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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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Dark Bottom Pools: Colors, Materials, FAQ

A dark bottom pool is a swimming pool that has a dark surface, like deep blue, gray, or black. These pool designs have been around for decades, but they have only recently become a widespread trend. In fact, we've seen a considerable increase in dark bottom pool color requests from our customers over the last several years (we manufacture fiberglass pools and spas). If you're on the fence about your pool color or are strongly considering a dark bottom pool, keep reading.

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Can You Put an Inground Pool in a Small Backyard?

Is your backyard super tiny? Is it more of a courtyard than a backyard? If you are dreaming of getting an inground pool but think your backyard is too small, you've come to the right place.

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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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Saltwater Pools FAQ

Fun fact: Saltwater crocodiles are the largest living reptiles in the world. They can grow up to 23 feet long and weigh over 2,000 pounds.   But we're not here to talk about crocodiles. We're here to talk about saltwater pools.    As fiberglass pool manufacturers who work with a network of installers across the country, we can confirm that saltwater pools are growing more and more popular every year.    While public opinion clearly supports installing or switching to a salt system, people still have a ton of questions. 

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Small Inground Pools FAQ

Which is better: a small inground pool or a large inground pool? Why do you think so?   If you said that large inground pools are better, here’s a little known secret for you: small inground pools come with a longer list of advantages than large inground pools.  

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Pools: Costs, Considerations, FAQs

Are you finally ready to install an inground pool? If you are, you might find yourself having the discussion of indoor vs. outdoor pools. As fiberglass pool manufacturers, we know that most pool shoppers go down that road, even if it's just for a brief moment. If you're currently in the middle of this debate, we want to help you decide which is right for you so that you can know without a doubt that you are building the pool of your dreams.

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Can You Build a Pool in the Winter or Fall?

Are you waiting for summer to buy your inground pool? If you are, you're not alone. As fiberglass pool manufacturers who have installed thousands of swimming pools, we find that most people put off their inground pool shopping until spring or summer. After all, swimming may not be the first thing on your mind when you're huddled over your space heater sipping a pumpkin spice latte. As a result, pool builders get an influx of customers right when spring and summer roll around. What does this mean for you? 

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Shopping for an Inground Swimming Pool in Virginia? Here Are 7 Things You Should Know

Buying an inground swimming pool is the same no matter where you live, right? Actually, buying and installing a swimming pool in Virginia can be a totally different experience than installing one in, say, Texas or Utah. The state you live in can often mean additional costs to build your pool, whether that’s due to local regulations or the nature of your landscape.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Should You Buy a Fiberglass Pool? (Infographic)

Have you been contemplating getting a fiberglass pool? Maybe you’ve already explored the pros and cons of going with fiberglass and have compared it to other inground pool options, or maybe you already know that you like fiberglass, but you’re still not 100% sure. If you have any reservations about getting a fiberglass pool, we’re here to help you out.

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What is Pool Epoxy Paint? Cost, Maintenance, and More

One of the main things that you have to consider when choosing an inground pool is the interior finish. You’ve got a lot of options for this part, but which one is the best? You want it to transform your pool into an oasis, a relaxing space that makes you forget the responsibilities waiting outside the water. With that in mind, you don’t want something that just looks nice. You probably want something that’s easy to maintain and lasts for years. At River Pools, we’ve worked in the swimming pool business for many years and know all about swimming pool finishes and their pros and cons.

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Swimming Pool Placement: How Far Should Your Pool Be From the Water?

Disclaimer: This quick guide is designed to help you figure out where you should build your pool if you live near a body of water like a lake, river, or on the beach.  Although we can provide a general overview of what you need to know, the distance that your pool needs to be from the water will also vary depending on your state, county, and zoning regulations, so be sure to keep that in mind. If, however, you’re looking for some information on swimming pool placement in general or if you want to learn about the first steps towards getting a swimming pool, click here. For those of you who need to find out where to place your pool if you live near a body of water, you’re in luck.

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