How Do I Pay For My Inground Swimming Pool

clock February 12, 2015 01:00 by author medallionpools |

You have quite a few options available to you to make that pool purchase. In today’s world, credit cards give you an option if you use the cards that offer the lowest interest rate and offer you a reward for using their card. If you do use a credit card, call the bank that issued you the card first and let them know the purchase you will be making and the amount that you will be putting on the card.

For your protection, most credit card companies will not let you make a major purchase without letting them know first. They may think someone stole your card and is using it. Some credit card companies only let you put a certain amount per day on your card. So check with the bank that issued you the card.

Home equity lines are another way to finance that swimming pool. With rates very low today, now is an excellent time to apply for these types of loans. The interest may also be tax deductable since it is considered mortgage interest (speak to your tax preparer for more information). Check with your local bank for these types of loans.

If you have a lot of monthly payments on various accounts, the consolidation loan may be something you want to look into. Combine all these payments into one payment and lower your monthly payment. Depending on the current interest rate you have for your home loan, you may be able to refinance at a lower rate and add a swimming pool payment and still have a lower payment then before.

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 pool pricing and financing see your local Medallion swimming pool dealer.



Vinyl Liner Pools Have Grown Up

clock February 5, 2015 10:00 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 February 3, 2015 10:00 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.



Solar Rings

clock January 30, 2015 11:05 by author medallionpools |

Solar Rings are the new wave of solar heating. They are large, approximately 5’ in diameter, very colorful and attractive and light weight. No more need for the bulky solar tubes to roll up your cover.

These Solar Rings hook together depending on what size pool you have. You can use as many and needed to cover the surface of your pool. When you are ready to swim just take them out and stack them on the side of your pool area.

They come with water anchors for them to stay in place too. They put out up to 21,000 BTU’s of heat per Solar Ring.



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

clock January 27, 2015 09:53 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.