Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool Part 2

clock January 12, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Inground pool with wood deck

Previously in Part 1 of “Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool” we discussed how the pool was going to be used. Now that you have determined how the pool will be used, you need to determine a budget.

A vinyl liner swimming pool is the most popular and most affordable swimming pool. Your average vinyl liner inground pool will start around $12,000 for a 16’x32’. This price will vary with size and shape, but general speaking this is the starting price. Vinyl liner pools can be manufactured to almost any shape and size you would like. Most customers like this feature and enjoy designing their own pool. Installation generally takes about 4-5 days.

A fiberglass swimming pool will generally start around $25,000. Fiberglass pools are limited in shape and size because of the manufacturing process and transportation reasons. Most fiberglass pools are smaller than your average inground pool. Installation generally takes about 1-2 weeks.

Gunite/concrete pools are your most expensive inground pools. Prices for an average concrete pool generally start around $50,000. These pools can be made any shape or size because they are formed on the jobsite. Installation for these pools generally takes about 10- 15 weeks. There is a lot of labor involved in this construction as well as a lot of down time waiting for concrete to cure.

As you can see there are inground pools to fit every budget. Make sure you find the right one for you. Your pool professional can assist you in this choice and can offer assistance and answer questions you may have.



Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool Part 1

clock January 11, 2017 09:00 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with 4ft radius corners

So you are considering an inground pool? There are many things to keep in mind during this process. This will be a several part article with the first part focusing on how will the pool be used.

First, how is the pool going to be used? Exercise, family gatherings, etc., are ways that your new pool may be used. If you are going to be using the pool for exercise you may choose a more traditional shape and size versus a kidney, oval, etc. More than likely you will be swimming laps so the length of the pool is important. Most customers who want a “lap pool” usual go with a width of 8’ or 10’ and a length of 40’. This gives the homeowner plenty of space to swim laps.

If you are looking to entertain family and friends your options will be broader. You can go with a custom freeform shape or your traditional rectangle. Both of these will work for you. If diving is what you are looking for make sure you get the appropriate deep end to accommodate this. When entertaining family, keep in mind young children may be using the pool. If this is the case you may not want a deep end. Many homeowners these days are electing to have the entire pool one depth, for example 3 ½’ or 4’ the entire length of the pool. Also, custom areas can be designed to have only a few inches of water for the very young children to play in.

Whether it’s exercise, entertaining, or just relaxing, there are many options available. By doing your research and seeing what’s out there, you can have the swimming pool of your dreams!



Shopping For Your First Pool

clock December 15, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to purchase a pool, will that pool be the Above Ground Pool or the Inground Pool? If you want a pool with a deep end for diving, the pool will need to be an Inground Pool. If you want a pool to play games in like volleyball, the pool could be either Above Ground or Inground.

Your first step should be to visit your local swimming pool dealer’s showroom to see the pool options available for you. You will find that a pool will be available to fit your budget and yard conditions. Some dealer’s will be able to offer you a pool that can be installed above ground or inground. If you have a slope to your yard, this type of pool can even be installed part way inground.

So many options are now available. Do not ever think you can’t afford a pool. Times have changed and pool manufacturers are now offering pool products to meet their potential customers’ budgets. Go see, feel, touch all the pool choices you have available. If your preference is the Above Ground Pool, you will find many quality pools to fit your needs.

If your choice is the inground pool, these type of pools can be designed any shape or size to fit your budget. The most affordable inground pool will be the Vinyl Liner Pool. Dollar for dollar, you can get a much larger pool and/or more features in a vinyl pool than you can in fiberglass or concrete with the same budget. Call your local pool dealer. He will be glad to meet with you to learn more about your needs and make some recommendations. Take that first step and make that call or go see a swimming pool showroom.



Things You Need To Do With Your Pool During The Winter

clock December 13, 2016 02:00 by author medallionpools |


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Your pool is probably closed for the season. There are still a few things you need to do during the winter to help ensure your pool opening goes smoothly. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

• Check your water level regularly and add as needed

• If you have a solid cover, keep most of the water pumped off. A small layer of water will help keep it in place. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.

• If you have a mesh cover, periodically add some winter algaecide to the pool to help prevent algae growth. Some covers you can do this through the cover, some must be pulled back. Check with your cover manufacturer for their recommendations.

• If you get ice on your cover, don’t break it. Sharp edges may cut it.

• To help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft, turn it on about once a month for no more then 3 seconds.

• Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization. Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these items from happening.



What To Look For In A Spa

clock December 8, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase a portable spa, how do you decide which one to purchase? That decision should be based on;

1. How many people will use the spa at one time?

2. Do you want a spa with just seats or add a lounger?

3. Would you like one lounger or two in your spa?

4. Where do you plan to place your spa?

5. How many jets do you want and do you want jets on your neck, back and legs?

You can do some homework online by checking out different spa models. A spa is something you need to see in person. Go visit your local Medallion pool & spa dealer. The dealer should have spas on the showroom that you can get into that do not have water in them. Make sure it is deep enough and comfortable for you.

Some spa models are available you can purchase, load on your truck or trailer, take home add water and get in. No electrician is needed to wire the spa into your panel box. These spas will come with a cord and GFCI designed to plug into your wall outlet. Do you have a hard to get to location in mind for your spa in your home? No problem, purchase the FunTub model designed to be assembled on site. These are available 42” deep and in round and octagon.