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

Note:

  • 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.



Vinyl Liner Maintenance

clock August 11, 2017 13:23 by author medallionpools |

 

The vinyl liner in your pool very durable, designed to give you many years of enjoyment. Proper water chemistry is critical to the life of your liner. While the title of this article is Vinyl Liner Maintenance, the bad maintenance practices outlined here will also cause problems for concrete and fiberglass pools.

Related: Vinyl pools vs. Fiberglass pools

When using granular chlorine, if you pour a cup in one location, it could fall to the bottom and bleach the liner. That bleach area will start to become very thin and develop holes. Your liner will then start to lose water. Broadcast it slowly around your pool and brush off any that falls to the bottom. Be sure to follow all safety instructions found on the label.

If you use chlorine tablets and do not use a chlorine feeder and put them in your skimmer basket, your liner might bleach just below the skimmer and become very thin, then start to leak. You should use a chlorine feeder for these tablets. Tablets will tend to lower the pH and Alkalinity levels of your pool water. Your liner will lose its elasticity if levels remain low. The liner may also become brittle and could split.

You should have your local pool dealer check your swimming pool water on a regular basis so you can maintain proper levels. Test strips are also available for you to use if you are not close to a pool store. We have stories of customers who still have their original liner from over 25 years ago. You may also be able to do this with proper care and water chemistry.

Contact us, or reach out to your local Medallion pool dealer for more information.



Misconceptions About Swimming Pool Maintenance

clock June 21, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Many homeowners who have expressed an interest in installing a swimming pool may have been told by a friend or neighbor, that pool will work you to death. “You will never have time to enjoy your pool. My neighbor installed a swimming pool about 20 years ago and I see him at the pool every day either cleaning it or putting chemicals in it.”

These are all misconceptions that relate back to the time when most people used granular chlorine as their chemical of choice. This chemical had to go into the pool every day, approximately 1 pound per 10,000 gallons of pool water. This chemical will leave a lot of residue on the pool floor that will require vacuuming quite often. As you vacuum, this residue will turn cloudy and you will need another chemical to clear the pool.

With chemical technology today along with the many automatic pool cleaners available, your weekly maintenance time on your pool will be very short and in most cases, less than one hour. If you use for example, a chlorine generator (salt system) you will add the salt directly to the pool when the unit lets you know the salt level is getting low. This may be as little as two to three bags per season.

This type of system will not have the residue that the granular chlorine system will produce. Very little vacuuming will be required. Chlorine generators are just one example of a sanitizer system you could use. Our message is, if you have an interest in installing a swimming pool; meet with your local pool dealer to learn more about all the different types of sanitizers and cleaners that are available. A swimming pool now can be a lot of fun with very little maintenance.



Zinc Anode

clock June 15, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The in-line zinc anode is attached to the bonding wire, thereby protecting all metal parts (heaters, lights, rails, etc.) from galvanic corrosion. Zinc anodes will sacrifice themselves and corrode before all other metals in the pool. Zinc anodes need to be replaced approximately every 4-5 years on average.  Many factors can affect how quickly it will need to be replaced.  We have encountered some pools where the zinc anode had to be replaced every year.

Any time you have different metals (copper, stainless steel, etc.) in a salt water pool, you create a battery. Some amount of current flows between the metals. The electrons that make up the current are supplied by one of the metals, giving up bits of itself in the form of metal ions to the pool water. This is called galvanic corrosion. Galvanic corrosion causes plaster discoloration and metal erosion. The best way to inhibit the effect of galvanic corrosion is to use a zinc anode. Zinc is a metal that gives up its metal ions faster than other metals in the pool. In other words, the zinc anode will erode instead of other metals (pool light, rails, heater, light niche, ladder, etc.). The zinc ions will not discolor the pool plaster. The zinc anode should be replaced after half of it has eroded.

Galvanic corrosion can also occur pools that do not use salt water. Any stray electrical current around the pool area can cause it. Also, many localities are now requiring that the pool water be bonded. The inline zinc anode also performs this function.

This article is courtesy of the Pool Tool Company (www.pooltool.com). Here is a link to their zinc anode brochure (http://pooltool.com/images/catalog/brochurePrint.zip )