How Swimming Pools Improve Health

clock March 8, 2018 14:04 by author medallionpools |

The fast-paced, active lifestyle that most of us lead today will eventually run us down if we aren’t careful. What’s the solution to slowing down and relieving stress? Swimming! Yes, you heard correctly, one of the most relaxing, enjoyable activities is good for your mind and body, too!

Those of you who aren’t familiar with pool ownership may think it requires too much time to be worth it especially if you question how much use you’ll get out of it. Medallion Pools will prove to you that owning an inground swimming pool isn’t a chore rather a glistening jewel in your backyard that provides years of activity. The health benefits alone may add years to your life!

Exercising in a Swimming Pool
When you are swimming, every muscle in your body at work. Fortunately, swimming is an effective, gentle, low impact aerobic exercise. Easy on bones and joints, swimming is one of the first activities doctors recommend if you’re experiencing pain.

Health Benefits of Swimming
Swimming has so many health benefits, it is impossible to name them all. Swimming improves your cardiovascular health which helps reduce the risk of hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, along with many other chronic health conditions.

Look beyond the investment involved in owning a swimming pool and see the many physical and mental benefits it has on you and your family’s health.

To find out more about the health benefits and advantages of exercising in a swimming pool, contact Medallion Pools or your local pool dealer today.

Why Add a Gas Heater to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 9, 2018 10:55 by author medallionpools |

Pool heaters on the market today are fast, efficient, compact, quiet, safe and eco-friendly. Gone are the days where you have to wait until temperatures are in the 80’s to enjoy your swimming pool. Most of the new gas heaters have no pilot light, simply push button digital controls with a user-friendly indicator light. This makes operation and monitoring so simple.

Gas heaters are available for propane or natural gas. If you live in an area with natural gas, you may have a gas meter already attached to the house. You should get a licensed plumber to check this meter to make sure it can handle the additional BTU’s of the gas heater. BTU options vary from 200,000 up to 400,000.

Gas heater size

The size BTU heater you will need can be determined by a local pool company, but it will depend on how many gallons of water you have in the pool and if you are looking to keep the pool heated all the time, or only on demand. If you are going to install a propane heater, your pool dealer can install the heater, but you will need a propane company to make the connection from the tank to the heater. If you do not have a propane tank, the gas company can have one installed.

Related: What is a swimming pool solar ring?

Gas heater installation

Placement of your new heater is very important. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual for proper placement. If the heater is going under a deck, you must have proper clearance from heater to deck. If the heater will be installed indoors, the gas fumes must be vented outside. The heater can’t be installed next to your heat pump. The proper placement information will be found in the heater manual.

Installing a gas heater on your swimming pool

A gas heater is a great way to extend your swimming season. Depending on where you live, the proper size heater can give you 60 more days plus of swimming time. Now is a good time to contact Medallion, or visit your local pool dealer to learn more about the different heater options. While you are there, be sure to ask about a solar cover to help your heater be more efficient.

Why Add a Heat Pump to my Swimming Pool?

clock February 2, 2018 14:32 by author medallionpools |

The heat pump is a great way to heat your swimming pool or swim spa water for longer swimming seasons. With today’s energy costs, this is a great time to invest in a heat pump. Compared to gas, oil or electric heaters, heat pumps use just a small amount of energy to generate the same amount of heat.

There are a variety of heat pumps on the market. Some have an LCD control board and displays a menu-driven readout with easy to follow full work messages, so you don’t have to worry about codes to memorize. Most have an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents freezing. Others also have an automatic feature that monitors water temperature and turns the pump on and off as needed. There are many features of swimming pool heat pumps!

Heaters can be installed with new construction or added later. The units are connected to the pool filter and pool pump with simple plumbing. See all instructions for proper connection.

Related: Not ready to close your swimming pool?

How to choose swimming pool heat pump size?  

 - How many gallons of water are in your pool?

 - What temperature are you trying to maintain for your swimming comfort?

 - What is the climate like in your part of the country?

Heaters for swimming pools are sized based on the BTU rating of the heater. The correct BTU rated heater depends on your swimming pool shape, size in gallons of water as well as your climate. Once you determine the right BTU rating, you can choose to go a little larger so that you can heat the pool faster, and save more on energy costs.

Advantages of adding a heat pump to your pool

If extending your swimming season isn’t enough of a reason to add a heat pump, you’ll be pleased to know there are many other advantages to making the investment in a swimming pool heat pump.

 - No worry of natural gas or propane gas

 - Easy to install with pool installation or as an add on later

 - Very low maintenance

Choosing the best heat pump for your pool starts with a little bit of knowledge and education on the options available. Contact Medallion Pools, or your local Medallion dealer, to find out what is the best heat pump for your swimming pool.

See how Commonwealth Curb Appeal turned a Midlothian backyard into a beautiful swimming area with a Medallion pool

clock October 13, 2017 14:07 by author medallionpools |

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to take the plunge and put in an inground swimming pool, there are many important design decisions you’ll need to make. The fun is choosing liners, accessories and special features, but there’s also creativity in planning the landscape for the pool to include hardscape and flow from inside to poolside—where your ultimate retreat awaits.   

One Medallion Pools customer came to us to fulfill a dream of putting in an inground swimming pool at his beautiful home in Hallsey. Challenged by some space constraints, but not wanting to cut corners in a swimming pool that honors the home’s beautiful exterior, we worked together to design a pool that checks all the boxes.

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Complement Your Land—Choosing a Swimming Pool Shape
Swimming pool size and shape is only limited by that of your lot. If space is restrictive, you may find sticking with a standard shape is best. Homeowners with endless room for shapes and designs can get unconventional should they choose. We’ll achieve your preferred swimming pool shape and size.

To maximize on the square footage of their swimming pool, this homeowner chose a traditional rectangular shape pool with 6” radius corners. Even though installation was difficult due to the tight space between the pool and garage, the size and shape of this pool is meant to be!

Shimmering Jewels—Selecting a Swimming Pool Liner
There’s no doubt that your swimming pool is the centerpiece of your outdoor living space. The swimming pool liner you select is a major design decision that adds to the visual appeal of your pool.  Choosing a liner is a balance between picking a beautiful accent for your pool and tastefully harmonizing the home’s exterior.

This homeowner went with a tile patterned pool liner in various hues of vibrant blue. The full print liner without border really enhances the crispness and clarity of the glistening water, not to mention flatters the complexion of the entire outdoor living space.

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Custom Conveniences—Liner Benches & Stairs
Liner benches and seats are a feature many customers choose for their swimming pool. Medallion Pools’ custom liner benches can be built like stairs, or run across an entire section of the pool acting like a shelf. Whether you want a small cove seat or long bench for sunbathing, the options are endless when it comes to truly customizing your new swimming pool.

In this pool there is a 3-foot bench that spans the shallow end. Not only does this feature take place of a traditional pool ladder, it provides the perfect spot for lounging or sunbathing. Multifunctional, tasteful and completely custom!

Fancy Features—Making Your Pool Unique
From the soothing sound of waterfalls to the ambiance of lighting, there are so many special features and finishing touches to accompany your new swimming pool. This homeowner chose to accent the deep end with a waterfall which serves as the ultimate focal point. Let’s not forget lights! Carefully positioned color changing LED lighting illuminates the water just right from day to night.

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Swimming Pool Design & Installation
Medallion sells swimming pools worldwide through distribution as well as dealer direct and consumer direct (depending on the area).  This customer elected to have their Medallion inground swimming pool installation in Midlothian, VA professionally designed and performed by the experienced hardscaping, design and construction contractor Commonwealth Curb Appeal.

Once our client made all their selections for the pool of their dreams, Commonwealth Curb Appeal brought their ideas and choices to life! Charged with designing the decking, installing the pool, patio pavers and putting in an outdoor kitchen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal did an amazing job and the finished product is nothing short of breathtaking.

The homeowner was more than pleased with their beautiful new Medallion swimming pool, and the complete transformation Commonwealth Curb Appeal carried out…

''Commonwealth Curb Appeal does the job right, from the first phone call to completion of the job. They understood our vision and delivered! CCA was respectful and I would be hard pressed to tell you that I have encountered and more professional construction group. Josh and Chris were tremendous assets throughout the process, getting their hands dirty and delivering the finished product.''

To start designing your new swimming pool, contact Medallion Pools today or visit our manufacturing & distribution center to see swimming pool equipment and products!

Winterizing Your Pool – Part 2

clock September 14, 2017 16:29 by author medallionpools |


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We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner inground swimming pool. Please note that this is generic information, not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow specific instructions in your owner’s manual. If you have any questions pertaining to how to winterize your swimming pool, or other equipment, the company you purchased from should be more than happy to help.

Pool winterizing resources are available in several parts. This second installment deals mainly with the area around the pump and filter.

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1. Remove all drain plugs from the pool equipment. Do not reinstall your drain plugs until spring. This includes your pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, and any other equipment within the plumbing system. Consult your owner’s manuals for their locations. Lubricate all plugs and o-rings with o-ring lubrican

 2. Open the strainer basket cover. Clean the basket and replace. Put your drain plugs and o-rings in the basket. Lubricate the o-ring on your strainer housing with o-ring lubricant and replace the lid.

 3. Once all of your equipment has been properly winterized according to the manufacturer’s specifications, make sure all plumbing lines are appropriately winterized based on the requirements of your geographic location.

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  1. Place the multi-port valve in a neutral position for the winter. This is either between any two grooves, or the “winterize” position if one is indicated on your multi-port valve.

  2. If you have a Nature2 Express, remove the cartridge.

  3. If you have an automatic chlorinator, drain it, remove the tablets (be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe chemical handling), thoroughly rinse with fresh water and replace the lid, but leave it loose enough to allow any gases to escape.

  4. If you have a salt water pool, disconnect the cell part of the salt system, unplug it from the power center and bring it indoors for the winter. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on cleaning it for the winter.

  5. If you have an automatic cleaner that uses hoses to attach to your skimmer (such as a Baracuda), take all of the hoses apart and store them straight. Do not coil hoses or they will not work next spring.

Related: Swimming pool equipment maintenance tips


  • Filters, pumps and heaters can take up to 30 days to completely drain. Do not wait until freezing weather is predicted to drain your filter, pump and heater. If you wait, it will be too late.

  • Winterizing procedures on pumps, filters and heaters vary. Always refer to owner’s manual for your particular make and model.

  • Some pumps, filters and heaters may have more plugs and drain valves. See your owner’s manual for complete details.

Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions. Please contact us or check with your local pool store for location-specific winterizing tips.