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Unique Pool Designs

It’s time to design your truly unique backyard oasis. Most of us decide to add or remodel our backyards as a way to inspire the ideal location to spend time with family and friends. We want our backyard to have everything you can possibly imagine so that there is not a dull moment when you are out there with everyone. No matter the season, you can create the perfect backyard to relax and enjoy yourself at any time of the year. While you can choose from a variety of standard pool designs, creating your very own is the only way you can ensure you end up with the pool of your dreams. The best rule to follow is to work with your backyard and take into account the shape of your landscape as this will weigh heavily on your future decisions regarding the shape or size of your new pool. Shape Your Pool Although you have the option of selecting a pool of standard shape such as rectangular or oval, sometimes your backyard just will not look right with this standard. If you are one of those people who have a contoured backyard, looking into a free-form pool will be in your best interest. Because it features curves instead of hard angles, a free-form pool usually has a more natural appearance and can blend into your landscape nicely. The added benefit of a free-form pool design for your backyard oasis is that it allows you to maximize the available space allotted in your backyard. For those lucky few whose backyard overlooks a beach or mountain, an infinity edge pool is for you. This unique pool design lacks a visible edge on your pool, which gives the impression that it merges into the ocean or surrounding landscape.   Unique Pool Finish As you may already be aware of, there are a number of options in pool finishes. Choosing the right finish for your pool could make a drastic difference in its appearance. So the question now becomes, what look do you want to achieve? You can select from pool tile, fiberglass, Gunite, pool aggregates, vinyl liner and more. Regardless of which one you select, you can design each one in a unique form in order to truly achieve the pool design you desire. Beach Style Entry If you are going for the extremely unique pool for your backyard, forget about the traditional steps to get in and out of your pool and think about including a beach style entry instead. This unique feature will truly make your pool stand out as the entry to your pool will begin at zero depth and gradually become deeper as you walk further into your pool. The added benefit of a beach style entry versus the standard steps option is the ability to allow everyone in your family, including those with limited mobility, to enjoy the pool as well since they only need to walk their way into the pool beginning at the most shallow

Water Chemistry 101

Pool and spa water chemistry, along with proper filtration, is the key to clean, healthy water. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 or 1,000,000 gallons of water, the same balance levels and chemical types are required—only the quantity will vary. Everything that enters the body of water affects water balance: swimmers, rain, pollution, animals and chemicals. Every pool, each season, creates its own demand for different chemicals. The pool in your neighbor’s yard, with the same system and environment, may react totally different than yours. Every pool also develops a pattern each season. After observing how your pool reacts to different bather levels, rain and the environment, you will get a handle on your pools chemistry pattern and what’s required to keep the water balanced. Here are the accepted levels for balanced pool and spa water.  Read up – we’ll be quizzing you later! Pool Spa Total Alkalinity Plaster 80-120 ppm 80-120 ppm Vinyl 100-150 ppm 100-150 ppm PH 7.2-7.6 7.2-7.6 Bromine 2-4 ppm 3-5 ppm Chlorine Total 1.0-3.0 ppm 2.0-4.0 ppm Free 1.0-3.0 ppm 2.0-4.0 ppm Combined < 0.2 ppm < 0.2 ppm Cyanuric Acid 30-100 ppm 30-100 ppm Calcium Hardness Plaster 200-400 ppm 200-400 ppm Vinyl 175-300 ppm 175-300 ppm TDS < 2000 ppm < 2000 ppm Copper < 0.3 ppm < 0.1 ppm Iron < 0.3 ppm < 0.1 ppm If you found this article helpful, make sure to share it with your family & friends!