The weather outside right now may be frightful, but warm weather will be back in no time.
Contact us today to set up an appointment for a free in-home consultation, where we can discuss our line of fiberglass swimming pools that may fit your needs. Currently, we can offer off-season specials that are good through mid-February before the installation season begins ramping up.
For a reminder of all that we have to offer, take a look at the site for Custom Fiberglass Pools, our manufacturer at:
In the previous post, we detailed the steps necessary to install a pool in an instance where you have a sloped yard. We highlighted how the retaining wall was constructed from the lower courses up to the very top of the pool shell, ready for the decking to be applied. Below are some pictures of the finished product.
If your yard has a major slope to it, it is certainly still possible to have a pool installed correctly …
The wall that was built wrapped around both sides of the pool decking, tapering up into the ground up near the top sides. At its maximum height, the wall on the back end is over 6 ft high.
** The pool model in the pictures here is the 16x36 Key Largo, in the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish with concrete cantilever coping
We run into situations out and about over the Charlotte metro area where yards where customers hope to have pools installed are not necessarily flat. Just because your backyard has a slope does not mean that installing a pool is not possible. Whether it means digging out an existing bank of dirt or building a retaining wall and filling in a sloped area with fill dirt, know that installing a pool is still possible.
In this post, we will detail one installation in 2013 that had a sloped backyard, sloping from the back of the house down into a commons area of the neighborhood with a creek bed. Here are some pictures of that installation and how we made the installation work …
The first step for an installation of this magnitude requires, like in any other pool install, finding the finished height of the pool. The pool shell is then laid on a bed of #67 gravel so it has a firm base. The wall, on the lower end, is then begun. Here you can see the lower courses of the retaining wall being laid and set it place, wrapping around three sides of the pool.
Once the wall reaches the height of the bottom of the pool shell, we begin backfilling the pool with gravel at the same rate as the wall is constructed. Engineer-designed grid is inlaid in between every other row of the wall to help ensure that the wall is able to support the amount of material that it is holding up. In addition, the rock that is put down as backfill against the wall is tamped down with a motorized plate tamper to further solidify the backfilled gravel. Once complete, the wall is able to support the massive amount of weight it is holding up.
There are ways to shortcut some of the steps in this process, but you will more than end up paying for it in the long run. Installing the retaining wall, correctly, insures that your pool will be supported, worry-free for its lifetime.
From time to time we run into yards that will have rock underneath the surface. While certainly not the easiest conditions to dig a swimming pool in, this does not pose a large enough problem to not move forward with your plans for a swimming pool installation.
In the pictures and the video that follow, take a look at a yard we encountered in the Indian Trail/Wesley Chapel area of Union County. About 12 inches below the grassy surface, we encountered a very large rock outcropping. While the rock proved too much for our excavator bucket to handle alone, we simply were able to rent a rock breaker hammer extension and continue digging the hole for the swimming pool …
While this was certainly not an easy hole to dig, we can find whatever equipment is needed to dig a hole for your swimming pool if you live in areas where rock is prevalent. Areas around Charlotte where you may encounter rock are the Indian Trail area, Concord/Kannapolis, and counties approaching the foothills and mountains.
So there’s rock in your yard? Not a problem. See the pics below of the large pile of rock unearthed and the completed pool hole, prepped with gravel, awaiting the pool shell …
In another installment of the How It’s Done series, where we show you how certain aspects of the pool shell installation are done, we will show you how we prep the hole for the pool shell. (if you would like to see more from the How It’s Done series, click on the very bottom of this post on the #how it’s done)
Step 1: Digging the hole and setting a string level … We generally dig the hole for the pool shell a day before delivery. Each of our pools has a separate dig plan, with height markers along the slope, that allows us to dig the hole with a slope that fits the bottom contour of the pool. Once the hole is dig, we set pins at each corner with a string line raised to the height needed. (pics of this step below)
Step 2: Adding the gravel base … Next, we add gravel to create the bottom that the pool shell sits atop. We use #67 gravel, which is a smaller gravel that compacts more flat that larger rocks. Gravel is added into the pool hole and is spread out and raked down to the height of the string. (we also use #67 gravel for our backfill medium, which is a good material to use to aid in any water drainage and won’t flex like clay would)
Step 3: Completing the prep work … Finally, the finishing touches are done with the pool shell hole. At this point, the hole is prepped and ready for pool shell delivery. The pool shell is lowered in with a crane, final leveling is done and the water is added and backfilling process takes place
Pictured in this post is the 16x32 Catalina model. This model, in the Freeform category, is 6 ft deep and has three separate bench seating areas, in addition to ample seating around the wide step entry way. This particular installation has the concrete cantilever edging and is in the Pearl White finish. In addition, this pool has a beautiful ring of dark blue tile around the top edging. (Installed tile ranges from around $1000 - $1500, depending on the size of the pool and the tile selected). For reference, this pool has 4 ft of concrete edging around three sides with a large patio leading into the shallow end and steps.
One of the other nice features of the Catalina pool (as well as quite a few of our larger pool models) is the toe-step in the deep end. That step is visible in the pictures in this post. This step is wide enough for your toes, so it provides an added layer of safety for the deeper waters, but also aids in the structural integrity of the pool shell.
The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and it’s not hot outside anymore. This time of year may not seem like the appropriate time to be thinking about your potential swimming pool, but Fall is a great time to move forward with your plans.
Off-season specials are now upon us. Contact us now for a free in-home consultation to plan your new swimming pool construction. Savings on swimming pool packages in the “off-season” range up to $4000 off of in-season pricing. In addition to the amazing price breaks you can receive in the Fall, moving forward with your swimming pool installation now means no delay next summer when the heat returns.
In this post we will highlight the 16x35 Moroccan model. The Moroccan is a very unique design that is in the Lagoon series by Custom Fiberglass Pools. The pool is 16 ft wide at it’s largest width and is 35 ft long and has a deep end at 6 feet. The Moroccan has a wide, rounding step entryway with a lengthy bench on the right as you enter the pool to provide ample lounging room in the shallow end. This particular installation is in the Pearl White finish, which is the standard finish at no extra cost. (The Diamond Tech color finish, seen in a large number of other pool installations on the site is an upgrade, ranging from $800 - $1300 for the largest pools). When water quality is optimal, a white pool still gives a blue look, as seen here. This Moroccan installation has cantilever concrete decking and the standard 4 ft. walkway around three sides of the pool. The fountain visible here was purchased after installation.
Included in this post are pictures of the 16x36 Key Largo pool model. This pool is in the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish and has a concrete cantilever coping. Due to the sloping of the backyard, this pool is built with a large retaining wall on the backside. The Key Largo is a custom shape that is unique in that it has the step entry with bench seating to the side and a table with umbrella slot in the shallow end. Also, adjacent to the table and seats is a lounger where you can relax in the water. Pillow comes with this pool, though is not pictured. The Key Largo is 6 and 1/2 feet deep at its deepest point.
Pictures below are up-close shots of the step entry and table/seats/umbrella slot and of the lounge area …
If it’s a large pool that you are looking for, Custom Fiberglass Pools builds them. With a wide variety of pools at the 16 ft width, as well as one 17 ft wide model and one 18 ft wide model, Custom Fiberglass Pools provide you with a great selection of large pools. If you are interested in a pool with a diving board, we have 4 models that are 8 ft depth, that are certified as safe for diving. Purchasing a fiberglass pool also gives you the peace of mind, financially, that you won’t spend a small fortune on a concrete/gunite pool of that size, or have the constant threat of having to replace a liner with a large vinyl liner pool.
Pictured in this post is the 16x34 Sunset Cay model. The Sunset Cay, which slopes down to 6 ft deep is in the Custom line of Custom Fiberglass Swimming pools. This particular model is in the Pearl White finish and has a beautiful ring of blue tile around the top perimeter, just below the concrete cantilever coping edge. Adding tile to any water line not only gives your pool a splash of color, but also helps to mask any sort of oil/dirt ring that can accumulate at the water line, from oils and other particulates in the water. This pool project has an extensive amount of additional concrete (note, we typically will figure 4 ft. of concrete around the perimeter of the pool when quoting, but more concrete can be added at your request). The Sunset Cay model offers a vast amount of swimming room with it’s oval shape. It offers a wide step entry at the shallow end, as well as a wide bench seat across the deep end.
More information about the Sunset Cay and all other models from Custom Fiberglass Pools can be found at their website at: www.custom-fiberglasspools.com
Pictured in this post is the 14x34 Tahiti model. The Tahiti, which slopes from 3 ft. deep at the shallow end to 6 ft. at the deep end is part of the Lagoon series from Custom Fiberglass Pools. The Tahiti features three different seating areas - this model has a rounded step entry way at one corner, opposite of that corner is a rounded bench and another bench can be found on one corner at the deep end. This particular installation comes with the concrete cantilever coping and comes with the standard Pearl White finish, which is no extra charge. The most prominent feature of this installation is the beautiful stamp concrete deck around the perimeter of the pool. The color/stain combination is a dark red, with a little bit of gray and black to create a textured look, along with the stamp pattern all the way around. Up close pictures of the stamp concrete can be found below …
Pictured in this post is the 13x29 Acapulco pool. The Acapulco is one of the Grecian styled pools available from Custom Fiberglass Pools and is 5 and 1/2 ft deep. This particular pool is finished with the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish. Installed as well with this pool is the concrete cantilever coping, which is an upgrade over the standard exposed fiberglass coping that you may find in other pool installations. This pool has a 4 ft concrete walkway around three sides of the pool and an area that is 8 ft on the long side in between the pool and the house, which is a great width for tables, chairs, and loungers. The Acapulco features a wide step entry and two bench seats along both sides of the deep end. For a smaller-sized pool, the Acapulco offers a great deal of swimming space, with its lack of curves and sweeping rounded edges.
When you call us and we give you a quote, we generally will give you a turn-key quote. Included in that quote, in addition to the pool and all of its components, the concrete installation, and the electrical work, is securing the permits. We will take care of all of the permits for you, with whatever city, county, or municipality in which you live. Typically, each county we work in requires zoning approval and a building permit, and we take care of all of this on the front end, prior to the swimming pool installation actually beginning. All that we ask of you is to secure any Home Owner’s Association approval that you may need. Everything else, just leave it to us.
How It's Done: Installing a 16x37, 8 ft deep pool shell
We get asked a lot how our fiberglass pool shells are installed. Generally, the pool shells, which are manufactured just south of Atlanta, arrive on-site on a flat-bed truck. We either use a lull forklift to lift the pool shells off of the trailer, and down into the hole, or a crane. (This depends on the site and amount of space available). One of our larger pool shells is the Atlantic. It is one of the Freeform models and is 16 ft wide and 37 ft long and 8 ft depth. The pool shell weighs 2800 pounds. Pictures below are of the steps involved in transporting a shell this size from trailer, up into the air, and finally down into the pre-dug and pre-prepared pool hole …
Step 1 - The pool arrives
The pool arrives on the trailer and pulls in with as much proximity to where the crane sets up as possible (dependent upon the lot and space available).
Step 2 - The crane sets up and hooks up to the pool shell
The crane will set up next, setting up its four outriggers for support and extending the boom into the air. With four straps, it will pick the pool up off of the trailer. Small chains are placed at four corners of the pool shell and the straps are shackled to the chains at the four corners.
Step 3 - The pool is picked up off of the trailer and transported
In the pictures above, you can see the pool being lifted. For this particular installation, this large pool shell was lifted high in the air and actually up over the corner of the house.
Step 4 - Pool is lowered down into hole
The pool is finally lowered into the hole. Once it is determined that the pool shell is level, the chains are unhooked. The trailer returns to Atlanta and the crane returns to the yard. The backfill process is ready to begin the next day.
The finished product
This is what the finished product for the 16x37, 8 ft deep Atlantic model looks like. This picture was taken on the same day as the concrete deck was poured. This pool shell is in the Pearl White finish and has concrete cantilever coping
Custom Fiberglass Pools is introducing a new design in fiberglass swimming pools for 2013 - separate tanning ledges. Two of the current pool shells, the Abacos and the Monaco Bay, have tanning ledges built into the shell. Custom has now built separate tanning ledges that can be installed along the curves of a few of the existing pool shells. Three separate tanning ledges are already available for sale, with more coming. These tanning ledges hold 10 inches of water and are perfect for very small children or for adults who want to have the benefit of lying in the sun, while remaining cool in the water. Concept pictures are below, showing looks of what installed tanning ledges may look like, as well as spec drawings of each …
The Moroccan Tanning Ledge - fits the Moroccan pool shell. Tanning ledge is 9’6”x18’ and 10 inches deep
The Cascade/Abacos/Laguna Tanning Ledge - fits these pool shells. Tanning ledge is 8’6”x18’ and 10 inches deep
The Large Freeform Tanning Ledge - fits the Key West, Atlantic, Pacific, and Rio Grande pool shells. Tanning ledge is 9’6”x18’ and 10 inches deep.
These are the first in a series of new tanning ledges coming available. For further information about Custom Fiberglass Pools (also Tallman Pools), please visit their website at www.custom-fiberglasspools.com. On their site, you can see more benefits of fiberglass manufacturing and all pool shapes, sizes, and models
We get asked from time to time about financing for your swimming pool. While there are options such as your local bank which you can check on, we are connected with a company called AMS Financial that specializes in swimming pool loans.
For more information about AMS Financial and what they can offer you in terms of financing for your soon-to-be swimming pool, please check out their website at www.mypoolloan.com. Stewart Spyker is the name of our contact within AMS and will be glad to speak with you about their financing options and provide a loan application.
Just a quick reminder on how best to use this site and its purpose. We use this site as a continual source of information about our company and our products. We will continually add new posts to this site with everything from installed pictures of our pools, new pool models soon becoming available, and various tips on how best to research your pool purchase or maintain your new swimming pool. Also, we will have series of posts with basic how-to’s for fiberglass swimming pools including “how it works” posts and “how it’s done” posts, educating you on various aspects of the construction process or how various equipment works.
Use the hashtags (#) at the bottom of each post to navigate this site more easily. For instance, if you are searching for pictures of installed pools, find the (#pool models) at the bottom of a post, click on it, and up will show all of the posts from that particular category.
Typically, you can expect to find about 4-5 new posts per month, so make sure to either bookmark this site or check back periodically for the latest information.
A reminder about us - we are a family business, local to the Charlotte area, having been in business in the area for over 30 years. In addition to the sales, we do all of the on-site work, except for the electrical and concrete work, which are subbed out.
For information about our manufacturer, Tallman Pools or Custom Fiberglass Pools (also a family business, now in the third generation, outside of the Atlanta area) look at the site: www.custom-fiberglasspools.com.
Any additional questions, feel free to call or email …
Happy Swimming. We look forward to serving you in the future.
How It's Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 5
Part 5: Shell removed from the mold and sanded and buffed
Finally, our pool shell is nearing completion. Once the shell is constructed and each layer of the surface has been added, the pool shell can be removed from the mold. With machinery, the shell lifts straight up off of the mold and is stored on site, ready for delivery. After each shell is removed from the mold, prior to delivery, workers at the manufacturing plant walk around the shell searching for any blemishes. If any are found, they are sanded and buffed out, so by the time the pool shell arrives in your backyard, it is in pristine condition. Pictures below are of the shell being removed from the mold and stored, workers removing any blemishes from the pool shell in the construction process, storage of completed pool shells at the Tallman property just south of Atlanta, and a pool shell loaded and ready for delivery. Will the next pool shell to leave the lot be coming to your home?
How It's Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 4
Step 4 - Applying the black sealer coat
The pool shell is now nearing completion. The gel coat has been applied and layers of the fiberglass woven cloth has been applied, layer on top layer on the high traffic areas of the pool, sealed in with the vinyl ester resin. Last, added to the pool shell is a special sealer coat. This black sealer adds a final layer of protection against any possible moisture penetration entering the structure of the pool shell from the outside. Picture below is of a pool shell after having a fresh coat of the black sealer applied …
How It's Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 3
Step 3 - Strengthening the Stress Points
In addition to the standard layering of the fiberglass cloth that is added throughout the entire pool shell, additional layers of the special material are added on the stress points throughout the pool. Extra cut pieces of the glass fabric are added to the step areas, as well as to coping areas and any benches, seats, or swim-outs along any of the pool shells. These extra layers ensure added strength and sturdiness along points of the pool where one would walk or sit. Pictures below are of the actual material being cut, as well as the fiberglass cloth being applied to the stress points, with the vinyl ester …
How It's Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 2
Step 2 - Adding the vinyl ester and woven fabric
Once the gel coat has been applied, multiple layers of vinyl ester and woven glass fabric are added to give the pool shell the waterproof barrier and extra stability and durability. The vinyl ester resins used by Tallman Pools are extremely resistant to even the strongest chemicals. Not one, but two layers of the 24 oz. glass cloth are added across the perimeter of the pool shell. This extra layer of fabric, uncommon amongst most fiberglass pool shell manufacturers, gives this particular brand of fiberglass pool shell added reinforcement and the utmost structural integrity. Pictures below are of the glass fabric being hand-laid across the pool shell and the vinyl ester resins being shot along the perimeter of the pool …
How It's Done: Building a Fiberglass Pool Shell - part 1
In another installment of our “How It’s Done” series, we will show you how a fiberglass pool shell is actually constructed. We are the Charlotte area dealer for Custom Fiberglass Pools (aka Tallman Pools). Their office and plant are located in Jonesboro, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. On site, they build all of the fiberglass pool shells that have been delivered and installed, and could be installed in your backyard. Over the next series of posts, we will show you step by step how a fiberglass pool shell is built, and the quality with which Tallman uses in their construction. With their brand of pool shells, you can feel confident that you are getting one of the most well-built, sturdiest pool shells in the industry …
Step 1 - Applying the gel coat finish
Each pool shell that is offered has a mold. The first step to constructing a new pool shell is to apply the gel coat finish - this can either be in the Pearl White finish or the Diamond Tech color finish. As seen in the pictures below, with a spray gun, the gel coat finish is being applied to the mold to create the first layer. 36 mils of coating are applied in this step, giving an extremely sturdy base of gel coat …
Beat the Heat. Contact us today and have your swimming pool in the ground, full of water, and ready to jump in by the time these temperatures arrive!! It’s better to plan for your pool purchase in the winter and early Spring months so there will be no swimming delay or shortened swim season when the 90’s and 100’s come back.
The pictures in this post are of the 14x32 “Freeform” San Lucas model. The San Lucas has the Freeform shape, with its many twists and turns as well as three separate bench seating areas at three corners of the pool shell, in addition to ample seating around the step entryway. This particular pool, completed in the Summer of 2012 in the Mooresville/Lake Norman area is in the Pearl White finish, which is the standard finish, at no extra charge. Once the water is in the pool, and the sun’s rays interact with the chemicals in the water, the water appears blue. This particular install has a ring of tile around the top perimeter. In addition, the homeowner chose a stamp concrete finish for the decking. This pool deck has the cantilever edging and is nearly 1500 feet in size. Also visible is a beautiful tiered-wall system and waterfall at the back of the pool.
Happy 2013 from Maui Carolina Pools & Spas. Let this be the year that you finally add that fiberglass swimming pool to your backyard. A few tips as you plan on purchasing your pool …
- Plan ahead and do your research, but try not to wait until the middle of the summer to move forward. We always encourage people to make their decisions in the winter and spring months to ensure a full year of swimming.
- Stay tuned to this site for constant updates and how-to’s and pictures of our recent installations. We should add a few posts per month throughout the year of various items such as “helpful tips,” different pictures of pool models, existing and new, and basic information on the installation process.
Thanks again for checking in. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a free in-home consultation. Let this be the year you add a swimming pool to your backyard!!
When we quote a pool for you, we include up to three LED pool lights, placed at different points across the pool. 15 ft. wide pools and under use two lights, while 16 ft wide pools and above use three lights. Made by Fiberstars, the Treo LED light will light up your pool with various colors, giving it a very nice feature at a very affordable price. Extensive information about the product can be found at the website below …
This Christmas season, why not consider a swimming pool for your family? Call and ask us about our off-season pricing, saving thousands off of spring/summer pricing! Sign a contract this month and your pool can be complete and you can be swimming when warm weather returns in the Spring!
Pictured in this post is the Caspian model. For potential pool owners wanting a smaller, kidney-shaped fiberglass swimming pool, the Caspian is a great pool. The Caspian is 12x27 and slopes down to a deep end at 5ft, 6 inches. This pool has a wide step entry and bench seating in the deep end on the side (pictured above on the left side of the pool). This particular pool is finished with the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish and has the standard exposed fiberglass coping with a smaller, 3 ft wide concrete walkway around the perimeter of the pool.
Tallman Pools at the 2012 Pool, Spa and Patio Expo
Tallman/Custom Fiberglass Pools was well-represented at the recent 2012 International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo. Company owners, Ed and Rebecca Tallman, along with their sales and marketing staff had a booth at the expo, showing off their brand of fiberglass pools and advertising some of their new innovations for the coming year …
Pictured above is one side of the Tallman Pools sales booth. Delivered from the Atlanta area into the New Orleans Convention Center, was a 15x29 Hampton model pool, in the Caribbean Blue color.
Pictured above is the opposite side of the Tallman/Custom Fiberglass Pools booth. This side of the booth shows off the new Moroccan, 16x36 model. This model is finished with the Diamond Tech Sandstone Beige color finish. When water is in a pool with this color finish, the water has an aqua hue to it.
Last, Tallman proudly presented their new innovation for the coming year, Custom Tanning Ledges. These shells are about 12 inches deep and can be added to any of their full-sized pool shells. Currently, the Abacos model (detailed in previous posts) offers the tanning ledge, but with the new free-standing tanning ledges, you can now have that same feature on any pool.
Tallman Pools/Custom Fiberglass Pools leads the way in quality when it comes to fiberglass swimming pool construction and innovation.
Compliments of Tallman/Custom Fiberglass Pools, we were able to attend the 2012 International Pool, Spa, and Patio Expo in New Orleans in early November. The show was extremely informative and we were able to learn a lot about new products coming in 2013. We spent our time at the Expo speaking with sales representatives from companies we buy from, learning of new products and innovations to current products that we sell to our customers. In addition, the Expo provided seminars that we attended learning different advances in fiberglass swimming pool technology and ways to better serve our customers. Pictures from the floor of the Expo are below …
In addition to having the chance to speak with manufacturing representatives from each company that we purchase from, we were able to spend some time in the new product expo, showcasing brand new inventions and innovations that could be coming to your backyard swimming pool …
The Abacos model, by Custom Fiberglass Pools, is one of their newer models. A 14x34 shell, that slopes down to 6’ deep, the Abacos offers a unique feature - the tanning ledge. Next to the step entryway, the tanning ledge is a bench built into the pool shell that is about 6-9 inches deep in water. This feature is great for small kids, who want to splash around in shallow water. For adults, the tanning ledge offers an opportunity to lay in the sun, while still being cooled by the water. The tanning ledge extends about 3 feet into the body of the pool, as seen by the pictures above and below (pool shell is in Caribbean Blue)
One great way to really enhance the look of your swimming pool is to add a ring of tile around the top perimeter of the pool. Tile, most importantly, gives a splash of color and improves the aesthetics of your swimming pool project, particularly on the Pearl White pool shells. We use a special flexible adhesive when applying tile to our pool shells and use a grout specifically made to work with ceramic tile in water. At a cost, beginning around $1000 for smaller pools, adding tile is one way to really make your pool stand out, without breaking the bank.
The pictures in this post are of the Cancun model. The Cancun is a slightly smaller than average model, but offers a nice amount of swimming and seating room. The Cancun is 12x25 and is 5 and 1/2 feet deep. The Cancun provides two seating areas, diagonally apart in the pool as well as a large step area, conducive for seating. This particular install is in the Pearl White finish (no extra charge) and has the standard (no extra charge, again) fiberglass coping - note the white fiberglass ring around the perimeter of the pool, butted up to the concrete.
In addition to the pool, we installed a separate 8 ft. round spa, with spillover into the pool. Our manufacturer has 8 different shapes and sizes of spas that can be added to any pool, at any location around the perimeter of the pool. This particular spa was installed flush with the concrete with only a slight amount of spillover, though we can install spas at heights up to about 3 feet with a variety of rock, stone, or brick features underneath. A series of valves can be installed so you can manage whether or not you heat the entire pool, or just the spa.
Pictured below is a shot of the freeze protection pool timer. On all of our pool installations, we include the freeze protection timer. Made by Intermatic, this pool timer allows you to set times for how long and how often your pool pump system operates. It’s recommended that the pool run for 8-10 hours per day in the swim season and can be dialed back to a few hours per day during the cool months. One unique benefit of this timer is the freeze protection it provides. You can set the timer to a pre-determined temperature between 32 and 42 degrees and the pump will automatically turn on when the outside temp reaches this temperature. This will allow the water to circulate through the pipes to prevent freezing. Picture of the inside of the unit is below, and is slightly smaller than the salt water chlorinator power center, described in a previous post …
Pictured below is the Atlantic model, installed on the shores of Lake Wylie. The Atlantic is one of our larger pool shells at 16x37 and 8 ft deep. This particular Atlantic installation has the concrete cantilever coping. The pool shell is in the Pearl White finish, which is no additional charge, as opposed to the Diamond Tech color finishes. A basic 4 ft of concrete pool deck was poured around the pool …
A lot of people ask us as we go out talking about our swimming pools what the pump and filter setup look like. So we took a couple of pictures at one of our recent installs …
Each setup includes a pump which is on the bottom right of the picture above. Typically, unless specifically requested otherwise, we will include a sand filter, which is large black tank above. You can also see the salt generator cell plumbed into the station as well. Depending on any water features or upgrades, we may have to include 1 or more three way valves. Either on an adjacent post or drilled into the house or other structure, we install the power center for the salt system, the freeze protection pool timer, and a breaker box.
In the next installment of the “How It’s Done” series, we will explain to you how the salt water chlorination system operates. Due to the popularity of these systems, we now provide the salt water systems in all of our quotes, unless the owner explicitly states they want to stick with a standard chlorinator. The salt water system consists of two parts - the cell and the power center. The cell is pictured above. First, we pour in enough 40 pound bags of salt at time of installation to get the system up and running (depending on the size of pool, 8-12 bags). Once the salt is absorbed in the water and circulates through the pump system, the salt water generator begins its work. As water passes through the cell above, through the pipe on the right, it passes through an electric grid, housed in the blue cell. As water passes through that electrified grid, the chlorine is extracted from the salt water (salt being sodium chloride, NaCl). The grid produces a chlorine gas that infiltrates the water and circulates back into the pool, cleaning the water. When the system is operating, you can actually see the chlorine being produced in the cell, on the left side of the cell - the water will look cloudy in the cell, which is the chlorine being produced.
In this next picture, you can see the power center that operates the salt system. The power center is very user-friendly. Small green or red lights indicate whether or not the system is operating properly, or if you would need to add more salt. Super-chlorinating the pool, or shocking it, can be done very simply with the push of one button on the power center.
We now furnish salt water systems in about 90% of the pools we install. Having a salt water system eliminates the need for costly chlorine tablets or bags of shock. Most pools will use about 3-5 40 pound bags of salt over the course of a year, at about $10 per bag - a fraction of the cost of chlorine. In addition to the ease of use and the financial benefits, the salt water leaves your skin feeling very smooth, like baby powder, much the same benefit of a water treatment system in your home. The salt water system is also very friendly to ladies’ hair coloring.
Pictured above is a picture of the installed Abacos pool model. The Abacos is 14 ft. wide and 34 foot long, with a 6 ft. deep end. The very unique feature of this pool is the tanning ledge that it offers (looking closely, you can see the rounded edge of the tanning ledge just to the left of the edge of the hand rail). The tanning ledge sits in approximately 6-9 inches of water. This is a perfect spot to lay in the pool and catch some sun, while also staying cool in the water. Little kids and dogs find this a fun spot of the pool to splash and play as well. This particular Abacos model is finished with the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish. For a coping, the owners decided to stay with the standard fiberglass-exposed coping finish.
One of the great ways to keep your pool as maintenance-free as possible over the non-swimming months is to install a winter safety cover. The winter safety cover has two primary benefits: keeping the pool covered, so leaves and other debris cannot will not fall into the water; and the cover is a safety feature, strong enough so humans or any other four-legged creatures cannot fall in. The pictures below will show how a winter safety cover is installed:
1 - The picture above shows the hardware included with the winter cover. You’ll see the springs, screws that are drilled into the concrete that the springs latch onto, an Allen Wrench used to bring the screws up from the concrete (and to screw back down when not in use), and a pry bar used to stretch the cover into place.
2 - Spaced every 3 feet or so apart on the perimeter of the cover are straps. The next step is to attach the springs to those straps. The straps enable you to loosen or tighten up the cover, depending on how tight you would like the cover
3 - The set screws are drilled into the concrete. Next, take the Allen Wrench and screw up the internal screws and pull the springs tight with the pry bar. Latch the end of the springs onto the internal screws, going from side to side of the cover. Complete this process until all springs are latched tight. When the cover is not in use, the internal screw can be screwed back down to where it lies flush with the concrete.
4 - The finished product.
With a winter safety cover, your fiberglass pool can keep that maintenance-free appeal, as no leaves and very little debris can enter the water. Also, having a cover can give you peace of mind, knowing your pool is covered against any living thing falling into it. Contact us for pricing, but typically the cover (with all hardware, box and bag for storage, and complete installation) ranges from $950 for smallest pools to $1300 for largest pools.**
** Prices are indicative of fiberglass models sold by us - concrete or vinyl liner pool sizes, and prices, may vary accordingly
The pics above and below are of the Hampton model. The Hampton is a 15x29 rectangle shaped pool that is 6 ft deep. This particular install is finished with the Pacific Blue Diamond Tech finish that ranges from around $900 - $1200 over and above the standard Pearl White finish (seen on some other pictures), depending on the size of the pool. The Hampton pool contains a couple of special features including a lounge seat (somewhat visible to the right on the above picture, near the entrance) and a seating area with table-top with umbrella holster (seen to the left on the above picture). This particular install has the cantilever coping edging, another upgrade over and above the standard fiberglass-exposed coping edge. Also, the concrete above has a special stain coating on it, that can be completed at any point and gives the pool deck a great splash of color.
The picture above is of the 16x32 Catalina model. The Catalina is 6 ft deep and, as you can see in the picture, has a small toe-step around the bottom of the deep end. This particular pool is in the Pearl White finish and is installed with the exposed cantilever coping (which incurs no extra expense). The Catalina is in the “Freeform” series of models. The Freeform is a very popular shape and comes in several different sizes, ranging from 12x23 up to 18x43, and up to 8 ft. deep. The Catalina is a very popular size and comes with ample seating area, with three full seating areas around the perimeter of the pool, in addition to the steps.
Fall Savings are now here. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation to discuss the purchase of a fiberglass swimming pool installation package. Sign a contract between now and early January and take advantage of off-season pricing on overstock models and slower installation periods. Complete pool packages range from $1000 to $3500 off of standard pricing between the months of September and early to mid January. Don’t delay any longer - purchase your fiberglass swimming pool installation package now for a Fall/Winter installation and be swimming without delay when the HOT weather returns next Spring.
Pictures here is the Key West model recently installed. The Key West is one of our largest pools at 16x37 and 6 ft. deep. It is one of our “Freeform” models and has three areas for seating in addition to the ample seating around the step area. This particular installation came with concrete cantilever decking and a ring of tile installed around the upper perimeter of the pool. This pool was finished with the Caribbean Blue Diamond Tech color finish. The customer chose to have 5 ft of concrete around the left side of the pool and upwards of 12 feet around the remaining sides, with room for a fire pit formed into the concrete deck and a free-standing spa. Pictures are below …
See the pictures below of the installed Cozumel model. This is a popular, 14x30 oval-shaped pool. While the design may seem simple, with the Cozumel model you have the advantage of ample swimming room. This particular pool was purchased with the Pacific Blue Diamond Tech color finish (the darkest shade of blue available). The customer chose to keep the fiberglass coping as his coping finish, which is installed at zero extra cost. Also, additional concrete was purchased (4 feet around the perimeter comes standard). On the side of the pool, 10 feet of concrete was poured out, which gives ample room for lounge chairs and/or a table and chairs. Pictures below are of the 14x30 Cozumel …