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Advantages of Concrete Swimming Pools

Town & Country Pool Builders explain concrete swimming pool benefits

Owning a swimming pool may be on the horizon for you and your family this year and if that’s the case, the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools explain that concrete swimming pools have many advantages over other swimming pool construction materials. If you’re still in the decision making phase, here are some things to consider and to know about concrete also known as, gunite pools:

  • Concrete swimming pools are the longest-lasting and that makes them an ideal investment in your home.
  • A concrete swimming pool could add to the value of your home and increase its resale value.
  • Concrete swimming pools can be streamlined to fit the existing shape of your backyard and outdoor living space.
  • Concrete pool building material is one that allows you to let your imagination run free when it comes to the pool design. Concrete can be designed in any design that your imagination conjures and that your budget will encompass.
  • It is the most durable of pool construction materials — it is the most expensive, but it will also last the longest so you get a return on your investment.

Concrete is an ideal pool building material for families who know they will be living in their home for decades to come and for those who want a pool that will grow with them! Talk to us and see if this is the right building material for your pool project. Now is the time to begin your research for your 2016 swimming pool project.

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Keep your Pets Safe Around the Swimming Pool

Town & Country Pool builders offer pet safety tips

Swimming is great fun for everyone in the family — even your pets. You do need to pay special attention to your pets around the pool just as much as you pay attention to your children when they are in the water. You also need to keep in mind that not all dogs love the water and not all dogs love to swim. If you’re going to have your pet in the pool with you, let the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders know as they may need to readjust your pool cleaning schedule.

Here are tips to keep your pets safe in and around the swimming pool: 

  1.  A pool alarm is a safety device that you should use regardless of whether you have pets or children. The alarm sounds an alert if the water in your swimming pool is disturbed, ie someone, or something, has fallen or jumped in. There are floating alarms or alarms that are hardwired into the pool.
  2. Swimming pool fencing is likely required in your municipality and is an ideal barrier to keep curious children and pets out of the water when no adults are in attendance.
  3. Install a pet ramp to make it easy for your dog to get out of the water especially if he falls in and you’re not around. Once you install the ramp you will want to work with him to make certain he knows where it is and how to use it.
  4. Purchase a collar alarm that attaches to your dog’s collar and sounds if the device is submerged in water.
  5. Invest in a life vest for your dog and be diligent in using it when he is in the water with you.

If your pet is fearful and doesn’t go near the pool’s edge, don’t force him to be in the water with you. Give him some toys so he can be poolside, but not in the water if he doesn’t like it. Remember, if your pet loves the water and swims with you often, you will have to clean your filter  more often.

 

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What does it cost to own a swimming pool?

Maryland, DC & Virginia swimming pool contractors explain swimming pool costs

What will it cost to be a swimming pool owner? How much does it cost to have a swimming pool constructed? What will the ongoing costs of swimming pool ownership, upkeep, maintenance and increases in utility bills be? The answer, the swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools explain is, “it all depends.”

There are myriad factors to calculate for the price of a swimming pool swimming pool projectconstruction project and they include:

  • The landscape and physical environment in which the pool will be situated and whether a lot of work needs to be done to prepare the land for the project
  • The size of the pool
  • The complexity of the pool design
  • The accessories you want included
  • The construction material itself — fiberglass, vinyl liner or gunite aka concrete
  • The depth and width of the pool
  • The coping and decking material
  • The equipment you will have installed

If you’re in the midst of your pool investigation process, your best bet is to have a budget in mind for your pool project, talk with your pool contractor and let him help you determine what you can get for what you have budgeted.

Plan a swimming pool project

Maryland, DC & Virginia pool contractors offer pool planning tips

The best way to assure you get as much pool for your budget is to talk with a pool contractor from Town & Country Pools and let them know what your budget is for the project. They can help you to understand what you can get for what you have budgeted. It’s best to understand that if you have a $25,000 pool budget that you are planning for a project that falls within what you have available. What items do you need or want in your pool project? Are there must-haves that you simply cannot do without? Are there items that you feel would be nice to have, but not necessary? Make note of those so you can either add them, or take them out, of your project. Know what you want before you meet with a Picture4potential pool contractor.

The pool contractors from Town & Country Pools offer this checklist for your consideration when planning your pool project:

  1. How much backyard space do you have available and how much do you want to give up for your pool project? Setbacks and property lines are something to take into consideration when talking with your pool contractor.
  2. What type pool do you want? One for exercise? One the entire family and neighborhood can join you in?
  3. The building material you choose will help you decide on the shape of your pool. If you use gunite, the sky is almost the limit when it comes to design. Fiberglass and vinyl liner pools are also options.
  4. What kind of accessories will you want in your pool? Diving board or slide? Beach entry? Rock waterfall?
  5. What kind of deck or outdoor living space will you want as part of your overall swimming pool project? Consider this as part of your entire pool project.
  6. Consider the caliber of pool equipment you will have installed — pump, filter, motor, pool cover, etc.

This is a basic list of items to consider for your swimming pool project but it will give you the building blocks to get the project underway.

  

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