Questions to Ask a Pool Contractor

Questions to Ask a Pool ContractorWhen it comes time to start your Pool Renovation and you are looking for a pool contractor, there ARE a few questions you need to ask before you hire them or sign any forms or a contract.  As with any business out there, there are always questions you should ask before hand – not only to keep yourself safe, but to keep an open line of communication open so that nothing surprising will happen during the duration of the build.  Beyond just asking questions, it’s also a good idea to do a one on one interview in person.  This would be the time to do them a one over; ask them your questions, see how they respond, what answers they give you (if any) and then find out more about the individual or company by looking at reviews online.  Here are the TOP questions you should ask a pool contractor. Continue reading

Popular Water Features

Pool Water FeaturesWhen it comes to a swimming pool, you can get as plain or decorate as you want.  That’s the great thing about pool construction after all.  You can make the pool fit your needs (wading pool, swimming pool, just for looks pool, etc.)  You can create it so it fits your budget, you can create it so it fits your yard (different shapes, sizes, depth, etc.), you can create a green and yellow colored pool, brown and white, and you can even create a rainbow pool if you really want to!  When it comes to the accessories, landscape and lights around the pool though, this is a whole other ballgame.  Sure, you don’t have to add anything if you don’t want to.  You can just have a swimming pool, some chairs to sit in and a patio.  But, if you are going to have a swimming pool, why not do all you can and make it really spectacular?!  One of the most popular options, beyond just lights and landscape around a swimming pool, are the water features.  Water features can be anything you want it to be – as big or small, dramatic or plain.  But, if you are looking into pool construction in Stamford and you want some ideas or you just want to see what is available as far as water features go, be sure to continue reading below for some awesome ideas! Continue reading

Types of Vanishing Edge Pools

Vanishing Edge PoolsVanishing edge pools, also known as infinity pools are unlike any other pool design you have ever seen before.  Unlike a regular swimming pool which usually has some sort of a “frame”, edge or lip around the outside of the pool, a vanishing swimming pool does not have this.  Mind you this is not the same as an endless pool.  An endless pool is more about getting a good work out – it uses type of current to keep you swimming without ever reaching the end of the pool.  A vanishing edge or infinity pool is less about a good workout, and more about a beautiful “seamless” swimming pool that looks good.  many people choose these types of pools if they want a dramatic edge – or if they have the front facing part of their pool in the same line with something like a ocean, lake or river – the seamless design makes it look like the pool and the body of water are one, as if you swam just a little further, you would swim right into the body of water.  Sounds scary, but I promise you, this is more about looks and beautify than anything else, it’s amazing the way your eyes can fool you into thinking the pool is one with the ocean!  When it comes to pool design in Stamford, there are quite a few different ways to go about designing the pool itself, as well as the objects surrounding the vanishing pool.  If this is something you are considering, you should continue below for some cool ideas. Continue reading

Backyard Pool Themes

Backyard Pool ThemeOne of the really cool things about having your own backyard or swimming pool area, is that you can ultimately create whatever experience, theme or look you want to. It doesn’t matter if you want to create a Zen Garden, Japanese Garden, Tropical Theme, Medieval or whatever else. You just have to know where to start in the “blueprint” of designing your oasis. If you want some really cool ideas to get some inspiration or ideas from, make sure you continue to read below for some of the best themes when it comes to themed yards. Continue reading

Pool Heaters for an In-Ground Pool

Pool HeatersYour in-ground swimming pool brings you thousands of hours of enjoyment. However, if you don’t have a pool heater, then you’re not optimizing your investment to the fullest. A pool heater can add hours per day of enjoyment to your pool. Additionally, if you’re in a climate that isn’t warm all year ’round, a heater can add weeks onto your fun every single year, and that means even more fun for your money. In fact, some pool manufacturing companies now consider a heater a part of the package, especially for those areas that get colder in fall and winter. If you have an in-ground pool but you don’t have a heater, it’s high time you started getting every minute you can out of your pool by adding a heater. And if you’re installing an in-ground pool to your Greenwich home, it’s best to let your pool construction company add the heater now. That way, you don’t have to lose precious fun and leisure time when the weather cools down. 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.