Adding a "WOW" Factor to Your Pool
from Guardian Pool Fence
Building a pool or spa is a large investment and should be done right the first time because it a permanent addition to your home. Once you commit to building, there are a lot of decisions to make, and each one deserves thoughtful consideration. What shape do I want? How big and how deep should the pool be? Should I do a pool and a spa or just a pool? Should I tile the walls? And last but certainly not least, what special features do I want to include?
Adding water features to and around your pool is the key to making people say "WOW" when entering your backyard oasis. Whether you implement one or multiple features, consider each carefully as you begin the pool building process.
Fire Pit: Adding a fire pit to the side of your pool or spa is a great entertaining feature. Those who enjoy swimming can slip into their suits and enjoy the water, while those who prefer to not swim, can relax by the fire pit with their feet up and a marshmallow roasting stick in hand. Everyone can still converse together and enjoying the evening as a group. Oh and did I mention that a fire pit is just all around gorgeous and adds a beautiful element to your backyard? Especially since most can be custom built to your exact design preferences.
Water Slides: This feature is one for the kids! Who wouldn't love having a water park in their own backyard? While most people instantly think of the typical blue pool slide, there are other sizes and styles are available, some of which are quite beautiful. In fact, many waterslides are integrated into the surrounding landscape, making it a stunning focal point in your backyard.
Water Features: What's a pool without some amazing waterfalls, fountain bubblers or deck jets?! These water features can turn any normal backyard pool into a spectacular pool! Waterfalls not only add a beautiful feature to both your pool and backyard, they also provide a soothing environment for you and your family to relax in. So even if you are not actually swimming, they still provide a great benefit. Deck jets create a graceful arc of water that lands peacefully into the pool and appears magical to the eye. They are a captivating focal point and easily enhance the serenity of any backyard. Finally, fountain bubblers are geyser-like pool features that are usually built into a pool's shallower areas. Once again, it's gorgeous to the eye and serene to the ear.
Lighting: Most pools are built with underwater lights, but are they built with colored lights? That's right, these days you can choose from a variety of colored LED lights to give your pool that extra something you are looking for. Using fun colors such as blue, teal or pink can change the mood of your backyard for any occasion! For new pools, ColorLogic 4.0 offers a great lighting option. Their lights are both vivid, bright and energy efficient.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to additional pool and spa features. Do your research before committing to a pool, you won't regret adding a gorgeous water feature!
Renovating a Pool? Get Started Here
from the APSP
Need a make-over? With an APSP member professional at your side, you can enhance your home's value and reveal new opportunities for enjoyment with a refreshing upgrade or new treatment. Here are seven ways to renovate or restore your pool:
1. Resurface. Resurfacing an in-ground concrete pool restores beauty and comfort to cracked or roughened surfaces and extends the pool's functional life. For pools with a vinyl interior, a replacement liner in a new pattern can transform your pool overnight. Fiberglass pool owners can also consult with an APSP member professional for the product that will make your pool look like new.
2. Add a water feature. Install a waterfall or fountain to bring the sound and beauty of moving water to your outdoor environment. Water features like a dramatic spillover create a strong focal point and provide a dynamic addition to an otherwise ordinary pool.
3. Add a hot tub. Experience the relaxation of a soothing soak or the health benefits from warm water therapy. There's a hot tub for every need, every setting, and every budget.
4. Install new tile. Just as a new backsplash transforms a kitchen, new tile can set the tone for your beautiful new look. By selecting from the vast tile options available, you'll make the most dramatic improvement in appearance for the greatest value.
5. Enhance your surroundings. Consider a new or updated pool deck. You can extend the look of interior flooring to experience an outdoor family room with man-made or natural materials. Stain existing concrete. Or brush up dated, cracked or stressed concrete patios with a thick overlay and new finish. Add a sound or media system, or even an outdoor kitchen or fireplace for greater enjoyment.
6. Consider new lighting. Lighting not only enhances safety, it also adds a touch of beauty and pizzazz. Halogen and fiber optic lighting can add striking color to a nighttime poolscape. And long-lasting color-filled LED replacements can create an entirely new mood with little or no modification to an existing pool.
7. Think technology. New automatic cleaning systems have units that "walk" along your pool floor. These newer systems require practically no supervision. And you can still swim while the system cleans your pool. Digital controls make operating pool equipment easier than ever, letting you control lighting, heating, and cleaning with the touch of the button or with your tablet or smartphone. And upgrades like a salt chlorinator system or a solar cover and heater can improve both functionality and efficiency.
Keep in mind, you don't have to do everything at once. Pool renovations can be done over several seasons, allowing you to make the improvements and fund your investment at a pace that works for you. Of course, to ensure you get the most for your money, you'll want to hire an experienced pool contractor. An APSP Certified Professional will help ensure that your vision is transformed into reality — safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. Find an APSP Certified Building or Service Professional here.
Top 5 Investments to Make in Your Pool for 2013
Innovation has long been the key to the success of new pool equipment. These new products are more energy-efficient and in turn save pool owners money on their utility bills. Additionally, many pool products have become easier and more convenient to use. With so much innovation taking place there are an ever increasing number of options for pool owners to enhance their backyard pool experience while saving money on the side. Take a look at the top investments for 2013.
Variable Speed Pumps
Variable speed pumps were an evolutionary jump when they were first introduced. With multiple settings and the ability to program for an individual environment, variable speed pumps run no more or less than needed for each task, such as pool heating, water features, spa jets and more. The amount of money variable speed pump owners save will often pay back the investment in only a few years.
Lighting is another area of development for swimming pool products. LED technology consumes less electricity than older technologies such as incandescent or halogen. LED lights also last longer and are less expensive to operate; saving owners money while enhancing the look of their poolscape.
Simplifying pool maintenance is at the heart of many recent pool equipment developments. For example, new pH controllers can add adjustable amounts of acid to a pool with the push of a button or be programmed to help keep pH levels in the proper range. By helping to prevent fluctuations in pH levels, a pH controller makes sanitizing more effective and protects pool equipment from corrosion. Therefore, it reduces wear and tear on all pool equipment, lowering the need for replacements down the road.
Providing total control of pool and spa functions from home or on the go is another recurring theme in new product development. New automation systems are making pool and spa control easier than ever. Pool equipment like heaters, pumps, lights and more are able to connect with an automation system and provide you with a central control for all their functions.
Pool cleaning equipment has taken a number of strides forward in recent years. After hearing from pool owners, many manufacturers have placed an emphasis on reliability, performance, simplicity and convenience. While new automatic cleaners are much better suited to clean than previous generations, they are also becoming more energy-efficient, saving owners from additional utility charges. Regardless of your needs there is an automatic pool cleaner for you and your budget.
The innovation that has gone into these, and other products, is a testament to the pool industry's forward thinking and focus on creating convenience for pool owners. What other pool investments do you suggest for 2013 and beyond?
Homeowners' Bold Pool Designs Mark Poolscape Renaissance, Reports Pentair Aquatic Systems' Poolfyi
Sanford, N.C. – Homeowners committed to the pool lifestyle this summer are fueling a poolscape renaissance as they push designers and builders across the country to create custom outdoor living spaces with resort-like amenities around their pools, according to Pentair Aquatic Systems and its social community, Poolfyi.
Many homeowners recognize they can do more with their pools and see them as "the centerpiece for creating a backyard getaway," said Carlos Del Amo, VP of global marketing at Pentair Aquatic Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of pool and spa equipment. A well-planned poolscape gives homeowners an oasis for everyday leisure, entertaining and swimming.
Here is an interesting article from Pool FYI about what Laminar Flow Jets can do for your inground swimming pool design.
Check out this article about some interesting options that are available to existing inground swimming pool owners.
It may not be as challenging as climbing some of the great peaks of the Himalayas, but the AquaClimb is a hell of a lot warmer and safer than a mountain. Towering and transparent, the AquaClimb Sport offers a new experience for amateur and professional rock climbers. A sleeker alternative to the AquaClimb Classic version, the AquaClimb Sport is much more challenging. The interesting design has been created by Christofer Born, an award winning industrial designer, which will change the whole scene of aquatic recreation. The AquaClimb Sport can be installed indoors or outdoors. Nevertheless, the idea of a swimmer's splash rather than a crunching crash is sure to encourage people to embrace the height of the AquaClimb Sport rather than shy away from it.