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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!

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.

Fiberglass Pool Maintenance

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