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7 Smart Things to Know About Swimming Pool Quotes

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If you are considering new pool construction, you need to be prepared to consider numerous variables and look into all the available options. Since adding a pool to your Tampa Bay area home is a large project, it is important to take your time making the final decision. A very big part of this decision will be reviewing quotes from different pool builders. To help you out, here are 7 things to look for in swimming pool quotes.

  • Look into both the initial cost of pool installation and the overall cost of maintaining a pool over the span of the pool's life. While a lower-end quote might seem like a good deal, long-term maintenance costs can end up making it more expensive if it’s not well constructed.
  • Compare the quotes you obtain and eliminate quotes that seem exceptionally high or low. After looking at several pool companies you should have a general understanding of the average costs associated with new pool installation. A quote that comes in extremely high or low could be an indicator that the contractor cannot be trusted.
  • Find out if the quote includes the cost of insurance during installation. In most areas, the team hired to install your pool will need to be licensed and this may be reflected in your costs. If it is, ensure you are aware of this upfront.
  • Avoid pool contractors that are vague about any of the aspects of pool installation when providing you with a quote. Ask as many questions as you like and make sure that they understand what it is you are looking for.
  • Find out what features are included in the price quote that you receive. Some contractors may try to add on additional features that you are not really interested in. Stay focused on what you want, but pay attention to helpful advice and recommendations.
  • Understand how they came up with their price quote. A trusted pool contractor should be able to breakdown their quote and help you understand how they arrived at their final figure. Their quote should include a list of expected costs for the pool materials, equipment, and labor costs.
  • Finally, carefully compare all your options before choosing the company that you want to install your new pool. Don't simply choose a company based solely on the price tag. Look at all the advantages of each company; you may even get a company with a higher bid to price match a lower quote.

Keep all these tips in mind when you start your search for the right Tampa Bay pool company. Get a selection of swimming pool quotes and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each prospective builder, along with the overall price that you are quoted. A great place to start your search is at Tampa Bay Pools. We can talk to you about every available option and give you a clear picture of the best swimming pool for your backyard.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, 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.

New Pool Design Trends for Spring 2018

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With swim season right around the corner, you may be finding yourself gazing out over your existing poolscape (or dreaming of a new one!) and wondering what tweaks and improvements can be made to enhance its beauty, design, and functionality. Tampa Bay Pools loves to inspire, which is why we have put together this quick list of five pool design trends for spring 2018.

 

Playing with Depth and Height

This year has seen a lot of different trends that involve playing with the depth and height of not only pools, but other poolscape features in and around your outdoor living space.

  • Elevated pools (pools built into a second or higher level of your home)
  • Elevated spas (this is a recurring trend that is continuing to grow this year)
  • Sunken outdoor kitchens and seating areas (these kitchens share a wall with your pool or spa, providing you with extra counter space for a swim-up bar)
  • Walls which incorporate fire and water features

 

Separated Concrete Pavers

Forget the classic “poured concrete” look. Separated concrete pavers placed upon grass, gravel or turf will keep your pool design fresh and visually engaging with a modern appeal.

 

Going Linear

Free-flowing pool shapes will always be a favorite, but expect to see a lot more straight lines and crisp corners in Clearwater pool designs this year. Aesthetically pleasing and offering loads of luxurious appeal, geometric pool designs can match the architecture of almost any home and outdoor living space.

 

Smart Pool Technologies

Pool and spa automation is continuing to dominate the industry. Unlike ever before you will be able to find a number of affordable smart pool technologies, all of which offer differing levels of remote control over different features of your pool and spa, like:

  • Running your in-pool cleaning system
  • Adjusting the temperature of your pool and spa
  • Controlling features in and around the pool (waterfalls, deck jets, fire pits, etc.)

 

Focus on Hydrotherapy

Research stating the importance of hydrotherapy continues to pile up, which has also led to a number of interesting developments in the pool and spa industry. Swim spas are a growing trend, but what is an even larger trend are the many jet and seating options available in both portable hot tubs and custom spas so that you can enjoy a tailored therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own backyard.

Are you looking for a Clearwater pool design and construction company to bring your poolscape to life? Try out My Staycation Builder from Tampa Bay Pools and call us today with any questions you may have about building or remodeling your pool and spa at (813) 684-3639.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, 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.

The World’s Easiest Workout?

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It’s a new year and, for many, that means a new resolve to get in shape and start living a healthier lifestyle. And for a low-impact routine that packs a big punch, you can't go wrong with swimming pool exercises. One of the common swimming pool exercises is pool walking. This is an easy and effective water activity that requires absolutely no swimming skills or equipment – just you, your pool, and maybe some music to keep you going! When performed in waist-deep water, pool walking combines the cardiovascular effort of aerobics, the toning of weight training, and the enhanced flexibility gained through yoga.

Fact: Due to viscosity, drag forces and frontal resistance, water provides a resistance which is proportional to the effort exerted against it. Resistance in water ranges between 4 and 42 times greater than in air – depending on the speed of movement.

This means that you will be burning more calories in the pool than on land!

 

Benefits of Swimming Pool Fitness

  • Water is a natural and instantly adjustable weight training machine, providing resistance in all directions to tone and strengthen the muscles. Because of this, walking in the swimming pool promotes balance in muscle development in addition to the cardiovascular benefits.
  • Water workouts effectively burn fat and strengthen the abdominal muscles. This is the result of your body stabilizing itself while maintaining balance as it reacts to the buoyancy of the water around you. The movements are low impact and joint friendly, helping you prevent injuries as well as heal them.
  • In water, resistance determines your intensity. You are in charge! Go at your own pace – set your own intensity level by incorporating speed, force, or surface area. Adding arm movements under the water will add to the challenge since the arms have to work to propel you through the water; by increasing speed, you increase the intensity of the workout.
  • Walking in the swimming pool is an easy and fun exercise that can be performed at your own pace and intensity. It is a fun, simple activity that is great for almost any fitness level and those whose swimming skills may be less than par, or anyone else who wants a change-of-pace workout!

 

Tampa Swimming Pool Fitness Tips

We've gathered a few tips to help you get the most out of your pool walking workout.

  • Switch up your speed and intensity at random intervals to get the most out of your pool walking workout. You may not be able to keep up high-intensity spurts for long, but keep working them in. This gives your heart and your muscles a better workout and studies show that this kind of interval training can stimulate your body to burn fat even after your workout!
  • Consider wearing a baggy t-shirt or shorts to create additional drag. This will give you a better workout.
  • Make sure you maintain an active pace that keeps your heart rate up. But if you're not able to carry on a conversation, you may be pushing yourself too hard. Ease up a little until you feel an improvement in your breathing.
  • Once you feel the pool walk is getting easier, it's time to pick up the pace or bring in some extra resistance. Try incorporating water weights for an added boost to your routine. If you don't have any water weights, just fill an empty carton of milk with water until it's the right weight for you. Pump your arms in the water while holding these weights and walking to increase the challenge.

If you are looking for a simple, yet effective exercise that’s easy on the joints and good for nearly any fitness level, then pool walking is for you. The healthier lifestyle you want could be as easy as getting in the swimming pool. That’s especially true if you have one right in your backyard.

There are so many benefits to owning a pool, from fitness to fun and family memories. Contact us 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.

Ideas for Throwing a Back to School Pool Party

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Tampa Bay Pool Party Experts

Since there has been a summer break there have been celebrations across our nation rejoicing in the fact that the school year is over once again. But there is a new trend on the rise - celebrating when school begins!

There's a lot to celebrate about going back to school: it's a fresh start, it's a chance for students to embrace the joys and tribulations that come with learning, and parents get what may be a much needed break. This year, why not throw the kids (and yourself) a back to school bash to celebrate the upcoming school year?

Plan a Spectacular Pool Party

If you're planning a pool party for younger kids, choose decor and pool accessories that are bright and colorful. Beach balls, pool noodles, and fun food-inspired floaties are all the rage.

For older kids and teens, consider creating a chic pool party.  Create an aura of sophistication by choosing decor such as Chinese paper lanterns and white LED lights.

Regardless of the age of the attendees, make sure that safety is a priority.  A responsible adult must be supervising younger children in the pool at all times, and you should have appropriate safety equipment on-hand.

Have a Fall Harvest Celebration

Fall is right around the corner, so why not throw a harvest-related party? You can set up bobbing for apples in the pool, create a hay bale maze or obstacle course, and have a potluck feast on the patio by the firepit. Winners of any races and games you have planned can win school-related prizes such as pencils, markers, a backpack, and more.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

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.

The Ultimate Checklist for Your Next Pool Remodel

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If you own a pool, you know how great of an addition it can be to your Florida home. However, when these pools aren’t looking their best or even suffer from damage, they can be an eyesore and a headache. Here you will find the ultimate pool remodel checklist, so that you can consider your options for giving your pool the upgrade it needs.

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Phases of Pool Construction

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If you’ve been thinking about making the ultimate addition to your family home, you might be wondering what the process of installing a pool into your backyard is like. Many fret that this process is long and drawn-out, leaving your yard a mess for months on end, but this isn’t true! Here is a quick overview on the phases of pool construction that can help you envision what it will be like when you have your dream pool installed.

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How to Store Pool Chemicals Safely

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Keeping the chemicals in your pool balanced is an essential part of pool ownership. If you’ve been thinking about getting a pool, or you want to learn how to better care for your existing pool, then you’ve probably been wondering how you should properly handle these chemicals. Here is a brief overview of how you should store pool chemicals, in order to best care for your pool and protect your family from harm.

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Top Pool Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

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Deciding to put a pool in for your family home will be one of the best decisions you will make for the new year. Pools are great spaces to cool off, exercise and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. With these 2016 pool design trends, you can stay ahead of the curve in style while still having a beautiful, personal space to enjoy outdoors.

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5 Designs for Updating your Pool Area

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Eventually, even something as cool as a swimming pool can eventually lose its charm. When you get tired of the inside of your home, you can repaint the walls or move around the furniture, but what do you do when your pool and pool area have lost their charm? Here are some different pool update ideas to give your outdoor area a fresh look. 

Deck or Pool Resurfacing

Thinking about updating your pool? One of the best ways to do that is to replace that old plaster finish with an updated aggregate finish. Aggregate finishes come in a variety of colors as well as looks that can mimic tile, shells, stones or other materials. While not cheap, this can be a great way to update the look of the pool.

Another thing that can be resurfaced is the deck around the pool. Many different kinds of top coat and paints exist today that can give your old deck a brand new look. These can even help to fill in cracked or splitting boards.

Add Accent Lighting

Another great way to update the look of your pool is to add or update the lighting that is in it. Replace those old inefficient incandescent lights with updated LED lighting. LED lighting can create an entirely new pool atmosphere by adding different colors that accent the pool and the area surrounding it. You can even create color changing effects if you wish. 

Waterline Tile

If you are going to upgrade or resurface your pool deck, why not add a waterline tile to the pool? This can be a great way to change the entire look of the pool area and tie it all together. Use the idea above about LED lighting to add further accents to your waterline tile and customize it to your taste.

Salt Water System

One of the reasons that your pool may have lost its luster is how much time you have to spend treating the water. Traditional chemicals are harsh and expensive. That is why many people are moving away from those chemicals and installing a salt water system.

A salt water system uses the salt to create the chlorine in the water that keeps it clean. Chlorine created this way is much easier on the eyes and skin for swimmers and also means that you don’t have to buy, store and handle those pool chemicals anymore. As an added bonus, salt water pools are easier to maintain. 

Water Features

If you are looking to add something different to your pool area, why not add a water feature? Fountains, waterfalls, scuppers and sprayers are all easy additions to existing pools. They can add some excitement and life into an older pool area and can even be combined with music. They may increase the energy cost of your outdoor area, so be aware that this is not the most cost effective pool update idea.

Contact Tampa Bay Pools to have some life put back in to your pool by adding this or another upgrade today!

Fire Pit Safety Tips for the Whole Family

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Nothing beats chasing the chill away from a cool night outside with a fire. Fire pits are a great addition to any backyard or outdoor area. You must always remember that open flames are not something that should be taken lightly, even in a controlled area like a fire pit. Practicing proper fire pit safety can prevent expensive damages and injury. 

Choose Location Carefully

Choosing the location for your fire pit is the first step in making sure that you don’t accidentally have fire anywhere that you don’t want it. Some obvious things to remember are to keep your fire pit away from any structures. Between 10 and 25 feet is a good distance. Never put your fire pit underneath a porch or a deck, as the flames could get high enough to light these on fire. Also remember to keep some paving stones between your pit and the grass or ground that it is sitting on.

Prep the Area

Once you find the ideal location, you are going to want to prep the area for the fire. Clear out anything that might be flammable from the area around the pit. Using five feet as a rule of thumb will be good. This distance should prevent sparks or coals from lighting dry vegetation. If you want, you can pile up an area around the center of the fire with rocks or dirt to ensure that embers won’t be causing any issues.

Lighting the Fire

Put away the lighter fluid. You really don’t need it for lighting your fire pit, and using it can cause a multitude of issues. Keep the lighter fluid in the charcoal grill. Fire pits should be started using kindling and newspaper or one of the starter logs that you can purchase. If you choose to use paper, newspaper is best. You want to twist it up (like the wick of a candle) so you get the longest burn possible. Light it and place it at the bottom of the pile of kindling.

Always remember to check the wind speed and direction before you start your fire. If the wind kicks up, it can blow coals and embers unexpectedly away from your location. If there is some wind, make sure to check that the downwind direction is clear of anything that might catch fire.

Just like you want to stay away from lighter fluid, don’t be tempted to use gasoline or any other flammable liquids, either. Stick to kindling to start your fire. It is much safer in the confines of a fire pit.

Never Leave the Site

Don’t walk away from your fire once you have it going. If something does happen and nobody is there, fire can spread quickly and uncontrollably before you get to do anything about it. Make sure children understand that the fire pit can be dangerous, and ensure that they have adult assistance. Never leave them or your pets unattended near a fire.

A fire pit is a great way to complement a swimming pool. Contact Tampa Bay Pools today for more information about making this addition to your backyard.