What Is A Portable Spa?

clock January 19, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Strong Portable Spa

What does the term Portable Spa mean? The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) defines a portable (self contained) spa as “A factory-built spa in which all control, water heating and water circulation equipment is an integral part of the product” (from ANSI/APSP/ICC-6 2013 1.2.1).

Ease of use, portability and hassle free installation are some of the reasons a portable spa is very popular. Various types of portable spas can be picked up by the customer, taken home and plugged into a regular wall outlet. Fill with water, turn heater on and in some cases it can be ready for use that same day.

As with any other type of spa, the portable spa needs to be properly installed and maintained to provide continued problem free usage and meet your expectations. Various types of sanitizers are available to you. We would suggest taking a sample of water to your spa dealer to have them check it to determine which chemicals you need. It is also advisable to keep an extra filter cartridge on hand. While you are cleaning one, the other can be in the spa ready for use.



What Is A Swim Spa

clock January 18, 2017 04:00 by author medallionpools |

Swim Spa with marble surround

A swim spa is the combination of a pool and a spa, in which you swim against a current of water or a harness. You will swim in place at your own pace and never have to touch the wall and turn around. Swim spas provide one of the best forms of exercise.

Swim spas are designed for the person who is not ready for a large swimming pool and/or thinks a normal spa is too small. They are ideal for people with a very small yard who want some water type exercise or just have something to float in and have a good time. Some models can even be installed indoors for year round use. The American Heart Association recommends 30-60 minutes of physical activity 3-4 days per week in order to help reduce a chance of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. A swim spa is a great way to do this at a very affordable price.

Swim spas are offered in different sizes. Some people may want to put one outside. Others will put one in their house, basement, or garage. A unit is available to fit your needs. If the unit does go inside, make sure you get a unit that can be assembled on site (such as the Medallion Ultra II). Medallion’s swim spa will come with a spa pack that offers an electric heater. Many other options are available. Some units offer walk in steps and benches. Additional jets can be added. LED lighting is also available.

Swim spas combine the aspects of swimming along with the benefits of water therapy you get from a spa in one unit, in a size that will fit your needs. Some units offer you the option of removing the spa pack with the electric heater and adding a gas heater.



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.