How to Pick the Best Sunscreen: 7 Tips

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 23, 2016 5:17:49 PM

What to seek for maximum skin protection in and around your pool


While enjoying your swimming pool with friends and family, it’s easy to get caught up in the all the fun and relaxation and forget about guarding your skin against the sun. Before spending the day in or around the pool and patio, make sure everyone is using an effective sunscreen that blocks harmful rays and stays put even in the water.

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Topics: Fitness/Exercises, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

What is a Gunite Swimming Pool?

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 16, 2016 4:34:36 PM

How concrete (gunite/shotcrete) pools are built to last

Gunite and shotcrete are forms of pneumatically applied concrete, meaning they are sprayed on with a high-pressure air hose. Crews shoot the material over a reinforcing network of steel bars.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

10 Ways to Protect Your Pool & Backyard from Mosquitoes

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 9, 2016 5:19:58 PM

Keep biting insects out of your outdoor living space

Mosquitoes are a nuisance that make you itch just thinking about them! Once they invade your pool and patio area, they can make a good time in your backyard less comfortable for you, family, and guests.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Pet Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

Swimming Pool “Decks” Using Grass Lawns—in Photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 2, 2016 3:45:57 PM

Get style and functionality with natural or artificial grass vs. traditional hardscape

For a fresh take on designing your new swimming pool and patio area, consider a grass lawn for the deck instead of traditional material like stone or concrete. A swath of green extending around your pool can provide a distinct backyard setting along with practical benefits for your lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Construction, Buyer Tips, Purification

Safety Rules for Your Backyard Swimming Pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 25, 2016 2:57:01 PM

A helpful flier for your family, friends, and guests who swim

Note: May is National Water Safety Month

As a swimming pool owner, nothing is more important than the safety of the people enjoying your backyard. That’s why you want rules in place to help keep every adult and child at your home safe in and around the pool and patio area.

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Topics: Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety

Island Barbecue Grills: 5 Reasons to Install One at the SAME Time You Build a Pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 18, 2016 4:06:19 PM

Why it’s a mistake to wait until after your pool is complete


Don’t delay that island barbecue! Once construction of a pool and deck is complete, it can be more difficult, stressful, and costly to add features like a built-in grill and to attain your ideal backyard style and function.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Equipment/Technology, Construction, Buyer Tips, Financing

Saving Water in Swimming Pools: 5 Ways to Cut Pool Water Loss

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Additional measures to prevent liquid losses from your backyard resort

Part 2 of a 2-part series on swimming pool water conservation

Fighting evaporation is crucial to making your pool water-efficient.That’s why we outlined specific tips for cutting this major source of water loss in part one of this article series.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Maintenance, Pet Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle