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

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 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

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

Pool Chlorine Alternatives: How Ozone Delivers Healthier Water

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 13, 2016 7:39:17 AM

—What ozonation is and five reasons it makes swimming safer and more comfortable

When it comes to your swimming pool, the ideal scenario is to enjoy a refreshing dip—without worrying about the havoc that chlorine might inflict on your skin, hair, lungs, and eyes.

Your swimming environment shouldn’t be an anchor around your neck. To ensure smooth sailing, all it takes is having the right technology on your backyard resort.

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

Swimming Pool Heaters: How to Pick a Replacement Unit

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 5, 2016 12:54:02 PM

What to look for when it’s time to buy a new gas heater for your aquatic retreat

A quality swimming pool heater can extend your family’s swimming season by several months, allowing you to enjoy the water into autumn in many parts of the country—even into winter in some warmer regions.

Controlling the water temperature means you never have to dive into an icy cold pool. If you have an inground spa with your pool, it means being able to quickly fire it up for hot, relaxing hydrotherapy after a long hard day.

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

Hot Tubs vs. In-Ground Spas: What’s the Difference? Part 2 of 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 29, 2016 12:03:53 PM

—Learn the benefits of portable spa models compared with custom concrete spas

Click here for part 1 of 2: Portable Hot Tubs

Part 2: Inground spas

A portable hot tub or an inground concrete spa—which one is right for you?

As discussed in part 1 of this article, both prefabricated hot tubs and their custom-built counterparts offer terrific benefits for your home and lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Equipment/Technology, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Maintenance