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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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Everything You Need to Know About Pool Waterfalls

Humans are hard-wired for waterfalls. A visit to natural falls is often the highlight of any trip. Artificial waterfalls can make the difference between a ho-hum experience and something unforgettable, whether you encounter in a restaurant, a front yard, or next to a well-built backyard pool.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Installation & Construction  |  Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

COVID and Swimming Pools: Building Your Perfect Pool in a Pandemic

Thinking about adding some splash to your backyard with a new 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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Options and Accessories  |  Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

12 Outdoor Living Space Accessories to Add to Your Home

Why have this…

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Options and Accessories  |  Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

16 Pool Fence Ideas That Will Upgrade Your Yard

So you're getting that beautiful swimming pool and now you're asking yourself, "OK, what type of fencing should I choose? Which is best for me? How do I get the protection I want without sacrificing the look and feel of my wonderful backyard?"

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Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping  |  Swimming Pool Design

Pool Retaining Walls for Sloped Yards: Cost, Materials, and More

Few yards are perfectly flat. (Well, maybe in Ohio, which is so flat I can see Cincinnati from Toledo. But in normal places, no.)  Some yards have only a teeny-tiny grade (2 ft. or less), so pool builders can grade the dirt off the patio to compensate for the difference.  However, not every situation is so simple. When you have a big slope, you need a big solution. How will you keep the water from running onto the pool deck? How will you keep the pool in place? Enter retaining walls, stage left.

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Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping  |  Swimming Pool Design

The Best and Worst Plants to Use in Pool Landscaping

Some of us (like my friend Ed and my mother) have a green thumb. Some of us (like me) have a black thumb. I either over-water or under-water any houseplants I try to nurture; low-maintenance succulents are the best I can manage, and even that is hit or miss. When you're planning the plants to put around your pool, you'll of course want to pick the prettiest species. But hold your horses! Yes, beauty is important, but there are more strategic elements you need to consider too.

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Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

Retaining Walls For Pools 101: Types, Prices, And Features

If you're interested in purchasing an inground pool and you have a sloped backyard, then you've probably considered incorporating a retaining wall into your design.  In the following video, we'll cover the most popular questions people have about retaining walls around inground pools.  Here's what we'll be discussing:

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Retaining Walls, Fence, and Landscaping

Retaining Walls for Swimming Pools

When does a pool need a retaining wall?  One of the biggest challenges that I run into when I show up at someone’s home to lay the pool off is the grade of their yard. I rarely walk into someone’s back yard and discover that it is completely flat. Sometimes, I find that with some extra gravel and some creative backfilling we can get by without the extra expense of walls. Sometimes, walls can really add to the aesthetics of the pool when incorporated properly.

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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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Inground Pool Elevation: How High Should I Set My Pool?

We are frequently asked the question: What is the correct elevation or height to set an inground pool?  First off, we need to understand why setting the pool at the right elevation is so important.  Choosing the right elevation will ensure the pool does three things: Drains properly Looks pleasing to the eye Works with the grade of the yard as much as possible (and thus not spending “invisible money”)

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