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Best Time to Build a Swimming Pool

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You should consider all the factors when deciding to build an inground pool. It’s a big investment in your home’s value and requires smart planning. You’ll need to decide whether you want a formal pool, geometric pool, or natural swimming pool, where it will best fit your outdoor space, and when you should build it. While most don’t think about it, winter can actually be the best time to build an inground pool in the Tampa Bay area.

 

Tampa Bay Inground Pool Building in Winter

Scheduling is one of the main reasons to build your Tampa Bay swimming pool during winter. Many people tend to think about getting a new inground pool when the temperatures warm up in spring and early summer. Tampa Bay area pool builders, including Brandon, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, fill their schedules fast as spring approaches, leaving little room for additional inground pool builds. During the winter months, less people are looking for new swimming pool construction, so it’s a great time to get full access to our schedule.

 

Enjoy a Full Tampa Bay Swim Season

And perhaps the most important reason winter is the best time to build an inground pool is that it will be ready in time for swim season to begin this spring. Get ready to jump in with the whole family and begin a lifetime of making poolside memories.

Contact the Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg inground pool experts at Tampa Bay Pools today to learn more about how you can get the backyard of your dreams. We’re dedicated to superior customer service, quality Tampa Bay swimming pool construction, and providing a great selection of inground pool designs and options that fit your lifestyle.

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.

Why Winter is The Best Time to Build Your Tampa Bay Pool

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Any time is a great time to build a pool, but fall is the best time of all for your new Tampa Bay pool construction. Below are just a handful of reasons why the cooler winter months are the ideal time to build your custom pool from Tampa Bay Pools:

 

A Full Swim Season

If you wait until just before spring to begin your pool project, you’ll miss out on much of the start of “official” swim season! You’ll be wishing your new refreshing oasis was already done when the mild Florida winter quickly goes from warmer spring days to another blazing hot summer.

 

Faster New Pool Construction

Building in the Tampa Bay fall also means a faster pool construction time. Builders have fewer projects going on at once so yours will take centerstage. Faster build time and a full swim season are two great reasons to build a pool right now.

 

Great Timing

While the summer weather will make you long for a cold pool, the fall and winter weather will make you long for cool evenings on the deck or around the fire pit. You might not be in the mood to jump in the pool right away, but you’ll still get plenty of use out of your Tampa Bay Pools backyard the second it’s done.

Also, if you plan on some DIY landscaping to accompany your new pool, the cooler weather gives you time to properly plan and get things done before the heat settles in. You’ll be able to haul, mulch, dig, and plant all without getting drenched in sweat under a scorching sun.

An added bonus? If you plan on having a spa, you'll be able to enjoy its warm, soothing waters all winter long!

 

Plan Your New Pool Construction Project with Tampa Bay Pools

When you're ready to turn your backyard into a gorgeous and functional private oasis, there are several great reasons to choose Tampa Bay Pools:

  • Streamlined step-by-step construction process that makes it easy for you to track progress and understand what’s going on in your backyard.
  • Unparalleled customer service from initial consultation to construction and for the lifetime of your pool. We are here to serve you.
  • Numerous awards and prestigious industry affiliations with a long-standing commitment to the local community.
  • Most of all, we make backyard dreams come true. We will design and build a pool and outdoor living space that goes far beyond your expectations.

We believe communication is key. Contact us today with any questions you have about anything pools and outdoor living. We look forward to hearing from you!  (813) 684-3639

 

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.

4 Ways to Create a Resort Style Pool in Your Backyard

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Think you need to give your backyard a huge overhaul to replicate the beautiful pools in some of the world's finest resorts?  Think again. We can help you create a resort style pool in your own backyard with just a bit of creativity, design skill, and these 4 custom pool design features:

 

Water Features

Waterfalls and fountains are the easiest way to instantly create a resort style pool. The sight and sound of falling water are synonymous with fancy hotel pools. Fountains can easily be added around the pool or patio area, and if you want even more luxury, adding a waterfall will add natural beauty to your pool area.

 

Fire Features

Can you go wrong with the combination of fire and water? Adding fire features to your pool creates a beautiful and dramatic ambiance. Watch the dancing flames come alive at night, making for an attractive focal point in your backyard space. Your senses will delight as fire turns your backyard into all-night party space.

 

Rock Features

Most resort style pools are quite naturalistic and feature a number of “natural” pieces, such as large rocks, grottos, and natural stone decks and patio surfaces.  Many of these features can be incorporated along with the waterfalls and fountains you choose to add to your space. We’ve designed and built hundreds of rock features and know how to make your backyard remind you of your favorite vacation.

 

Pool Features

One of the most highly sought after design features in pools today is a wading area. Far shallower than the standard 3 to 4 feet, these areas are incredibly versatile. They can be used as a tanning ledge, as a play area for young children, or as a splash pad for your pets. The varying depths of your pool can create several different areas for you to enjoy your pool in different ways.

Whether you have a big backyard or a small space to work with, we can bring resort living to your everyday life. You’ll be able to escape to your private retreat year-round without even having to get in the water. Dynamic sights and sounds will create an atmosphere that carries you away to another place without ever leaving your property. Your new favorite vacation will be right outside your backdoor.  

 

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.

What Swimming Pool Finish or Surface Should I Choose?

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There are a lot of things to take into consideration when building a pool – the size, where it will be located, and what features you want it to have. But one factor that can have a significant impact on the atmosphere and aesthetic appeal of your poolscape are the pool finishes you choose.

 

Pool Finishes and Surface Options

Today's pool owner has a number of options when it comes to pool finishes, and even more options when it comes to color and texture. Our design experts at Tampa Bay Pools will work closely with you to determine which one will best fit your needs.

 

Read on below to learn more about the options available and the pros and cons of each.

 

Paint

Paint is popular for two reasons: it's inexpensive and you have a variety of color options available to you. The primary drawback is that paint has a considerably shorter lifespan than the other pool finishes on this list, and it does not deliver that same level of modern sophistication other surfaces offer.

 

Plaster

Basic plaster is a budget-friendly pool finish that leaves pools feeling smooth to the touch. The downside to this type of finish is that it does need to be replaced every 8 to 12 years, and it can suffer from wear and tear resulting in cracks, chips or hollow spots. It also stains more easily than other pool finishes.

 

Tile

Basic tiling gives pool owners the opportunity to create unique color combinations and shapes throughout their entire poolscape. Tiling can be the most flexible in terms of design, though it is more costly in comparison to paint and plaster.

 

Glass Tile

Arguably the most sophisticated of the pool finishes, glass tiling transforms pools into a glimmering mosaic of brilliant colors. Incredibly durable and long lasting, glass tiling is also one of the more expensive pool finishes on our list.

 

Aggregate

Aggregate pool finishes come in an array of colors and they are more durable than standard plaster. While expensive, if the pool is well maintained these pool finishes will stand the test of time.

 

PebbleTec

Textured and delivering a one-of-a-kind sparkle, natural pebble pool finishes like PebbleTec are in high demand since they are as durable as they are beautiful. Pool owners beware, however, as applying pebble pool finishes can take over one week to complete (but the results are certainly worth the wait).

 

The Choice Is Yours with Tampa Bay Pools, Inc.

Located in beautiful Brandon, Florida, Tampa Bay Pools, Inc. is an award-winning pool builder offering top quality pool finishes to pool owners in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and surrounding communities.

 

Start building your perfect backyard with My Staycation Builder, and call us today to chat about your pool dreams at (813) 684-3639.

 

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.

10 Ways to Find the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

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With such a wide selection of individuals and companies to choose from, finding just the right Tampa Bay pool builder can be a difficult task. But, as long as homeowners follow this checklist of 10 things to look for in the right pool builder, this crucial task will become significantly easier.

 

  1. How Many Years Under Your Current Name?

Rather than ask a Tampa Bay pool builder how long they've been in business, ask them how long they have been operating under their current name. This will give you an idea of how long they have been in business and will help you determine how reliable they are.

 

  1. Has the Company Ever Closed or Opened with Another Name?

Much like the question before, this will help you determine the reliability of the company and could hint at bankruptcy or other past troubles that could still be affecting business operations today.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Pool Builder or Broker?

The term "pool builder" is self explanatory – it's an individual or company who builds pools. A pool broker, on the other hand, is in the business of selling swimming pool service routes to individuals or companies.

 

  1. Ever Declared Bankruptcy?

Though not unheard of in today's tougher economic climate, it's always best to go with a company that you know has the financial backing and management skills to complete your project.

 

  1. Licensed and Bonded?

Professional contractors must be licensed to install or repair your pool, and a bond will protect you if the terms of the contract aren't met by your Tampa Bay pool builder.

 

  1. How Many Pools Built Since Opening?

More than the years that the company has been in business (though that too is important) you want to also ask how many pools the company has built. Ask about the types of pools they have built as well (i.e. some companies may be more experienced in fiberglass pools whereas others work primarily with gunite).

 

  1. Is Labor Coverage Included in your Warranty?

Having labor covered under warranty can save you thousands of dollars in potential repairs over the next few years.

 

  1. Do You Belong to any Associations?

Pool and spa associations won't just accept any company into their fold. Being a member of groups such as the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and the Master Pools Guild (MPG) speak volumes about the level of commitment to quality work by the pool builder.

 

  1. Do you Hire Contractors/Sub Contractors?

While many companies do successfully hire contractors and subcontractors to build pools, it’s often the best route to select a company that uses in-house employees. However, if they have a strong record and long history, then they likely have a good network of reliable and trustworthy contractors.

 

  1. Do You Offer a Variety of Interior and Exterior Pool Finishes?

If what you seek is a custom pool builder, then this question is incredibly important. Ask to see the company's interior and exterior pool finish options to ensure that you'll be able to build your fantasy aquatic retreat.

Luckily, we make choosing a pool builder easy. At Tampa Bay Pools we’ve been building pools and outdoor living spaces in Tampa Bay for years. Click here to read testimonials from your friends and neighbors who have trusted us with their backyard getaway.

 

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.

Which Spa Design Is Right For Your Combined Pool & Spa?

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The benefits of having an inground spa are vast, from relaxing after a long stressful day to easing sore muscles after a swim and socializing with friends. There are quite a few pool design options to consider, however, starting with whether you want a spa alongside or in the pool, or one which is build in a different part of your backyard.

Detached Inground Spas

A detached inground spa is one which is located some distance away from the pool. A detached spa may be a good option for those who want to create a private place to relax away from the splishing and splashing of the pool, for those who want to build a larger spa, or those with an open garden backyard design.

Adjacent and Integrated Inground Spas

An inground spa can be added to your existing poolscape pool in a number of ways, and it can be built at the end, along the side or into the corner of your existing pool depending on the location of the utilities needed for the spa and the shape of your pool.

  • Integrated inground spa: Integrated spa designs place the spa inside of the swimming pool and the spa is part of the pool's overall shape. These are most easily incorporated during the initial pool building stages.
  • Attached inground spa: Adjacent spas appear as a separate entity from the pool and can be added to your poolscape at any time. These spas can be inground, or they can be elevated above the pool, adding a whole new dimension to your pool design.
  • Raised perimeter overflow spas: A popular raised inground spa option, the raised perimeter overflow spa features water spilling over the walls of the spa, creating a relaxing visual and audio effect.
  • Spillover inground spas: Having a spillway offers even greater audible appeal than the raised perimeter overflow spa. These spas are designed to have a thin veil of water flowing from the top of one side of the spa into a lower spillway (although the effect makes it appear as if the stream is funneling into the pool).

Why Fall Is a Great Time for a Spa

Fall is a great time to build an inground spa with Tampa Bay Pools! Our award-winning Tampa Bay pool builders and spa designers will have your custom inground spa all ready to go before those cooler Florida evenings arrive over the next few weeks.

Treat yourself to the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends and loved ones this season. Click on our “Pool and Spa Photo Galleries” to view a portfolio of our custom inground spas, and call us today to learn more about how we can bring your dream spa to life at (813) 684-3639.

Water Features That Perfectly Complement a Modern Geometric Pool

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Geometric pools have quickly climbed the ranks in pool popularity and are now among one of the most commonly found pool designs in Tampa Bay backyards today. Being nearly as flexible as a freeform pool but offering flattering and well defined lines and edges, some water features tend to complement geometric poolscapes more than others. Below are just a handful of the water features you may want to consider for your modern pool:

Feature #1: Scuppers

Scuppers are a staple water feature for almost every geometric pool design. The appearance of this water feature can vary from incredibly simplistic to ornate and complicated. Many pool owners will choose to incorporate scuppers:

  • Within planter boxes
  • Along a raised spa (the spa is usually attached)
  • Along walls which border the pool

This water feature is typically incorporated in pairs or sets of three, though pool owners can choose to have as many as necessary for the desired audible and visual effect.

Feature #2: In-Pool Fountains

This water feature may have taken a backseat in recent years to other new cutting edge options, but it is making strong comeback as geometric pools increase in desirability. The in-pool fountain brings an element of sophistication and opulence while still being an incredibly fun feature for kids and adults alike.

Feature #3: Sheer Descent Waterfalls

Arguably the most complimentary water feature to the geometric pool given its matching crisp lines is the sheer descent waterfall. Unlike the typical bubbling rock waterfall which often accompanies freeform pools, the sheer descent provides a smooth cascade of water that continuously pours into the pool. Not only is it a visual delight, but many include this waterfall in their pool designs because of its therapeutic qualities.

Looking for more ideas? Take a look at our photo gallery for more inspiration on you next pool design project!

 

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.

Discover Your Dream Pool with MyStaycation Builder

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Are you ready to build a pool, but don’t know where to start when it comes to the design? If your answer is yes, then the Tampa Bay Pools MyStaycation Builder tool is perfect for you. This online tool allows you come to our showroom fully prepared to discuss the next steps of your pool project.

Powerful Pool-Designing Features

Start with a blank slate for your backyard and add features to make your dream pool a reality. You can drag and drop various features including decking, water features, and different types of swimming pools. Make a mistake? No worries, you can delete individual elements without affecting the overall design of your backyard. Think that Azalea tree would look better on the other side of the pool? Go ahead and move it over to see which location would suit your needs best.

Discover Your Backyard Needs

Create multiple designs to compare your backyard needs. With MyStaycation Builder, you can save your designs and create new ones with only a few clicks! Discover what kind of pools and water features work best with the landscaping that is currently in your backyard or which kinds of landscaping you’d like to add in the future. Use this visual representation to show your Tampa Bay Pools custom pool designer what you need in a clear and easy to understand manner.

Feel Prepared and Empowered

With the MyStacation Builder, you can walk into your design consultation meeting with us and feel confident that you’re getting exactly what you want. No longer will you have to listen to pool design ideas that would never work for you or your backyard. You can even save your design and send it to your Tampa Bay Pools designer to help us expedite the design and construction process.

Preview our MyStaycation Builder [LINK] and start creating the backyard of your dreams. When you’re ready to begin your project, be sure to visit a trusted pool builder like Tampa Bay Pools. We’d love to make your dream a reality and help you along the way in every step of the pool designing and building process!

 

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.

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.

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.