Tips for Maintaining Your Pool in the Winter

Maintaining your fiberglass pool in the winter is something that’s easy to forget about, especially if you aren’t using it. However, by properly taking care of your pool during the off season, it can benefit it in many ways.

Why Winter Pool Maintenance Matters

  • It can extend the life of your fiberglass pool
  • More money stays in your wallet by saving on expensive repairs
  • It helps keep the water clean and safe
  • It allows you to enjoy your pool when it is time to enjoy it once again in the warmer months

But first, Remember to Winterize Your Fiberglass Swimming Pool

Once the temperatures have fallen below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it is time to close up your pool.

First of all, test the chemicals in the pool water. This includes alkalinity, pH, calcium, and chlorine.

Next, as part of winterizing your pool, you should turn off the power supply to the pool and remove any on/off trippers to prevent the pump from turning on.

Then, remove any accessories: ladders, steps, skimmer baskets, cleaners, etc. Even when the sun is shining in the winter, it can potentially damage these items.

After that, it is time to roll up your sleeves and give your pool the deep cleaning it deserves and needs. Skim the surface of the water. Vacuum the bottom. Brush the floor and sides.

Additionally, you need to lower the water levels. It will not cause damage to the pool if you drop the water four to five inches below the skimmer. However, Silver line™ does not recommend dropping it 16 inches below the returns.

Further, pool skimmers should also be protected with a product such as a “gizmo” (a product designed to absorb any expansion of winter freezing in pool skimmers), even if the water is lowered just below the skimmer. Why? Because rainwater can potentially build up on top of the pool cover, which will, in turn, force water back into the skimmer.

Finally, be sure to drain all of the equipment to prevent any water within from freezing, expanding, or potentially causing any damage. Use a blower to clear the water from the pool lines.

Of course, be sure to cover your pool, as well. (More on this below, but this is a key step in protecting your pool overall.)

Now that you have that done, it is time to update yourself on some basic winter pool maintenance tips. Just because you are not using your pool during the winter months (unless, of course, you live in a warm climate), it still needs some attention to keep it operating at its best during the peak season.

Winter Pool Maintenance Tips

If you want to enjoy your inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool the first day the temperatures begin to soar again, then keeping it well-maintained in the off months can make that an easy transition.

Here are a few guidelines to keep your fiberglass pool in optimum shape during the winter:

1. Use a Pool Cover

It is important your pool cover fits properly and has no tears or rips. The goal of a pool cover is to prevent animals, debris, and rainwater from getting into your pool. Plus, a pool cover helps to maintain the chemical balance in the pool. If your pool doesn’t have a cover, our sister company Integra Pool Covers, can hook you up.

2. Prevent Freezing

When the temperatures take a nosedive, the pipes in your pool will be the first things affected. Be sure your pool has been drained to prevent water from freezing, expanding, or potentially causing any damage to your pool. Use a blower to clear any excess water from your pool lines. If you want to add an extra layer of caution, you could add some antifreeze to the pool lines.

3. Add Algaecide and Shock

Algaecide kills algae. Shock kills bacteria. Be sure to circulate the chemicals evenly around the pool. If you use a chlorine shock, do not add it at the same time you add the algaecide.

4. Add Chemicals

When you add enzymes and chlorine to the pool water, contaminants harboring underneath that pool cover can be broken down. Plus, the chlorine helps to keep waterline ring from forming.

5. Keep Up With the Weather

First of all, be sure to keep an eye on the forecast. Uncontrollable weather elements can wreak havoc on your fiberglass pool. Next, be aware of incoming high winds that can bring excess debris into the pool. Rain can also dilute the pool water. Finally, freezing temperatures can cause damage to your pool. (See #2 above.)

6. Clean Your Fiberglass Pool

Once each week, break out your cleaning supplies and equipment and give your pool a once-over cleaning. Be sure to skim the pool, vacuum it, and check the following:  pool floors, pool wall, skimmer basket, filter, water level, and equipment.

When you properly take care of your inground fiberglass backyard swimming pool in the winter months, you can protect the pool and its equipment from damage caused by freezing and other weather elements. As a result, you can ensure a smooth pool opening the following season.The goal in preparing and maintaining your pool for the winter is to avoid significant problems, such as freezing, cracks, and damage to any equipment.

Is a Plunge Pool Right for You?

So let’s say you are dreaming of your very own swimming pool, but every time you peer into your backyard, all you see is a small, cramped space. Dreams dashed, right? Not necessarily. One of the hottest trends in swimming pools is the plunge pool, which are perfect for back yards where real estate is at a premium and a traditional, full-size swimming pool simply isn’t an option.

In this article, we will give you a complete overview of Plunge Pools and help you decide if it’s time to make one the centerpiece of your backyard oasis.

What is a Plunge Pool?

In the past, in order to have a swimming pool, a homeowner had to have a backyard that could accommodate a pretty sizeable structure. Even putting in a smaller-sized pool could mean taking up a minimum of 500-600 square feet between the pool and surrounding landscaping.

A lot of homeowners either don’t have a backyard big enough, or can’t spare that much space.

The solution is the Plunge Pool, which is basically “Honey I Shrunk the Swimming Pool”. Sitting in between a hot tub and a full-sized pool from a size standpoint, a Plunge Pool can fit in even the smallest of backyards. Most Plunge Pools are 20 feet or shorter in length, 8 feet or less in width and five feet or smaller in depth with a flat bottom.

That size gives a homeowner options about placement. A small backyard, a side yard, or even a large indoor sunroom might be the perfect spot for a Plunge Pool.

Advantages of a Plunge Pool

Now, admittedly, you are not going to train for the Olympics or have a 20-person water volleyball game in a Plunge Pool. But a pool that size can still provide plenty of health benefits and fun times.

A Plunge Pool is the perfect place for aquatic rehabilitation or exercise. Install jacuzzi jets for a rejuvenating massage or put in swim jets and get a great resistance workout. Hydrotherapy and low-impact water aerobics performed in a Plunge Pool can provide lasting health benefits.

And while its small size precludes some activities, you can still have some great water time in your Plunge Pool. If nothing else, it’s a great place to cool off after a hard day at work, or, if you spring for optional heaters, can be awesome on a cold winter day.

But one of the biggest advantages might be cost. Their smaller size means a purchase price and installation costs that can be as smaller half that of a traditional pool. Also, a smaller pool means a smaller maintenance and chemical budget and lower utility bills.

How much does a Plunge Pool Cost?

So if a Plunge Pool can be less than half the size of the regular pool, then does it stand to reason that it can be less than half the cost?

Well, yes and no.

As a general rule, the smaller the size of a Plunge Pool means less cost. The fiberglass pool shell will be less expensive than a full size pool and there should be less excavation, backfill and landscaping. A 30 to 40-foot Leisure Pools swimming pool, such as “The Infinity” or “The Icon,” can easily require an investment of over $70,000.  Of course, you are also talking about installing a pool that has an 8-foot deep end and more than 20,000 gallons of water for you to enjoy. Consider that your plunge pool will be under 20 feet and use only 1,200 gallons of water.  Big difference – and you’ll see a big difference in price as a result.

However, a big part of the cost of installing a pool can come from extras that you can add. Do you want to add lighting? How about a water feature such as a “The Cascade” or The Serenity? Do you want to heat your pool so you can use it year-round? How about an expanded patio or an outdoor kitchen?  All of these can add significantly to the cost of your pool. Also, the size and makeup of your backyard could potentially add to the cost of installation.

Your Leisure Pools dealer can help you put together a package for your pool that can fit within your budget.

Can a Plunge Pool be DIY?

Because of the small size of Plunge Pools, this is a question that comes up a lot.

The answer is yes, it’s technically possible, but definitely not recommended.

There are a lot of factors that are involved in installing an in-ground fiberglass pool, from digging to leveling to plumbing to backfilling to a hundred other things. Your Leisure Pools dealer has professional pool installers on their staff who often have decades of experience in pool installation. They know where and how deep to dig, how to make sure that the pool doesn’t leak and what permits are necessary in your area.

Also, many manufacturers require that you use a certified installer or builder.  Not doing so could void the warranties that are offered.

And, while installing a small pool may seem easy, remember that you still need to cut into your pool to install a skimmer, returns and possibly main drains.  You need to be sure that your pool allows for clean and safe circulation of water.  Your pool professional understands what is required and how to properly set up the plumbing and electrical connections.

When using your plunge pool, there may be opportunities to use additional returns to push out water for additional comfort and display. Another option is to replace those returns with spa jets for an even stronger spray and elevate your hydrotherapy results.

Also remember that your pool should be kept safe.  Be sure to discuss how to best accomplish this, whether it be a fence around your yard, or the use of a pool cover or even an automatic pool cover for even greater safety and security.

So while you might be tempted to try to attempt the project on your own, you will definitely be better off letting a professional handle it.

Leisure Pools Plunge Pools

Leisure Pools offers two models of Plunge Pools, one of which should be perfect for your backyard.

Leisure Pools Fiji Plunge fiberglass swimming pool with flat bottom

The Fiji Plunge is a traditional Plunge Pool – small, almost square and compact enough to fit in almost any space. This pool offers a flat bottom floor and generous entry/exit steps along one side. There’s also a wide bench that is the perfect spot for spa jets. And at 9’ 6”, you can easily install swim jets and get a perfect swim workout.

The Palladium Plunge is meant for somewhat larger spaces. It comes in two lengths – 16 feet and 20 feet – and is perfect for a long, narrow back yard. At one end are entry/exit steps and two seats. At the other end is a wrap-around bench. In between is a flat bottom to accommodate the 5-foot depth.

Leisure Pools also offers several pools that while not necessarily classified as a Plunge Pool, can definitely be the right choice for smaller spaces. Check out our blog post on Small Backyard Pools for Small Spaces That Are Big Fun.

Is a Plunge Pool right for you?

Obviously, most of the same questions that one would consider if installing a full-size pool also apply to a Plunge Pool.

But there are a couple of considerations that homeowners thinking about a Plunge Pool also want to keep in mind:

  • As we said earlier, smaller backyards can sometimes mean more difficult installations. Tighter spaces can be difficult to dig out and landscape. Your Leisure Pools dealer will be able to give you an idea of any special challenges your back yard might present.
  • Unlike a traditional pool, Plunge Pools have no shallow end. It’s a consistent depth throughout the entire pool. If you have young children in the house that aren’t good swimmers, a Plunge Pool might not be the best option.
  • Most importantly, you need to do an honest evaluation of how you and your family plans on enjoying and using a pool.   If you are thinking of using a plunge pool to relax after a long run, then perhaps the Fiji Plunge is the right pool for you with the addition of spa jets to help soothe your muscles and provide faster recovery. If you plan on enjoying wonderful evenings in your pool with your spouse or friends, then the Palladium Plunge may be a better option for you as it offers a more creative design with unique seating and a little more room for movement.

Review all your options on the Leisure Pools “Styles” page and then pick up your phone and talk to your local Leisure Pools dealer.  Your dealer can provide you with more insights and suggestions along with a free estimate so that you can get closer to enjoying your well-deserved “Life of Leisure.”

What is a Sun Shelf? And Why Should I Get One?

What is a Sun Shelf in Pool Design?

You may have heard of the term “Sun Shelf” before, but maybe aren’t quite familiar with what it is. Perhaps you know it by some of its other names: baja shelf, pool with tanning ledge, or sun shelf pool. Some people even refer to it as a splash pad pool.

Put simply, a sun shelf (or any of its aliases), is the flat and shallow part of your pool that acts much like an extended step. It creates an area in which swimmers can play, lounge, cool off, or work on their tans.

This exciting design of a pool with a tanning ledge is making its presence known in backyard pools across the country. It’s perfect for people of all ages, and there are many reasons why you should get one for your inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool.

Why You Should Consider Adding a Sun Shelf to Your Pool

A sun shelf pool is the ideal place to lounge, have fun, and splash with the kids. While the shallow end of a pool was created primarily with young kids in mind to enjoy swimming without fear of being in the deep end, a sun shelf offers something for everyone. Here are a few ideas that just might inspire you to incorporate a pool with a tanning ledge into your backyard.

Perfect for the Kids

If your kids prefer the shallower part of the pool but you want to enjoy time in the deep end, a sun shelf allows your kids to safely play while you enjoy swim time nearby. You can also just spend some quality time with your kids in the cool, shallow waters. For teenagers, the sun shelf is a great place to enjoy some pool time activities kicked back on lounge chairs.

Create Your Own Sanctuary

Speaking of lounge chairs, a sun shelf is the perfect place for them. Ever wanted to relax and keep cool in the water but aren’t a big fan of those inflatable rafts? They inevitably lose air and possibly never give you the comfort level you desire. However, a couple of lounge chairs placed on the sun shelf can offer the same sensation. No more awkwardly floating all over the pool.

Incorporate Exciting Accessories

A sun shelf pool is also ideal for strategically placed LED lights for ambiance and style, as well as water features, such as bubblers and fountains.  Want a little shade? Put up an umbrella and you get the best of both worlds: sun and shelter. Truly, when it comes to customizing your sun shelf, the ideas are endless.

Perfect Place for Dogs

If your pet loves to join your family in all the fun but gets tired of dog paddling around the pool, a sun shelf could become his favorite place to hang out. He can get comfortable in the water without having to get fully in the pool. Plus, he can be close to his family at the same time.

Take a Peek at Some of the Stylish Sun Shelf Options from Leisure Pools

At Leisure Pools, we encourage you to live a life of leisure, and that means enjoying your fiberglass swimming pool and all it has to offer you. View our exciting portfolio of swimming pool designs that offer an integrated sun shelf/splash pad option. Prepare to be amazed and inspired. From our rectangular pools that offer a sun shelf to our stylish freeform designs, there is something for everyone.

You can always rely on Leisure Pools to help you design and style the ideal backyard fiberglass swimming pool for you and your family. Something that works in perfect harmony with your backyard, no matter what features you desire. Want a waterfall, fountains, bubblers, or lighting? Our experts can help to create that outdoor oasis of which you have been dreaming.

For information and/or assistance in making the best selection for your pool, contact your local dealer. To find your local fiberglass pool dealer, call 855-857-7527 or go to our Contact Us Page.

Cool Yourself and Your Pool in the Summer

It seems no matter where one lives this summer, there have been some record-breaking heat waves.  If you have a backyard swimming pool, you are probably spending a lot of time in the water. However, if that water feels more like bath water and less like a refreshing basin of bliss, you may want to make a few adjustments from a temperature perspective. After all, not only do you want to keep your cool; you also want your pool to stay cool. When the pool water temperature gets too high, it’s just not as refreshing as you might like it. So how do you cool your pool in the summer?

You could just purchase a huge block dry ice and see what happens. In reality, you will probably just have big blocks of ice floating around in the pool with you, as well as lots of fog. Ideal for penguins and Halloween parties.  Not so much for the casual swimmer.  Besides, hauling those huge blocks of ice into your backyard might not be the easiest thing to do. So, let’s just explore a few other ways to cool down the water temperature in your inground backyard pool. We promise these should be a lot easier and far more reasonable to put into effect.

In order to effectively cool your pool in the summer, you have to rely on a good old fashioned pool maintenance mindset. Make some waves. Get the water moving. Expose it to as much air as you can.  The best time to do this is at night. That is when the air temperature is presumably lower than it is during the day. You can do this be either running the pump or letting any pool waterfalls, fountains, or pool coolers you have stay on overnight.

Let’s break this down a bit further and discuss 5 great ideas to keep the pool cool this summer.

5 Backyard Pool Ideas to Cool Down the Water Temperature

1. Install a Water Feature

When a water feature is running, such as a water fountain, a certain amount of water will evaporate. When the water evaporates, a degree of heat will be drawn out of the water. For an even greater cooling effect, run the fountain at night.

2. Run the pool filter at night

By running the filter at night when the air temperature is lower and the pipes are cooler, you can moderately lower the temperature of the water.

3. Use a reverse cycle heat pump

The word heat here might throw you off. After all, a heat pump is used to heat the water, right? However, if you have a reverse cycle heat pump, it can effectively cool the water. Just flip the switch. Then, the water will move through the heat pump and will be cooled down instead of heated up.

4. Create some shade from the sun

Many pool owners in southern states enclose their inground swimming pools in a screen house to protect from insects and debris. These enclosures also serve to block passive solar energy while helping to keep the water from heating up. You may also want to consider a pool canopy to keep the water temperature at a pleasant level. This will also give you some protection from the sun.  If it is not practical in your situation to cover or shade your pool from the sun, you may want to consider some landscaping measures. Just remember that if you plant a few trees or bushes to block the sun, it could take a few years for you to benefit from their full effect.

5. Consider a white pool cover

Pool covers are typically used for a couple of reasons. First, they provide a layer of safety. Secondly, they help raise the temperature of the pool water. A reflective white pool cover, though, can keep the temperature of the water more stable. It can also prevent the water from continually heating up from the sun. Cover the pool during the day when not in use and cover it again at night.

Don’t Forget Routine Pool Maintenance!

It is always important to maintain the chemistry of your pool water.  It is even more important during the dog days of summer. When you have warmer temperatures and more sunlight, algae become obnoxious guests. Additionally, summertime means more bugs and debris finding their way into the water. These will not only cloud the water, but they will also create more of a burden on your filter. Learn more about keeping your pool healthy and safe here.

Other Refreshing Ideas to Keep Your Cool at the Pool

1. Install a pergola or gazebo

Not only do these structures keep the heat down, but they also add beauty to your outdoor living space. For smaller backyards, opt for a portable pergola or gazebo. This way, you can move it around as you please to get shade where you want it. Umbrellas are also ideal for smaller spaces, and you can move these around, too.

2. Make the most of an outdoor fan

These are ideal to keep the air moving and reduce stuffiness. There are many styles available to fit your décor. Some even come with lights, which are great for evening get-togethers poolside.

3. Go for some green

As mentioned previously, landscaping is a great way to add some shade and reduce the effects of the heat.  Add some plants and/or trees that cast green shadows onto you pool deck or patio. Why green? Well, first of all, it tends to have a cooling effect on the eyes. Also, green adds a layer of texture and interest to your backyard.

4. Get a cooling misting fan

If you want to reduce the temperature of the overall pool area by about 20 degrees, install a misting system around your pool. these work by pumping water through a series of small nozzles. After the water is atomized into a fine mist, it evaporates and gently cools off the space.

Planning and Preparation is the Key

With a bit of planning and preparation, your inground backyard pool and surrounding living areas can become one of the coolest places to relax and escape the summer heat.

No matter what temperature of pool water you prefer, our goal is to ensure you enjoy the life of leisure you deserve. If you have any questions about the best way to cool your pool in the summer or if you have any pool maintenance questions, we are happy to help. Just contact us today and we will gladly put you in touch with a dealer in your area for a consultation. A cool life of leisure is waiting for you.

How to Throw an Epic Back-to-School Party at the Pool

We don’t know how it happened, but it did.  Summer is coming to an end.  It does this every year. Somehow, though, it seems to come sooner with each passing year.  Undoubtedly the kids are bummed about having to say their goodbyes to summertime fun. However, there is still plenty of time to throw an epic back-to-school swimming pool party that you can host at your inground backyard swimming pool.
Throwing an unforgettable pool party before the summer ends is a great way to gather extra memories, have a lot of fun, celebrate with old friends, and perhaps even make some new ones. If you want your kids to go back to school in style, then consider throwing them a one-of-a-kind backyard pool party before that school bell rings.

Inspirational Ideas for a Back-to-School Pool Party

1. Make Memorable Invitations

You can’t have a great pool party without friends and family, right? You have to send out invitations to get the ball rolling. In fact, invitations should be one of the most creative elements of your party.  They should stand out and set the tone for the celebration to come.  Here are some fun ideas for pool party invitations:

  • Write the invitation on a pool floaty, pool noodle, or even a beach ball. Then, your guests can bring them to use at the party.
  • Put an invitation in a bottle with some sand.
  • Add a bit of 3-D texture to your invitations by gluing some small seashells or sand on your invitations.

It best to get started on your pool planning now. We all know how schedules fill up, especially as people are preparing to get back to school. There are those last-minute vacations, school shopping excursions, and family outings people are trying to squeeze into their calendar.

2. Get Some Fun Decorations

You’ve set the date and have sent out the invitations.Now comes the fun part: the decorations.  Hopefully you have a theme in mind.  If you are uncertain as to which direction to go, check out some great back-to-school pool party ideas here.

To get you started, however, we will suggest a few fun ideas, and you can take it from there.

Beach theme pool party ideas: fill an inflatable kiddie pool with sand and decorate it with pails and shovels.  Make festive centerpieces from shells and starfish.  Set up a photo booth with fun props. Think: beach balls, surf boards, sunglasses, pool noodles, and flip flops. Crank up the music with a kids’ pool party playlist.

Pirate party theme: Have plenty of eye patches, fake skull tattoos, and bandanas on hand for your guests to wear. Hang nets to give the appearance of an old pirate ship.  If you have a diving board, decorate it to look like an old wooden ship plank.  You can even hide treasures in and around the pool.  Challenge your more adventurous and daring guests to swim into the deepest part of the pool to retrieve their prizes.

Go tropical: Grab some tiki lights, leis, hula skirts, and Hawaiian shirts. These will definitely set the mood. Put pineapples and coconuts on all the tables. Put a couple of inflatable palm trees on the pool deck.

Granted, these are just a few fun ideas we have tossed out there. And if you are on a budget, you don’t have to let that stop you.  Check out a local hobby, thrift, or discount store for some amazing finds. You might even have some fun stuff at home to help liven up the party.

3. Organize Some Backyard Swimming Pool Games

While there are definitely a ton of fun games to play in the water , you don’t have to have all the fun centered in the pool.  There are plenty of fun activities you can do outside of the water. Besides, your guests may appreciate a break from the water. There’s nothing to be ashamed about wanting to be on dry land. Therefore, we have rounded up some fun game ideas to implement outside of the water, too:

  • Challenge guests to a water balloon fight.
  • Break out the old croquet set.
  • Have a hula-hoop contest.
  • Invite the younger guests to do some artwork with sidewalk chalk.
  • Engage in a good old-fashioned game of “Go Fish.”

It best to get started on your pool planning now. We all know how schedules fill up, especially as people are preparing to get back to school. There are those last-minute vacations, school shopping excursions, and family outings people are trying to squeeze into their calendar.

4. Prepare a Mouth-Watering Menu

You can’t have an epic back-to-school swimming pool party without some delicious eats, right? While you could fire up the backyard grill and serve up some hot dogs and hamburgers, why not jazz up the menu a bit? A great backyard swimming pool party deserves some special treats.  First, you could have some appetizers such as guacamole with chips and maybe some small sandwiches cut into the shape of fish. Or maybe you are in the mood for some pizza or even a salad buffet for the adults.  Another great idea is to just serve some small bites and finger foods that will delight both kids and adults.

5. Think Safety First

When you are entertaining guests by the pool, water safety should be a top priority.  Prior to the big event, make sure you are aware of your guests’ swimming abilities, allergies, and any other health conditions that might be of concern. Next, be sure you have a few adults available who can help you supervise the party. Then, have a first aid kit handy as well as some bug repellent, a few life jackets, and floatation devices.  While it may sound a bit much right now, you never know if and when these could come in handy. It’s always a good idea to be prepared.  Also, be aware of any signs of heat stroke in guests. Finally, stay tuned to weather updates and potential storm warnings.

Ease the Transition by Creating Memories

Saying goodbye to the summer can be a sad time for a lot of kids.  Having that one last epic back-to-school swimming pool party can definitely help to ease the transition from the outdoors to the classroom.

Once the pool party is over and you are too tired to clean up the pool and surrounding areas, then consider calling a pool cleaning and maintenance company such as Ultra Pool Care Squad. You can be your kids’ hero for throwing such an awesome party.  Ultra Pool Care Squad can then be your hero!

No matter what you do for that ultimate back-to-school pool party, however, be sure to take plenty of pictures and videos. One of the best things about having such a fun time is all of the memories you will have to share later on.

So, what are you waiting for? Let the fun begin.  A back-to-school pool party is yet another great way to enjoy a life of leisure with Silver line.

Is It Too Late to Get an Inground Backyard Fiberglass Swimming Pool in the Fall?

Springtime seems like the ideal time to get an inground backyard pool, doesn’t it? After all, thoughts of warmer months are usually at top of mind at this point. In most places throughout the United States, when people think of swimming and inground backyard swimming pools, they think of summer. So, if you decide to wait until September, October, or even later to get a swimming pool, are you out of luck and have you made the craziest decision of your life? No…and no. Just because summer has packed its bags for the season doesn’t mean you can’t get the backyard pool of your dreams installed. Actually, getting a backyard pool in the fall has many benefits.

If you’ve put away your swim trunks for the season but still feel the need to take the plunge by getting a beautiful inground fiberglass swimming pool, here are five compelling reasons to get one now. Just because the leaves are starting to fall doesn’t mean you have to put your backyard pool dreams to sleep for the winter.

5 Amazing Reasons to Get a Backyard Pool in the Fall

1. The weather.

Typically speaking, when September and October roll around, most areas in the country notice a decrease in rain. The weather conditions at this time of the year are actually quite conducive to pool installations. Plus. The ground is drier and harder, thanks to the summer moisture drying up. Not only is drier soil easier to deal with for construction purposes, but it is also cleaner. This makes it easier for all that heavy machinery and trucks to get the installation completed. Further, there is less chance for damage to your lawn that you typically might get when installing a pool in wetter seasons.

2. Landscaping.

The fall is an ideal time to work on the landscape in your backyard. Most homeowners enjoy landscaping around their pool, especially after it has been installed. Sod and many shrubs, trees, and bulbs perform well when you plant them in the fall. You can get started on creating your backyard paradise now. There’s no need to wait until next summer.

3. Less Anxiety and Reduced Wait Times.

Let’s face it. During the summer months, pool builders are notably busy. They will have several projects going on at the same time. When you are in that rotation, you could have to wait a bit longer to get your inground backyard fiberglass pool installed. However, if you decided to do this in the fall, your wait time could be dramatically reduced. The pool builders most likely have more time on their hands. They can quickly move your project along at a faster pace. As a result, you don’t have the associated anxiety you might have if you did this in the summer. Can you imagine wanting to go for a swim, but you have to wait just a little bit longer? With your pool installed in the fall, you will be ready to go come swim season next year.

4. Be prepared.

When you install your inground backyard pool in the fall, you have all winter and spring to prepare yourself in so many ways. First of all, you can take this time to learn how to care for your pool. Secondly, you can familiarize yourself with the pool’s maintenance system. Next, you can finish up any backyard projects. And finally, you can make those final payments. Wouldn’t it be great to have all of that work behind you when you are ready to race outside the backdoor to jump into your pool next summer?

5. Taxes.

While this may not be your favorite subject, it demands a bit of our attention. In many cases, an interest you spend financing your swimming pool in the current year can possibly be used as a tax write-off at the end of the year. However, we do advise you speak with a tax advisor first before making any assumptions in this regard.

Install Now and Avoid the Rush

If you are seriously considering getting that inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool of which you have been dreaming, the fall is a great time to push that idea forward. The summer rush for pool installations is winding down. Pool installers may not be as busy as they typically are during the rush of summer. As a result, your pool project will most likely get started sooner and completed much quicker.

Get More Mileage out of Your Inground Backyard Fiberglass Pool with a Spa

If you want to start enjoying your backyard paradise before summer rolls around again, consider getting one of the luxurious spas available from Leisure Pools. Choose between The Sorrento Spa™ (round), The Sorrento Spa™ (square), or The Amalfi Spa™. When installed in conjunction with your inground backyard pool, you can enjoy the delights of dipping into the water throughout the year. These beautifully crafted spas allow you to soak in luxuriously heated water for the ultimate in relaxation and bliss. Simply get in, sit down, close your eyes, and dream about how you will enjoy your inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool next summer. You will have so much fun and enjoyment using your spa on a regular basis this winter that next summer will eb here before you know it.

Discover the exciting benefits of a pool and spa combo from Silver line Pools.

At Leisure Pools, our focus is on providing high quality inground fiberglass pools and spas. If you want to know more about our available pool and spa options or just want to learn more about our installation process, call 855-857-7527. We will connect you to a pool dealer/installer near you.

Let’s get started on the life of leisure you deserve.

Too Cold to Swim? Tips to Enjoy Your Pool During Winter

Who says you can’t enjoy your inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool in the winter? While we don’t expect you to jump in and do a bunch of cannonballs (although we won’t stop you if you dare!), there are many ways to still enjoy your fiberglass pool as the temperatures dip and the snow begins to fall.

At Silver line, we want you to enjoy a life of leisure every day of the year, regardless of the season.  No matter the style of pool you choose, our commitment to you is to give you the best return on your investment.  To us, that means giving you the opportunity to make full use of your pool all year. And that includes when the days are shorter, and the scent of sunscreen is a sweet memory.

To enjoy your inground fiberglass pool throughout the winter, consider adding one of our luxurious spas to your oasis. Go for the classic Sorrento or the spacious Amalfi. A fiberglass spa is the perfect complement to the relaxing backyard sanctuary you have created. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm and soothing water as you appreciate the incredible vistas that surround you.

You may also want to consider investing in a fireplace or a fire pit to turn up the heat. Bring out some heavy blankets and pillows. Invite a few friends over and enjoy a cozy evening outdoors under the star-kissed sky.

Finally, if you are feeling more adventurous – and perhaps a bit daring – a quick dip in the cold swimming pool water can give you a sensational sense of invigoration. (For an added benefit, consider investing in a heater for your pool. For avid swimmers and pool enthusiasts, this is a great way to extend the swim season.)

Swimming in quality and style has never been easier, no matter the season. Contact us to see how we can help make your winter dreams come true.

How Cold Weather Affects Fiberglass Swimming Pools

As a backyard pool owner – or a potential one – you are undoubtedly most confident as to how they stand up to the elements of summer. After all, a swimming pool is designed to be out in the sun, the heat, and the balmy breezes. But how does your fiberglass inground pool react when the temperatures plummet and the winter winds blow? Should you be concerned for its overall structural integrity?  Well, we have some good news for you in this regard.

Fiberglass Swimming Pools and Winter Weather

Thanks to their exceptional design and structural constitution, the fiberglass swimming pools from Silver line™ are made to withstand temperature changes from one extreme to the other. In fact, they can easily transition from season to season and from year to year, barely showing signs of age and wear.

Fiberglass pool shells check all the boxes for year-round stability when it comes to the high-quality and innovative materials with which they are made:

  • Structural Stability

Check. You are in luck here. Fiberglass pools are less likely to expand and contract due to changes in temperature like their vinyl and concrete pool counterparts.

  • Chemical Stability

Check.  Thanks to its chemically inert composition, fiberglass doesn’t tend to react with other substances. In other words, chemicals, cleaning solutions, and UV light won’t cause any harm to it.

Plus, fiberglass swimming pools are both strong and flexible. The shell is highly resistant to damage and easy to move into place. And when the ground surrounding the pool moves and shifts, a fiberglass pool just takes it in stride. It won’t crack under pressure.

If you still aren’t convinced, then let’s take a little trip to visit our friends in Canada. This country is known for its harsh winters. However, when this Canada’s plumbing systems are properly winterized, the swimming pools up north can easily transition from cold weather days to summertime fun relatively unscratched and ready to welcome a warmer season of fun.

Translation? When you put a fiberglass pool into the ground in Canada, you will quickly discover that can be the ultimate stress test. These pools score in the top percentile. Inground backyard fiberglass swimming pools definitely have the upper hand on surviving brutally cold weather.

Believe it or not, fiberglass swimming pools are one of the best pool material options for cold climates. The strength of our fiberglass pools makes them highly resistant to cracking, despite repeated exposure to the wintertime dance of freezing and thawing.

Plus, because fiberglass pools are natural insulators, they require less energy to heat! How is that for a bonus?

So, let our pools do the heavy lifting over the winter months. They can handle it. Then, you can anticipate the coming summer months without worry. Your Silver line™ fiberglass swimming pool works hard for you, no matter the season. We welcome you to always swim in quality and style.

How Long Do Fiberglass Swimming Pools Last?

As you navigate the decision-making process about buying an inground swimming pool, you are probably quite excited about all of the fun times you will have enjoying it with family and friends. While there are many questions people have about fiberglass pools, one of the most commonly asked ones is how long do fiberglass swimming pools last?

A Brief Snapshot of the Lifespan of a Swimming Pool

The most common types of swimming pools are vinyl liner pools, concrete pools, and fiberglass pools. Here is a breakdown of their potential lifespan to give you an idea as to which one will go the extra mile for you:

  • A vinyl liner pool: This type of swimming pool lacks durability. Most of the research suggests the viny liner itself will last between 6 to 12 years. While this type of pool may cost less than the others, it does require higher maintenance and probably won’t withstand the test of time to your expectations.
  • A concrete pool: A concrete pool will most likely out-perform its vinyl pool counterpart. However, you will need to have it resurfaced about every 10 years. Further, concrete pools require more maintenance and increased chemical usage than needed for a fiberglass pool.
  • A fiberglass pool: Fiberglass pools are built to last. They can last 30 years or more. However, this does often depend on the manufacturer. When you own an inground fiberglass swimming pool from Silver line™, you can enjoy making a lifetime of memories with family and friends.

Reasons Why Fiberglass Swimming Pools Tend to Last Longer than Concrete or Vinyl Liner Pools

  • Superior Strength. As an industry leader, Leisure Pools™ invests in the best raw materials, the development of new technology, and exceptional quality control processes of manufacturing. The end result? The highest standards possible. Isn’t that what you want when you have made the investment towards a lifetime of enjoyment?
  • Low Maintenance. The gelcoat finish on our fiberglass swimming pools always looks great. It is also easy to maintain. Due to its smooth and non-porous surface, it cleans easily and is built to resist stains. We offer some of the best swimming pool colors in the world to reflect your lifestyle with our AquaGuard™ fiberglass pool color range.
  • Composite Armour™. This is the good stuff. Every fiberglass pool shell from Leisure Pools™ is comprised of a patented Composite Armour™ Core of Strength. That may be a mouthful, but what is means to us is that we integrate the highest level of technology into our pools. Further, our company is the only company of which we are aware that is wholly committed to providing advancements of this caliber.
  • Vinyl Ester Resin Construction. There is a lot going on in each of our fiberglass pools to ensure your confidence. Leisure Pools™ uses a unique blend of three tough fibers – DuPont™ Kevlar®, Carbon Fiber, and Basalt Fiber.

If you are not familiar with those fibers, here is a quick peek into their superpowers:

  • DuPont™ Kevlar® allows the pool to bend without stretching or shrinking. It’s incredibly strong yet lightweight and durable at the same time. It’s a heat resistant fiber that provides outstanding strength for increased protection and performance.
  • Carbon Fiber is known for its high compressive strength, above and beyond all reinforcing materials. When combined with vinyl ester resin, it provides a high strength-to-weight ratio. In other words, it helps make your fiberglass pool extra resilient.
  • Basalt Fiber is included in our patented blend to provide increased resistance to fracture. It is used as an alternative to steel rebar for reinforcement purposes. Made from volcanic rock, this fiber is much tougher and stronger than steel, easier to work with, and has a higher tensile strength. Basalt rebar is also naturally resistant to rust, acids, and alkali.

When these three fibers are combined with vinyl ester resin, a composite matrix of structure and strength is formed. It is designed in this manner to provide increased stability against external pressures. As a result, Leisure Pools™ is able to offer a Lifetime Structural Warranty and a Lifetime Structural Osmosis Warranty. Translation? You get the best available warranty available on the market today.

And speaking of warranties…

The Fiberglass Swimming Pool Warranty from Leisure Pools™

The warranty of a fiberglass swimming pool from Leisure Pools™ may just be the most important part of it. While it is not part of the overall aesthetics of the pool itself, it does inspire great confidence in your investment. After all, when you purchase an inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool, you want it to be strong, durable, and built to withstand the test of time.

Not all manufacturers’ warranties are created equal, either. At Leisure Pools™, however, our focus goes beyond building a great swimming pool. We focus on building the best composite pool. Our warranty is our seal of commitment to a quality product. We know you want to make the right decision when it comes to choosing an inground backyard fiberglass swimming pool. As such, we stand behind our products.

Let us know your reasons for choosing a fiberglass swimming pool. When you are ready to dive in and make a splash, contact us to connect with a dealer near you. Your well-deserved life of leisure is waiting for you. Are you ready to swim in quality and style?

Create Healthy Habits with a Fiberglass Inground Pool

There is no denying the chaos that surrounds us in the world today and it’s a challenge to create healthy habits. Whether good or bad, we are seemingly bombarded with things that are usually out of our control. However, if you want to maintain a sense of calm and serenity, a fiberglass inground swimming pool from Leisure Pools™ just may be the solution.

Plus, if you have made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy and fit, a fiberglass inground pool can help you achieve that goal. Becoming the best version of yourself has never been easier with a stylish fiberglass pool from SILVERLINEPOOL™.

Three Ways a Fiberglass Pool Can Help You Focus on Healthy Habits.

1. Create Your Own Personal Space

It’s been said the environment in which you reside has a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. If you endeavor to embrace a healthier lifestyle – and mindset – in the New Year, perhaps it is time to focus on your physical space. In other words, it’s important to create the intention to incorporate more physical activity into your life. With a fiberglass swimming pool, you can find many ways to exercise in the water. A fiberglass inground pool is like having your own personal fitness center.

2. The Power of Repetition

Repetition in some respects in life can be boring and dull. However, when it comes to improving your overall fitness, a backyard pool is an ideal tool by which to reach your health goals on a daily basis. First of all, if just driving to and from the gym every day steals your motivation, then imagine how easy it will be to walk out your back door right into your own health club. Secondly, if you are not a big fan of crowds, you can enjoy working out undisturbed in the comfort of your own backyard. Finally, because of the many inspiring colors in the stylish color range offered by Silver line pool™, you can choose a bright and inviting color that reflects not only the gorgeous sun above but also your true personality. A sparkling body of water can be quite the motivator to get in the pool and start exercising.

3. Just Have a Great Time

Granted, a lot of people might consider daily workouts too routine and difficult to maintain. With a fiberglass pool from Leisure Pools™, though, it will be much easier to stick to your agenda and reach your fitness goals. Why go to a stinky, crowded, sweaty gym when you can glide into the luxurious water of your own backyard pool?

The Benefits of Exercising in the Pool

Due to the simple fact water provides more resistance than air, working out in your backyard pool can actually make the workouts you do on dry land more challenging. Therefore, they can have a greater impact on your fitness level.

By engaging your muscles in the water, you increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility.  Plus, the buoyance of the water offers additional support for your joints and muscles.  Additionally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that for individuals who suffer from joint conditions (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, for example), working out in the water is an ideal form of exercise.

Further, working out in your backyard pool is a gentler type of exercise for those who have osteoporosis, balance issues, and fibromyalgia. It’s the perfect way to create healthy habits.

Get a Full Body Workout in Your Fiberglass Inground Pool

1. Walk in the Water

You can begin this exercise by walking in shallow water. Put pressure on your heels first, followed by your toes. This will help to lengthen your spine. Keep your arms to your side. Stand tall to engage your core. Aim for up to 10 minutes of walking.

2. Arm Lifts in the Water

Repetition in some respects in life can be boring and dull. However, when it comes to improving your overall fitness, a backyard pool is an ideal tool by which to reach your health goals on a daily basis. First of all, if just driving to and from the gym every day steals your motivation, then imagine how easy it will be to walk out your back door right into your own health club. Secondly, if you are not a big fan of crowds, you can enjoy working out undisturbed in the comfort of your own backyard. Finally, because of the many inspiring colors in the stylish color range offered by Silver line pool™, you can choose a bright and inviting color that reflects not only the gorgeous sun above but also your true personality. A sparkling body of water can be quite the motivator to get in the pool and start exercising.

3. Jumping Jacks

When you do jumping jacks in the water, you give your muscles in both the upper and lower body a great workout. To begin, simply stand in the water at your chest level. Keep your feet together at first with your arms at  your side. Then, jump by moving your legs to the outside while simultaneously raising your arms up over your head. Next, jump back to the starting position. Up to three sets of 8-12 repetitions will make for a great workout.

4. Knee Lifts

If you want to enhance your core and lower body, begin by standing in the water at waist height. Next, lift your right leg and bend you knee until your leg is even with the water level. Pause in that position for a few second. Then, extend your leg straight out. Hold this for a few moments. From there, slowly lower your leg down, but still keep it straight. You can then repeat this exercise with your left leg.

Safety is Important When Exercising in Your Fiberglass Pool

Believe it or not, you will sweat when working out in your backyard pool. Therefore, it is important to remain hydrated. Consume appropriate fluids before and after each workout session. You should stop exercising if you feel dizzy or light-headed, have difficulties breathing, feel faint or nauseous, and/or have pain or any pressure in your upper body or chest.

Find the Right Pool Design for Your Healthy Habits with Leisure Pools™

Our portfolio of stunning pool designs has something for everyone. However, if fitness is one of your main goals and priorities when it comes to enjoying your fiberglass pool, we have some suggestions for you:

  • The Supreme™.  One of our most popular swimming pools, this model offers ample room for exercise in its spacious swimming corridor.
  • The Infinity™.  This is another one of our exciting pool designs that is generous in width and with 40 feet in length with a depth of eight feet, you can enjoy a variety of water exercises to meet your fitness goals.
  • The Elegance™.  This award-winning fiberglass pool comes in six length options and will fit in most any backyard.  Most important, it will accommodate your exercise needs.
  • The Cube™.  This showcase fiberglass swimming pool will turn heads with its unique European design. However, you will be turning heads after you reach your health goals while exercising in its spacious waters.
Leisure Pools Supreme fiberglass inground swimming pool

After Your Backyard Swimming Pool Workout

If you really want to treat yourself, then let’s talk fiberglass spas. After a challenging and stimulating workout session, you can give your muscles the treatment they deserve.   Choose from The Sorrento Spa™ (round), The Sorrento Spa™ (square) or The Amalfi Spa™. Each offers its own layer of bliss and tranquility, designed just for you. Go ahead and treat yourself to the relaxation you deserve.

The Bottom Line in Creating Healthier Habits in 2023

Boosting your cardio fitness and strengthening your muscle groups is fun and easy to do in your fiberglass inground backyard swimming pool. Before starting any exercise routine, though, please speak to your health care provider, especially if you have any health concerns.

Because you want to work out hard, your Leisure Pools™ fiberglass swimming pool will work equally hard for you. We invite you to always swim in quality and style. After all, we believe a fiberglass pool from Leisure Pools™ looks good on anyone.

To learn more about Leisure Pools™, and create healthy habits with a fiberglass swimming pool, contact your local dealer. Let’s get you started on your life of leisure  – and health and fitness – today.

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