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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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What Is a Cocktail Pool? Designs, Dimensions, Cost, and More

If you’re looking for a cozy spot that brings life to your home, a cocktail pool can do the job. They’re a lot smaller than your standard pool, but that’s what some people love about them. Cocktail pools have tons of benefits: they’re ideal for entertaining in small spaces, they can be affordable, and they are more environmentally friendly than large pools. But are they really worth the money?

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Tanning Ledges

Should You Get a Tanning Ledge? (Infographic)

How would you feel if we told you that there is a feature that could double the usefulness of your swimming pool? We know that you’re not spending thousands of dollars on your pool just to stare at it (although swimming pools are beautiful things!). The feature we’re talking about puts you back in the pool for all the activities you would traditionally do poolside.

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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

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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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Do Fiberglass Pools Look Cheap?

Once upon a time, fiberglass technology was in its infancy. Fiberglass pools often looked plain or cheap, simply because technology hadn't advanced very far yet. However, with time, science, and a passion for splashin', modern fiberglass pool manufacturers have blown those outdated appearances out of the water. Today’s fiberglass pools are elegant and stylish, fitting beautifully into any backyard landscape.

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

Coolest Pool Tile Options for 2019

My mom is big on interior design, and her most recent project is redoing the tile on her kitchen wall. It wasn’t old-fashioned or broken, but she likes everything to be up-to-date and looking its best. In the same way, for fiberglass pools, tile is a matter of taste, not necessity. Here at River Pools, it’s important to us that you get the pool you want. Some customers love tile, and we’re happy to put it on. Others choose to save the money toward other features and accessories. There’s no wrong option!

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What is the Best Small Pool Design for a Small Yard?

With real-estate being a premium even in difficult economies, many backyards today simply don't have a whole lot of space. This being said, just because you have a small backyard doesn't mean you shouldn't consider installing an inground swimming pool. In fact, a small yard can really flourish with the addition of a small pool design and all it has to offer. This article will discuss some of the common questions associated with installing an inground swimming pool in a small backyard.

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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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Cost and Pricing  |  Finding A Pool Contractor  |  Patio and Coping  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Design

How Do I Make Sure My Pool Is Right for Me?

Most people shopping for a pool think that they know just what they want. For example, 90% of the people who want a diving board think they need it. But after education on the pros and cons of a diving board, only 10% of those people will still get a diving board. You're spending a lot of money on this swimming pool investment. You expect that the person that you invite into your home will be an informed professional and have your best interest at heart. In reality the person who shows up will probably be a salesperson trying to earn a commission that will feed his family or lifestyle. That's what is in his/her best interest, not yours. All too often, the homeowner says, "I want a pool this size and a deck this big," and the salesperson quotes them on what they ask for. It's far easier to sell a pool when the homeowner knows what they want, so why rock the boat? That's the mentality of most salespeople today. The problem: in most cases, what the homeowner thinks they want, and what they really want, are two different things.  

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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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