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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

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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.

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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.

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Authored By:  Aaron Steele

Tun Tavern Virginia

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.

February in Virginia Beach!! No swimming today.

February in Virginia Beach!! No swimming today.


Thank goodness for the Jandy automation package that’s installed on this Viking pool. It comes complete with Freeze Protection built it. That’s right anytime the outdoor temperature approaches freezing the equipment pad automatically cuts on and operates the pool and spa so the lines or equipment do not freeze and break. It doesn’t matter if the pump was scheduled to turn on or the owner forgot to turn it on knowing it would get below freezing or if they were out of town and couldn’t turn it on. It did it all by itself.

Pool equipment is very expensive and should be protected. If your pool is not winterized or does not have this freeze protection equipment installed then make sure the pump stays running during freezing temperatures. During extreme cold temperatures you will even want to make sure the speeds on the pump if available are turned up to the highest setting as even running water will freeze at lower speeds. You can also cover your equipment with a fire proof heat rated blanket which will provide an insulation barrier over any exposed plumbing until the temps rise back closer to 32.

Stay warm and think spring. It will be 90 degrees and humid before we know it. Great deals are to be had on new in stock pools right now before the new shipments arrive. Call today before they’re gone and get on the build schedule that’s filling up fast, so you can take the plunge when the weather allows.

Until then I need to go turn up the speed on my pump before the Siberian Cold hits.

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Ric Reineke

The Pool Guyz, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
2640 Quality Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

January in Jersey

Looking out the window of the Tropicana this morning the sky is bright and blue and the roads are clear and black. The big named storm of the year stayed home or offshore and decided not to ruin the Pool and Spa Show in Atlantic City New Jersey like everyone worried it would.
As I head out today to meet new friends and partners I am thankful for the opportunity to be here and that the storm fizzled out. As we pray for our neighbors up in New England and my family in Connecticut I also think about my neighbors and friends down in Tampa and how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful environment without snow.

Thanks to my teammates back home and the work they are doing out in the cold this week. I am sure John and family will be very thankful and happy as well once the install is completed. Thanks Danny and team for powering through the cold and accomplishing yet another mission.

We just returned a couple of weeks ago from the islands. We are very fortunate to have incredible partners such as Latham to share our vacation with in places like Grand Cayman. I hope everyone that attended the conference and shared time with me at my table on Monday enjoyed and learned something about not only Fiberglass Pools, but also what a great company in Latham that we work with. Thanks Mark and team for an amazing week of fun, sun and networking. I look forward to the trip in Puerto Rico next year and hope that it’s as successful as Grand Cayman was.

Until then, please send comments or questions to,

Ric Reineke

The Pool Guyz, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
2640 Quality Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Growth of The Pool Guyz

When I walked outside this morning to breathe in some good ole salty Virginia Beach humidity and shake off the comforts of modern day air conditioning I was pleasantly surprised to find what felt like a cool mountain fall  morning. So without wasting too much time and with a bit of excitement I quickly dug out a pair of jeans for the first time since May. Added a long sleeve T Shirt and started my day. As the day progressed I felt it was a good time to reflect on this past pool season which had its ups and downs with not only the heat but also the rain, the struggles and the accomplishments.

Scheduling and installing two to three pools per week for months at a time certainly has its challenges to say the least. For me this year has been extremely challenging due to events not only out of my control but also for decisions that Ive had to make that no business leader ever wants to make. Personnel and policy changes are always tough to deal with and toss in a few issues and problems that can make a well seasoned company such as ours re think our game plan after all these years is definitely challenging to say the least.

After 9 wonderful years and hundreds of successful installs operating out of our Viking Drive location we made a move to a larger and more organized private location a mile away to 2640 Quality Court in Virginia Beach. This was particularly difficult due to moving in the peak of our season in April and May. As normal the Guyz carried the load and didn’t miss a step or complain while having to be movers and staying on schedule building beautiful pools. It’s now September and although we still haven’t fully settled into our new headquarters I know it was the right decision.  We now have ample space for all of the construction equipment that is required to build not only a hundred pools per year but also stock and display dozens of beautiful pool shells. We can also now stock a ton more quality Jandy pool parts for our warranty and service division and keep all of that much more organized and available for our service technicians which allows for faster repair times.

As the Company continues to grow in new locations and markets, I feel blessed and honored to be a part of the Latham family and offer the finest fiberglass products available. This is my second full year now on the Latham Dealer Advisory Board. Working hand in hand with the very best dealers in the country has been a terrific experience. As we all have faced the same challenges of a struggling economy it is at the board meetings where I find the motivation to always want to come home and challenge the team to work harder and do even more. Each time I return they are eager and ready for the challenge.

As the climax of another season is upon us I am very grateful for our entire staff, there families and our partners for a very successful pool season. I am also thankful for our customers who made the decision to allow our company to help them make there backyard goals and dreams come true. With any construction project and as every company knows being involved with so many different customers,  subcontractors and products brings enormous challenges. Our goal is, has always been and always will be to satisfy the client while being solid professionals and doing everything possible to complete the project on time, on budget and with 100% customer satisfaction. Obviously that is extremely difficult to do and can’t always happen. For those who feel we haven’t delivered just that I not only apologize but promise to do everything within reason to make it a reality.

Next season will be here before we know it. We will be ready for it and more prepared than ever to face the opportunity and challenges it will bring. In my opinion, The Pool Guyz has its best team ever assembled. We will be working hard all offseason training and structuring our company for another great season.

One piece fiberglass pools are growing faster than any other type of in ground pool. With the speed of the install process, the extremely low maintenance and the awsome longevity of the product as well as its unlimited design capabilities and incredible beauty it will only continue to outgrow everything else.


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Ric Reineke

The Pool Guyz, Inc.
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Virginia Beach,  VA 23454

Top 5 Questions & Answers People have about Fiberglass Pools in Virginia Beach

fiberglass pool1. Do Fiberglass Pools float?

So, you’re expecting a resounding “NO!”, but the reality is that they actually float very well. But that’s not the kind of floating most folks ask about. They want to know if the shell will pop out of the ground after it’s installed.

The answer: No, in fact it’s the most perpetuated myth in the pool industry. A properly installed fiberglass pool will not pop up after the concrete deck is poured so long as it remains full of water.

2. What are the different sizes of Fiberglass Pools?

Fiberglass pools come as large as about 16’x44’. There are some models that may be slightly longer, but 16’ is the maximum width because of highway shipping restrictions. The smallest fiberglass pools are typically around 8’x16’. The average size fiberglass pool is 14’ wide and around 30’ long.

3. How much do fiberglass pools cost?

It’s difficult to say because pools range in price by region, but on average, a medium size fiberglass pool package that includes filter system, installation, and some patio will cost $30-$40k(this can vary though drastically). If you end up adding some additional patio and some other options you could end up spending more.

4. Do Fiberglass Pools work in colder climates or at the beach?

Yes and yes. In fact, there is no better pool to own in either situation than a fiberglass pool. The concern in colder climates is expansion and contraction due to massive temperature change. Well, if you’ve ever seen anyone unload a fiberglass pool, you’ve seen how much the pool shell flexes and moves and still maintains its strength. This is because, unlike concrete, fiberglass has extremely high tensile strength. This makes it ideal for colder climates because the pool shell can move and flex with its environment.

Regarding fiberglass pools and high water tables, the installation is much quicker and less expensive compared to other types of pools. This is because in a fiberglass pool installation, the hole only needs to stay dry long enough to set the pool and fill it with water, which normally only takes a couple of hours. In comparison, a vinyl liner pool will need to stay dry for several days, and a concrete pool for weeks or even months. This is why a high water table greatly complicates the installation processes for either of these types of pools but typically doesn’t affect fiberglass pool installation whatsoever.

5. How long does the installation of a fiberglass pool take?

Depending on the time of year and how much it’s rained, it typically takes anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to complete the pool installation and patio work. If the weather is great and our schedule is running on point, we’ve turned out projects in less than a week. When the weather is poor, we have had projects take well over a month. It all depends on Mother Nature.