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Why a pool is great for more than just hot days

A swimming pool is a great feature to have in the backyard, especially if you live in a place where it’s warm more than half the year. They can be a great investment for resale value as well, because having a pool adds to the overall value of the home and property in the long run. In these and supporting pages, you'll find information about the benefits of pools and how easy the financing of a pool can be. We’ll share with you information about the types of pools available, along with some features to consider when having one built.

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In most cases, your home is one of your biggest financial investments. Your backyard pool adds value and beauty to your home. It’s a smart and secure investment, which will provide countless returns and valuable memories. 

Are you and your family looking to spend quality and quantity time together?  A backyard swimming pool gives you both and much more. Pools are safe, convenient, affordable, and easier to maintain than you might think.

Relieve your body of daily stress, strains, aches and pains. Always consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise program, but be sure and ask about the benefits of swimming. Results clearly show it’s a great way to get in shape or stay in shape. Swimming, aquatic workouts and water aerobics are all great examples of how to include exercise and enjoyment as part of a healthy lifestyle.

You will be just steps away from incredible entertainment value. Create your own unique celebration. There’s no better place for friends than right in the comfort and safety of your own neighborhood. For a party of one or a party of many, enjoy and celebrate life.

Pools invite spontaneous recreation. No more driving to public pools. No more searching for things to do with the family. No more sweating it out with the kids during those long, hot summer days of vacation. Jump in and enjoy safe, clean and refreshing fun! Any time can be fun with your own backyard pool.


With such a wide variety of pools available, how can you decide which one is right for you? To begin with, you should look at the style of your home, your budget, and what you want from your pool. Below you will find descriptions of some basic pool styles to help you decide. 

Above ground pools are usually less permanent than other styles of pools and most can be drained and moved to another location if necessary. Sizes range from 8 feet up to 28 feet with depths up to 6 or 7 feet on some models. Raised decks that partially or completely surround the pool can be added for safety, convenience, and landscaping purposes. Above ground pools also begin at very affordable prices. 

Traditional inground pools usually have reinforced walls with vinyl-liners. Rectangular pools are most common, but an interesting variety of L-shaped, free form, and other shapes are also available. Manufacturers have created many new liner patterns and colors, so there are many options pool owners can choose to enhance their poolscapes. Excavation of the pool site is usually necessary before installation, so inground vinyl pools fall into a more expensive price range. Optional features add to the price, but they are often worth the extra cost for the aesthetic benefits. 

Gunite pools are the most elaborate of all the pool categories. These are permanent, reinforced pools with concrete and plaster instead of liners. Excavation is also necessary, and a wide variety of special options such as waterfalls, custom steps, and beach entrys can be easily added to complement these high-quality pools. Gunite pools are often seen in commercial applications; many private homeowners, however, also choose gunite pools for their flexibility since they can be built in any shape. Gunite pool owners can also choose from many plaster finishes or pebble applications for the pool floor, allowing for maximum creativity. The high quality of these pools usually puts them in the highest price range. 

Another popular selection is a fiberglass pool. These units are a one-piece shell, which is installed directly into the ground. These types of pools are usually made of a full fiberglass molded shell, but some combine concrete or other materials with the fiberglass. You can choose lots of styles and shapes; delivery and installation are normally faster than traditional in-ground construction pools. Some pool owners prefer the fiberglass finish, which eliminates the need for liners and re-surfacing. Fiberglass swimming pools can be easier to maintain, requiring fewer chemicals. Find our more pros and cons of fiberglass pools from the Pool People USA professionals in your area. 


Pool lighting is always a good idea just for safety's sake, of course, but today's pool lighting also adds a mixture of beauty and pizzazz to the poolscape. While standard incandescent and halogen pool lights are always great options to consider, fiber optic lighting is a fantastic way to bring striking color to the nighttime poolscape. It incorporates varying colors of light for both traditional point-source and band-lighting effects. Fiber optics are easily installed for landscaping and architectural features as well as around water, because there's no electrical current to worry about. 

Some homeowners might prefer the traditional elegance of standard white illumination, while others welcome color into their poolscape. It's entirely possible to have amethyst point lights illuminating your spa, or bands of ruby lights running around the perimeter of your pool and marking the steps. Many of the systems available will allow you to scroll though the color spectrum, turning your pool into a sophisticated backyard light show. For a mesmerizing, dramatic effect, point lights beneath water features such as waterfalls and fountains create glowing streams of water.


There are many special touches your builder can add to your pool that enhance the backyard environment and create a relaxing retreat from the workday world. These types of features can create a poolscape as simple or elaborate as you wish. 

Consider adding extras such as streams, waterfalls, fountains, water gardens or even ponds with aquatic plants and fish. Water features such as fountains and waterfalls are a particularly popular add-on for customers. There's just something about the sound of water tumbling across rocks and falling back into the pool that inspires a sense of absolute tranquility and inner harmony. A great thing is that even a small space can accommodate an attractive water feature. It should also be noted that water gardens and ponds typically do not require as much maintenance as pools and spas, though some individuals may not care to maintain fish and water plants. 

Rock formations, using both natural and realistic faux rocks, are another special feature available for today's pools. Builders can design a private lagoon-like area or the basis for a spectacular waterfall by using various shapes and sizes of rocks to create landscaping that would make even Mother Nature jealous. Flat rocks can be used to create seating areas, pathways or steps. Builders can also provide spacing in stone structures to allow for plants and greenery, creating more balance and impact in the whole poolscape. 

Mosaic artistry is a great way to make your pool unique and more attractive. Many companies hand make their mosaic tiles, but some use modern technology. With computers, these companies can make them quickly. Dealers offer lots of choices from simple patterns, to Santa Fe décor of chili peppers, lizards and geckos. Aquatic themes are popular, including dolphins, sport fish, tropical fish and crabs. You could go with a classic garden pattern of the sun, flowers, butterflies or ladybugs.

Some companies offer a shadow line, depicting the object and it's shadow, usually in gray. If you want to be different, you could go with a custom design, a feature offered by some dealers. From you company logo to your favorite sports team, some dealers will tile your pool with just about anything you can find an image of. 

There are several little things you can add to your pool to increase its functionality, such as tanning shelves, swim up bars, spas and benches. You might want to invest in in-home remote controls for the pool and features, laser security, fences, pool safety covers, lighting and automated pool cleaners. You also can't forget about cosmetic features such as glass blocks, negative edges, tile inlays, fiber optic lighting, and colored plaster and aggregate. 


Whether you are a caring parent or someone genuinely concerned about the responsibilities that come with pool ownership, you would be wise to consider investing in fencing for your backyard pool. While pools are wonderful creations, they can be dangerous if homeowners fail to consider the safety issues. 

Young children are the most likely to have accidents around a pool and unfortunately, some pool related accidents have resulted in drownings. However, drownings are preventable accidents. Fences are acceptable barriers, some equipped with alarms, which comply with safety codes. This method for enclosing and monitoring a pool definitely helps to protect children.

Mesh pool fencing is one of the most popular and effective barriers to safeguard the pool area. Made of poly-vinyl mesh, aluminum or fiberglass poles, and stainless steel hardware, these removable and generally non-climbable fences are available in several heights, models and colors. Easily opened or removed by an adult, a mesh fence makes for a substantial barrier to "buy you the time you need" when your toddler disappears from your sight. This type of fencing can also be permanently installed around your pool, with or without a self-closing/self-latching gate. Don't take a chance when it comes to the safety of children. Be sure to talk to your builder about fencing. 

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