Swim-Out Stairs and In Wall Seats

clock February 25, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

I wanted to discuss some possible options you might want to consider with your purchase of your inground vinyl liner pool. Most pools will include a walk in step for the shallow end. There is nothing in the deep end to sit in or walk out in. Here are some possible options.

The 6’ In Wall Seat takes the place of a 6’ pool panel. It has two individual seats with the option of adding a jet in each seat to get a massage on your lower back. The seats are reclined back and comfortable to sit in. From the edge of the pool, this seat extends back about 4’.

The 8’ swim-out takes the place of an 8’ pool panel. This is designed to sit in or stand in. There is room for two people to sit in. The big advantage it also has steps that you can walk out from the deep end of your pool. It also has room to install a massage jet. It extends back from the edge of the pool about 4’.

With vinyl liner technology now you can also add a bench that will extend the width of the deep end of your pool to sit on. Please note that this is only an option for a non-diving pool. Lounging and sun tanning areas as well as liner cover benches can also be added that extend out from the edge of the pool.

This is just a sample of what is available. There are numerous other possibilities as well. Please visit your local Medallion pool dealer to learn about these options.

Liner Step Options For A Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock February 23, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you considering installing a vinyl liner pool but just do not like the typical white walk in step that you see in most of these pool’s? Worry no more. With technology of today, that step can easily be replaced.

One possible option is a step that will fit into the corner of your pool and is covered by the vinyl liner. This step is normally covered with a foam material so it will not be so hard to sit on and then the liner will cover the step. If you do this, you might want to consider putting a material on the step that will not be so slick. That material would be textured, not smooth like the rest of the liner. The textured material is available in many patterns so as to match the rest of your pool. Ask your local Medallion swimming pool dealer to show you this material.

Another possible option is to install liner steps across the shallow end width of your pool. This step should be covered with foam and then the liner. The liner material should also be textured as mentioned above. The Tex Tread material can be a solid color or choose a pattern that matches the liner for the rest of your pool.

This shallow end step that goes the width of your pool, the top part could be a Sun Lounger. The water level may only be about 4” deep and this area would be wider than the other steps. This is a great place just to sit in or recline. If you have small children, ideal for their first swimming pool experience. Your Medallion swimming pool dealer will be glad to discuss these options with you.

How To Get A Building Permit To Install A Swimming Pool

clock February 9, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase either and Above Ground Pool or In-Ground Pool, you will need to get a building permit. Your local Medallion pool dealer can help you with this process. Let’s discuss some of the details involved in getting that permit. The information here is generic in nature and may not apply to all localities. Consult your local building inspections department for complete details of their requirements.

You will need to do a sketch or take a plat of your property to the local building department. This sketch will show the location of your pool and the distance from your property line in all four directions. The applications you will need are one for the permit for the pool, one for the barrier or fence, and one for the electric. These are now available online from most local county building departments. The pool dealer should be able to supply you with engineering drawings of your pool. In some cases there may be an additional charge for these drawings depending on local requirements.

You, as the homeowner can get your own permit. The county usually has an affidavit you sign that states you are not a contractor needing a license to get this permit. Since most of the time, the pool installer is not doing the electric or the fence; the homeowner should get the permit. You may hire separate people to do the fence and electric. The pool installer will call his inspection in and the electric and fence installers will call their inspections in.

If you live in an area that has a well or septic tank with drain lines, you will need to let the county know the distance from the well or septic tank and drain field to your pool. The county will also require you to be a certain distance from the property lines and/or easements. You can check with your local building official to gets these requirements. The permit process is very easy and the county will be glad to help you. Your Medallion pool dealer will also help you with this process.

Heat Pumps

clock February 4, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

The heat pump is a great way to heat your pool or 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, the heat pumps use just a small amount of energy to generate the same amount of heat.

Some heat pumps have an LCD control board and displays a menu-driven readout with easy to follow full work messages, no codes to memorize. Most have an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents freezing. Some also have an automatic feature that monitors water temperature and turns the pump on and off as needed.

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

The size of the heat pump you will need will depend on several factors:

How many gallons of water is in your pool?

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

What part of the country you live in?

Heaters for swimming pools are sized based on the BTU rating of the heater. The correct BTU rated heater you need will depend on your size and shape pool, gallons of water and what part of the country you live in. Once you determine the correct BTU rating, if you go a little larger you will be able to heat the pool quicker and save energy cost.

Some of the advantages of a Heat Pump:

No natural gas or propane gas to worry about

They are easy to install with the pool installation or as an add on later

Very little maintenance is required.

Stop by your local Medallion dealer and find out more.

Is It Time To Update Your Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock February 2, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

It’s the middle of winter and your thoughts are already thinking about next pool season. I just can’t wait to remove the cover and see our family back in our swimming pool. I would like to make some changes. What can I do to improve the look of our pool?

Your pool may be one of the older vinyl liner pools that never had a step installed to enter and exit the pool. Maybe you are still using a ladder. You might be thinking it is a good time to install a new liner pattern and get a much darker blue look to your pool water. If you have made that decision to install a new liner, that is also a great time to have a permanent step installed.

With technology of today, you would have the option of adding a step in the corner or even across the entire shallow end of your pool without having to break up any of your pool patio. Your liner installer could do all the measuring and the liner manufacturer would make the liner to fit the pool and the step. The new liner would fit over the step. The step material could also be textured and non-skid.

When you do install your new liner, you should also install new skimmer and return face plates. This will give your pool a more modern look with your new liner and step. You and your family and friends will now be swimming in a new look pool, lot easier entry and exit at very affordable prices. Contact your local Medallion pool dealer to learn more about the liner step and the different liner patterns.