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.

Cost Benefits of Owning a Pool

Owning a PoolThere is nothing more important to you than your health. Good health trumps everything. Sadly, it does not matter how famous you are, or how much money you have in the bank, or even the extent of your assets, if you do not have your health all those material things are for naught.

If you enjoy swimming and have toyed with the idea of getting your own pool for convenience sake, or, just because of how good you feel since you’ve started your swimming regimen, don’t let the cost hold you back. Being smart about your money is good, but being smart about your health is better. If you were to look at the expense of having your own swimming pool in your backyard living area versus using a public pool, you likely would hold off on that pool purchase. But – not so fast. Sure, initially a pool is a large expense and there are costs for upkeep, but in the long run essentially you are better off having your own pool. Here’s a few reasons why you should factor the cost of a pool and its maintenance into your budget if possible. Continue reading

In Ground Pools Vs Above Ground Pools

pool fencingAs you think about getting a pool installed in your backyard, you might be somewhat confused by the various options you’ll find in store. But while a vast array of pool design schemes exist for all sorts of tastes and backyard layouts, pool construction is a relatively straight forward process. Simply put, there are basically two ways a pool can be placed in your backyard: above-ground or in-ground. Continue reading

In Ground Pool Design

In Ground Pool
In Ground Pool

Opulence, extravagance, elegance … these are the perfect words to describe the biggest and best trends in modern in-ground pool designs. Nothing beats relaxing pool side in summer, chatting with friends and family, and making a splash. But now how about upgrading that a bit? What if you could relax, chat, and order your favorite cocktail at the same time, without leaving your pool? Or how this … relaxing with friends, sipping that delicious cocktail, and watching your favorite summer flick … all in your own backyard! That’s exactly what this year’s hottest in-ground pool designs are all about … creating a luxurious retreat right in your own backyard. It is true that nothing says leisure like an in-ground pool. If you have been dreaming of adding a luxurious in-ground pool to your Stamford home’s backyard entertainment living space, this year’s hottest design crazes bring with them the epitome of lavish and luxury.

Swimming pools and movie stars

You don’t have to be a Beverly Hills millionaire to have a drive-in right in your own backyard! As all those big screen televisions are becoming more affordable than ever, so are their portable movie screen and projector counterparts, the ones that can create the fun and feel of a movie theater at poolside. And, as summer movie season heats up, so too will your party calendar when family and friends toss aside those long lines, high-priced popcorn, and sticky floors of the movie theaters, opting instead for a chance to cool down in your pool, party with buddies, and watch the latest flicks in cool, comfortable contentment!

To infinity and beyond

The latest ‘buzz’ in in-ground pool construction for 2014 … and beyond … is one of the most stylish and exciting designs in the pool industry ever. ‘Infinity’ … it means limitless, it means space, it means vast immeasurability, and that’s just how you and your guests will feel in your new infinity pool. Modeled after the ritziest hotels in the world, this stunning backyard style has been scaled down to fit right into your Stamford backyard. Also referred to as ‘negative edge,’ this pool’s design means just that … one edge of the pool is gone, and in its place is the striking illusion that your pool melts into the landscape. The position of the pool actually makes it look like it’s flowing right into your yard’s horizon, for a stunning effect that will amaze your guests!

Quest for fire

Backyard fireplaces and fire pits are, simply put, on fire this year! Of the four classical elements, your pool already makes great use of earth, water, and air. It’s high time you added fire. One of this season’s most popular trends is one of man’s most basic instincts … sitting around the fire. Roasting marshmallows and singing songs isn’t just for campfires anymore. With the many designs and styles offered in the latest of outdoor living, rustic and beautiful outside fire pits and fireplaces are heating up backyard entertaining like never before.

Cocktails anyone?

The swankiest resorts the world over are offering luxurious swim-up bars … and now you can, too! Nothing will get your partygoers moving and shaking like a refreshing poolside cocktail to liven things up. This year’s backyard in-ground pool designs aren’t complete without adding your own sumptuous bar for chic elegance and a touch of whimsy.

Midnight at the oasis

‘Til the evening ends, your guests will be delighted by the dazzling effects of water trickling over the ponds and fountains that gracefully enhance your backyard’s lovely landscape. Indeed, creating a backyard oasis has become quite possibly the hottest pool design trend of summer 2014. You can personally choose from hundreds of designs and thousands of combinations of the most beautiful stones, rocks, and plant and animal life to intensify the experience of your new backyard pool.

From entertaining swim-up bars to crackling fire pits to personal movie theaters and more, the hottest trends in pool design and construction for 2014 and beyond embody the very essence of comfort. For more information on how you can design and customize the backyard recreation living space of your dreams, contact a pool construction company in your area.