How Do I Pay for My Inground Swimming Pool?

clock March 22, 2018 10:47 by author medallionpools |

Owning a swimming pool doesn’t have to set you back financially or break the bank. With so many options available, you can find exactly what you want, in your price range.

When it comes time to pay for this investment, you have several choices for financing a swimming pool.

Charging a Swimming Pool
Credit cards are a great choice especially if you use cards with low interest and/or obtain rewards for using it. If you go this route, but haven’t used the card in quite some time, call the credit card company. Let them know about the purchase and how much you plan to charge. You never know, you may be eligible for a new, lower interest rate, too.

For your protection, most credit card companies will not let you make a major purchase without authorizing it first. If you don’t contact the credit card company and go ahead with the purchase, they may think it’s a fraudulent charge. The transaction may also put you over a daily charge limit. It’s always best to check in with your credit card company.

HELOC to Buy a Swimming Pool
Home equity lines of credit are another way to finance a swimming pool. Currently, rates are very low and competitive making it an excellent time to apply for a HELOC. The interest may also be tax deductible since it is considered mortgage interest. You can get more information from your tax preparer.

Consolidation Loan to Pay for Swimming Pool
If you have a lot of monthly payments on various accounts, a consolidation loan may be something worth checking out. Combine everything into one payment, and lower your monthly payment. Depending on the current interest rate you on your home loan, you may be able to refinance at a lower rate, add a swimming pool payment, and still have a lower payment than before.

Other Swimming Pool Financing Options
There are also several online companies that will finance swimming pool purchases without collateral. The interest rates will vary depending on your credit rating.

For more information on swimming pool financing and pricing, contact us or see your local pool dealer.

How to Maintain a Swim Spa

clock March 15, 2018 15:14 by author medallionpools |

Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete swim spa maintenance guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your swim spas manufacturer.

Owning a swim spa offers years and years of activity, relaxation and good times spent at home with family and friends. However, swim spas must be properly maintained in order to continue providing enjoyment for years to come.

Importance of Maintaining a Swim Spa

Think of your swim spa as small body of water. If you and your family are using it to relax, exercise and socialize, you certainly want to know that the water is balanced, filtered and sanitized. Luckily, it’s not rocket science to maintain a swim spa, you just need to be armed with the know-how!  

Swim spa maintenance schedules depend on your specific swim spa model and accompanying manufacturer’s instructions. Generally speaking, most of the spa maintenance tips we suggest should be performed anywhere from once every few days to every several months depending on the specific task.

4 Swim Spa Maintenance Tips

1. Visual Water Check

Whether you use the swim spa every day or once a week, you should make it a habit of checking the water daily, especially during peak seasons of use. This doesn’t require much more than simply noticing changes in color or smell of the water.

Changes in the look or scent of the water can indicate a problem with the swim spa filtration system which is an easier fix the sooner it’s found.

2. Testing Swim Spa Water Chemistry

Chemically treating the water is critical to eliminating bacteria. You can easily test swim spa water yourself using test strips to determine calcium hardness, chlorination levels, pH, alkalinity and more.

It’s recommended to have your swim spa water tested from time to time by your local pool or spa dealer. They can then help you choose the best chemicals and solutions to use to maintain these levels within healthy, normal ranges.

3. Change the Swim Spa Filter

Replacing and cleaning your swim spa filter is another important maintenance task. Make sure to follow specific manufacturer’s instructions on how frequently to change the swim spa filter and what exact steps to take.

If your filter is replaceable, it’s smart to keep a second filter on hand so that while the one is being cleaned, you can install the new one for uninterrupted use.

4. Swim Spa Cover

The great thing about a swim spa is that it can be used 365 days a year! With that being said, how often you cover it is determined by the frequency in which you use the swim spa, and whether it’s installed inground, above ground or partially inground.

For example, if you don’t use your inground swim spa during the winter months, you will want to cover it not only for the sake of protecting it during off-season, but for safety reasons.

Related: Hot Tub & Swim Spa Water Maintenance

Easy Swim Spa Maintenance

When you buy a swim spa, you’re investing in your home and your family. Taking the proper steps to maintain a swim spa can be as easy as a regular check of the water, or seasonal maintenance like covering it with a safety cover. Swim spa maintenance depends on your model, frequency of use, climate and installation location.

For questions regarding how to maintain a swim spa, reach out to your local pool or spa dealer, or contact Medallion Pools now. We’ll make sure you are armed with the right information and tools to keep your swim spa is great shape!

How to Shop for a Swimming Pool

clock March 15, 2018 10:42 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to purchase a pool, the choice is whether it will be an above ground pool or an inground swimming pool. If you want a pool with a deep end for diving, the pool will need to be inground. If you’re more interested in playing games, like volleyball, you can choose either an inground or above ground swimming pool.

Deciding Between Above Ground & Inground Swimming Pools

Visit your local pool dealer’s showroom, or the Medallion Pools showroom to see all the options. Swimming pool experts can help you find a pool that fits your budget and yard conditions. There could be several options for installation both inground and above ground, so the choice is yours. If you have a slope in your yard, you can choose to install the swimming pool partially inground as well.

Related: Vinyl liner swimming pools vs. fiberglass swimming pools

Investing in a Swimming Pool

We hear customers all the time share how much they want a pool, but are afraid it’s out of their budget. Don’t ever think you can’t afford a pool. Times have changed, and pool manufacturers are now offering pool products to every customer’s budget. If your preference is an above ground swimming pool, you will find many quality options to fit your needs.

If you prefer an inground pool, these can also be designed to fit your yard and your budget. Vinyl liner pools are the most affordable inground option. You get a much larger pool, with more features, when compared to a fiberglass or concrete with the same budget.

Visit Medallion Pools Showroom today to see for yourself all of the inground and above ground pool options available in your budget.

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.

Hot Tub & Spa Water Maintenance

clock March 1, 2018 11:17 by author medallionpools |

Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete spa care guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your spa’s manufacturer.

Spa maintenance is based around keeping the water balanced, sanitized and filtered. All of the steps in spa maintenance are user-friendly, simple and straightforward. For most spas it is recommended to perform maintenance and change the water every 4-6 months.

Spa Maintenance Water Testing

The most important step in maintaining hot tubs and spas is chemically treating the water to eliminate bacteria. Your local pool and spa dealer will be able to help you test your spa water and determine the best chemical solutions to use. It’s not just getting the proper chemicals, but keeping them in the right range so you can get many years of enjoyment out of your hot tub.

When testing spa water, your dealer is determining the levels of the following:

 - Chlorine, Bromine, BaquaSpa, or Salt

 - pH

 - Total Alkalinity

- Stabilizer (if needed)

- Calcium Hardness

Calcium Hardness for Spas

Maintaining the range of calcium hardness your spa dealer suggests is very important. If it gets too high, scale will build up eventually causing your heating element to fail due to a chemical problem. This damage is typically not covered under warranty by the spa manufacturer.

pH Levels for Spas

pH levels that are too low, or too high, can cause damage to your spa and its heating element. High pH levels also lead to scale build up. Alkalinity acts as a buffer for the pH to help prevent rapid fluctuations. Stabilizer prevents sunlight from stripping chlorine, or bromine, out of your water.

Spa Filters

Most spas have a cartridge filter that must be kept clean and replaced regularly. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. This way, when you’re soaking the dirty one in filter solution overnight, you have an extra to keep the spa operating and ready for use.

For questions on chemically treating hot tub and spa water, contact Medallion Pools or your local pool and spa dealer.