Prepare For Your New Pool and Swim By Summer
1. Build Your “Dream Pool” Pin Board.
Help us know what you’re looking for, start a “Dream Pool” board on Pinterest. Invite us to your Pinterest board using our email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Decide between a Gunite, Fiberglass or Vinyl Inground Pool.
- Vinyl Pools have a cost advantage.
- Fiberglass Pools are known for low maintenance
- Gunite Pool is the strongest of the three choices, and also the longest lasting.
3. Have a clear sense of purpose.
Ask yourself why you’re installing a swimming pool. Do you want to exercise more? Are there small children in your family who love to swim and you want to create more family time? Want to increase the value of your home? Are you a naturalist and want a Salt Water Pool instead of a chlorinated pool? Whatever the reason, knowing your purpose will help us make it the dream pool you have been wanting.
4. Decide what kind of pool shape you want.
Once you have established how you will be using your swimming pool, it will be easier to decide the shape. Rectangular designs provide a timeless, classic look and are great for swimming laps and playing pool games. If you prefer a natural looking pool, then a kidney or free-form shaped inground pool can blend with the landscaping and be a great choice for you.
5. Focus on the details.
Pick Recreational Add-On(s), Water Features and Underwater Illumination to complete your dream swimming pool design. 2015 Swimming Pool Trends include but are not limited to Custom Entry’s, In-Water Benches and Table, Tanning Ledge, Grotto and Swim Up Bar, Diving Board, Water Slide, Splash Pad, Exquisite Waterfalls, Bubbling Fountains and massaging jets.
Do you want to add a spa to the pool design? Not sure if it is in your budget? Be sure to ask the professionals at Aqua Fun, our team of experienced designers can help you come up with the best plan for your dream pool!
6. Keep safety in mind.
Do you want a pool alarm? If you have small children around you may want to consider it. Child-proof locks on gates, and security alarms on windows to the backyard are also considerations. Safety Covers will add that extra barrier of protection you may want. Aqua Fun is all about safety first and with that added security you can have peace of mind knowing your family is safe around the pool.
7. Plan your pool party!
Be sure to check out our Poolside Treats board on Pinterest for an awesome menu to celebrate your new pool.
All of us here at Aqua Fun Inc would like to thank you for reading our blog! If you know anyone who would like to know more about your new pool construction, then be sure to share this article. Get a jump on financing your dream pool here.
Aqua Fun Inc. offers 7 Ways To Prepare For Your New Pool Construction So You Can Swim By Summer, call (770) 419-7119.
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc
The month of May is National Water Safety Month
Aqua Fun keeps your family safe!
Although you should always use these safety tips, the month of May is designated to focus heavily on water safety. Here are a few tips that will help keep your backyard pool an oasis of relaxation and fun.
- Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.
- Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
- The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
- Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
- Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.
- Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
- Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
- Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
- Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
- Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
- Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.
- Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
- Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
- Do not consider children “drownproof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
This information was provided by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Rachel and Andrew Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
Good news for North Georgia neighbors who want to build, repair or replace their inground pools!
Take advantage of the down time. In general, the most popular time of the year for us here at Aqua Fun is in the spring and summer months. So we suggest that you, our North Georgia neighbors, plan ahead. Want to swim by April? Request your free quote here. Here are some suggestions that could aid the process of building your new pool and spa. We want to make it as easy as possible for you:
- Get Pre-Qualified for financing – click here
- If you dream it, research a few things and have an idea before the scheduled appointment.
- Here are things to consider:
- Gunite or Fiberglass?
- Shape – kidney, small, classic rectangle, lap, free form, geometric?
- Spa – read more
- Not sure if you want an Above Ground pool or an Inground Pool? read more
Need Inground Pool Repair, Replacement and/or Renovation to your pool cover, liner, or deck?
Here are a few points to consider when you are deciding on a smaller repair or a full out reconstruction.
- storm damage repair
- natural wear and tear
- Addition of water features such as a waterfall, bubblers, scuppers
- Conversion to salt water system – read more
- Addition of tanning ledges or swim-up bar features
- Liner replacement and interior resurfacing – read more
Andrew and Rachel Cook
Owners of Aqua Fun Inc.
Phone: (770) 419-7119
Ground Hog Photo Courtesy of Blogger Heather Sanders
Chlorine or Salt Water swimming pool?
It’s your choice
We say it’s your choice because there are arguments supporting both viewpoints. If you are fine with your current chlorinated pool and don’t feel the need to make a change, then don’t. It’s true that a salt water generator is a little more money in the beginning, but you save money with the salt generator over time. Unless you have health or “green” reasons to change, may be you will be compelled to leave things status quo. These are all personal preferences or necessities only you can decide. Aqua Fun helps you decide by offering a little more background on salt water pools.
Reasons to consider a salt water generator:
First of all, you would not use regular table salt in your salt water pool. According to the Salt Institute, it’s best on your system to use only high purity solar or evaporated salt that has been specifically designed for salt water pools. Many of the lower-cost, generic salts sold for pool use contain a host of contaminants that can affect water clarity and cause staining, scale, and overall water balance issues.
Salt Water Swimming Pools:
- save you money over time because the cost of salt is far less than chlorine and you use less salt than chlorine
- save you time because you will be spending less time maintaining your pool and more time swimming in it
- saves your clothing and hair from bleaching out
more good stuff…
- no green hair
- no red eyes
- no burning skin
Salt has healing characteristics such as:
- All Natural Stress Relief – salt water reduces inflamed joints and muscles, leaving your body feeling relaxed and stress-free. Salt water has the mineral bromide which helps in relieving muscle pains and soreness.
- Beautiful Skin – salt water will leave your skin feeling smooth and supple as it increases moisture retention. It will rejuvenate the skin by detoxifying it and promotes cellular regeneration. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and when it feels renewed, your whole body automatically feels revitalized and healthy, according to EHow.com.
- No Allergies – Asthma sufferers don’t react negatively in salt water pools like they do to the heavy packaged chlorinated water.
TIDBIT: Over 80% of all pools in Australia are salt water and that’s where salt water pools began in the 1960’s. It took longer to become viable in the U.S., but by the year 2007, salt water pools accounted for nearly three-quarters of new pool installations, up from about 15 percent in 2002. There are about 1.3 million salt water pools in the U.S. today. (Sources: P.K. Data; Pool & Spa News 3/30/08)
Celebrity’s Jessica Alba and Courtney Cox talked about their salt water pools in separate interviews which lends to the realization that this once trend would finally reach the masses. These two celebrity interviews show the concern many people have with the environment and their family’s personal health. If either of those issues are important to you then it seems natural to use salt over harsh packaged chemicals.
What are some of the con’s of salt water pools before you make the change?
- Initially it will cost more to upgrade or build a salt water pool but long-term (and that is what a swimming pool offers, long-term benefits) the salt water pool saves you money, time and energy.
- Salt is corrosive, especially if total Alkalinity and pH are not balanced correctly and maintained properly.
- Salt pools generate chlorine for sanitation, so the pool is not chlorine chemical free.
Salt pools get their chlorine residual by means of “chlorine generators” (electrolysis devices) that use electricity to produce chlorine from salt (sodium chloride) dissolved in the pool water. Chlorine in the water—whether added this way or by EPA-registered pool sanitizer–destroys many common waterborne pathogens within seconds, helping to keep swimming healthy. Without pool water sanitizers, swimmers are vulnerable to contracting diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin infections. (Water Quality and Health Council)
Maintenance is still a necessary task for pool owners, but it just got easier!
HealthyPools.org is offering a set of free strips that will measure your pools PH level. Just click the link to get your Free Test Strips and see where you stand in the region you live: http://www.healthypools.org/freeteststrips/
If you would like to convert your current chlorine based swimming pool to a salt water pool, Aqua Fun Inc. is your salt water pool specialist in North Georgia. Are you planning a new swimming pool build? Let Aqua Fun Inc. consult you and show you the best options for your new swimming pool. Call today to schedule your no obligation consultation (770) 419-7119 or schedule your appointment online here.
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When is too soon to open your pool?
Every season is different but a good general rule of thumb is if the temperature outside is consistently 70 degrees during daylight hours, the pool should be opened. Think of it as preventative maintenance if you will:
1. If you have a cover- Get ahead of the algae problem since warmer temperatures breed algae in a swimming pool, get the air flowing.
2. Being pro-active saves you headache- The extra chemicals and cleaning required with a late-opening will cost you extra money, time, stress and frustration. Grab that special time with your family and friends ahead of schedule, it’s worth it.
We know how busy you are and we’d like to make it as easy as possible for you to get ahead of the game. Call and schedule your appointment right now. Schedule your appointment here.
We look forward to servicing your pool opening needs. We also offer liner replacements so be sure and let us know all your needs.
Andrew and Rachel Cook – Aqua Fun Owners
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