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Stylish Options for Concealing Your Swimming Pool Automatic Safety Cover

When an automatic safety cover is deployed, it’s a thing of beauty. Not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s also protecting your family and saving you money on everything from your energy bills to your pool chemical costs. But, when the cover is open, you want it to be out of sight. That’s why we offer a number of stylish ways to conceal your cover.

Keeping Your Auto Safety Cover Under Cover

Here are some great options for not only keeping your cover out of sight when it’s open, but also protecting the cover fabric and mechanism.

  1. Classic Aluminum Lid. This attractive anodized aluminum lid is mounted to the top of the pool deck. The lid has a very low profile to minimize its visual impact and also to ensure it’s not a tripping hazard.
  2. Flat Lid. Our flat lid option can be used with a new or existing automatic safety cover system on rectangular or free form pools. The lid is crafted from heavy grade aluminum that has an ultra-long life architectural grade textured finish, ensuring it will provide many years of service. The surface is also gentle on feet.
  3. Flush Deck Lid. A flush deck cover lid option is designed to be installed when a pool is being built. It sits completely flush with the deck around the pool.
  4. Stone, Concrete or Other Lids. Lids can be made of stone, concrete, or other materials in order to blend in with the pool deck and be nearly invisible. We offer stainless steel brackets as well as an assortment of steel brackets to be used with these lids. We can also manufacture custom brackets to meet your unique needs. Aluminum trays can be used for tile or brick lids.
    In addition to a lid, some pool owners will get creative in concealing their auto safety cover. For example, constructing a wooden bench at that end of the pool provides both added protection and additional seating around the pool.

Pick a Lid You’ll Love

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a lid for your automatic safety cover, including what it will cost, how it will look, whether it is for a new or existing cover, etc. The best way to determine which lid system is right for you is to talk with a Latham dealer about your specific needs and budget. They can provide product details and photos so you can make a well-informed decision.

Kevin Losee
Written by Kevin Losee
Kevin Losee is the product manager for Automatic Safety Covers for Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products. During his 12 years at Coverstar, he has worked as an automatic safety cover installer, operations manager, technical support / order entry manager, and product manager. When not focused on automatic covers, he enjoys tearing up the trail on his mountain bike.

What You Should Know About Automatic Safety Cover Track Options

Automatic safety covers provide an array of benefits from protecting your family to lowering your heating bills. And, they can be installed on new or existing swimming pools. One of the key decisions you and your pool cover expert will make is what type of track will be used to guide the cover from one end of the pool to the other.

Let’s Talk Tracks

There are three types of track systems: under track, recessed top track, and deckmount. The type of system chosen for a particular project is based on the shape of the pool, the location of the cover track, and the timing of the installation of the cover track.

Under Track System

This type of track system is generally installed on rectangular pools. It is paired with a drive mechanism that is mounted below grade in a covered box. The track is mounted under the coping to keep it out of sight, providing a clean look to the installation.

The actual mounting of the track can be accomplished in two ways:

1) The first is to anchor it to the underside of the coping itself.

2) The second is to use what is called encapsulation. In this process, the aluminum encapsulation is mounted to the top of the pool wall and the coping is poured or installed directly on top, securing it in place. Encapsulation is available in different options to accommodate different types of pools.

Recessed Top Track System

A recessed top track system is similar to an under track system in that the drive mechanism is mounted below grade in a covered box. However, rather than being mounted under the coping, it is located outside the shape of the pool or along the sides of the pool.

There are two mounting options for this type of track system:
1) The first is a standard top track mounting on the pool deck. With a low profile and rounded edges, it is designed to provide a relatively seamless visual transition from the cover to the pool deck. And because it sits outside the shape of the pool, it is a great option when installing an automatic safety cover on a freeform shaped pool.
2) The second option is to use a recessed track. It is mounted along the sides of the pool before the pool deck is poured, and positioned so it will be flush with the top of the finished pool deck.

Deckmount System

Deck mount systems are designed specifically for existing pools. Both the drive mechanism and the low-profile track are mounted on top of the pool deck. Because the drive mechanism is mounted on top of the pool deck, often a bench is built to cover it. This not only protects the mechanism, it provides seating for those enjoying the pool.

Get the Specifics for Your Pool

It you are preparing to have a swimming pool installed, it’s a good idea to consider an automatic safety cover before the installation takes place. That way you can accommodate the track in the most inconspicuous way. However, as noted above, an auto cover can be added to a pool at any time. To find out what track system, cover, and mechanical systems make the most sense for your pool, contact your Latham dealer to talk specifics.

Kevin Losee
Written by Kevin Losee
Kevin Losee is the product manager for Automatic Safety Covers for Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products. During his 12 years at Coverstar, he has worked as an automatic safety cover installer, operations manager, technical support / order entry manager, and product manager. When not focused on automatic covers, he enjoys tearing up the trail on his mountain bike.

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It’s 2018: Make Sure Your Backyard Is Ready for Pool Season

The New Year is underway and people everywhere are trying to stick to their resolutions about everything from fitness to finances. If you want to make a resolution that will pay off this summer and for years to come, you should consider committing to enhancing your swimming pool and increasing your family’s enjoyment of it!

Resolving to Have More Fun

Summer is here!…Okay, not yet, but in just a few months the kids will be out of school and we will all be planning backyard barbeques with friends and family. But first, we need to make sure our pools and backyards are ready. Here are some planning tips to help this summer be the best one yet. Don’t have a pool? Well, it’s not too late to jump in on the fun.

  • Give your vinyl liner a spring makeover. While vinyl liners are strong and durable, they do eventually have to be replaced. The good news is that with new colors and patterns being launched all the time, and with advancements like our Ultra-Seam technology, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store as you make your selection.
  • Get a safety cover. Did you know the best time to get a quote on next year’s cover is in the spring? That’s right – if you need a new cover or you’ve decided to do away with that dirty tarp you were using, just ask your local dealer and get on the list for appointment scheduling in the fall. Nothing feels better than knowing you have a solid or mesh safety cover in place when you aren’t using your pool in the off months. Resolving to have more peace of mind in 2018 is a great idea.
  • Take advantage of our special savings offer. As an added incentive to make a resolutioon related to a new liner or safety cover, we are offering a $200 rebate when you purchase one of two product bundles.

If you are building a new pool or renovating an existing pool, here are some things to consider:

  • Add a tanning ledge. That shallow area at the edge of the pool is the perfect place to set a lawn chair on a hot day or watch your young kids splash and play.
  • Make it rain. Water features like fountains, jets, and waterfalls can give your pool a tropical resort feel and create the ideal staycation atmosphere.
  • Add or update an automatic safety cover. Is this the year you commit to the confidence and convenience of an automatic safety cover or to replacing your existing safety cover? If it is, you are definitely doing your family a favor!
  • Light it up. Adding lighting in and around your pool can take the nighttime fun to a new level.
  • And finally… get in it! Of course, the best pool-related resolution you can make is to use your pool or spa more often. Host swim parties for the kids. Plan dinner parties with your gorgeous pool as the backdrop. Take your laptop outside on work-from-home days and enjoy a little extra poolside or, combine your fitness resolution with your pool resolution and make lap swimming part of your workout routine.

And as added incentive to make a resolution related to a liner or safety cover, we are offering a $200 rebate when you purchase one of two product bundles.

Resolving to Get the Most From Your Swimming Pool Investment

Ultimately all the suggestions above have one thing in common: helping you get more return on your initial pool investment. From more fun to enhanced safety, you can’t go wrong with any of these New Year’s resolutions. Contact the Latham dealer near you to talk about your goals for the year ahead.

Tara Kar
Written by Tara Kar
Tara Kar is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Latham’s Canadian Division. Born and raised in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, she realized her passion for anything creative at a young age. From the dramatic arts, to backyard party planning, to Sunday cake decorating, her passion for creating is her driving focus. Recently married, her husband and herself enjoy quality time in their home, which they are renovating to include – you guessed it a pool!

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Cheers! Our New Cocktail Pool is the Best of Both Worlds – Coming Spring 2018

Looking to have pool-side entertainment, but your yard isn’t big enough for a standard-sized swimming pool? Latham has your answer beginning in Spring 2018 with the “cocktail pool”! The size, benches, and lighting make it perfect for hosting a backyard cocktail party.

Our new Latham fiberglass cocktail pool measures 10’x16’ — perfect for a yard where space is at a premium. What’s more, it has one full-width set of steps, and perimeter benches, so there is plenty of seating for guests.

Benefits of a Cocktail Pool

A cocktail pool provides many benefits for pool owners looking for a water retreat and entertainment space. Our Latham cocktail pool:

  • Requires minimal space
  • Is perfect for urban areas where small yards are the norm
  • Is Auto-Cover ready
  • Costs less to heat than a conventional pool
  • Takes less time to maintain than a conventional pool
  • Has lower maintenance costs (water, chemicals, etc.)
  • Can be heated like a hot tub and used in the early spring or late fall (and year ‘round in some climates)
    This model will be offered in the Viking, Trilogy, and Blue Hawaiian brands.

Taking Your Cocktail Pool to Another Level

Many owners will choose to take their cocktail pool even further as the focal point of their backyard gatherings. Surrounding the pool with stylish decking is a start. From there, opting for water features like cascades, jets, and fountains can add an air of sophistication and elegance that makes the pool even more ideal as an entertaining area. And the icing on the cake can be dramatic lighting that really sets the scene!

Is A Cocktail Pool Right for You?

If you’re looking for an addition to your backyard that combines the most desirable features of a pool and a spa, a fiberglass cocktail pool may be the way to go. Beautiful, cost-effective, and durable, it can be the centerpiece to your parties for years to come. Want to learn more? Contact the Latham dealer near you, and find out how you can be one of the first to get the Latham fiberglass cocktail pool.

Mike Fox
Written by Mike Fox
Mike has been in the Pool Industry and with Latham Pool Products for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Latham, his professional career was with Anderson and General Electric (GE) in Finance and Strategy. Mike has two sons, has coached many years of baseball, but now enjoys watching them with a nice IPA.

Are Fiberglass Pools Affected by Cold Weather?

“Winter is coming. Can my fiberglass pool handle it?” This is a question we frequently get from potentional and existing owners. Consequently, they worry themselves without doing proper research on the subject. Well, in a nutshell, the answer to this question is… yes, your fiberglass pool can handle winter weather with ease!

Fiberglass: Unfazed by Winter

Neither hot nor cold temperature extremes are a problem for fiberglass pools. With proper care (though not much is required), they cycle through season after season, hardly showing any signs of wear. They can do this because of the exceptional qualities of their material:

  •  Structural stability. Fiberglass exhibits less expansion and contraction due to heat or cold than other pool materials like concrete and vinyl.
  •  Chemical stability. Fiberglass is chemically inert, meaning it doesn’t react with other substances. In other words, it is resistant to pool cleaning solutions, sanitizing chemicals, ultraviolet light, etc.
  •  Impressive strength. Fiberglass has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. That’s why that shell that was so easy for the installers to move into place is still very resistant to damage.
  •  Tremendous flexibility. Surprising for a substance that is so strong, fiberglass is very flexible compared to other pool materials. This means that while the soil around a pool may expand, contract, and move as it freezes and thaws, a fiberglass pool can handle the changing pressure without cracking.

Searching for Proof? Look North.

If ever there was a great testing ground for the cold weather resiliency of fiberglass pools, it’s Canada. Notorious for its brutal winters, the country has fiberglass pools from coast to coast. And as long as their plumbing is properly winterized, they open up every spring undamaged and ready for action. So, not only do the physical properties of fiberglass suggest it can survive freezing temperatures, real-world “stress testing” confirms it.

Ready to Learn More about Fiberglass Pools?

Fall and winter are great times to do your fiberglass pool research. After you learn all about the great qualities of the material, you can start checking out the many beautiful designs that are available. Then, when you’re ready to move ahead, you can contact the Latham dealer near you, who can help you pick the perfect pool and plan your install. From there it’s just kick back, fantasize about your summer pool days, and wait for the warm weather to arrive.


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Mike Fox

Written by Mike Fox

Mike has been in the Pool Industry and with Latham Pool Products for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Latham, his professional career was with Anderson and General Electric (GE) in Finance and Strategy. Mike has two sons, has coached many years of baseball, but now enjoys watching them with a nice IPA.

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Can a Spa be Added to a Pool After it is Built?

You’ve installed your beautiful swimming pool and are enjoying fun days and relaxing evenings hanging out with family and friends. Your backyard is now the incredible oasis you’ve always wanted, and you wouldn’t change a thing. Or would you? It sure would be nice to go from your cool, invigorating pool, to a hot, bubbling spa!
We are frequently asked whether it’s possible to add a spa after a pool has already been installed. Provided there’s enough space and no other physical limitations, the answer is an enthusiastic, “Yes!” And as you know, there are many benefits of spas, including:

  • Stress reduction
  • Pain relief
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased property value
    And… fun!

What are My Spa Options?

Of course, a free-standing, above-ground spa can be added easily anywhere in your yard that there is room for it. The same goes for an in-ground spa that’s separate from your pool. You might also choose to add a spa that is immediately adjacent to the pool and part of the pool deck area. But for the ultimate in enjoyment and beauty, you can’t beat an attached spa, and that’s really what people tend to be asking about.

The Advantages of an Attached Spa

A spa that is truly connected to your pool (i.e., they share the same water) provides a number of advantages. It will likely be easier to install as it taps into the existing circulation system, utilities, etc. The fact that the pool and spa share the same water also simplifies maintenance and keeping the water chemistry in balance. And finally, for people who like to warm up and cool down in cycles (and who doesn’t?), the fact that you can get from the pool to the spa in just a step or two is great.

Will it Look Good?

Here again, the answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!” An experienced designer and contractor can work together to design and install a spa and surrounding deck area that doesn’t just blend with what’s already there, but actually enhances the beauty of your backyard. And what many pool owners find is that things they learned in having their pool installed can be used to ensure that the spa is perfect for their needs—everything from positioning and accessibility to custom lighting.

You’ve Waited Long Enough to Add Your Spa

If you thought you couldn’t add a spa to your existing pool, you now know better! Spa additions can be easy and affordable to make. And once you have that warm, inviting spa in place, you’ll wonder why you waited so long. Have questions about your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Thanksgiving. A time to reflect and give thanks

Thanksgiving. A time to reflect and give thanks. Thanks for life, liberty, health, family, work, friends and just about anything you wish really. This year I am thankful for all of those things also. I am also thankful to be surrounded by such an amazing team. Latham Pool Products, Viking Pools, Blue Hawaiian Pools, Trilogy Pools and all of the Team at The Pool Guyz. To be a part of such an amazing Fiberglass family is an enjoyable experience to say the least. Last but not least I am thankful for our customers that believed and trusted in us to make there backyard dreams successful. Thank You.

This Thanksgiving let’s also all give thanks to the brave men and woman who protect our freedom and our way of life our United States Military. Our Police, Firefighters and EMT’S who work hard everyday to take care of us. The World gets scarier everyday and more than ever we need to spend time with our family this year and be with the ones we love.

God Bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Ric Reineke

Pool Covers – Coverstar Authorized Dealer

The Pool Guyz featured on Designing Spaces talk about the advantages of a Cover Star pool cover.

With CoverStar’s Automatic Safety Swimming Pool Covers, you get everyday protection for you and your family at the touch of a button. The advantages of an auto cover, however, go beyond CoverStar’s promise of a product that’s both strong and easy to use.

Ask about an informative brochure today!

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The Manly Guide to Seasonal Pool Maintenance – Fiberglass

The Manly Guide to Seasonal Pool Maintenance – Fiberglass

One of the top reasons people choose to install a fiberglass pool is the minimal maintenance they need. But even these pools can use a little attention now and then.

Regular maintenance tips for your fiberglass pool include:

  • Chemistry: at least once each week, you should check the level of your pool sanitizing agents and pH. While topping up your chlorine or other sanitizer levels is recommended on an as-needed basis, pH should not be adjusted more than once each week
  • Water level: the optimal fill level for your pool is the midpoint of your skimmer, so when there are plenty of kids splashing away use your hose and top the level up. Similarly, if you have a heavy rainstorm or accidental overfill, a submersible pump might be a good option – but contact your pool professionals for specifics to avoid damage.
  • Skimming: empty the skimmer every few days, but also use a net and skim leaves and other floating debris off the surface of the water
  • Scrubbing: to avoid discoloration, brush your pool down at least twice a week – if you have a pool vacuum, run it on the same schedule.
  • Filtration: be sure your filter basket is emptied regularly, at least once a week and always after large gatherings. Also, set your filter on a regular schedule so that it’s running for at least six hours a day during peak season.

In addition, occasionally you should undertake monthly maintenance tasks like:

  • CHEMICALS: in addition to your ongoing checks for sanitizer and pH levels, you should do a monthly test of your pool water that includes pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid.
  • FILTERS: whether you have a cartridge, sand, or diatomaceous earth filter, it is one of the most important keys to your pool operating smoothly. Cleaning your filter and regularly back flushing your filtration pipe work is important to ensuring reliable pump function.
  • INSPECTION: for a fiberglass pool, one of the most important regular checks is a visual inspection for cracks.
  • STAINS: while you’re inspecting for cracks, make note of any stains or discoloration, particularly along the water line. A Magic Eraser can work wonders on these with a little elbow grease – and for tougher stains, you can try treating the area with ascorbic acid.

Many of the maintenance steps for your vinyl liner pool are the same as those you would undertake for a fiberglass pool, but there are several differences worth noting.  To learn more about how to maintain your vinyl liner pool, automatic and solid safety cover, or to view a fully comprehensive season pool maintenance checklist.  Download our e-book Manly Maintenance by clicking here or on the image below.

Have questions for the Virginia Beach pool experts? Call The Pool Guyz at 757-463-0600 or fill out the contact form below.

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Authored By:  Aaron Steele

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240 years ago a few good men got together in a place called Tun Tavern

240 years ago a few good men got together in a place called Tun Tavern over a beer and decided to make sure the country that they all fought so hard to get to would be protected.  They made an oath.

240 years later this country owes it’s flag and it’s land to every brave soul who has EARNED that eagle globe and anchor. We live today on this beautiful land because of them.

Marines have been in EVERY WAR since that day and have never been defeated. They don’t often get recognized and they rarely star in movies. They are the ones who would rather just do what they do and not complain or brag or even let you know who they are or what they have done.

If your blessed enough to know one, well just carefully thank them and enjoy life that he or his brothers has so graciously given for your freedom and liberty.