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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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What are the Best Swimming Apps and Pool Fitness Trackers for 2021?

People get swimming pools for many reasons… but just about everyone who gets a pool installed in their backyard hopes to swim fairly often.

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14 Cheap Pool Accessories to Upgrade Your Budget Inground Pool

Are you in the stages of planning a budget pool project? Did you know that there are many cheap pool accessories that you can add to make the pool a little bit more enjoyable and easy to maintain? If you're trying to keep your costs low, we get it. Here at River Pools, we manufacture fiberglass pools and speak with inground pool shoppers every day. Many of the thrifty pool buyers who reach out to us make it clear that they want just the pool, plumbing, and patio without any bells and whistles. Maybe you're also looking for the basics and nothing more. But if you haven't explored all of your options when it comes to pool accessories because you think it will cost too much, we encourage you to at least research your options before you build. To make that simple for you, we rounded up a list of the top affordable pool accessories to consider adding to your budget inground pool project (and we promise they won't break the bank). Let's jump in!

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Pool Safety Equipment: Prices, Uses, Tips

When you have a swimming pool on your property, there are few things more important than safety. The value of pool safety increases if you have children or pets, or if you live in a neighborhood where children reside. As a new pool owner, that means you'll have to consider investing in some pool safety equipment to ensure the continued security of your pool area. 

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Poolside Fire Pit Ideas, Types, Reviews

Have you ever been blasted by a cold breeze just as you were climbing out of the swimming pool? Did you think about jumping back in just to get warm again? If you've been swimming on a cool and breezy day, we're guessing that you know what we're talking about. While shivering in a beach towel is a small price to pay for swimming in less than ideal weather, we want you to know that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, getting out of the pool can be just as pleasant as getting in it. Enter the poolside fire pit. 

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How to Buy a Pool Cover: Sizing, Types, Prices

As we take our last dips in the pool and start deflating our giant pizza slices and rainbow unicorn floats, we are reminded that all good things must come to an end.    At least until next summer.    Within a few weeks, it will be time to close up your sparkling oasis and say goodbye for the winter.    And if you don’t want your pool to become a swampy mess until then, you might want to consider adding a pool cover. 

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What is a Pool Chiller? Prices, Types, FAQ

Have you ever jumped into a pool expecting it to be cool and refreshing only to discover that the water is hot? That's exactly when you need a pool chiller. Many people write-off pool chillers, thinking that their pool water won't get hot enough for one. While this can be the case in certain climates, it certainly is not the rule. As fiberglass pool manufacturers who offer installation services, we are constantly asked how to cool down pool water. Although there are a few other things that you can do (like adding shade or running your filter at night), our best answer is always to invest in a good pool chiller.

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How Much Do Inground Pool Covers Cost?

Fun fact: Some states virtually demand that inground pool owners have a pool cover. Others are less picky.   In certain situations, pool shoppers are even required to cough up the cash for an automatic pool cover during the pool's construction (we're experienced fiberglass pool manufacturers and contractors, and we see this from time to time).    Needing a pool cover is not necessarily a bad thing, though. 

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25 Small Inground Pool Ideas for All Budgets

Inground pools aren’t just for people with big yards and big budgets. Actually, some of the coolest projects we’ve worked on have been with small swimming pool models. While there are tons of reasons why you may want a small inground pool, we’ve discovered over the years as fiberglass pool manufacturers that people prefer small inground pools because they tend to cost less and fit in most spaces.

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Inground Pool Slides: Costs, Types, Safety

If we've learned anything during our many years in the swimming pool industry, it's this: Kids LOVE swimming pools, no matter the type, size, or cost. Throw in a couple of pool toys, and they won't get out for the rest of the summer. Add a pool slide, and the pool practically becomes Disneyland. 

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Swimming Pool Heaters: Types, Costs, Pros & Cons

Picture this: It’s a beautiful, warm day. The sun is shining, your sparkling pool is open, and you’re ready for a swim. You dip your toe in the water and jump back in horror. Despite the warm weather, the water is ice cold. Most of us have experienced this in our own pools (or in community pools) on days that otherwise seem like the perfect time to swim.

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