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The Benefits of Owning a Pool in Tampa Bay

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When you reflect on the summers of your childhood,  some of your fondest memories were probably spent in the water. Maybe your family owned their own custom swimming pool and this led you to develop a passion for swimming and a thirst for the fun that only a pool can provide. Regardless of where these desires were sparked, you are now considering building your own custom pool at your Tampa Bay home.

If you are still undecided whether to invest in a swimming pool in Tampa Bay, there’s good news - building a swimming pool is a wise investment and increases your property value. If that isn’t reason enough, here are the many benefits of pool ownership.

Beneficial to Your Health

Health is not normally one of the first thoughts that people have when deciding to build a custom swimming pool, but it is a major benefit. Having a swimming pool gives you a great excuse to get out of the house and engage in some outdoor physical activity. This is also great for those who have families, as nobody loves taking a swim on a hot summer day more than children. If you are looking for a low impact way to get a full body workout, swimming is the perfect exercise. You will find that swimming regularly increases your mobility, improves your cardio and can even help you to lose weight. Psychologically, swimming is an excellent way to relieve stress. Owning a swimming pool can have a positive influence on your health.

Fun for the Friends and Family

One of the main reasons why people get swimming pools is to have a unique place to entertain their friends and family. The occasional pool party is always a great way to bring friends and families together.  Speaking of your outdoor space, have you considered building an outdoor kitchen or adding additional features to your pool area, such as a fire pit? These are the perfect features for those who enjoy entertaining regularly.

Increase Property Value

Did you know that adding a beautiful custom swimming pool to your property will increase the value of your home. If you ever do decide to sell, buyers appreciate the option of having a swimming pool already on the lot. Many potential buyers are in search of homes that have pools, specifically due to the climate of the area. If you would like a way to increase your property value as well as the amount of joy that your home brings to your family, invest in a swimming pool and reap the benefits.

Enjoy Quality Time Outdoors

Perhaps the biggest advantage to being a pool owner is that it will allow you to build on those childhood memories of summers that were spent in the water. You can also help your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to create their own memories and in turn spark their own passions; a swimming pool is an investment that will give for generations.

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Grown-Up Pool Toys that will Help You Beat the Heat

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It’s almost that time of year again…splashing in the pool while cooling down and creating memories with friends and family. As you start prepping your pool, make sure you consider the games and fun your guests will have in your pool. Learn about these grown-up pool toys that are fun for everyone!

The first type of pool toys that are always a big hit are floats

One of the most relaxing things you can do on a hot day is to lounge on a floating raft and soak up the sun. Well, did you know that there are many other great kinds of floats for adults to enjoy? For example, you can purchase a floating golf green that will help you perfect the chip shot! You can also get a floating iceberg that will challenge your guests to a climbing adventure in your pool! No matter which one you choose, floats are a great grown-up pool toy!

There are also great pool toys that do not float at all.

If you want to propel through the water like a graceful dolphin, you can purchase a propulsion vehicle. Take your game of Marco Polo to the next level by scooting yourself through the water in a blink of an eye!

Upgrade your pool area with a rock wall that attaches to the side of your pool. This device can help you and your guests become better climbers while having fun at the same time. If you fall off the rock wall, you land right in the pool.  

If you like to jam out to some tunes while swimming, be sure to pick up a waterproof portable speaker for you to use. Play your favorite songs without worrying about water damage to the speaker.

No matter which one of the grown-up pool toys you choose, you can’t go wrong. Don’t have a pool? Well, at Tampa Bay Pools, we’ve been building custom pools for nearly 20 years. Contact us today to get started on designing your perfect pool for your backyard fun!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

5 Pool Water Conservation Tips for Tampa & Brandon Pools

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Having a swimming pool in the Tampa or Brandon area does mean needing to use more water than the average non pool owner. But pool owners can be smart about how they preserve their water and significantly decrease their pool water loss by practicing these 5 pool water conservation tips:

  1. Cover Your Pool

You will lose a lot of water during the hot summer months due to water evaporation. By covering your pool whenever it is not in use, you can reduce this evaporation by as much as 97%. This means less pool refills, as well as better pool water heat retention and less debris in your water.

  1. Routinely Check for Leaks

When performing your regular maintenance rounds, see if there is any pool water in places it shouldn't be. A soggy lawn or inexplicable changes in water levels may indicate a pool leak. Check the pool and its components, and strongly consider calling a professional to investigate and repair your pool.

  1. Refill Your Pool in Spring and Fall

Choosing to refill your pool in early spring and November rather than during the summer time will result in less water wasted due to evaporation. Another benefit is that since water isn't in such high demand during these seasons, most can fill their pool in the spring or fall more inexpensively than if they do so during the summer.

  1. Don't Overfill

While on the topic of refilling the pool, make sure that you do not unnecessarily overfill your pool. Grab your hose and add only whatever inches are necessary on the day you are scheduled to water your lawn. Some may choose to use an auto-fill device, though a hose timer is usually more accurate.

  1. Add Splash Troughs

Splashing during the summer months is usually the primary cause of losing significant amounts of pool water in a week. Pool owners can minimize their water loss by having splash troughs installed around the pool. These very shallow lanes are able to capture most water that has splashed or spilled out of the pool and then channel the water directly into your pool.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Have You Tried the MyStaycation Builder Tool from Tampa Bay Pools?

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Before making any big investment, you’re sure to do all your research and find out the important information. Why would that be any different when purchasing a pool or spa? With our MyStaycation Builder tool, you’ll be able to design your pool and have a clear picture about what you want before you walk through the doors of our showroom.

What is MyStaycation Builder?

We’re glad you asked! MyStaycation Builder is an online tool where the control is at your fingertips. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can add different types of decking and cool water features. You can choose from a variety of pool shapes to include or even throw in a corner spa if you’d like! The options are endless; have fun with it!

But… Is It Easy to Use?

Absolutely! All you have to do is visit the site to get started. You’ll have a blank slate of a backyard and then you just click and drag the different features to their proper places. It’s just that simple! Let your imagination and creativity run wild with this great technology!

Also, you’ll be able to save your progress to show your friends on social media. If you’re ready to rock and roll, you can also forward your design to the Tampa Bay Pools team. Then, when you walk through the door, we’ll be ready to help you achieve your dream. Save time by avoiding the long list of design futures by already having them in mind!

If this sounds like something you’d like to get started on, don’t delay! Visit the MyStaycation Builder tool to get started today! We look forward to your unique designs and the opportunity to work with you! Our dedicated team is ready to get to work on designing your dream backyard!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Saltwater Pool vs. Chlorine Pool: Which is Best for You?

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If you're on the market for a new swimming pool, then you've likely at least considered a chlorinated pool over a saltwater pool, or vice versa.  Both come with their own set of advantages that make them more suitable to a household's lifestyle, so let's dig right in and look at what features may make one better for your family over the other:

The Advantages of a Saltwater Pool

Rather than use chlorine tablets, dissolved salt is used to both clean and sanitize your pool.  Not only is this way of cleaning the pool more budget-friendly, but saltwater pools also often require less maintenance than a chlorinated pool.

What many people don't understand, however, is that saltwater pools don't leave you with the “feel” of just emerging from the ocean.  In fact, saltwater pools still have chlorine in it since chlorine is a byproduct of salt!  But the major benefit of saltwater is that you're able to reap the benefits of a chlorinated pool without using as many chemicals.  Because of this, these pools are thought to be safer for the skin, hair, and less damaging to our bathing suits than chlorine.

The Advantages of a Chlorinated Pool

Many will attest to the fact that chlorine is better at cleaning up any bacteria in the water than a saltwater-based pool.  It's also faster to act if there are bacteria present, or if the pH levels happen to be off. Clearing up the water is also significantly faster, taking only a day or two versus 3 to 5 days.

Here's another advantage that makes chlorinated pools a winner in many households: they're easier to operate.  All you need to do is add some tablets to your pool system and your pump or a floating disbursement device will spread it through the water for you – it doesn't get easier than that!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

How to Plan the Perfect Backyard with Tampa Bay Pools

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Is having the perfect backyard with a pool and spa a dream you would like to turn into a reality but you just don't know where to start? You are not alone. Since Tampa Bay Pools entered this industry we have met with several clients who have felt completely overwhelmed by the process.

We want to simplify the backyard planning process for you, which is why we have put everything you need to know in one comprehensive and easy to read eBook.

Discover How to Create the Perfect Backyard for Free

Save yourself time and stress. Find out everything you need to know about how to plan the outdoor living area you have always wanted in our free eBook, “How to Plan the Perfect Backyard with Tampa Bay Pools”. Inside you will find in-depth information about what you need to consider before you speak to an outdoor living specialist, such as:

  • How you want to use your pool and backyard (and how that will impact the design)
  • Choosing the right exterior design
  • Options available to save you time and money when maintaining your pool

Your Free eBook Is Waiting for You

Planning your outdoor living area should be fun and exciting, and at Tampa Bay Pools we want to make sure it stays that way. We want you to know everything about designing and building your perfect backyard oasis before you make an investment.

Designing and building your beautiful backyard doesn't have to be complicated. Download your free copy of “How to Plan the Perfect Backyard with Tampa Bay Pools” today when you visit www.tampabaypools.com.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Get the Heart Healthy Benefits of a Spa or Hot Tub This Valentine’s Day

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Owning a custom inground spa may seem like a luxury without any real benefit, but the majority of custom pool and spa owners will agree that having their own spa has provided numerous advantages. If you're on the fence about installing a custom pool and spa for you and your family, let us explain some of these health benefits and why so many people to turn to us at Tampa Bay Pools when they begin considering building a new pool & spa.

Advanced Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is nothing new. This practice have been enjoyed by many cultures throughout history. Traditionally, hydrotherapy was available through natural hot springs. But natural hot springs are not readily available to most, so travel to these locations was often required. But today an inground spa can provide these same benefits of hydrotherapy accessible within your own backyard! The warm water and jets make hydrotherapy even more effective for relaxation and treatment of wide range of ailments. So, what are the health benefits that you can get from an inground spa?

Stress Reliever

The relaxation provided by an inground spa is the most widely known benefit. Who doesn’t enjoy a warm soak to relieve the stress of modern living and escape the demands of day to day activities?  A quick dip in an inground spa can provide some much needed, therapeutic relaxation. Blood vessels dilate in response to the heat, which leads to the decrease of blood pressure. Tense and tight muscles relax, aiding muscle recovery after exercise or injury and relief from soreness, stiffness and swelling. Moreover, while your body focuses on the heat - the Central Nervous System's sensitivity is reduced and endorphins are released, causing temporary pain relief.

Medical Benefits

Heat, Buoyancy and Massage are the main elements in hydrotherapy. Each of these elements contributes to the relief and treatment of a range of health issues.

  • Arthritis

Based on the article, Arthritis - Spas & Warm Water Exercise published by the Arthritis Foundation, "People whose arthritis symptoms respond well to heat have discovered the many benefits of heat therapy." The article also explains why warm water is so great for relaxing and increasing movement. "Warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, making a warm tub or pool an ideal place to do some gentle stretching. To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom or back of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles."

  • Diabetes

In 1999, there was a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (08-16-1999) which indicated a decrease in the blood sugar levels of patients who regularly soak themselves in a hot tub 30 minutes a day, 6 days per week.

  • Back Pain    

Participants in a 1994 study who utilized inground spas, experienced increased back flexibility, reduced pain duration, and lessened use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs than the study group that did not utilize the inground spas. According to the British Journal of Rheumatology, 1994 - "This controlled clinical trial shows a positive short term and a more moderate long-term overall effectiveness of spa therapy in chronic lower back pain." Of course, for anyone suffering from back pain that has used a hot tub, this doesn't come as a surprise. Hydrotherapy has been a well-established method for easing lower back pain naturally for many years.

Improved Sleep

In addition to all these physiological benefits of inground spa use, insomniacs can also expect relief. According to The National Sleep Foundation, if you spend some time in an inground spa just a few minutes before going to bed, this can lead to a more peaceful and deeper sleep. The drop in body temperature can help ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.
Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options

Saltwater Pool vs. Chlorine Pool: Which is Best for You?

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If you're on the market for a new swimming pool, then you've likely at least considered a chlorinated pool over a saltwater pool, or vice versa.  Both come with their own set of advantages that make them more suitable to a household's lifestyle, so let's dig right in and look at what features may make one better for your family over the other:

The Advantages of a Saltwater Pool

Rather than use chlorine tablets, dissolved salt is used to both clean and sanitize your pool.  Not only is this way of cleaning the pool more budget-friendly, but saltwater pools also often require less maintenance than a chlorinated pool.

What many people don't understand, however, is that saltwater pools don't leave you with the “feel” of just emerging from the ocean.  In fact, saltwater pools still have chlorine in it since chlorine is a byproduct of salt!  But the major benefit of saltwater is that you're able to reap the benefits of a chlorinated pool without using as many chemicals.  Because of this, these pools are thought to be safer for the skin, hair, and less damaging to our bathing suits than chlorine.

 

The Advantages of a Chlorinated Pool

Many will attest to the fact that chlorine is better at cleaning up any bacteria in the water than a saltwater-based pool.  It's also faster to act if there are bacteria present, or if the pH levels happen to be off. Clearing up the water is also significantly faster, taking only a day or two versus 3 to 5 days.

Here's another advantage that makes chlorinated pools a winner in many households: they're easier to operate.  All you need to do is add some tablets to your pool system and your pump or a floating disbursement device will spread it through the water for you – it doesn't get easier than that!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Create a New Backyard in 2017 with Tampa Bay Pools

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It’s a brand new year, and it’s time for a brand new backyard. At Tampa Bay Pools, we’ve been been transforming backyards since 2001. If you need a pool, spa, outdoor patio, or outdoor fireplace… we have you covered. Create a new backyard in 2017 with Tampa Bay Pools and start sharing your new outdoor oasis with friends and family for years to come.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your physical and mental health, there’s nothing better than owning a pool. There are numerous benefits to owning a pool and none of them are more important than the other.

Some of the top benefits of pool ownership include:

  1. Swimming is a great cardio workout. You can improve your endurance and build your cardiovascular health.
  2. You’ll see increased time with your family. Instead of the kids sitting on the couch playing video games, they’ll be out in the pool with you creating memories.
  3. Stress relief. Swimming a few laps in the pool will help all the day’s problems melt away.

Award-Winning Builder

We understand that pool ownership is a big investment, and it can be scary to make that commitment. But fear not. With an award-winning pool builder like Tampa Bay Pools, you can be assured that we will work closely with you to meet your needs and stay within your budget throughout the entire design and build process.For the last nine years, we’ve been recognized as a “Top 50 Pool Builder” by Pool and Spa News Magazine, and the reason for this is simple -- our customers always leave feeling happy.

No matter what your reason for wanting a pool, we can help design and build the perfect one for your backyard. Contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our pool experts. Here’s to a new year full of memories!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Going the Extra Mile in Pool Design

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Winter in Southwest Florida isn’t like most of the country.  We have our warm days and some chilly ones too.  You never know what to expect!  Since swimming isn’t the first thing on your agenda, this may be a great time to consider building your custom pool and incorporate all of the features you have been dreaming of.

Here are a few of our favorite custom features to add to any pool design.

Sunshelf or Tanning Ledge

A sunshelf or tanning ledge is a flat ledge typically located at the entrance of the pool. This is the perfect location for a lounge chair or the sun-worshipper who wants to avoid getting overheated from the sun or fully submerged while enjoying the pool.

Fire Water Bowls

Fire water bowls are water features with a split personality! During the day, they are unassuming, but are a great focal point of your swimming pool. At night, they come alive as their flames create a beautiful and dramatic ambiance.

Swim-Up Bars

Swim-up bars are a great way to bring the fun of having a cocktail or food served to you in the pool because if you don't have to get out why would you? These areas feature built-in bar stools made of stone, tile or precast finishes and a bar that can be adorned in glass tile or beads. The options are endless.

These places allow you to relax in the pool on something other than a float and give you an opportunity to enjoy your pool for more than just a vessel of water. It's a getaway, and you should be able to spend quality time in a place that exudes that luxurious feeling.

Contact Tampa Bay Pools, your Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater & St. Petersburg pool builder today to get started.   

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.