Why Pool Finishes are the Secret Ingredient

Tags: Pool Finishes, Pool Remodel

Designing a swimming pool can be a very exciting process that showcases your creativity, style, and home accents. Remember your backyard is an extension of you and your home. Your pool finish can add a unique factor or shine in its simplicity. With a multitude of options, you can truly make a splash in your backyard by choosing a pool finish that’s right for you. Pool Tile Swimming pool...

Knife-Edge Pool

New Year, New Trends

Tags: Home Improvement, Pool Finishes, Spas and Hot Tubs, Water Features

2014 has come and gone. Last year was filled with amazing pool and landscaping designs with inspiration found anywhere from magazines to a friend’s backyard and social media! With this inspiration came popular ideas for pool design. 2014 pool trends featured glass tiles, attached hot tubs, pool decking, geometric design, fitness features, and elaborate custom features. 2015 will highlight...

Money Near Swimming Pool

Finance your Backyard

Tags: Home Improvement, Landscaping

As many of us prepare to install a pool for the upcoming season, we’re all looking at the bigger picture – who’s paying for this? Although the benefits of having your own backyard retreat are priceless, there is a cost on building your dream pool. Why stress over something that provides relaxation? Let us help! has partnered with LightStream to make this...

Hot Tub on Deck

Turn Up the Heat with a Hot Tub

Tags: Lighting, Spas and Hot Tubs

Many parts of the country have already begun experiencing the cold weather and inches of snow in their backyard. Unfortunately, we understand pool season has ended in the colder parts of the country. (No one likes frostbite!) But for homes in these areas with a back patio or looking to bring the outdoors in, free-standing hot tubs may be right for you! In warmer areas, attached or free-standing...

Swimming Pool

Bringing Paradise to your Backyard

Tags: Exercise, Home Improvement, Water Features

Another summer has come and gone and you spent it sharing a pool with the rest of your neighborhood or driving through town to enjoy someone else’s swimming pool. You’ve been having your dreams set on having your own backyard pool for weeks, months, or even years. Make your dreams a reality by getting started now, and have your pool ready for the warm months ahead. For those debating...

Swimming Pool Waterfall

Spectacular Backyard Pool Design Ideas

Tags: Home Improvement, Maintenance, Water Features

If you love swimming and you want to improve the design of your real estate property in a more unusual way, then adding a pool is a great idea. It is not necessary to be a big one too, even a small one with a more spectacular design can make your home more sophisticated and also provide you and your family with a lot of great memories during the summer. Your backyard can be the perfect spot for...

Pool Noodle Wreath

Spooktacular Pool Crafts

Tags: Kids

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins – Oh My! Halloween has once again arrived and we’re getting ready with all the creepy crawlers and costumes. If you’re a thrifty spender like me, you’ve been thinking, “How can I cut costs this Halloween without losing the 'Wow' factor?” We searched the web and collected the greatest (and cheapest) DIY projects using a pool...

Snowy pool

Closing your Swimming Pool

Tags: Maintenance

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with a warm climate, closing your pool for the winter might be something that you never have to worry about. For the rest of you, leaves changing color and falling to the ground might signal that the time to close your hot tub and pool is near. Some consider closing the pool or “winterizing” a task, so they rely on their local pool...

Swimming Pool and Deck

Making Waves with a Redesign

Tags: Home Improvement, Lighting, Pool Finishes, Pool Remodel, Spas and Hot Tubs, Water Features

Another summer has come and gone. As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming year. If you’ve been thinking about adding that hot tub or changing up your tile, now is the time to do it! As they say, “Out with the old and in with the new!” Small Enhancements Technological advancements and aesthetic additions are small...

Blackbeard's Tower in St. Tomas

National Talk like a Pirate Day

Tags: Home Improvement, Kids, Water Features

Ahoy, Matey! Ye be warned that today is National Talk like a Pirate Day! What better way to celebrate than with a pirate-themed backyard pool? HGTV’s My Yard Goes Disney featured a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed backyard remodel in 2011. This backyard makeover included water-shooting cannons, a splash lagoon, play area and a pirate ship - That’s every buccaneer’s dream! Is...

Fire Pit Deck

Fall Features for a "Hot" Backyard

Tags: Home Improvement, Spas and Hot Tubs

The temperatures are dropping but the heat is rising. Don’t let the cooler temperatures keep you from being outdoors and enjoying your soothing oasis. Turn up the heat in your backyard with a few fall features. Fireplace and Fire Pits Bring a focal feature to your backyard while creating a cozy environment with a fireplace or fire pit. While fire pits are in the center of your yard to...

Father and Son Cleaning Pool

Simple Tips for Fall Pool Maintenance

Tags: Maintenance

Even though Fall is just around the corner, not everyone is rushing to pull out their sweaters and boots just yet! In many parts of the world, swimming pools are still being used – even as the leaves begin to change color. There are still many warm days left, and if you have a pool heater, you may be able to use your pool year round. However, the way you care for your pool may change with...

Woman Sunbathing in Swimming Pool

Throw a Backyard Bash for Labor Day

Tags: Pool Party, Pool Recipes

You’ve been working hard and school is finally back in session. It’s time for you to relax! Kick back next to your swimming pool, soak up the sun and embrace your day off.  To get you started, we’re sharing with you some of our favorite backyard bash ideas!  With Labor Day around the corner, that can only mean one thing – Monday Night Football! Have your friends...

 Children Playing With Balloons In Swimming Pool

Summertime celebrations in the backyard swimming pool

Tags: Kids, Pool Party, Pool Recipes

There are a few things that most people look forward to during the summer. For kids, being free from homework, early bedtimes and alarm clocks are definitely a few of them. Just this morning, my 8 year old daughter asked, "Mom, why do grown-ups still have to work over the summer when we kids are off?" EXACTLY!!! One day, she will understand, but there are a few things that I still look...

Negative Edge Pool Overlooking the Valley

My Pool Water Is Not All The Same Color?

Tags: Pool Finishes

By Rob Blake POOLCORP Product Manager, Pool Finish & Decorative Concrete When selecting a pool finish, the main thing you may want to know is “What color will my pool water be?” And then you ask youself, “Why doesn’t my pool water match the color in the pictures in the catalog or on the website?” The pictures with this article clearly illustrate just how...