Financing a Swimming Pool: Loans Now More Readily Available

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 17, 2017 11:22:18 AM

—Rates are lower, and in-house finance experts know where to find the money

Building a new swimming pool is one of several kinds of home-improvement projects that observers say will increase in 2017. A recent survey by LightStream, a division of SunTrust Banks Inc., indicates 59 percent of homeowners expect to spend money on home renovation projects this year.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Buyer Tips, Financing

Adult Swimming Lessons: 3 Smart Steps for Safety and Success

—Prepare in advance for a smooth experience in the swimming pool

Note: April is Adult Learn to Swim Month.

A backyard swimming pool can provide an endless source of relaxation and enjoyment—especially for those who learned to be comfortable in the water early in life.

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Topics: Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

Energy-Efficient Swimming Pool Equipment: 3 Power-Saving Picks

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Mar 20, 2017 10:06:54 AM

—A must-have list for an environmentally friendly pool with lower power consumption

Would you like to enjoy the splash-tastic benefits of a backyard swimming pool that operates with superior energy efficiency?

You can have outdoor fun while championing smart energy use. Whether you already own a backyard retreat or plan to build one, the right line-up of energy-efficient pool equipment provides a double dip of benefits: It’s healthier for the environment and better for cutting your routine ownership costs.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Maintenance, Heating, Filtration

Swimming Pool Exercise Equipment: 5 Top Picks for Resistance Training

—Check out these muscle-building options designed for using in the water

Tired of boring workouts at the gym? It might be time to consider some aquatic fitness. 

A swimming pool is an ideal environment for exercise, and resistance training in water can be a great alternative to stale routines with the same old gym equipment. Plus you get to keep cool in the water and skip getting sweaty.

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Topics: Fitness/Exercises, Health & Lifestyle

Swimming Pool Prices: Backyard Conditions That Impact Building Costs

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 20, 2017 12:00:15 PM

—How your home’s property and location may factor into the construction budget

Like any key home improvement, a new inground swimming pool can bring years of enjoyment and boost your property’s value and beauty. And like most major home improvements, the construction of a new pool also represents a major financial investment.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

How to Teach Your Dog to Swim in a Pool: 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

—A guide to helping your pet learn to safely and comfortably swim

Thinking about teaching your dog how to swim? Great idea! Especially if you have a backyard pool for the whole family to enjoy. As with children, the skill of swimming can be a life-saver for your precious pet.

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Topics: Pet Health & Safety

Inground Swimming Pools: 5 Key Construction Terms for Concrete Designs

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 16, 2017 1:13:01 PM

—Get a leg up on gunite/shotcrete lingo for planning your new backyard resort

Like any worthwhile endeavor, the design and construction of an inground concrete swimming pool come with its own set of vocabulary words. That’s why it’s helpful to bone up on some of the lingo before your first appointment with a contractor.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips