How To Determine the Best Pool Size

Best Pool SizeYou’ve always wanted to put a swimming pool in your backyard, and you’ve finally decided to take the plunge. Installing a swimming pool is the ideal way to have your own self-contained holiday resort, but now that you’re ready to dive right in, your head is positively swimming with questions. Bad pool puns aside, it’s a pretty safe bet that, if you’re ready to install a swimming pool in your yard, you really are seeking answers, and the first thing on your mind likely is what size pool to get. Choosing the right size for your Stamford home is vital if you want to get the most out of your pool. There are several factors to consider when deciding on swimming pool size. The simplest way to think about what pool size to elect is to use ‘the three Ps.’ That’s right, when it comes to pool size, it’s all about purpose, people, and partaaaaays! 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.

Trends in Backyard Pool Design

Pool Design
Pool Design

Marco … Polo! Is it that time, already? Summer … yes! Time to shed that hulking winter coat, grab the suntan lotion, and dive into your brand new, sparkling pool! And this year’s pool designs are spectacular, with more functionality and affordability than ever. If you’ve been thinking about putting a pool in your backyard, but you’re not sure what pool design or construction would be best for you, take a look at these fabulous backyard pool trends for summer 2014.

In-ground Pool dEsign

Believe it or not, this year’s in-ground pool designs can work for nearly any sized backyard. Whether you’ve got a generous-sized living space, or your backyard is on the cozier side, today’s pool construction designs are affordable and accommodating.

Infinity Pools

For a yard that’s big enough for one of today’s elaborate in-ground pools, the infinity design can’t be beat. This is one of the hottest trends going in backyard pools, and for good reason. This design is patterned after some of the country’s swankiest resorts. The idea for the infinity pool construction is ‘negative edge,’ meaning a design that takes out one side of your pool wall and replaces it with the illusion of water flowing over into your landscape. Imagine it … as the water falls into a basin beneath the pool, it’s pumped back into the main pool area, and then it circulates back around. This is a stunning effect that will delight swimmers while totally transforming a big backyard into an entertainment oasis!

Spa pools

So maybe your yard is on the smaller, more intimate side. Does that mean you can’t have an in-ground pool? No way! One of this year’s trendiest pool designs is the spa pool. In fact, spa pools are all the rage for getting into the best shape while remaining cool and refreshed. A spa pool is is perfect for a small backyard because it uses resistance jets at the end of a pool, allowing you to swim, jog, walk, or even perform a healthy water aerobics workout, and do it all in one place. The idea for spa pools is ‘endless.’ What this means is that you’re able to swim endlessly in one direction because of the pool’s special propelling system that shoots out water currents, pushing the water toward the back of the pool and then funneling it back again toward the front. There are varying resistance levels, and these amazing pools can be constructed to fit into a small yard or even indoors, for a functional yet beautiful effect.

Above-ground Pools

You’ve never seen anything like it… above-ground pool construction in Stamford that look like they’re built right into the ground are huge this year! From glass-wall pools surrounded by beautiful and functional decks, to hot tubs that make your backyard endlessly entertaining, this year’s above-ground pool design trends couldn’t be hotter, and they couldn’t keep you cooler!

Decks and glass walls

Imagine a backyard swimming pool that looks like it’s built right into the ground, and yet its construction happens above the ground, without having to scoop out all that soil. This is what you can get with pool designs that are built right within a deck, having one made of glass. These pools are beautiful and stylish. At first glance, this pool will fool your guests into thinking you’ve installed an in-ground pool. These pools can be constructed in various sizes, and one is sure to be perfect for your backyard.

Hot Tubs

Hot tubs are always hot, but this year there’s a hot tub trend that is positively sizzling … dual hot tubs! Guests are in for a treat when they see that you’ve got not one, but two levels of hot tub. For summer 2014, no pool design can match the double-decker hot tub’s utility and allure, as your new addition will have room enough for everyone who’s heading for your backyard pool this year.

Nothing can heat up summer entertaining and cool down summer fever like a new pool. The shimmering blue water, the lively entertainment, the calming relaxation … nothing else comes close! If you’ve been thinking about installing a pool in your backyard, there’s no time like the present to learn about all the new design trends in backyard pool construction. Contact a pool construction company in Westchester County to speak with a knowledgeable representative who can answer all your questions about pool designs. Cannonball!