Why Is A Swimming Pool A Good Investment - Part 2

clock November 17, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Earlier we discussed the personal reasons for installing an in ground swimming pool; now let’s discuss the business possibilities. The American Dream has always been to own a home and one day install a swimming pool. This may not be everyone’s dream, but it is for a large population of people.

With the real estate market being so tough today in the current economy, it is very important that you do something to your home to add more value. Installing that swimming pool is one of your options. The pool may not appeal to some of your potential buyers if you are looking to sell, but to that couple that have children on a swimming team or just love the water, it will be a great addition.

If you do have that pool and it is time to sell your home, it is very important that the pool area be well maintained. By keeping the pool area clean, the potential customer will have a better feel for how you have maintained your house. There has always been something magical about being around water. Try to offer your house for sale during the summer when the customer can actually see the pool in operation.

Your number one reason for purchasing a swimming pool should not be based on future resale value. Enjoy that pool, take care and maintain that pool and your investment will be returned to you many times over.



Why Is A Swimming Pool A Good Investment - Part 1

clock November 16, 2016 02:30 by author medallionpools |

You need to visualize this example; it is a very hot summer day. You have been trying to get home from work but are stuck in traffic. Your wife calls you on your cell phone. “Honey it was so hot I took the kids to the community pool but left my purse at home. Would you please bring them a pizza?”

With your very own swimming pool, this could never happen to you. What a great way to get to know your kids and spend quality time together with your whole family. No more driving to that community pool and paying dues and the additional cost for the food.

No more having to drive out of town to take the whole family to the beach when it gets hot. Look at the money you will save on gas, food and motel rooms plus eliminate the traffic jams on the weekend leaving the beach. When you save on this driving, you are able to extend the life of your car and your well being.

It all comes down to individual preferences. Having that backyard pool will be the best thing you can do for your family, your health and your peace of mind. There is no better way to unwind after work, then just relaxing in your own swimming pool.



What Is A Fiberglass Swimming Pool

clock November 10, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

This pool is manufactured from a fiberglass-reinforced material that has been formed into a certain shape and size on a preformed mold at the factory. The surface material is placed over the mold and formed into shape.  It is then coated with fiberglass.  This pool does not use external braces, but it must be installed in a specifically dug hole and must be supported with the proper backfill according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The pool leaves the factory on a flatbed truck and at the job site a crane is used to remove the pool for placement in the excavated hole. Since most manufacturers offer certain size and shape molds, unlimited sizes and shapes are not available. Installation of this pool is fairly quick. Price wise, Fiberglass pools are usually much more expensive than vinyl liner pools, but less than concrete.

The homeowner needs to be very satisfied with their pool selection before the signing of the contract. This pool is not manufactured on site and has to be manufactured in a special mold, and then delivered to you. There is no changing your mind once the job has started. Do your homework first and choose the shape and size that will fit your family’s needs.



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.