In the last decade swimming pools have taken a rapid rise in quality and demand. In the days of old there was little choice in design. Goodbye to an era of only rectangular or oval shaped pools; hello to a time where pool design possibilities are endless and you can let your imagination go wild. One must be realistic about their budget at the start, this helps to pare down ideas. You still can get the look and contentment from your pool design, while staying within your means.

Select a sensible place for your pool to be located; sun from morning to late afternoon is ideal, it’s great to have some shade in the early evening to kick back without the harsh rays. There are people who just can’t get enough sun and want to soak up every minute, so continuous sunshine is their answer. The point is to keep your preferences in mind when choosing the plot.

The inground pool is the most flexible style pool and is also the most accommodating when it comes to design. With dozens of graceful shapes such as a lagoon expression or a tropical rain forest effect, a potential pool owner needs to decide what type of surrounding will be a more relaxing choice personally. Keep in mind what type of home you own and that it’s best to blend in the pool design. The above ground pool has a slimmer volume of choices but can easily be beautifully designed and satisfying.

The hard part is wading through the gazillion possibilities; there is really nothing that isn’t appealing. A pool design has a short list of necessities, and a long list of aquatic options. Tile mosaics, steps, walls and columns; breathtaking waterfalls and fireplaces all can play a part. One must choose decking and fencing; everything is offered in a wide collection of colors and textures. Lighting and landscaping included in pool designs make a setting go from “blah” to “wow“. Spas and swimmer pampering stations are there to select, along with basketball courts and the much needed furniture. Don’t forget that a pool design absolutely must include a cleaning system.

Maybe you’ve had one of the two types of pools for many years and just want a change. Remodeling your pool can be a quick fix or maybe your new pool design will require more renovation. Adding a grass hut, a new grill and furniture will constitute change, but adding a cooking island and new colored decking would be more dramatic. A pool really pays for itself by less need for entertainment away from home; whatever choices fit and make an individual happy is the key. Choosing your pool design is exciting, a sensational time to claim your chunk of the tropics.

Although concrete pools have long been the more popular favorite for backyard pools, the material fiberglass has also been in practice for about fifty years. Although outfitting your backyard with a fiberglass pool is going to be more costly than a standard concrete one, the long term benefits far outweigh the price.

Fiberglass pools are constructed from a prefabricated fiberglass shell. There is no pouring involved like there is with concrete; a large hole is dug and the fiberglass shell is merely fitted into it. The exterior of the fiberglass shell is non-porous, which is a better choice in the long run since dirt and bacteria can seep into the pockets of a concrete pool over time. Fiberglass is also a strong material that holds up well with weather and standard usage. It will not crack as easily as concrete, either.

Another benefit of fiberglass is the fact that the chemistry of the water will not affect the smooth surface of it. There is not a great amount of cleaning necessary, and it is easier to do so anyway because of the differences in surface material. Debris is more inclined to get trapped in the surface of concrete than fiberglass.

There are some drawbacks to fiberglass swimming pools in addition to the added cost. First, when you get a concrete pool, you can be very creative with the shape of your pool as well as an additional accessories, like a built in hot tub. But with fiberglass, the shapes are very limited to choose from.

Second, emptying your fiberglass pool could make for problems. Water needs to fill the fiberglass shell at all times to keep pressure on the walls in order for the fiberglass to keep its shape. If it’s emptied, the fiberglass can crack due to ground pressure. Fiberglass pool owners should plan on maintaining the water year round and investing in an excellent cover system. Always make sure to hire a professional if you absolutely need to empty it.

Another thing to consider when installing your fiberglass pool is the fact that most of these pools are placed on a bed of sand. If this sand shifts over the years, you may need to have your pool reset.

When installed and maintained properly, a fiberglass pool can provide decades of family fun and entertainment at a reasonable cost. The right team of professionals combined with a dedicated pool owner makes for fantastic pool results.

Summertime means fun time, lazy time and swim time, and by purchasing a Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool, you’ll not only have fun, have time to laze and enjoy the sun and swim your way to a healthy heart, you’ll be making an investment in the way the landscaping of your home looks; thereby, raising its value. It’s true, your home can be fabulously beautiful, but if the landscaping is off, the value of the property plunges. A Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool, once installed, will raise the value of your property dramatically, and won’t the neighbors be jealous!

Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass pools will give your family enjoyment and you’ll all stay fit, because swimming is an exercise and an extra benefit for all. Not only is it good for you to swim, it’s good for your head as well. There’s nothing like coming home from a hot, hard day at work and jumping into a cool, refreshing in ground pool. The stress of the day literally melts away, leaving you refreshed and ready for a good night’s sleep and a brand new day to work or play.

It’s a wise choice to purchase a Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool, because you are choosing a highly technological product, guaranteed to last for years to come. They are manufactured to require less chlorine and sanitizers to ward off algae and other algacides; so, there is much less expense for chemicals. Because there is less chlorine, hair won’t bleach out and bathing suits will stay as bright and vibrant as the day they were purchased. And, because they are made of fiberglass, unlike vinyl or concrete pools, they will last forever, can be quickly installed with little mess or clean up to your yard. Just think of the money you will save. Extra money to buy toys for the pool!

Each pool, believe it or not, is meticulously handcrafted, under factory supervision and personally inspected before any pool is shipped. These pools are so aesthetically eye catching and durable, they’ve won many awards and have even been featured in a major pool magazine.

Hawaiian Fiberglass swimming pools are durable and come in several attractive styles and dazzling colors; colors you don’t usually find. The pools are made using a highly standardized composite technology, using only the finest materials available. If you are wondering what this is, it is the latest and leading technology used in making pools and pool exteriors. The advantages over other pools made of fiberglass, pool liners and concrete are astounding. Buyers should realize that quality varies in the fiberglass used in pools, and knowing you’re getting the best fiberglass, the easiest maintenance without expensive repairs and servicing in a Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool is a big deal. It means you don’t have to worry about something going wrong because you bought the best.

Getting to know Swimming Pool chemicals and learning the basics of water chemistry is tremendously important. One of the most crucial things I’ve found over the years is that for every action there truly is an equal or greater result. For example, when you add chlorine to your Swimming pool you’re also changing other chemical elements. This is not such a bad thing, but the important thing is that we always have to be conscious of “If I do this, what will be the end consequence and what else might be effected by this action?”  Let’s face it the only thing essential about a swimming pool is that the water be fresh and clean. Let’s face something else, too: Achieving this can involve more chemistry than you may have seen since junior year in high school. Here are all the essential concepts and terms you need to know to keep your swimming pool clean. Just be sure to follow all manufacturers’ instructions on the package of a chemical carefully.

Now are a few basic tips when it comes to pool chemicals and maintaining water “harmony”:

Some factors mentioned here are; pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness; all affect one another, so it will take some trial and error to get all three in the proper range at once. Also note that before you add any chemical–especially an acid–to the water, you need to first turn on the pool’s equipment. Make sure the water is circulating when adding chemicals!

I suggest using a drip or reagent based water testing kit. Make sure that your  testing kit can test for several different things (i.E.; total chlorine, free chlorine, bromine, pH, calcium hardness, iron contaminants, stabilizer, etc). Drip testing kits are more accurate than test strips. You’ll save time because you don’t have to take your water to a pool retail store for testing and you’ll only spend about .10 cents per week using a few “drops” of reagent.

Basic Steps To Ensure Your Water Is Chemically Balanced:

Here are the items I would suggest testing right away and in this order. You’ll notice that if these items are in “harmony” and where they should be not only will your chemical consumption be dramatically reduced, but also you’ll be well on your way to maintaining your pool in less than 5 minutes per week and using less than $12.00 per month in chemicals.

Test for total and free chlorine.

Free chlorine should be between 2.0 and 4.0 PPM. You’ll test this using your water test kit that I referenced above. Follow instructions on the testing package.

Test total alkalinity

Determine the water’s total alkalinity. This figure should be in the range of 80 to 150 ppm; 100 to 120 ppm is best. Adjust the total alkalinity by adding sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to raise it or sodium bisulfate (dry acid) to lower it. Test calcium hardness. This should be between 200-400 PPM. Following package instructions add calcium carbonate dehydrate to Increase calcium hardness; add sodium hexametaphosphate to decrease it. Carefully pour the chemical mixture into the pool at various spots a foot or two (about half a meter) away from the sides of the pool.

Test for pH. PH should be between 7.2 and 7.8.

If it’s lower that this you can cause equipment issues and also aggravate your skin. If it’s higher than this you will those nasty “rings” around the water line of your pool. To decrease the pH, add sodium bisulfate or liquid muriatic acid. To increase it, add soda ash (sodium carbonate).  Add more chemicals as considered necessary until the water is in balance.

Treating Water With Chlorine…

Put chlorine granules into water in a nonmetal container, following package directions. Always wear goggles and rubber gloves when handling chlorine, and always put the chlorine into the water–don’t pour the water over the chlorine. Mix for more or less 30 seconds, and leave for 30 minutes to settle. Turn on the filter. Getting as far into the middle of the pool as possible (perhaps by standing on a diving board), pour the chlorine into the pool. Discard any sediment left in the container.  Add chlorine three to four times a week for a swimming pool in heavy use. Always test your water before adding chlorine! Try and use liquid chlorine. It will penetrate the water quicker and will have an immediate impact!

Occasionally, no more than once a week you may need to super chlorinate (shock) the pool to burn any built up bacteria, algae and ammonia. Following chlorine package directions make a solution for super chlorination (it will be three to five times as strong as ordinary chlorine). Add the chlorine solution to the pool after sunset, if possible, as the sun’s ray’s break down chlorine. Before allowing someone to go in the pool, test the residual chlorine level to make sure it has deceased back down below 3.0 ppm.  Maintaining the water free of dirt and debris… Remove any leaves from the pool with a leaf net each time you go swimming. Clear out and rinse off the strainer basket of the skimmer once or twice a week, and as often as daily during falling-leaf season.

Make sure the deck clean by regularly sweeping and then rinsing it with a garden hose. Meticulously clean your pool filter at least monthly. Clean a sand filter by backwashing:  Reverse the flow of water through the filter for 2 to 3 minutes until the wastewater is clear.  For a cartridge filter, remove the filter cartridge and wash it with a hose with a high-pressure nozzle. Replace the cartridge.

Do not add harsh chemicals to the water through the pool skimmer, this could damage the equipment.
Take water samples for testing from at least a foot (30 cm) below the surface for a more accurate reading.  Chlorine also comes in a more expensive but handy liquid form, and in tablets and sticks that you place in dispensers to gradually dissolve.