What Is A Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock November 8, 2016 01:00 by author medallionpools |

Let’s first discuss what a vinyl liner is. It is a material that is manufactured from virgin material (never used, not reprocessed) and is treated with a fungicide to inhibit bacteria growth. This material is available in many different colors and pattern designs. It is also available in different thickness, example; 20 mil vs. 27 mil (this is thicker material).

This liner can be made in any shape or size. The liner is installed against panels of a pool which could be manufactured from Aluminum, Galvanized Steel, Polymer, Stainless Steel and still in some cases Wood. The liner offers a very smooth surface which is very pleasing to your feet.

A vinyl liner pool can be manufactured to look a lot like a concrete pool but is a lot less expensive. If you get tired of looking at the same liner you have in your pool for the last 15 years, you can easily change to a new pattern. With today’s technology, this type of pool can be designed to fit virtually any size or shape you want.

These pools can be designed to offer you different depth options. The shallow end could be 42” or 48”. The three most popular deep end depths are 5’, 6’ or 8’ (at least 8’ is needed for diving) but other depths are available. With today’s standards, if you want a pool to have an 8’ deep end, the pool size must be at least 16’ wide and 32’ long.



Is It Time To Add A Gas Heater To Our Pool?

clock October 20, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The heaters on the market today are now fast, efficient, compact, quiet, safe and eco-friendly. Now you do not have to wait until the temperatures are in the 80’s to enjoy swimming. On most of the new gas heaters there are no pilot lights; just push button digital controls plus a user-friendly indicator light makes operation and monitoring so simple.

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

The size BTU heater you will need can be determined by your local Medallion pool dealer 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, the local pool dealer can install the heater but you will need a propane company to make the connection from the propane tank to the heater. If you do not have a propane tank, the gas company can have one installed.

Placement of your new heater is very important. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual for proper placement. Here are some examples; 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.

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 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.



Fall Is A Great Time Of The Year To Consider A Spa

clock October 18, 2016 11:00 by author medallionpools |

The wonderful therapy of warm water on your body thru the many jets offered in a portable spa is great for the mind and body. Have a hard day at work? Kids making it hard to get a good night sleep? Joints or muscles sore? No better way to unwind than in your own spa.

Many sizes and depths are available. Some units offer water falls, LED lights, radio, TV. The options are unlimited. Many portable spas are available with a lounger or just individual seating. The jet action of the water can be controlled by the spa pack control panel which is convenient to get to. The spa pack with the heater will offer you that warm water you are looking for.

If you have a hard to get to location in your home that you would like to install a portable spa, then consider the units that you can purchase and assembly onsite. Some of these are large enough two people can lie on a 6’ float. Some are even large enough that 8 – 10 people can be in it and have room.

Many chemical options are available to make your spa experience almost maintenance free. Talk to your local dealer to learn about these options. You can even us a salt system in a portable spa. Why wait any longer. No better time than the present to start your search.



Safety Covers - Solid vs. Mesh

clock October 6, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Safety Cover

 

It’s time to figure out what kind of cover you want to protect your pool from the harsh winter ahead. Whether you have a new pool or an old pool, aboveground pool or in ground pool, a safety cover could work for you. There is a variety of covers to choose from in different types and colors.

Now let’s talk about the differences between mesh and solid safety covers.

One advantage of a mesh cover is that it generally requires little to no work during the offseason because the fine holes in the cover allow water from rain and snow to pass through while keeping debris out of the pool. There is also no need for a submersible water pump. Also a plus, the cover is easy to install and remove because it is lighter.

Solid covers generally require a little more work during the offseason when it comes to pumping water off the cover. The cover is also heavier than a mesh cover, requiring more assistance to put it on and take it off.

The solid cover general has the advantage when it comes to opening the pool. You will probably spend less time to get the water clear again. Since no sunlight can pass through, there is a less chance for algae to grow.

Mesh covers sometimes may require a little more work once the cover comes off. There is a chance that when you go to open the pool in the spring you may have to spend extra time brushing and vacuuming the pool since there is a chance that algae can grow as some sunlight will pass through the cover.

See your local pool professional for more information and to help you decide which cover is right for you.



Advantages Of Installing An Inground Pool In The Fall

clock October 4, 2016 09:00 by author medallionpools |

inground kidney shaped swimming pool

The actual installation time of a vinyl liner pool takes about 4-5 days depending on weather and other local conditions. This time would not include pouring the patio around the pool or any landscaping. The excavation of the pool is larger than the actual pool size and then when the pool is installed, the dirt is backfilled against the pool panels.

In some cases, this over excavation is about three feet larger than the pool. This area is loose fill dirt and will settle. The longer you can wait to give this area time to settle, the longer your pool patio area will last without cracking. If the pool is installed in the October to December time frame, you can give that area the rest of the winter to settle and come back in early March to have the patio poured.

After the patio is poured, then you can look into doing some landscaping around the pool. The summer customer is mainly the most frustrated because they would like everything done at one time. You could pour the pool patio right away if you had your pool installer backfill the pool with gravel or stone dust or some type of material that will not settle.

When the pool is installed later in the year, it is no need to have the extra cost to backfill with some other material other then the excavated dirt. You will have plenty of time for the area to settle around your pool and plan your patio for next year. Visit your local pool dealer and learn more about the many pool option choices you have.