keep a pulse on the options, accessories, and features that are trending in the inground pool marketplace. And today we want to share this with you!

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

Stamped vs. Brushed/Broomed Concrete for Swimming Pools: Which is Better?

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.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides

Is a Swimming Pool Worth All that Money? 5 Points to Ponder

I was at an appointment recently with a customer who asked a question that I've heard so many times before. In the midst of her struggle to justify a swimming pool purchase, this is what she said:  It's a tough call, Marcus. We are just not sure if we should take the plunge... I just wonder if a swimming pool is worth the money we are going to put into it?

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

Inground Pool Coping: Idea and Cost Guide!

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?

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Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides

How to Choose the Right Swimming Pool Size for You and Your Family

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?

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Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

How to Customize a Fiberglass Pool

One of the big concerns about fiberglass pools is that they aren't "customizable" the way vinyl liner and concrete pools are—the pool shell itself is pre-made in a factory, and you're limited to existing designs. But in reality? Everything else is customizable, even down to the pool color and features. What you do with color, tile, elevation, water features, and more will dramatically change the look of your pool. River Pools manufactures and installs fiberglass pools every day, so we know quite a bit about this. Our designers work with each client to create a unique aesthetic that's perfect for that family.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

7 Pool Extras That Won't Break the Budget

Take a deep breath with me, and think back on the last time you had extra money left over in your budget. Wasn't it great? For me, it was when I had euros left over at the end of my Scotland trip—can't use them here in the US, so I ran around the Glasgow airport with my girlfriend and spent them on overpriced souvenirs. The memory alone warms my heart. The spare money is especially great when your budget is for a big purchase, such as a house or, hey, a pool. Let's be real: when you're first nailing down the project, you pass on a few things that you secretly want, for the sake of Responsibility And Budgeting. But happy day! You can use this newfound wiggle room to pick up those super awesome things. Pools are a big investment, so we're discussing proportionally affordable add-ons—about $2,000 or less.

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