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Ideas for Throwing a Back to School Pool Party

Back to school pool party

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.

Tampa Bay Pools Ranked as One of the Top 50 Pool Builders in the Country

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Named One of the Top 50 Pool Builders in the Country

Tampa Bay Pools takes pride in providing superior customer service when it comes to pool design and construction, and we’re proud to announce Pool & Spa News magazine ranked us 40th on its list of Top 50 Pool Builders in 2016, continuing our long reign making the annual list.

Why is Tampa Bay Pools a Top-Ranked Pool Builder?

With thousands of different pool builders throughout the country, Tampa Bay Pools earned its top ranking through its commitment to the Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater and St. Petersburg communities, as well as an excellent track record of providing superior pool construction and installation.

Tampa Bay Pools continues to be heavily involved in the pool and spa industry, including being the only Tampa-area member of the prestigious, invite-only Aquatech Society of Pool Builders and an active member of the Florida Swimming Pool Association.

Remaining an Industry Leader

Tampa Bay Pools remains dedicated to building quality pools and spas for our customers. As an industry leader, we remain dedicated to providing you with the highest level of customer satisfaction, building practices and service. When you choose to work with Tampa Bay Pools, you’re choosing company that continues to provide the greater Tampa area with award-winning pool and spa design and construction.

About Us

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

phases of pool construction

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

2016 pool design trends

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.

Top 50 Pool Builders!

We would like to announce that for the 11th year in a row we have been named in Pool & Spa News as one of the top 50 Pool Builders in the country!

Thank you to all of our customers and employees, each of whom helped contribute to our success. You can check it out for yourself, by going to http://www.poolspanews.com/builders/top-50-builders.aspx. Thank you to everyone for your continued support!

Think You Can’t Afford to Build a Pool? Think Again!

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Your Dream Pool

With summer already upon us, you have no doubt already been spending more time outdoors enjoying our beautiful Florida spring. If you're like most people, you've been looking around your outdoor environment and daydreaming about the perfect backyard. Likely, your perfect backyard includes a beautiful new pool.

You can see it in your mind's eye: The crystal-clear water framed by graceful tile and natural stone coping. Generous decking with plenty of space for lounge chairs and outdoor dining. Elegant water features enhancing the view with the soothing sound of chuckling water. And for added drama, perhaps a couple of fire bowls or an outdoor fireplace. Maybe even a custom designed enclosure to keep it all private and protected from the elements.

But then you may be telling yourself, "But I can't afford to build a pool!"

You've Got Options!

Not so fast! Did you know that Tampa Bay Pools offers financing options for building your dream outdoor escape? We have partnered with Lyon Financial and Paramount to better serve your individual needs. While many pool builders are struggling to offer financing right now, Tampa Bay Pools has a team of lenders with money available now for your special project. Even with little or no equity, you could qualify for very competitive rates from our pool financing specialists.

If you think you can't afford a pool- even if you've been told "No" by other builders or lenders, give us a call or stop by Tampa Bay Pools today! After hours? You can even start the process through our simple Contact Us form. We have helped hundreds of families build the pool and spa of their dreams. Maybe it's your turn