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Virginia pool contractors explain benefits of gunite swimming pools

When putting together your budget for a swimming pool project, one of the major factors in the cost will be the building material of concrete swimming pool the swimming pool itself. You can choose from fiberglass, a vinyl liner pool or a gunite aka concrete swimming pool. The swimming pool contractors at Town and Country Pools explain that while a concrete swimming pool project may cost more than the other styles, the benefits of this building material cannot be denied. From flexibility in design to longevity of the structure, many pool owners opt for gunite swimming pools when making the plunge into pool ownership.

Making the decision on the size and style of swimming pool that will best suit your family’s needs means you will have to spend some time researching all of the options available and making an informed choice. When speaking with a Virginia swimming pool builder make certain you ask him to explain the both the advantages and disadvantages of all of the swimming pool building materials that are available.

Here are some of the benefits of a concrete swimming pool:

  1. Home resale value: Your home values could potentially increase with the installation and construction of a concrete swimming pool. A well-made swimming pool is an investment that can increase the resale value of your home. Because a gunite swimming pool is a permanent structure it is an extension of your home.
  2. Backyard ambiance: The addition of a swimming pool completely transforms the look of your backyard, taking it from ho-hum to a luxurious oasis. When you add in landscaping, decking and even an outdoor kitchen area, you can move your indoor living outside!
  3. Your unique style: There are so many choices available when building an inground swimming pool with gunite. There are various colors, designs and finishes you can use to make your pool design truly unique.
  4. Durability and longevity: Concrete is one of the most durable building materials for swimming pools.  A gunite swimming pool will last for decades and it isn’t prone to rips or tears.
  5. Design options are limitless: With a gunite swimming pool you can have virtually any design for your swimming pool. The design and shape can be as varied as your imagination.

A concrete pool is a fantastic place for friends and family to gather, but it is also a home accessory that you will have to enjoy for decades!

Pool Info Site offers myriad ideas on other types and styles of swimming pools as you begin the steps in having a swimming pool built.

Using the sun to heat your Maryland swimming pool

swimming pool solar panel Swimming pool owners quickly discover that the pool is one of the biggest causes of increases in electricity bills, but they also know that installing solar hot water panels is an efficient way to generate hot water for the pool and keep the electric bills in line. Swimming pool contractors in Virginia explain that in this area of the country where the sun generates a lot of heat, the sun’s energy can be harnessed from solar hot water panels are used to heat water or is directed to a heat-transfer fluid collector. The heated water is held in a storage tank until you’re ready to use it.

Unlike traditional solar panels, solar hot water panels are less expensive to install. This means you will see a return on investment more quickly. The swimming pool builders at Town and Country Pools explain the solar collection panels come in three types:

  1. Integrated collector storage – this combines the solar collector and storage tank in one
  2. The most commonly used solar panel type is the flat plate collector. These are the types that are most suitable when tank roof mounting is used
  3. Evacuated tubes are more efficient than flat plate collection systems and are best used in colder regions of the country.

Do your homework before selecting a solar collector; working with a professional that is experienced in the best solar collection units for your area of the country is advised. Evacuated tube systems perform better in colder areas of the country and those with lower light penetration.

  • The evacuated tube systems are built to pull in more heat and store it during the days when the sun isn’t generating much heat, ie an overcast or cloudy day. Evacuated tube models have a greater surface area that is exposed to the sun to capture the available sunlight. The tube collectors are more durable and it’s easy to replace broken tubes. This type of system takes up less roof space and aren’t as prone to corrosion as flat plate systems.
  • A flat plate system solar collector is typically less expensive than the evacuated tube system. As a way to measure peak performance, the flat panel systems can compete almost head to head with an evacuated tube system. If you have a lot of roof  space available a bigger flat plate collector could deliver higher performance as compared to the smaller, more expensive evacuated tube systems. Conversely, if you only have a small amount of space available, you might get more energy generated per square foot from the evacuated tube system.

As with any upgrade or improvement you make to your swimming pool, you will want to weigh the cost against the benefit and you may find that adding a solar heating system means you can add another month or more to your personal swimming season — and that may be the benefit you’re seeking.

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