Some Pool Renovation Suggestions from the APSP to Help You Enjoy Your Pool Even More!

April 26, 2012

A recent article in talks about the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and some of their pool renovation suggestions that will have you enjoying your pool even more and even help to increase your pool’s value!

Here’s the full article:

If you added a pool to your home in the past few years, or moved into a house with an existing pool, you may wonder what more you can do to enhance the value and enjoyment your pool brings to your home and family. You may even think there’s not much you can do beyond keeping it clean and well maintained.

“Pools are a great investment, and the vast majority of owners say their pool is a great place to entertain,” says Bill Weber, president and CEO of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). “Fortunately, some simple upgrades and renovations can help pool owners enjoy their investment even more.”

APSP points to five renovations that can offer homeowners the most satisfaction and value for their investment. The Association suggests homeowners consult with and hire an APSP-certified professional for the best possible results from any of these renovations:

1. Resurfacing – If your in-ground pool is made from concrete, time and use can cause the surface to deteriorate and become rough or even cracked. Resurfacing can restore the beauty and comfort of the pool and extend its functional life. Choose options that provide durability, and consider multiple manufacturers’ products to ensure the best selection. For pools with a vinyl interior, a host of new patterns, available for replacement liners, can transform the appearance of the pool overnight. Fiberglass pool owners also have several resurfacing options. Consult with an APSP-certified professional to determine the best product to make your fiberglass pool look like new.

2. New tile – Just as a kitchen backsplash can transform the overall look of the room, tile can set the tone for how your pool looks. Pool tile options are vast, and changing the tile is one of the most dramatic improvements you can make; it will give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of appearance.

3. Change the look of the pool deck – The current design trend is to extend the look of interior flooring out into the pool area to create the effect of an outdoor family room. Deck choices range from man-made and natural materials to staining existing concrete. Know that old concrete does not necessarily need to be removed. Often you can fix unsightly cracks and dated concrete decks with a thick overlay and new finish.

4. Add a water feature – Installing a waterfall or fountain is a great way to bring the sound and beauty of moving water to your outdoor environment. Water features also create a strong focal point for the pool. A dramatic spillover or sheer water feature can be dynamic additions to an ordinary pool.

5. Lighting – While safety is a primary function of lights, today’s pool lighting also adds touches of beauty and pizzazz. Standard incandescent and halogen pool lights are functional staples, and fiber optic lighting can add striking color to a nighttime poolscape. Fiber optics are especially great around pools and landscaping because there’s no electrical current to worry about. Long-lasting LED replacement lights can typically be installed with little or no modification to the existing pool. The colored LED lights can create an entirely new mood around your pool while providing energy savings at the same time.

“Of course, there are many more renovations and improvements to consider,” Weber says. “Digital controls make operating pool equipment easier than ever, allowing you to control lighting, heating and cleaning with the touch of the button. And upgrades like adding a salt chlorinator system, solar cover and heater can improve the functionality and efficiency of a pool.”

Keep in mind, you don’t have to do everything at once. Pool renovations can be done over several seasons, allowing you to make the improvements and fund your investment at a pace that works for you. Of course, to ensure you get the most for your money, you’ll want to hire an experienced pool contractor. You can find an APSP certified building or service professional through the organization’s website, APSP-certified professionals are required to demonstrate proven knowledge of design, construction and service, follow a strict code of ethics, and must engage in continuing education to maintain their certification.

“Most renovations are quite affordable, and can dramatically change the look of your backyard,” Weber says. “It’s important to ensure your project is performed by a certified professional who can help you turn your vision into reality safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.”

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Steve’s Message

April 16, 2012

The warm weather and mild winter has been a small benefit to us. We are already opening, servicing and renovating pools. In fact, please don’t wait to call about repairs no matter how minor. Our schedule is filling up and it appears, more than in the last 3 years, there is pent-up demand for repairing, renovating and upgrading the pool environment. People are spending money now to assure a trouble free swimming season. We are offering discounts for any agreements signed before May 1. So take advantage of our FREE estimates and what little time we have on our hands right now to explore with you your needs, wants and desires.

My family considers the pool more than just a pool. Our life-style during the season is structured around it. For us it begins with opening the pool on March 1 to start enjoying the sounds and the look and feel of sparkling clean and clear water. Our lives are enriched when we sit out back and enjoy a nice day with the water flowing and the sun shining down on the surface. As family and friends begin to come over to enjoy our backyard with us, new and lasting memories are created. It’s wholesome…good…clean…

As you’ve heard on my phone announcement – “How lucky am I to have such a great job.” I feel like Walt Disney. It’s my job to assist you in your enjoyment and safety of your backyard environment. I am looking forward to this season with you. We are growing because of loyal clients like you. Our employees are the heart of our company and they also find joy in servicing your needs. From all of us to you thank you for your business, your loyalty and most of all your friendship.