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How to hire a swimming pool contractor

So you’ve decided you’re interested in installing a pool at your home. Congratulations! Swimming pools will bring hours and hours of enjoyment for you and those who matter the most. But like anything that’s worth doing, there’s a process to things and of course the next big step you’ll have to make is hiring someone to do the actual work of installing the pool.

But what do you look for? What kinds of credentials are the most meaningful? What are the must haves vs. the nice to haves? Today, we’re here to answer those questions for you. Here are some of the things you need to consider when hiring a contractor to build your swimming pool. Let’s jump right in.

Reviews and recommendations

The best place to start is simply word of mouth. Start by finding a few companies that have great reviews and locals who can testify as to the quality of their work. Not only is this valuable for vetting your candidates – but it’s even more valuable to talk to people who’ve been through the process. You never know what you’ll learn from their experience that can help make yours go more smoothly. 

And when you interview companies like ours – ask us lots of questions; especially about our experience. For example, what are some examples of unexpected costs? How long does it take? How will we communicate? This will help you get the best possible start. 

Licenses and insurance

Anyone who doesn’t have proper licenses and insurance are a full-stop, no-go. Law dictates that people who build pools must be properly insured and licensed. Never hire companies that are off the grid. 

This is important because even the best companies make mistakes. Or some hidden pipe or line that wasn’t detected below the surface gets hit. Mistakes and accidents happen even with some of the most thorough and respected companies – so making sure they’ve got the backup to address problems when they arise is crucial. A wrong call, and it could end up costing you thousands in repairs. 

Warranties 

Everyone – from the contractor to you, yourself – want this installation to go smoothly. And trust us on our end – we want the pool to do everything it’s supposed to – from the pumps to the heaters – until the end of time. However, things CAN go wrong and look, we live in Florida. Insane things can happen! Making sure that you’re fully warrantied is important because if something big an expensive goes unexpectedly, you’re covered. It’s only right that the big investments you make come with warranties – so make sure your contractor offers them and specifically details what’s in them, how long they work and above all else – read the fine print. 

Stick to your budget

If a contractor can’t work within your budget, it’s time to take them off the list. If you’re dealing with a company that’s there to immediately upsell you, shut the conversation down. They’re not looking out for you. Now of course, there are nuanced exceptions to that rule. For example – maybe a few hundred bucks extra gets you a much better heater, or maybe the liner is something you want to consider spending a little extra on. Those things are fine; but when you want the straight-forward design and he’s selling you waterfalls and mountains – it’s best to find someone else. 

Finding the right fit for you is important. You are the center of the process, so take your time, don’t rush things and be thorough. It’s better to be over prepared than not be prepared at all. Hopefully these tips give you some guidelines as to what you need to do and help take a little stress out of the process. If you’d like some more guidance, give us a call today and we’ll help you walk through things. Good luck!

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New Year’s Resolutions for your Swimming Pool

With the new year now upon us, it’s the perfect time to sit down, reflect on the last year and write down some of the New Year’s Resolutions we’d like to make.

Most people like to focus on personal and financial goals but if you’re a pool owner – there’s always a chance to make the experience a little better! We’re willing to bet there’s something you’ve always been wanting to do as far as your swimming pool is concerned and today – we have a few resolutions for you to consider heading forward.

Here are some of the things that every pool owner should consider for their swimming pool New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s jump right in!

Clean up your surroundings

Falling leaves, dirt and debris are part of owning a pool. Maybe it’s time for you to trim back those shrubs, bushes and trees around your pool so that the debris they create doesn’t end up directly in your pool. Using a leaf net is helpful, but imagine not having to use it all the time.

Swim more often

 After all the food you just blew through this holiday season – this might be a good idea! We jest. But everyone usually has some sort of personal goal in mind – whether it’s getting in better shape, weight loss or just trimming down. And truth be told – there isn’t a better way to do that than through swimming. Swimming is a full body workout that will help melt fat and build muscle and endurance in ways than slaving away at the gym won’t ever do. Swim more and enjoy the boost to your personal health!

A little chemistry

You’d be surprised at how many people we’ve done installs for who don’t understand or know their pool’s water chemistry. And to a degree – we get it. Testing pool water is not only time consuming, but it can get pricey from time to time.

But that being said – it’s important you know how to test your water and what it’s chemical composition is supposed to look like. IN the event something bad happens- you’ll want to know if too many or too few chemicals are to blame or not. Purchase a water test kit at your local supply kit and they come with instructions that are straightforward and easy to follow. It’ll save you lots of time and money in the long run.

Socialize

We feel like we say it every time we share one of these blogs out – but pools are best enjoyed with others; Family, friends – the people who are important to you in your life. It’s also an important component of your overall health. Use your pool the way it was intended – as a place to gather with people and create memories. Host a pool party, a birthday party – or just invite friends over more. You’ll be better for it.

Hopefully these resolutions are helpful and we wish you nothing but good health and happiness in the year to come! Good luck and happy new years!

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Five Gifts For the Pool Lover in Your Life

If you have a pool lover in your life, then the holiday season is the perfect time of year to let them know how much you care by helping them get more out of their pool. From trendy décor to the latest in technology – there’s plenty out there for pool owners to enjoy.

Today, we’re going to talk about just that. Here are some great gift ideas for the pool lover in your family for this holiday season. Let’s jump right in!

Floating speakers

If you’re sitting there wondering if this is real, trust us when we tell you that it is! Floating speakers are blue tooth enabled and have wifi connectivity. They operate on a rechargeable battery that give off fantastic sound both in and out of the pool. And yes, they’re waterproof, too. So if the back yard isn’t hooked up with speakers already – you now have your chance!

Floating loungers

It’s not a relaxing day at the pool unless you have something to lay on – and something to lay on while in the pool makes it even better. The great things about pool loungers is that they’ve evolved a great deal in the last few years – from inflatable versions to full on, wooden, hand-crafted caliber versions. Some are even flat-out outrageous and come in all sorts of weird designs like pizza slices, sea creatures and the like. Long story, short – no matter the person’s speed, preferred method of relaxation or their whacky taste – you’ll be able to fit a lounger that works for them!

Pool games

Time at the pool is best spent with the people who matter the most to us and nothing brings people together like fun and games. In the past – ‘pool games’ were very specific things – a few balls, floating toys, etc. But now they make waterproof playing cards, board games and even floating blackjack and poker tables. There’s even floating putting greens and ping pong tables. So no matter what your flavor of fun so happens to be – there’s something to play!

Workout accessories

We’ve discussed the health benefits of owning a swimming pool numerous times on this blog in the past and not only can you work out on your own in the pool – but there are all sorts of accessories you can give your pool owner that will help them get more out of their workouts. Some of these includes water dumbbells, aquatic joggers and even swimming belts – which allows the user the ability to swim in place without having to worry about taking multiple turns. It goes without saying that there are dozens of new things people can do to stay in shape in their pool.

Pool Décor

It’s always been our experience that our customers love their pool and use them a lot. And as such, certain things will take on a certain degree of wear and tear – whether it’s signage, pool towels, entertainment systems, umbrellas, covers – you name it. With the holidays coming up – it can be a great idea to keep your eyes peeled for anything they own that’s looking a little longer in the tooth than normal and consider purchasing an upgrade or replacement. Gifts like that are always helpful.

 

Hopefully, these ideas will help you get a head start on your holiday shopping this year. Enjoy the holidays, take the time, relax and we’ll be sure to see you soon! Good luck!

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Why your pool is the best place to work out

If you’re the owner of a swimming pool and you’re bored with the gym, we strongly recommend that you consider hitting the pool instead. It’s an amazing calorie burner and depending on your overall body makeup, one hour can burn up to 1,000 calories.

Here are some of the amazing exercise benefits that a pool can offer. Let’s jump right in!

Low-impact exercise

While banging and clanging in the gym is a great way to build muscle and strength – the truth is that traditional gym exercises can take a toll on your body after a while. Even cardio activities like running can put miles on your joints after a while and make it truly difficult to perform in the way and manner that you want.

In the water, you’re basically training in zero-gravity, almost space-like conditions. Not only will you burn calories, but if you’re hurt or injured, it’s perhaps the best place to rehab and/or get exercise without hurting yourself.

Total body workout

Swimming is a full body workout that burns calories like any other fitness routine would. The swimming will not only tone your cardiovascular system, but it’ll help you breathe more efficiently as well – particularly as you build up your endurance. The water will make you feel light, but the reality is that it’s 780 times more dense than air – meaning the pushing and pulling will add up and give your muscles an incredible workout. At the end of the day – that means a workout that tones every part of your body.

Water is incredible for your mood

Swimming will flat-out boost your mood. The same dynamics that help people relax better at the beach apply here. Water for whatever reason – induces a tranquil state that soothes stress and anxiety and more often than not – helps us shed the overstimulation we experience in day to day life. With the natural stress reducers of exercise – pools can really help take the edge off.

There’s more than one way to burn calories

The great thing about exercising in pools is that it doesn’t always have to be laps and strokes. Sometimes, just playing with your kids, family or friends can do the trick. In addition – it’s exercise you can all do together, which sets a great example of them and allows you to spend positive, productive time with them.

So if you’re tired of the hum-drum of the gym, use your pool! In this case, you don’t even have to get in the car. Just jump in, take your laps and enjoy. Good luck!

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What to consider when you remodel your swimming pool

Having your own pool is a great way to entertain, relax with family, friends and the people who matter the most. It’s even an incredible source of exercise. However, over time, your pool will begin to show signs of age, finishing will fade and it might even begin to look a little outdated.

Some of our customers eventually get to a point where they look to remodel their pool. While this is exciting, there are some things everyone should think about before they decide to take the proverbial plunge. Here are a few things every pool owner should think about before taking on an extensive remodel.

Let’s jump right in!

Safety features

When it comes to anything enjoyable, it’s important to take safety into account first. There are so many new pool features out there that can make your swimming pool a safer places – from ladders, railing and fences – to new pool covers, alarms and the like. Think about what your immediate needs are going to be and make sure these get priority. Anyone looking to buy your home will be looking for these things first – so make sure they’re there.

Finances

Pool remodels cost anywhere from a whole lot of money to not much at all – it just depends on the level and depth of the remodel itself. Your price tag will ultimately depend on your location and what you’re getting done. For example, resurfacing won’t cost as much as extensive technology upgrades will; so be sure you have your ducks in a row. Know what you need, what you want and whether you have the funds to get there.

Resurfacing

Styles change – but more importantly – pool surfaces need to be replaced every 20 years or so. In fact, resurfacing is a lot like the roof of your home. It’s just a maintenance thing you’re going to have to do at some point. The type of pool, the lay out, area, finish and damage will all dictate much of the overall cost of the project. When it comes to this upgrade however – we recommend you go with quality over price. The upgrade will last longer and in the long run actually ends up saving you money.

East of use

Pools are awesome but no matter how enthusiastic you are about the fun side of it – you’re flat-out lying if you tell us you enjoy the maintenance. All good things worth having come with work – and pools are no different – but wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to do so much? Well in this case – you might not have to.

You could convert to a salt water system, change out certain equipment or even install that automatic cleaner you wanted the first time but didn’t quite have the funds to afford. It’s upgrades like this that will make the biggest difference – largely because you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time keeping it up and running the right way.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your pool, make sure you give it a significant amount of time to figure out what will give you the best value heading forward. While fun is great- functionality trumps it ten times over – so prioritize those things, first. If you’re looking for some friendly advice, don’t be afraid to give us a call and we can give you a free consultation. Good luck!

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How to prepare your pool for a hurricane

It’s not our favorite talk, but it’s a necessary one that we like to have every now and then – and that’s what to do to prepare your pool if a hurricane is coming. It’s that time of year down here in Oldsmar, and being prepared is just part of life.

Hurricanes can damage homes, businesses and more – including our pools. On top of that, pools can get contaminated by flooding, dirt, mud, silt and other bacteria. If you find yourself anticipating a hurricane, here are some things you can do make sure the problems you deal with are as minimal as possible.

Do not empty your pool

Water provides weight on the pool to keep it in the ground. If it’s empty, hurricanes are strong enough to float or pop pools out of the ground largely due to the ground pressure that develops from all the excessive heavy rains that come with these storms. And believe it or not – even with the risk of contamination – it’s easier to clean up things with water in the pool than without.

Turn off the power

Make sure the entire circuit breaker responsible for the pool’s power is turned off. Motors, lighting, chlorinators and heaters shouldn’t run during a storm.

Store or remove loose items

Chairs, tables, toys and the like can turn into dangerous projectiles if there’s too much wind. Store them inside – away from the storm if possible. Never leave objects in your pool as a means to protect them, either. This could not only damage your items, but also cause major metal staining problems.

Add in extra chlorine

As is the usual case with these things, you’re likely to be dealing with some sort of contaminant when you’re dealing with rain and wind like a hurricane’s. Add some pool shock, power powder plus or some chlor brite pool shock. Throw in some chemical that will also help your pool fight algae as well.

Don’t cover your pool

Hurricanes cause falling branches and launch debris. We’d much rather the branch fall into the water than through your cover and into the water. Prevent unwanted damage by leaving your pool uncovered during a storm.

Wrap up the major electrical equipment

Wrap up your pool’s pump, transformers and electrical heaters with some waterproof plastic. If you’re expecting flooding, then make sure all of these device are unplugged.

 

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us. We’ll help you walk through everything that needs to be done. Until then, thanks for reading and good luck!

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The hidden health benefits of swimming pools part-2

One of the best benefits to owning a swimming pool is that it can do wonders for your health. Not only is it great for your disposition and mental health, but in terms of improving your physical outlook – swimming is as good as it gets.

Whether your goal is to burn calories, lose weight or work on your cardio, owning a swimming pool can help you achieve your goals. Here’s what makes owning a pool such a boon for your health and why swimming is among the best forms of exercise you can get. Let’s jump right in!

Swimming is low impact

Exercise can put a lot of wear and tear on your body. What might be improving one aspect of your body might be hurting the other. For example, while running is great for your cardio, it can also do a number on your knees.

That’s not to say swimming doesn’t come with its own perils, but it’s relatively low-impact – meaning you’ll get the full benefit of the exercise you’re engaging in. There’s a reason astronauts use underwater training and that people with arthritis find it so valuable.

Total body work out

One of the more surprising things about swimming is not just the quality of the workout, but the depth of it. Swimming is truly a total body workout where you’ll exercise an untold number of muscles. From leg muscles (kicking), to your arms and core – you’ll exert a lot of energy everywhere without having to pick up a single weight.

Cardio and strength training in one

Look, we all are on tight schedules these days – and some days it’s just impossible to get in a full gym workout and sometimes you just need a quick fix. Swimming can provide that. Swimming provides you with both strength and cardio benefits – and it can be done quickly and efficiently. You can get an hour’s worth of gym time done in ten minutes if you lay out your routine correctly. That way, your gym time won’t have to be skipped for the day and you can more easily fit it into your schedule.

Water is among the best mood boosters

Medical experts going back to ancient Greece have recommended hydrotherapy for not just your physical well-being, but your mental well-being as well. Water most often soothes stress and anxiety (why do you think most humans like the beach so much?) and also gives you a break from the intense over-stimulation of the modern world. Needless to say – pools can give you a whole host of benefits to take the edge off your busy life.

You can do it with other people

Exercise isn’t as fun when it’s just you. Being able to exercise with your spouse or children is great because it not only teaches them good habits, but it gives you time to do a specific activity with them that’s all about you spending time together. It helps essentially kill two birds with one stone.

 

Investing in a swimming pool can seem like a lot at first, but remember that it’s an investment in a thing for you home; but most importantly – an investment in you and those around you. If you’re interested in or are considering a pool installation, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation. Until then, good luck!

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The hidden health benefits of swimming pools part-1

Americans are more health conscious than ever before. As such, we’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to shave pounds, keep the calories down and stay in shape. It’s always best though – when we can combine that with a little less ‘working out’ and a lot more ‘having fun.’

Swimming pools come with a wide range of benefits – the most important of which may be the health benefits that come with it. In fact – pools can do wonders for your health – and that’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here are some of the ways that pools are good for your health and what you can look forward to should you decide to make the investment.

Let’s jump right in!

A great way to burn calories

Swimming is an incredible workout – especially for people looking to lose weight. Swimming is a full body workout and not only does it help burn off the calories – but swimming also aids in better cardio health, increases flexibility and builds tolerance to more rigorous workouts. Some even say that for those looking to lose weight – the pool should be the first place they go.

Less wear and tear on the body

This is more of a sub script from above – but swimming puts significantly less wear and tear on the body than traditional excersise like jogging and pushups do. In fact according to researchers – swimming causes 75% LESS stress than other forms of workouts. Especially for older people who are frequent victims of muscle strain and issues with joints – swimming can be an excellent way to stay in shape safely.

Great for your mental health

Our health isn’t just how good our body looks. In fact, it’s arguably just as – If not more important – to feel better about yourself. Swimming has been proven to help ease the effects of anxiety and psychological stress. It also helps you relax more in the day to day – as a quick dip in the pool after work can really be a great way to escape the stresses of the day. Water also helps trigger endorphins that help stimulate your body due to your general weightlessness in water.

Getting social

While thinking about health is important – an often overlooked aspect of it is being more social. For one, we’re social animals. Our ability to interact and work together is what’s put us at the top of the food chain. More importantly – the point of owning a pool is to have fun. If you’re not enjoying it with the people who matter the most, then what are we all doing here? Pools are to be enjoyed by all and everyone enjoying the pool will lead to a better you.

 

Are you interested in building a pool soon? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation. Good luck!

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Four affordable pool add-ons that make a difference

There aren’t many feelings that you get as an adult that make you feel as good as having a little spending cash left over in your budget. Spare money is even better when you had it budgeted for a big purchase – whether it’s a house, improvement or even a swimming pool.

But let’s all be honest. The first time we buy that house, renovate that room or install that pool – we almost always scrimp a bit. You pass on those few things you secretly want all for the sake of responsibility and for budgeting purposes.

But now you have wiggle room. And that wiggle room can allow you to have some pretty incredible things – particularly if you’re smart about how you use your extra money. Here are a few add-ons for your swimming pool that you can have without breaking the bank.

Separate border around the pool

In most pools that you’ll see, the concrete will run right up to the pool. While this looks fine and in some cases great, adding a border will give you a neater, more contrasting look. In many cases you can even save money by using a separate pour for each as opposed to doing the border using a different material.

Automatic pool vacuum

Talk about a great investment – automatic pool vacuums can save you hours and hours of personal time physically cleaning out your pool each week. In addition – it’s an accessory that doesn’t need be purchased when you install your pool. Instead, you can buy it anytime. They can cost anywhere from $400 to $2500 a piece, but trust us – if you have the money – they’re worth it.

Poolside planters

If you’re looking for something that can really help make the look and feel of you pool ‘pop’ – then consider adding some landscaping elements. Whether the plants have space carved out into the patio during installation or you elect to go the potted route – they can really enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your space while also giving your swimming pool an added element of relaxation.

Automatic pool cover

If you’re looking for something that will help you prioritize cleanliness and safety – then an automatic pool cover is probably for you. Not only do they fight algae from forming in your pool, but if you have small children, pets or non-swimmers running around your back yard, then you’ll have the added benefit of knowing they’re safe. It’ll also save you a ton of time both covering and uncovering your pool.

 

So if you’re looking to spice up the overall look and feel of your pool, go ahead and spend some of that extra money on one of these add-ons. Not only can they prove to be a value-oriented investment, but they’ll also help you save a lot of time and worry when it comes to everyday tasks and awareness. Hopefully, this post gave you a little inspiration. Good luck!

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What pool trends are cool in 2019

Trends always tend to come and go and of course 2019 has been no different in that regard. When people make the investment in a pool – they want something that looks slick and modern and they look to companies like ours to help them bring their vision of the perfect pool escape to life.

Here are some of the biggest trends in pools that we’ve noticed so far this year, what they entail and whether they might be a good fit for your build-out. Let’s jump right in!

Tanning Ledges

Tanning ledges are a big hit in smaller pools. In some areas of the country they also go by a different name (Baja Shelves) however their core function remains the same. Tanning ledges allow people to sit in a pool and stay cool without being totally submerged. They’re just as big of a hit with kids – particularly smaller ones – who would rather not venture into the deeper ends of the pool.

Heat/Cool pumps

Heat pumps are a type of pool heater that works just like a heat pump would in your home – but also happens to be extremely efficient in how it uses energy. In some instances, you’ll even find pumps that can cool your water as well.

At first, that might not seem like a big deal, but when you live in places like Florida where our offices are – you know that the temperature of a pool can reach the mid-90s during a heat wave – which ironically – is when you’d be most likely to want/need to use it to cool off. Having this kind of a pump handy can make a big difference in the overall enjoyment of your pool and makes it much easier to use when you need the most.

Also as a side note – if you have an automatic pool cover, you’ll definitely want this component if you can afford it.

Glass tiles

Glass tiles have become huge in recent months largely due to their stunning beauty – but also their durability and overall quality. They’re extremely resistant to chemical corrosion and other types of damage- particularly when stacked up to other materials like plaster, fiberglass and exposed aggregate. Even better – as long as they last functionally – they will also last just as long in terms of their aesthetic quality. They’ll stay shiny and eye popping for decades.

Fire Bowls

Insofar as decorative add-ons are concerned, fire bowls are extremely popular right now. Not only are they great meeting places for a discussion or drink – but they also can flat-out turn a pool area into a work of art. They’re as gorgeous as they are functional, which is what we all want!

That being said, fire bowls are no small undertaking – so if it’s something you’re looking to add to your pool area, then be prepared to have that conversation with your contractor as early as possible in the building process.

 

We hope this helps! If you read anything that interests you then simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!

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