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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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Pool Design Guides

Swimming Pool Design Guide: Friendly Advice From A Pro!

Are you looking for inspiration for your new backyard pool? 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.

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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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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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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!

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides

What is the Best Rectangular Fiberglass Pool Design?

If you are in the market for a rectangular fiberglass pool, you’re probably wondering which design will best meet the needs of your family. After working with hundreds of fiberglass pool customers since 2001, we’ve basically found that there are five factors that influence which rectangular pool design might make one option a better fit for your family than another. We're going to discuss each of these elements in this article, so here goes!

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Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Pool Videos

Don't Believe Concrete Pools Are a Maintenance Nightmare? Watch This Video!

Of the hundreds of questions we are asked on a daily basis, the most common is probably this: "What are the differences between concrete and fiberglass pools?" It's a great question and there are many differences, but there's one in particular that fiberglass pool owners love to talk about:  fiberglass pools are extremely low maintenance.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides

Choosing the Right Fiberglass Pool for You and Your Family

The purchase of a swimming pool is a huge investment. Buying a pool is not like buying a car; it is more like adding on an addition to your home. Most people purchase their first car before they are 18 years old and they do so with the help of a family member. During your lifetime you will purchase many cars where on the other hand you will probably only purchase one pool. Also when purchasing a car you can get quite a bit of advice from quite a few people, because almost everyone you know has owned more than one car. The same is not true with a pool. Even when talking with someone who has had or has a pool does not guarantee good advice, because that person has probably only owned one pool, which means that their knowledge is limited to just that.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Pool Videos

Is Any Backyard Too Challenging for a Fiberglass Pool? Epic Video!

When I first walked into the backyard of Chuck and Kristian Todd in Arlington, Virginia, my first thought was, "If this is going to happen, it'll have to be interesting."  In the end, it turned out to be quite interesting indeed, as you'll see in the following before and after video. 

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Pool Design Guides

The Best Inground Fiberglass Swimming Pools/Designs of 2013

In the past, we at River Pools and Spas have taken the time to recognize the different advances and developments in the fiberglass pool industry over the years, many of which have been the most read articles on this blog to date. So as 2013 is now here, we felt it time to discuss the best inground fiberglass swimming pool designs we’re seeing in terms of functionality and creativity in 2013. Also, as a side note, this article is not about the quality of the included manufacturers, but rather our opinions on their designs. Here goes!

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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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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Design Guides

5 Fiberglass Pool Benefits to Consider in Your Pool Purchase

When someone is considering the purchase of an inground swimming pool, there are many factors that will dictate whether they choose fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner. And although each type of pool has its own pros and cons, this article will discuss 5 main benefits to owning an inground fiberglass swimming pool.

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