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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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5 Reasons Why Diving Boards Have Gone the Way of the Dinosaur

If you look back just 10 or 15 years ago in the swimming pool industry, you'll find that roughly 90% of all inground swimming pools had a diving board. But today, the trend has done an almost 180-degree turn. Here at River Pools, we see 5 reasons why diving boards have now practically become extinct.

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Installation & Construction  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Pool Manufacturing Process  |  Swimming Pool Design

Small Inground Pools: Sizes, Shapes, Cost, Pros, & Cons

You know something I think is cute about humans in general? Our love for small things. Think about it! Even if we like the thing itself, we love the tiny version. A pig? Kinda gross. A tiny pig? Awww! A teacup? Classy. A tiny teacup? I need it right now! A house? Fine. A tiny house? Perfect! A cat or dog? Beautiful. A kitten or puppy? I want to die of happiness!

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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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Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How to Choose a Pet-Friendly Pool

A lot of people with medium-sized pets like to let them play in the pool. Have a dog? Sheep? Llama? Small horse? They might be interested!

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Are Deep End/Diving Pools Really a Good Idea?

For my family, a diving board is a runway. It's all very dramatic. We waddle like penguins, strut like models, wave like royalty, and stroll like oblivious pedestrians...and then drop into the deep end of the pool, still “walking.” 

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

Freeform Fiberglass Pools: Comparisons and Ratings

Are you in the market for a freeform fiberglass pool and looking for the perfect model for your family? You aren't alone. As manufacturers and installers of inground fiberglass swimming pools, we at River Pools have a unique determination to help homeowners (like you!) to find your perfect pool—whether that means choosing us or not.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design

What's the Best Concrete Pool Design for Your Needs?

Every pool owner has different goals. This affects the design—pools don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) one-size-fits-all. You can customize concrete pools to fit almost any look you like, which is a huge advantage for this pool type. However, most don’t vary that much.

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Greco Survey Results Are In: Real Feedback From Real Customers!

One of the things that keeps business fresh and exciting for us here at River Pools is our desire to constantly improve. We have found this requires getting into the mind of our clients—to see our brand, our products, and ultimately the overall experience that we provide from the perspective of our customers. We recently conducted a survey of our clients who purchased our Greco (G36) pool, and the results were so compelling I thought it would make good food for thought for those trying to decide which pool model is right for them.

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Swimming Pool Design Guide: Friendly Advice From A Pro!

Are you looking for inspiration for your new backyard pool? Awesome! After helping hundreds of folks in Virginia and Maryland design and build their dream pool over the years, we would like to help you get your project off on the right foot. But if you're like most people, the prospect of finding the perfect pool can seem daunting. Well, you're in luck, because today we're going to walk you through a simple step-by-step process to finding the right pool shape, size, and features for your backyard space. Let's jump right in!

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Design Guides

Freeform Pools 101: Designs, Cost, and Construction Questions Answered

If you are in the market for an inground pool, whether fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner, one of the first things you're likely to consider is the shape of the pool you'd like in your backyard. Being that you're reading this article, there's a good chance you're interested in a freeform or curvy shaped pool. You likely have some questions about freeform pools such as: 

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Small Pools 101: Shapes, Dimensions, Features And Other Considerations

If you are considering an inground pool and have limited space to work with, you're likely thinking that a small pool could be the way to go. Today we're going to discuss some of the major questions we receive on a daily basis here at River Pools from folks who think that a small pool might be the best option for their backyard. Let's jump right in!   What Are the Dimensions or Sizes of Small Pools? We consider small pools to be up to 26' long and up to 12' or 13' wide. If this is too small for you, perhaps a medium pool (up to 34' long and 14' wide) would be a better fit. Then there are always large pools, which can be 40' or even longer.

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