Ways to Cozy Up Your Backyard for Autumn

It’s official, fall is here. Today marks the first day of the fall for this crazy year of 2020. Enjoying our homes to the fullest has never been such a priority in our lives as this year has. This fall, we want to provide some tips on how to make your backyard cozy and comfortable as we head into the winter and the holidays. A few simple additions can really make it more enjoyable for the upcoming months.

Add a fire pit: Fire gives the perfect atmosphere for a chilly night and brings everyone together for great conversation while still enjoying the outdoors. In addition to providing heat to keep you and your guests comfortable it’s the perfect way to make a yummy smore’s treat.

Hang string lights: Hanging string lights throughout the seating area creates a wonderful atmosphere. It gives a warm glow which provides a relaxing and comforting ambiance to the cooler season. Not only does it provide a great vibe to your gathering area in your backyard it also provides safety. Lighting to see the walkways make sure you and your guests stay safe and don’t trip over anything they can’t see in the dark.

Add some new cushions and pillows: Add some fall colors with new cushions and pillows in your seating area. Not only will this provide comfort and warmth but will bring some great color and pop to the area.

Add an area rug: This can also provide some great color and add energy to the area. It also brings comfort and warmth. Outdoor rugs are ideal as they won’t create mildew and mold from the outside moisture.

Candles: Candles always an additional comfortable and relaxing ambiance. So simple and easy, it’s a must.

Decor: Add some fun pumpkin or fall décor to add to the feel. Or add in some potted plants to sit next to. Any additional details you can add to provide a fall feel and provide comfort will pay off and help you enjoy your backyard to its fullest this fall.

Updating your backyard throughout the year can help you enjoy your space to the fullest and this time of year is especially fun for us Florida folks. Get outdoors, enjoy the cooler area and make your backyard more comfortable and enjoyable than ever.

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Why Vacation When You Can Poolside Staycation

Staycations are more popular and feasible than ever. And maximizing the comforts of our homes are at an all-time high. These two go hand in hand. Your home should be the perfect get-away from the crazy, hectic world, whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not. And creating a ‘staycation home’ will have you enjoying your home the fullest, year-round.

Coordinating flights, road travel, cars, hotels, luggage and then worrying about safety with the recent COVID-19 pandemic can be very overwhelming and a bit too much right now.

What is a Staycation?
The definition of staycation is “one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.”. This can mean you enjoy your backyard and soak up the sun with a few relaxing drinks one day, to enjoying the best backyard BBQ ever with your closest family and friends.

You can even plan to visit local shops, museums, art exhibits in your own town. Truly enjoy the things you don’t get to on a regular basis when you are working and raising the kids.

Staycations can be what you make them, and we are here to provide some ideas and tips to make it a great one for you. After all, 2020 needs to end with something on a positive note.

Get Outdoors
Go on a hike, enjoy your pool, visit local beaches, take a drive along the coast. Vacation is the perfect time to enjoy time outdoors. During your staycation, take some time to discover what’s in your backyard and spend some time outside. Swim, lounge, eat, drink, dance, relax by your pool and in your backyard… after all, that’s what staycation is all about.

Prepare
Enjoying your backyard is what makes a staycation. So preparing beforehand is key to true relaxation. Add lighting to your pool area to make the area most relaxing. Be sure you have comfortable seating and lounge chairs, so you can actually take a nap if you choose. Buy some candles, citronella would be ideal to help keep the bugs away, and they also add to the relaxing atmosphere. Decorate, add pillows and towels so you have every comfort you need at your finger-tips. Also provide the perfect speaker so you can enjoy your favorite tunes pool-side. Add a hammock to bring your staycation to the maximum relaxation level.

Unplug from Technology
One of the best ways to unwind during staycation is to unplug from technology. Taking time away from the daily screen routine gives your mind a break and your body a chance to connect with its natural side. Pick one day and silence your cell, log out of social media accounts and turn off email alerts. It may be tough, but it will be worth it, and you can do it.

Treat yourself
Load up with lots of good drink and food options so you can make amazing dinners to enjoy. Buy the crab legs, the steak you have been wanting. Get your grill ready so you can enjoy your meals fire-grilled and outdoors. Not sure what you want? There are a ton of creative ideas online to search for some fun new recipes to try.

Prefer not to cook? Make a list of the local restaurants you want to try and order from.

Relax
I know, this is obvious, right?
Forget your worries and troubles. Ignore the laundry and phone calls. Kick back and relax and truly enjoy your staycation to the fullest.

Ready to find professionals that can transform your backyard into a dream staycation destination? Connect with us here.

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POOL LANDSCAPING TIPS AND IDEAS

Adding the right landscaping to your backyard swimming pool can provide a feeling of relaxation and comfort. It can add a bit more privacy and lighten the mood to make your backyard feel like a true oasis. With the right native plants, it can be a low maintenance and low cost job if you do it right. We do however recommend a professional landscaper to help if you aren’t into the work, but if you’re up for it, there is no reason why you couldn’t tackle some beautiful landscaping to your pool and surrounding area. Below we provide to great tips to get you moving in the right direction.

First thing we suggest is to think about the function of your landscape design. Take some time to consider and think about these important elements before moving forward.

Safety – If you have kids or pets, or often entertain your friends and family, safety is an important factor to consider. Think of fencing, non-slip surfaces and certain lighting needs as part of your design elements.

Privacy – Can you see into your neighbors dining room or even enjoy what they watch on their evening tv station? Privacy may be something to consider when you have a pool or use your backyard often. Fences are a typical first thought but vines, larger tree, shade structures etc. can also be a beautiful design option.

Function & Aesthetics – An easy pool entrance and clear deck is important to consider, so removing any large obstacles such as boulders, rocks, tree roots, sharp edges, etc. Also consider your aesthetics by reviewing your pools shape and theme type you are wanting overall. For example, are going for the natural, tropical, oasis, round edges look or more of a modern, sharp edge, clean look? Consider lighting, foliage and fencing when deciding on your theme.

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Low-maintenance plants and foliage

When choosing foliage consider plants that require little to no maintenance. You don’t want to take up a lot of your time trimming, fertilizing and cleaning up after your pool landscaping. Consider native plants to your area and plants that love full sun, this will also help reduce maintenance and care of the plants.

Ensure you don’t select foliage that shed leaves, seeds, or other debris that can fall into your pool. Also, fruit trees and other insect-attracting plants can bug swimmers. If you’re starting from scratch with your plant landscaping, know the types of shrubs, flowers and trees that do best in your region.

Stick with simple, easy to maintain plants.

Check out what USDA hardiness zone you live in, write down the plants and trees that thrive in your zone, and choose those that fit your desired look.

Fencing

Children and privacy tend to be the main reasons pool owners add a fence. The type of fence you chose depends on aesthetic preference, but options include aluminum, wood, and PVC, which can be molded into a variety of styles. Know whether or not you have a saltwater or chlorine pool before adding a fence, because salt can corrode some fencing materials. For an extra decorative touch, vines like jasmine, trumpet vine, and bougainvillea work well to weave over fences.

Lighting

Lighting not only adds beauty but, more importantly safety. From light paths, to tree lights, spotlights and even string patio lights can provide a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere to your backyard swimming pool.

For energy efficiency, low-voltage LED systems can be used for landscape lighting to light stairs or paths. Solar lights are also easy to maintain and will remain lit into the evening around the pool. Other lighting options can include fire elements like fire pits, bowls, and more for entertaining and heat. It’s an active, breathing source of light that doubles as a stunning accent piece.

Shade Structures

Many pool owners add gazebos, arbors, pergolas, pool houses, and other shade structures to pool areas. Pool houses and guest cabanas are also popular options and give swimmers a place to relax when they’re not in the pool. They also provide shade, dry areas from rain, and provide great cook-out/eating areas as well.

Stone walkways

Make a stone slab walkway and bring the grass and deck together in a beautiful pattern. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose. You only need enough stones to reach from the door to your pool. And they help keep your pool deck and water cleaner.

Comfort, style, convenience and fun are all part of the landscaping decision process. So enjoy an make educated decisions so you can enjoy it for years to come.

For some inspiration, check out our Pool Gallery.

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Common Signs of a Leaking Pool & What To Do

You decide to take a quick dip in your backyard swimming pool and notice the water is a bit lower than normal. Now, it’s normal for your pool to lose water to evaporation, splashing and even to backwashing. A ¼-1/2 inch is about normal every few days, however if you are noticing a significant difference, closer to 2” of loss, leak detection may be something you want to look more into.

There can also be a few other things that may raise red flags that you may have a potential leak besides noticing the water levels, which is the most obvious.

  • Have your water bills increased? Often pool owners have automatic fill devices and by keeping the pool filled they can hide a leak.
  • Is there water under your pool equipment?
  • Is there algae growth around your pool?

Before calling a leak detection company, we recommend you take a few simply steps to review your pool and areas surrounding to see what you can find yourself.

However, if you wait too long, a minor leak can lead to big problems in your pool and on your property. Along with fixing the leak, you may find that you have some major work to do in your yard to get it cleaned up. That’s why early leak detection is so important. When you detect a leak early, you can get it repaired before it becomes a major problem. If you can’t detect a leak yourself but suspect there’s a leak or other problem with your pool, your best bet is to reach out to an expert so that you can get the help you need sooner than later.

Check the obvious first. Pool leaks can occur anywhere in or outside your pool. Before searching for the leak in your pool, make sure you check your entire filter system area, including the pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, etc.

Also check for any wet areas around the pool? Check the ground for moisture. Walk around the pool, and by the pool and the equipment. Check for wet soil and sunken or eroding areas.

If you have an in-ground pool, leaks can also occur by cracked piping underground. If you suspect this, call a local pool professional to pressure test the lines for possible cracks.

However, there are two things you can do on your own to determine a leak. They are call the Bucket Leak Detection and the Ink Method. See how to do these below:

Bucket Leak Detection:

Place a bucket filled with pool water on a pool step, ideally on the second step. Weight it down with a rock or brick, so it stays still and won’t move. Mark the water level on both the inside and the outside of the bucket. Make sure the water levels are the same inside the bucket as the pool water level on the outside the bucket, this can be a bit challenging but do the best you can. 24 hours later, come back and check the marks. If there’s a greater drop in the line on the outside of the bucket, a leak in the pool is indicated. Be sure to do this twice, once with the pump on, then again with the pump off.

With the pump-on, if the water level in the pool is greater with water circulating under pressure, the leak is most likely somewhere in your pool’s plumbing.

Ink Method:

Go to the area where you think the leak might be. Move slowly and try not to disturb the water.

Put a drop or two of dye test solution near a suspected leak point close to the pool wall. Do this with the pump shut off and the water still. See if the dye is sucked into the crack, gap or tear. If the leak is near, you will see the dye move towards the leak source like a current.

If you suspect your leak is at the bottom of your pool, put on those goggles and do the same thing. The reason you don’t want to disturb the water is because you don’t want the dye running wild.

Remember, if pool leak detection—or any other pool maintenance task—becomes too difficult, or you’re not sure you’re getting the right results, you always have the option to call in a pro.

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Poolside Get-together Ideas: COVID Style

COVID-19 has rocked the entire world and has brought about inventive ideas to do our best and try to maintain life as normal. Below we provide some tips for a successful poolside party for you so you can enjoy those birthdays again, or just simply enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

The most important thing for you to ensure a safe pool party during the COVID-19 pandemic is to ask all your guests the night before how they are feeling. If anyone is not feeling well, ask them to please stay home.

Food is always necessary for a good party! Simply add toothpicks or prepare individual skewers so it can be a simple grab-n-go. If it’s hot off the grill, hand them out as you remove them from the grill. If its cheese or fruit, try to wrap each portion in serene wrap. This will not only keep off the bugs but any potential germs that could be floating about.

Stay away from the dips in a large bowl. Make small individual cups of the dip, so each person can have a small portion of their own. The less food is touched the better. So, if you can prepare it so nobody but the eater touches it, you have successfully prepared perfect feeding options for your party, during the COVID pandemic.

Now, let’s talk drinks! Simply have your guests bring their own and use their own cups. This keeps everything simple and easy AND COVID-19 safe.

Keep everyone outside and if heading inside to use the bathroom, make masks a requirement when entering the house. Make sure to maintain 6 feet between people and if any of your guests are health compromised, have them wear a mask, even outside. Organize the seating a spaced-out fashion so your guests don’t have to move the chairs around themselves.

Come up with a fun welcome so the hugs and handshakes are not used. Blow an air horn every time a guest arrives, or create a creative welcoming air-shake, an air high-five for example. Better yet, create a fun YouTube video of the plan and send to your guests before arriving so they are prepared to not hug or shake hands.

Pool time! Swimming is ok and the pool water does not transmit COVID-19, so it’s safe to enjoy a swim. It is important, however, to maintain the 6-foot distance between each other, even in the water. Wear your swimsuit to the party if you plan to swim, so you don’t have to make an additional trip in the house to change in the bathroom. Also, bring your own towel so when you exit the pool. We recommend keeping your suit on after swimming and wearing a swimsuit cover up, a basic t-shirt or just hang out in your swimsuit until it dries to eliminate additional bathroom changes.

If you any additional questions, please be sure to error on the side of caution. If you are nervous, it may be best to hold off and wait to have your party when the world has eliminated most of the COVID-19 cases.

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GUIDE TO HEATING YOUR POOL

Heating your swimming pool gives you a higher return on your investment simply by allowing you to swim more often. Most people find swimming in water between 82° and 84°F in temperature most comfortable and enjoyable. The temperature of your pool water will naturally fluctuate with the weather and in warmer climates it can only get up to 75 degrees, even in the summer months! Therefore, a heater is essential to maintaining the optimal swimming temperature to enjoy your pool to the fullest.

So, what are your pool heating options?

Your options include heat pumps, gas heaters (of several varieties), solar heaters, conventional electric models and more, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Different methods are best suited for different types of swimming pools. Therefore, when shopping for a heater, you should consider both the features of the heater itself and the environment in which the heater would operate.

 

Air-Source Heat Pumps

With low operating costs and energy efficient, air-source heat pumps are steadily growing in popularity. Heat pumps transfer heat from the air to your swimming pool using electricity. They are most effective in warmer climate areas and when used on a regular basis. We have found that air-source heat pumps greatly benefit consumers who live in climates where the average air temperature exceeds 60°F (15.5°C) and consumers who use their swimming pools year-round. So, this option is perfect for most Florida residents!

Advantages of Air-Source Heat Pumps

  • Are energy efficient
  • Low operating costs. For example, heat pumps typically cost between $50 and $150 per month to operate.
  • Typical life span is 10 years.
  • Only using electricity to transfer energy and emit no pollution, they are very environmentally friendly
  • Some air-source heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your swimming pool.

Disadvantages of Air-Source Heat Pumps

  • Heat pumps have high upfront costs, with many available for purchase for between $2,000 and $4,000.
  • Heat pumps offer slower heating than gas heaters.
  • Air-source heat pumps operate less efficiently in lower temperatures.

 

Water-Source Heat Pumps

Water-source heat pumps embrace newer technology, and therefore are not as widely used as other types of heating systems. They are, however, growing in popularity, as they have high efficiency and low operating costs. We have found that water-source heat pumps greatly benefit consumers who live in climates where the average air temperature is below 60°F (15.5°C) and consumers who use their swimming pools year-round. A water-source swimming pool heat pump, also referred to as a geothermal heat pump, transfers heat from a water-source to your swimming pool water.

Water-Source Systems

Because many types of bodies of water exist, many types of water-source heat pumps exist. Some common water-source systems are a deep ground well. It consists of two deep wells: one that supplies water to the heat pump and one that returns water back to the ground.

Advantages of Water-Source Heat Pumps

  • Are energy efficient
  • Low operating costs. For example, heat pumps typically cost between $50 and $150 per month to operate.
  • Water-source heat pumps operate independently of air temperature.
  • Typical life span is 10 years.
  • Only using electricity to transfer energy and emit no pollution, they are very environmentally friendly

Disadvantages of Water-Source Heat Pumps

  • Heat pumps have high upfront costs, with many available for purchase for between $2,000 and $4,000.
  • Heat pumps offer slower heating than gas heaters.

Solar Heaters

Solar energy plays a dominant role in environmentally friendly products in the pool industry. Solar swimming pool heating systems obtain their heat from the sun. Because solar heaters depend on the sun to heat swimming pools, they mostly benefit consumers who live in very sunny areas.

Advantages of Solar Heaters

  • Because solar heaters operate with the swimming pool circulation pump, they have no additional operating costs.
  • Environmentally friendly: a clean energy source and they emit no pollutants.
  • Typical life span is 25 years.
  • Solar energy systems are energy-efficient, as they require no additional electricity to operate.
  • Solar heaters can be used to both heat and cool your swimming pool.

Disadvantages of Solar Heaters

  • While solar energy is free, a solar heater is the most expensive of heating systems to purchase, with prices varying between $4,000 and $7,000.
  • Can’t heat a swimming pool during the night.
  • Slower heating time.
  • Solar panels take up a lot of space.

 

Electric Resistance Heaters

Electric resistance heaters use electric currents to create heat. Because electric resistance heaters consume large amounts of electricity, they are primarily used to heat spas and small therapy pools and are rarely used to heat swimming pools.

Advantages of Electric Resistance Heaters

  • Prices can be found for under $2,000
  • Operate independently of air temperature.
  • Environmentally friendly because they do not pollute air.
  • Take up very little space.

Disadvantages of Electric Resistance Heaters

  • They require large amounts of electricity.
  • Require heavy-duty electrical wiring to install.

 

Gas heaters have been the primary way of heating swimming pool for decades, since gas prices were so low. However, as gas prices increase throughout the years, consumers have begun searching for more affordable ways to heat their pools, and, as a result, other heating methods have increased in popularity. However, gas heaters are still very beneficial in colder climates. Also, they are more ideal for swimming pool owners who live in climates where the temperature is below 60°F (15.5°C) and swimming pool owners who only heat their swimming pools a few times each year.

Advantages of Gas Heaters

  • Prices can be found for under $1,500
  • Fast heating.
  • Operate independently of air temperature.

Disadvantages of Gas Heaters

  • The least efficient heating method.
  • Very expensive to operate due to raised gas prices.
  • Typical life span is 5 years.
  • Not environmentally friendly.

Each method provides several benefits, but there’s one pool heating solution that proves to be efficient, resilient and intuitive—a heat pump pool heater. Homeowners looking to extend their pool seasons, while staying cost-efficient and environmentally conscious, are turning to heat pump pool heaters to solve their heating needs. There are additional options but this one seems to be the best option for year-round pool swimmers.

 

READ MORE >>> How do I know if my pool is safe from the Coronavirus? 

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DO I HAVE THE RIGHT YARD FOR A POOL?

So, the time has finally come! You are ready to add a new in-ground pool to your backyard, but is your backyard suitable for a pool? Are you even able to get a pool installed legally and correctly with the size and shape of your yard? Well we are here to offer three factors that will determine whether or not you have a good yard for a swimming pool.

Is there easy access to your backyard?

In order to install a pool there needs to be reasonable access into your yard. Large machines and materials will need to access your yard with ease.

Some limiting factors include but are not limited to:

  • Are there low hanging power or utility lines?
  • Can trucks and equipment drive in with ease?
  • Are there fences or walls that will limit access? – in many cases fencing can be temporarily removed in sections.
  • Will you need access through a neighbor’s property or an alternative entrance to the backyard?

What is the layout of your yard?

Some questions that need to be answered and discussed with a designer:

  • Is the pool site location on an angle or sloped?
  • Is there a lot of space around the site location? Or is it a smaller area?
  • Where is the location of the septic system and leach field?
  • Are there trees located in or around the pool site location?
  • Where are the locations of your sprinkler system? Are they in the way?
  • Is there an area of water run-off during hard rain that will erode or potentially damage your pool?

What is underground?

This is a big consideration and something that needs to be considered BEFORE beginning the dig. Often test digs are done to see if there are any concerns or issues.

Some potential problems or concerns include the following:

  • Hitting large boulders underground. Some can be moved or broken up. Some cannot.
  • High water table or areas that are habitually damp (springtime etc.).
  • Large amounts of poor-quality fill (whether it be construction fill such as wood, tree stumps, cement blocks, etc. that was buried when the builder built the home and graded the property)
  • Rock ledge. This is a game changer and needs to be discussed further with your designer.

So, once you schedule your free estimate here, and meet with your designer, these are good questions to discuss with them. Be sure to ask questions about backyard access, your yards layout and what could be potentially underground, and be sure to get clear answers from your designer. There are also other things to consider but these three are the biggest issues and/or concerns when you are considering a swimming pool in your backyard. Challenger Pools is here to answer any questions you may have whether you are ready for a pool today or a few years from now.

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HOW TO FIND AND CHOOSE A SWIMMING POOL BUILDER

Deciding to add a pool to your home is a big decision and finding the right company to build your backyard pool can feel overwhelming at first. However, we are here to provide you with some simple steps to ensure you are choosing the right company.

Start with a Local Pool Search


Search online for local pool builders and review their websites. Read about the various companies and review their portfolios and images. Study which style of pool you like best and create a wish list. Pick a few pool builders and contact them for an estimate.

Find a certified pool builder 


Make sure that the company you choose is a certified pool building/building professional. This shows that a staff member has gone through extensive training and testing on pool building.

Check the Reviews

Check out the Google, Yelp and/or Facebook Reviews on the company. The real client reviews are the most honest reviews and feedback you can get on a company. 

Ask for Referrals

ask the pool company for a list of customer referrals and see if you can see some of the pools they have built. Contact the people on the list and ask them about the pool building process.

Get it in Writing


If you had an estimate provided to you by a company, get your estimate in writing. If anything is discussed like warranty, or any promises are made affecting the purchasing, be sure you getting in writing. They should be comfortable providing this for you.

Take your Time
There is no need to rush into making this large decision. Do your research, take your time, ask questions and decide when the time is right for you. Some places will rush and put the pressure on to make a decision. Be sure to not give into the pressure. When it feels right, you will know.

Read everything they give you

A reputable pool builder will provide you with a decent amount of reading material to provide you with information and knowledge about the process. Be sure to read all the material given to you so you are aware of everything. Then don’t sign anything until all your questions are answered and you feel fully comfortable with what you have been told, provided and given.

Know your Rights
According to the Better Business Bureau, a contract which has been signed by the customer is not binding on the pool company until signed by an officer of the firm, and its terms are subject to change. The BBB further advises that, “potential customers should be aware that, if they sign a contract at the builder’s place of business but do not finance the pool, there may be no rescission or three-day cooling off period. The finance contract has a 3 day rescission clause, but this does not affect the pool contract.”

Is the company insured?
Ask to see a copy of their Liability Insurance, Worker’s Comp Insurance, and their state Contractor’s license.  This is important to know you are dealing with professionals.

Challenger Pools is always here and ready to answer any question you may have. We are happy to provide you with a free estimate and schedule a time to review your property. Please call us today at 813.454.0582 or fill out the form here or to the right of this copy.
 We look forward to hearing from you and helping ease your pool building process.

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Saltwater Pools: Advantages & Disadvantages

A saltwater pool is a great place to take a swim and enjoy the sun. However, saltwater pools also offer additional health benefits that range from soothing your skin to decreasing your stress levels. They are perfect for those who are looking for something different than the average swimming pool. Saltwater provides numerous benefits, but there are also a few disadvantages you may want to consider before taking the leap. Below we layout the advantages AND disadvantages for you to help you decide what is right for you and your family.

The biggest advantages of a saltwater pool are:

Less Maintenance
With a saltwater system, pool maintenance is much simpler. Saltwater pools still require some chlorine, but it’s minimal. With these pools, the salt cells will produce any chlorine as needed, but you will still want to monitor chlorine levels periodically to ensure everything is working properly. Additionally, cleaning your saltwater pool is only required about once a year, where you drain the pool, change the filter, and scrub.

Easier on the Eyes and Skin
Because they have lower chlorine levels, salt-water pools are much gentler on the eyes and skin. With lower chlorine levels, people that are sensitive to chlorine will have fewer irritations.

Softer Water
Like rainwater or water softeners, saltwater pools make water feel smooth and silky as opposed to the abrasive feel of chlorinated water. This many find desirable.

More Cost Effective
Though expensive upfront because of the purchase of a saltwater generator, saltwater pools are actually more cost effective in the long run. With saltwater pools, homeowners can forgo buying pool chemicals on a regular basis as well as regular maintenance fees compared to the regular chlorinated pool.

Disadvantages of Saltwater Pools:

Costs More
Salt-water pools require a larger initial investment up front, making them more expensive to build than traditional chlorine pools. Though it’s likely that with the money you save on chlorine, the saltwater system will pay for itself. A starting fee of a few thousand dollars can steer some people away from choosing it. The initial expenses to set up a saltwater pool can cost between $1,000 and $5,000, not including the cost of construction for the actual pool. This price can vary depending on the size of your pool, i.e., the bigger the pool, the more water you have and the more salt needed to add to the water. However, once the pool is set up and running, you’ll spend less money on it than a chlorinated pool. During the summer you can expect to spend $20 to $30 for the whole season. Upkeep of a chlorinated pool is much more expensive, and will cost about $50 to $60 a month depending on the size of your pool and the amount of time it’s used.

More Complex
Salt-water pools are more complex than traditional pools.  With modern electric saltwater systems, any problems that occur are likely to require the assistance of a technician.

Salt Can be Very Damaging
Salt can cause damage to certain materials, so you may have to avoid using specific types of heaters, fixtures, underwater lighting, liners and even some types of masonry work.

Making a Final Decision
If you can afford the extra cost up front, a salt-water pool can offer significant benefits you don’t get from traditional chlorinated pools. When it comes to making a choice, however, you should consider how often you and your family will actually use your pool, especially if you live in a region that enjoys fewer warm weather days. This should help you determine if a salt-water pool is right for you and your family.

 

READ MORE >>> How do I know if my pool is safe from the Coronavirus? 

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Pool Art

‘The Swimming Pool” by Leandro Erlich

Art can be viewed in so many ways and below we show just how many different ways we can showcase ‘pool art’ and the amazing artists behind them.

First, we start with “The Swimming Pool”, as a permanent art installation that’s also an optical illusion and an experiential work at the same time. Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich created his art in a courtyard with a limestone deck frame. Submerse yourself in this pool but you won’t get wet in this one!

Next, we feature artist Ania Amador as she transforms an ordinary swimming pool into a stellar basin that is out of this world. Created as a commission, the outer space scene is painted in the base of the sprawling pool and adjacent jacuzzi. The resulting artwork is both massive in scale and impressive in it’s attention to detail.

Astronaut pool painting by Ania Amador

Moving on we come to a one-of-a-kind pool art. Within a community swimming pool in Los Angeles, non-profit arts and educational organization machine project has put on its first underwater art show. The work of 18 creatives has been shown in a sub-aquatic setting, meters below the surface of the water.

For the exhibition ‘snorkel dreams’, machine project invited 18 creatives to install their work inside the Annenberg Community Beach House pool in LA. While underwater, visitors were able to view paintings, ceramics, photographs, video, blown glass, a sunken mannequin, and an architectural model — among a host of other works in various mediums.

Snorkel Dreams

Participating artists included: Andrew Cannon, Jessica Cowley, Bob Dornberger, Emily Joyce, Alice Könitz, Candice Lin, Becca Lofchie, Johnston Marklee, Jennifer Moon & Laub, Paul Pescador, Jennifer Rochlin, Suné Woods, Kim Ye, Patricia Yossen, Mallen & Gray, and Machine Project with Grace Eunchong.

Many call tattoos body art, and it wouldn’t be any different in your pool. Hence, pool art. Now you can get your pool a tattoo or you can simply call it a pool mat. Its removal and adds beautiful dimension and color to your backyard oasis. It comes in many different designs to suit your style.

We finish with a beautiful acrylic painting by Eric Zener capturing an underwater moment.

Eric says, “My work is about psychological turning points and transformations and risk, taking that proverbial leap of faith, balanced with that quest for finding refuge, finding quietness and stillness and escapism, » he said. « Some [paintings] are very, very introspective escapism. Some are just the joy, the pool full of people in this temporary oasis. The 10 minutes when you hit the water for the first time and the smell of sun tan lotion hits your nose. You really don’t think about anything for those first few minutes.”

 

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