Vinyl Liner Pools Have Grown Up

clock January 19, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Toss out any image you may have perceived about the looks of a Vinyl Liner Pool. Technology has enabled this type of pool to look like a concrete pool but at a very affordable price. Virtually any shape or size can now be manufactured and built.

The white walk in step that some people just do not like, can be replaced with a liner steps. These steps can extend across the width of the pool and you can even add a sun lounger area. If the sun lounger with liner steps is not to your liking, the walk in step now comes in blue or grey. This type of walk in step is also available with twin seats. This gives you room for people to sit and others to enter and exit your pool.

The standard white coping know as Receptor Coping, can be replaced with side mount if you want to use bullnose bricks around the edge of your pool or top mount if you want to pour a cantilever deck around your pool. This white coping would not be visible with side mount or cantilever.

Forget using a ladder to exit the deep end of your pool. Add an 8’ swim-out with room for two people to sit or lean back in with steps to exit the pool. Consider as an option using a 6’ In Wall Seat. This takes the place of a pool panel and ideal for two people to sit in with the option of adding jets to massage your lower back.



Adding A Slide To Your Inground Swimming Pool

clock January 14, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

The slides that will be discussed in this article are designed to only be installed on inground swimming pools. If you have a concrete patio or wood deck adding a slide is no problem with the use of the proper anchors. These anchors can be installed in your existing patio to hold the slide.

You have various slide options but here are a few to consider. They all will require a water source which in most cases can easily be acquired by tapping into your pools return line.

City 2 Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area that has at least 4’ of water. This slide is 6’ tall with acrylic construction. The weight limit is 225 Lbs.

G-Force- Will have to be installed in the pool area that has at least 4’6” of water. This slide is 6’ tall with 360 degree design. The weight limit is 250 lbs.

Wild Ride Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area that has at least 4’ of water. This slide is 6.5” tall with stainless steel deck flanges. The weight limit is 250 lbs.

X-Stream 2 Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area with at least 4’ of water. This slide is 6’ tall with fully molded treads. The weight limit is 250 lbs.

Zoomerang Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area with at least 3’6” of water. The slide is 37” tall and has stainless steel rails & legs. The weight limit is 225 lbs.

Your local Medallion pool dealer can discuss each one with you and can also install the slide or you can install your own slide. If you do the install, please refer to the installation manual and install according to those instructions.



Inground vs. Above Ground

clock January 12, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to install a swimming pool, the next big question is, Above Ground Pool or Inground Pool. This decision should be based on how long are you going to live in your current home, do you have drain field or septic tank that might interfere with construction, do you want a pool with an 8’ deep end for diving and finally the economic decision.

The Above Ground Pool can be round, rectangle or oval. Sizes may range from 15’ x 48” round up to 15’x 30’x 52” ovals or 16’ x 32’ rectangles. You need to lay out sizes in your yard to get a better idea of what will fit and what it will look like in your yard. When this pool is installed above ground, look at the options you have for entry way into the pool. Some of these are ladders and steps. Decide if you want a deck around part or all of your above ground pool.

The inground pool can be manufactured in virtually any size or shape to meet your budget. If you want a pool with an 8’ deep end, the size must be at least 16’ wide and 32’ long. This size pool will offer diving but very little room for games. Please take a look at some of our other blog posts on inground pools for a more thorough discussion of pool depths and shapes.

If you are looking for a traditional inground pool but your budget is more in line with an above ground pool, ask your local Medallion swimming pool dealer about the St. Croix Freedom Series. This pool is an above ground pool that can also be installed inground.



Floating Chlorine Dispensers

clock January 7, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you using chlorine tablets (1” or 3”) or chlorine sticks in your pool? If you are what are you using to get this chlorine into your pool? You may be using a Floating Chlorine Dispenser or Chlorine Floater.

The Floater, as the word states, floats around your pool and tablets slowly dissolve. You do not have water passing thru it very fast to dissolve the tablets or sticks rapidly. This system may work perfectly well for many small pools, spas, or swim spas. However, once you start getting to mid to large size pools (and occasionally some smaller pools with heavy bather loads), your pool water could become cloudy, algae could grow and the liner could become very slick due to the chlorine being released too slowly. The warmer it gets, the more chlorine demand your pool needs and that demand will be hard to satisfy with a Floater.

If you are having problems maintaining your Chlorine residual with a floater and you want to continue using tablets then take a look at an automatic chlorinator. This unit can be plumbed into your return line which has water flowing through it going back into your pool. You can use either 1” or 3” tablets or chlorine sticks in the Chlorinator. The Chlorinator has a control value on it that can be adjusted. You can regulate the amount of chlorine getting into the pool.



What Size Or Shape Pool Should We Install?

clock January 5, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

With the technology available today, just about any size or shape is possible with a vinyl liner pool. Just sketch out your thoughts and meet with a Medallion swimming pool dealer. A lot also will depend on the size of the area you want to install a pool. Is the area flat or on a slope? Can you get to the area and have room for a machine to do the excavation and backfill? Some examples of pool shapes are Rectangles, Lazy L’s, or True L’s (with Grecian, 2’or 4’ Radius or Reverse Radius Corners), Kidneys, and Freeforms. The shape of your pool will depend on your individual taste. Shape will affect the price of the pool so keep that in mind. Your local Medallion pool dealer will be able to help you with this decision.

Do you like to swim laps? If so, maybe a lap pool might be a consideration. They can be any size or width. Some possible sizes might be; 10’ x 50’ or 10’ x 60’. The depth can be one level (either 3-1/2’ or 4’). The lap pool can be designed to meet your needs.

These pools can be designed to have one constant depth (of either 3-1/2’ or 4’) or a shallow end and a deep end. Depending on the size of the pool, the deep end can be 5’, 6’ or 8’ deep or deeper with larger sizes. If you install a deep end more than 6’, the majority of the pool will be over your head. Make sure you love deep water and diving.

If you are more interested in playing games in the pool like Volleyball, Basketball, or Football you should not install a deep end pool. The maximum depth of the deep end should be about 5’ to enjoy these games for everyone. If you do install a deep end pool for your children, when they are no longer living with you, you can install a new liner and fill in the deep end to a shallower depth.

See your local Medallion swimming pool dealer to help you make the best selections for you and your family.