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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.

Tampa Bay Pools Featured Pool for June

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June Featured Tampa Bay & Brandon Pool of the Month

Tampa Bay Pools, your Tampa Bay & Clearwater pool builder, invites you to take a look at our June featured pool of the month. This luxurious family-friendly backyard has all of the elements of a fun filled afternoon or the ultimate pool party.

The custom swimming pool is a geometric pool (sometimes called a classic pool) with plenty of space for outdoor seating, creating the perfect outdoor retreat.   

This beautiful pool features:

  • Custom spa with jets to work out any stress or relax those aching muscles
  • Entry steps for easier access
  • Tanning ledge to relax and tan while staying cool
  • Fire bowls to create the perfect ambience
  • Outdoor living features
    • Outdoor fireplace
    • Covered patio
    • Outdoor kitchen

Contact Tampa Bay Pools to get started on your custom swimming pool. 

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.

Get Fit with these New Year’s Resolution Worthy Pool Exercises

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Everyone loves a pool. They are the staple of fun for the whole family. You splash in them, you spend time with your family in them, and they make your life so much happier. However, apart from being fun and relaxing, pools are also a great way of keeping in shape. There are many different things that you can do to stay in shape using your very own pool. Here are some of our favorite pool exercises:

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Build a New Pool this Winter in Tampa Bay

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With winter around the corner, many people around America are getting ready to close their pools for the cold weather, thus ending the summer time fun. However, your custom Florida pool with Tampa Bay Pools is not closing any time soon. In fact, your home might be due for a huge makeover this holiday season. In Tampa Bay, winter is the absolute perfect time to have your brand new pool built or have your old one remodeled. This Christmas season, there are some amazing reasons that you should begin the construction or update of your pool. 

Perfect Prices

When people wait to spring or even summer, the new standards and prices roll around for what pools can cost and sometimes, the price will increase significantly from year to year and season to season. If you have your new pool built this winter, you can have an assurance that your price will not go up. The warmer months, in general, see a significant increase in the prices to contrast a new pool. Make this Christmas perfect and more affordable with a brand new pool. Do not let the rising prices of summer get the best of you buy saving some cash and investing in a brand new pool this winter.

Yard Work 

Every few years or so, all yards need certain maintenance work and updating. This can get pricey, especially during the warmer months. This winter, try having all of your landscaping and maintenance needs taken care of before the warmth of the sun returns. If you choose to go this route, then when summer gets here, you are not looking at ugly construction work around your pool area. This is the perfect way to have all of your yard and gardening needs seen to before summer returns. That way you can enjoy every aspect of your yard when the weather is hot again. 

Ready To Go

Right now, many Americans are trapped inside, looking out at a pool to frigid and cold to use. In Tampa Bay your pools are uncovered and still in use. However, if you do not have a pool already, it is the perfect time to invest because when summer rolls around, you will be ready to go and enjoy your brand new pool. No one wants to spend their summer months watching construction and sitting around the house. If you have your pool construction or remodeling needs taken care of in the winter, then when summer arrives once again, you can waste no time jumping in and enjoying the refreshing water. Enjoy the fun in the sun right on time with a new pool from Tampa Bay Pools.

Buy your brand new, luxurious pool this winter when you contact us for further information and assistance. 

Add These Amazing Features to Your Pool Today

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Your pool is an amazing amenity to your house and likely the favorite place for the family to get together and hang out. While your pool is already great, let’s turn things up a notch. Tampa Bay Pools will help provide you with some amazing features that are simply must-haves for your pool.

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Add a Spa to Your Tampa Bay Pool Today

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Your pool is one of your favorite places. You retreat there after a long day to enjoy the cool water and relax with family and friends. Pools are an amazing amenity to any house, but you can go one step further by adding a top of the line, luxurious spa or hot tub to your property.

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Florida Outdoor Living Space Decorating Tips for the Fall

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Fall is here and with it comes the rustic colors, the cooler weather and the joy of the impending holidays. People will be flooding the stores soon in search of all the decorating and crafts materials that they need to turn their home into the perfect holiday destination. However, with so many options and styles to choose from, it’s easy to get lost or swept up in all the craziness this time of year can bring. Following some of these easy tips can help make your home and your Florida outdoor living space the best and most vivid sight to see throughout the entire fall season.

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Which Pool Deck Material is Right for You?

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Installing a pool means more decisions than just the basin itself. People will spend as much time at the area around the pool as they will swimming in it. This means that choosing the right decking or patio material for your pool deck is a big decision. Here are some of the options that are available to you and the pros can cons for choosing them.

Concrete

Poured concrete is a traditional finish for many pool decks. It was inexpensive and relatively easy to maintain. Concrete has fallen out of favor recently, as it can be hot to walk on with bare feet and it also can crack when exposed to changing weather conditions. Still, it is an inexpensive option and can be tinted with many colors or even stamped or have accent bands added for an individual touch. 

Wood Decking

Wood is a popular decking choice for backyards with or without pools. Wood can be built up around your pool and can be made into any shape or size to fit your needs. It can get slippery when it gets wet, however, so swimmers will need to be careful. Wood is also rather high maintenance. It needs frequently restained and refinished. It can be bought in a variety of types, and many exotic hardwoods can add a unique look to your pool area.

Composite Decking

Composite decking gives you the look and feel of wood with much less maintenance. Composite decks are typically wooden boards wrapped in a coating that will stand up to the elements. It can be coated with gripping paint to hold on to wet feet and does not need to be constantly refinished. Composite decks can be expensive, however, and the color choices are limited unless you paint.

Paving Stones

Paving stones are large concrete slabs that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They are placed as individual pieces, so it gives them plenty of room to move around with the weather to prevent cracking. Pavers can be bought in most colors and give you the freedom to choose two or three different colors to create patterns of your choosing.

Unglazed Tile

Similar to paving stones, these small clay alternatives can give a unique southwestern look to your pool area. They are small and put down like any other tile, so some extra work to build a bed for them will be needed for stability. A similar effect can be created with thin stone.

Rubber

This may seem like an odd one, but if you think about it, rubber makes an ideal pool deck surface. Rubber is non-slip, durable and easy to clean up. A few companies are offering rubber pool decking materials that is similar to playground surfacing. It can be made in any design or pattern and comes in a variety of colors.

Whatever you choose, Tampa Bay Pools can help. Check out our different options for your new pool, including pool deck materials and contact us today!

4 Bright Ideas for Pool Lighting

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While swimming during the day is fun, nothing beats a nice dip in the pool after dark. You may not want to have to light your pool with tiki-torches or flashlights, however. Here are some tips that you might want to consider if you are thinking of installing pool lighting.

Look at the Tile

The first thing you want to think about is matching the color of your lighting to the color of your pool tile. While you obviously want to keep things looking nice, you can actually pick colors that are absorbed by the tile in your pool and reduce the amount of light that it puts out.

On the other hand, choosing the right colors can help you to come up with some interesting and unique lighting effects. If you are unsure what you might be able to do with your pool tile colors, give the internet a search to see what others are doing. It might inspire you.

Keep it Soft

You and your guests want to enjoy your pool. Feeling like you are in the spotlight of a Broadway play is not the way to make people feel comfortable. Having several softer sources of light in your pool is a much better way to go than having one bright harsh source. Consider at least two sources (or more) to keep your pool lit at a comfortable level. 

Don’t Forget the Deck

You can spend all of your time looking for great pool lighting, but if people can’t see where the steps are, they may never get in. You have to keep the area around the pool well lit as well. Soft lighting around the deck and pathways will ensure you can find your way into the pool. You can also enhance the feel of the entire pool area by choosing lighting for your landscaping as well. Spreading the light around has the bonus effect of spreading out the insects, as there are more than one source of light to be attracted to.

LED or Incandescent?

What kind of lighting best fits your pool? The two main choices are LED and incandescent. Of course, LED lighting is much more expensive initially. It can offer several advantages over incandescent. First is the reduced cost of energy. LED lights are much more efficient and will consume less power as you operate them. They are also available in a much wider variety of colors than you can get with good old incandescent bulbs.

Take the time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of both before you make a final decision on what kind of lighting to go with. Don’t forget that while incandescent bulbs carry the lower up front cost, there may be much more on the back end than you are anticipating.

For help installing pool lighting, contact the experts at Tampa Bay Pools. We can get you up and running with pool lights in no time.