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How to choose pool ladders and stairs

Town & Country Pool Builders explain how to choose pool ladders and stairs

The choice of a pool ladder, stairs or even a beach entry is something that will not only impact the design of your swimming pool, but the amount of space you will have available for swimming. Ask your pool builder from Town & Country Pools for advice and advantages and disadvantages of the various styles of ladders, steps and beach entries for your family’s swimming pool.

Pool railings

When you have stairs you will need to having railings installed as well. The railings must be stable and sturdy enough for support and for grabbing safety. These items are installed when the pool is constructed or could be added as part of a swimming pool renovation project. A railing is installed in the pool with the use of masonry screws and your pool contractor will inspect the railing to make certain it’s secure during his service visits.

You may want to consider having a ladder or an entry at both ends of the swimming pool — depending on its size and depth.

Railings for pool slides

If you have a swimming pool slide, and you will want to talk with your pool contractor to make certain your pool is large and deep enough to accommodate one. You may also need to check with your insurance agent to see if this accessory will impact your insurance rates or coverage. A pool slide will need a railing the entire length of the stairs. You may opt to have a safety railing at the top of the pool slide, in fact it may be required by local zoning ordinances.

Pool jump board versus diving board

Diving boards for swimming pools have fallen out of favor in recent years — partially because of safety concerns and partially because they take up a lot of space in the pool. If you’re still seeking this type accessory you can choose from:

  • A flexible board on a stand called a jump board.
  • A flexible board on a rigid stand, called a diving board, with with much less “spring” than traditional diving boards.
  • Diving platforms, stands that swivel or can be locked into a bench position.

If you’re considering a diving board or a jump board for your pool be aware that the pool needs to be at least seven and a half feet deep, or deeper depending on the height and length of the board. Check with your pool contractor and your local code enforcement agency to see whether it’s allowed in your area of the country.

Diving boards, jump boards and slides can be fun additions to a swimming pool as long as they’re used with care and caution. Remember, that any of these accessories will need to have railings affixed for safety reasons.


Should you own a swimming pool?

Town & Country Pool Builders, offer a 10-point pool readiness list

Is it time to become a swimming pool owner this year? A pool is an asset to your home that increases its value and allow you access to a vacation spot right in your yard. The swimming pool builders from Town & Country Pools offer this 10-point checklist to help you make your decision on pool ownership this year:

  1. Unlike a family vacation, which is expensive and only lasts a week or two, a pool is something you will enjoy for months every year.
  2. Your swimming pool is a place to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Pool Renovation Maryland
  3. It’s a mini vacation every time.
  4. Rest, relax and get a tan. We urge you to use sunscreen.
  5. A swimming pool balances your life
  6. Your pool will become the focal point of your family activities and is a great place to build memories.
  7. You work hard and you and your children deserve a swimming pool!
  8. Having a pool allows you to showcase your unique style, through the pool design to the landscaping, to the outdoor living space, let your fashion sense shine.
  9. It’s an entertainment hot spot.
  10. If you have a pool and want to upgrade, consider adding an outdoor kitchen, pool house, gazebo or water accessory.

Ask us about some “must do” items and add those to your “want to do” items and see where the pool project will take you!

Benefits of UV pool water treatment

Town & Country Pool Builders explain UV water treatment benefits
Every swimming pool owner wants a swimming pool that boasts clean, sparkling, bacteria-free water. There are myriad ways to keep the water clean and bacteria-free and they range from having a natural pool, to using chemicals to treating the water with ultra violet technologies. The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools, serving DC and Virginia explain that with ultra violet light technologies you could have swimming pool water that is pure enough you could drink it. UV technology is used in water treatment plants and the bottled water industry as a way to lessen the amount of chemicals needed to keep pool water clean and to help reduce the carbon footprint.
What is ultra violet light treatment?
To treat water with UV is to use UV wavelength radiation to destroy water contaminants. The UV light creates ozone molecules for the same purpose and aids in cleaning the pool water.
UV technologies can be used as a disinfection process to inactivate waterborne pathogens without having to use chemicals. It can also remove organic and inorganic chemicals, including chlorine, chloramines, ozone and Total Organic Carbon (TOC).uv water pool treatment
What are the benefits of UV technology to clean your pool water?
  • It is effective for all types of microorganisms
  • It is a non-corrosive way to clean the pool
  • It is efficient and effective
  • There are no disinfection by products left over
  • There are no impacts to the aesthetic quality of the water
  • It is a safe and environmentally friendly way to clean your swimming pool water

If you’re looking into alternative methods to clean your pool water, ask us about the benefits and process for utilizing UV technologies.

Building permits needed for swimming pool construction

Virginia, Maryland & DC pool contractors help obtain building permits

Investing in a swimming pool is more than finding the ideal swimming pool contractor, the pool builders from Town & Country Pools explain, it is about working with local building and zoning officials to assure you have the right clearances for the construction as well as the correct building permits to begin the project. When you’re in the process of finding a pool contractor, you will want to find one who will help you navigate the maze of permits and zoning requirements to bring your dream of pool ownership to fruition.  An experienced pool contractor will understand the specific rules and regulations in the area you live and will have a process in place to help their customer through the process. As a potential new swimming pool owner you also need to understand that this — obtaining building permits — is not something that happens overnight so you will need to plan additional time into the overall construction process to account for this step. Pool Renovation Maryland

The conversation about owning a swimming pool will likely start with a potential pool contractor coming to your home for a site visit. He will determine:

  • Whether your yard is large enough to accommodate a pool
  • What size pool will fit into your yard space
  • What obstacles he may be faced with during the construction project — ie narrow yard, low overhead clearance, difficult space to navigate with the backhoe or other heavy equipment

The municipality in which you live determines the steps you need to follow to apply for the permit and the inspection process you will endure during the various construction phases.  An inspector may make a site visit to assure the pool construction project complies with local zoning laws before, during and after the installation. You need understand any restrictions before you sign any contracts for your project.

While you will want to find a contractor who is knowledgeable about building codes you are are ultimately responsible. Walk away from a contractor who expects you to sign a contract prior to understanding and receiving information on the zoning laws you must comply with.

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