Types of Pool Filters

Pool Filters
Pool Filters

There are three types of pool filters to think about when it comes to pool construction in Greenwich CT.  They are; sand filters, cartridge filters and DE filters.  To be honest, all three work quite when they are installed the right way and maintained properly.  However, the difference therein lies within the actual performance of each filter – each one has its own performance issues variables, positive and negative.  Beyond performance, another big decision maker for homeowners is the cost of the filters.  Below, we will talk about those 3 types of filters and give a little more information about each filter so you can make a more informed choice.

Sand Pool Filters

These are one of the most commonly used filters out of all three.  The biggest reason they are used the most is because they are quite inexpensive.  Sand filters work just as well as the other two filters, but when it comes to microscopic debris; it does not work as well as the other two.  That’s why its performance is set at a medium level.  But, for some pool owners a microscopic piece of dirt, dust or debris is not important to them.  It really just depends on HOW clean you really want your pool to be.  Sand filters last 4-10 years approximately.  These filters work by way of sand called pool grade silica sand to filter out any debris and contaminants.  The off side to this type of filter is that in order to clean it, you have to use the backwash technique.  This also has to be done quite a lot – which could be a waste of water and chemicals on your end. Continue reading

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Types of Pool Liners

Pool Liners
Pool Liners

When it comes to above ground swimming pools, you absolutely must have a pool liner.  Not only are liners used for appeal and style, but they are also used for keeping the water inside the pool without leaks.  Liners also tend to protect the walls from an above ground pool by keeping the walls rust free and from getting deteriorate.  When it comes to pool restoration in Greenwich CT there are a few things you need to know about pool liners, as well as what pool liners are available and which ones you should use for your pool.  There are 3 types of pool liners and as with all products and comparisons, each one offers a different variable; ease of maintenance, cost and security and safety issues.  The one you choose will obviously depend on what variable is the most important to your needs and wants when it comes to a pool liner for your swimming pool.

Pool Liner Style

If you already have a swimming pool that is above ground, you can take a look at the construction of it and find out which type you have.  This is the type you should stick with, unless you are changing the entire process of the structure.  If you have not built the pool yet and you want to find out the best one to choose from; you can use any of the three below.  Each has its own distinct look, feel and price so stick to what suites you the best.  For example, if you don’t mind having to make adjustments along the way, but you also want something that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, the Uni bead would be best for you.  On the other hand, if you want something super secure that may take a little longer to adjust because of all the mechanics, the beaded liner may be the best option for your needs.  Either way, here are the 3 types of pool liners available to you: Continue reading

Types of Backyard Pool Tiles

Backyard Pool Tiles
Backyard Pool Tiles

Let’s be honest, in the same way your home needs paint to look stylish and colorful, your swimming pool needs backyard pool tiles to also look stylish and colorful.  Without tiles, you just have a boring and dull swimming pool with no panache or color.  Swimming pool tiles are a great way to not only bring color to your pool and put in some of your personality into the look of it, but it also allows you to mix and match the colors of your home (inside or outside) with the pool. Before we talk about the types of tiles, let’s first talk about what you need to consider when buying tiles for pool construction in Stamford Ct.

Pool Tile Budget

I don’t care if you are Joe Shmoe or Bill Gates; you always need to have a budget in place before you decide on anything else.  So make sure you sit down and you figure out exactly how much money you have to put towards your tiles.  This is important because tiles not only come in different colors, but materials as well. Continue reading

Types of Pool Covers

Types of Pool Covers
Types of Pool Covers

You might not realize the exact reason to use pool covers, but you are about to find out just how important these little covers are, why you really should use them and the different types of covers available.  But, before all that let’s look at some stats for different US cities that use heated pools versus using a cover or not using a cover.  For example:

Miami

With a cover your bill could be around $416 for 78 degree weather in 1/1–12/31.  That seems pretty good, right?

Without a cover your bill could be around $2136 for the same weather (78 degrees) in 1/1–12/31.

Approximate savings:  $1,720

 

Phoenix

With a cover your bill could be around $96 for 78 degree weather in 3/1–10/31.  Fantastically low.

Without a cover your bill could be around $1384 for the same weather in 3/1–10/31.

Approximate savings $1,288

 

Los Angeles

With a cover your bill could be around $168 for 78 degree weather in 5/1–10/31.

Without a cover your bill could be around $1864 for 78 degree weather in 5/1–10/31.

 

Approximate savings:  $1,696

Now obviously these are just numbers. But, it’s just a pool cover.  It costs you a little bit of an investment to essentially save a lot of money on your heating bills. Also, another thing to remember about pool covers, is that they can even reduce the size of a solar pool heating system which could also be saving you a lot of money.  Swimming pools tend to lose energy in a variety of ways, but evaporation is one of the biggest.  In fact, outdoor pools lose about 70% energy from evaporation and indoor pools lose around 50-70% as well.  But, by using a pool cover you are keeping the water from evaporating which in turn helps you save money on your heating bills.

Pool covers come in a variety of shapes and sizes so if you’re worried about your specific pool design in Greenwich CT because it’s a small/larger pool with an odd/normal shape – don’t worry about it.  Pool covers will essentially fit any pool no matter if you have a small kidney shaped pool or a large lap pool.  Essentially a pool cover is just a piece of plastic.  But, the important thing here is to buy a quality product.  For instance, if you just want to the local hardware store and bought a piece of plastic – it would probably only last a month.  On the other hand, if you buy a pool cover which is also made of plastic but meant FOR swimming pools, it would last much longer.  Plus, a lot of swimming pool covers have extra special materials like YV stabilizers or vinyl.

Vinyl Covers

These tend to save you more money and last much longer because they are made of a much heavier material.  These also come in regular vinyl or insulated vinyl.  The insulated covers will help keep your pool warm to a certain extent, but they also fight the good fight against evaporation.  These vinyl covers also tend to be a heavier investment, but they are definitely worth it.

 

Bubble Covers or Solar Covers

 

This is a very thin material.  Think of bubble wrap when you think of this material.  It’s also very cheap, but it doesn’t have any features like vinyl does.  Obviously of the two, I would choose the more expensive route, because it’s a good investment.  But, that depends on you and what your budget for your pool is.  If you do choose bubble, you will have to purchase a new one quicker than you would have to purchase a vinyl one.

Once you figure out your cover you want, you then need to consider what type of pool cover you want;

Manual:  You do it yourself.  You pull it up, roll it away, fold it and place it somewhere safe where it won’t get ruined or scratched or get holes put in it.

Semi-Automatic:  These use a motor reel system that is usually built into the deck.  You will still need to put some elbow grease into it, but it can roll itself up.

Automatic:  These have permanent reels that are mounted and reel the cover in automatically – no work for you and it does so at the push of a button.  It’s the costliest option, but worth it for most people.