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  • Embracing the Deep End

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Two out of three adults in the U.S. are afraid of deep water.

    I first heard that stat by way of a presentation at the 2008 World Aquatic Health Conference, and it still makes me stop and think. This pervasive fear must have major negative implications for the swimming pool and aquatics industries. After all, if people are afraid to go in water over their head, they are almost certain to avoid purchasing a swimming pool or using a commercial or public aquatic facility. There really...

  • Considering a Pool Slide? Here’s What You Need to Know

    by Matt Clawson, Houzz February 2017

    I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy's imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course.

    The kid in me got my mind racing, too. Who doesn't love a good water slide? But while a slide is every child's fantasy, it's the adults who will be the ones with a lot to consider before incorporating a slide...

  • If You Aren't Selling Automatic Pool Covers, You're Missing Out

    by Todd Cramer February 2017

    {bglink 4626}Ok, maybe that's a little aggressive. But in times when the laws requiring fenced-in pools are starting to change and water conservation is especially topical (especially in areas of extreme drought), the case for automatic pool covers has never been stronger. The technology is quickly evolving and the features available today make these products much more cost effective than in the past. All this adds up to a more intuitive, longer lasting and highly sought-after piece of pool...

  • 2017 Vinyl Liner Patterns: Sparkle, Mosaics and Pebbles

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

     


     

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    LOOP-LOC is poised to reignite the revolution it created when it debuted the exclusive PearlEssence line with an exciting new addition: Shimmering SeaWaves. It's the first fully...

  • NESPA Announces 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    The Northeast Spa & Pool Association has named the winners for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards – Builders and Service Competition. For the first time, the award winners were announced at a cocktail reception held at The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City in January.

    The 2016 competition saw more than four dozen companies submit more than 200 entries for the Builders Competition and the Service Competition....

  • De-Vinyl Lines

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    {bglink 4683}Proponents of vinyl-liner/package pools believe the time has come (and passed) to let go of the stigma that once plagued their branch of the industry's family tree. No longer should vinyl liner pools be considered simply aboveground pools sunken into the ground nor should the term "baggies" ever be uttered again.

    The reason, they say, is that the package pool industry has evolved dramatically in recent years and now offers a list of benefits that compares favorably to...

  • Backyards by the Hour

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    As we all know, just about everyone dreams of going home to a beautiful backyard — one with a pool, spa or simply lots of cushy seating under beautiful lighting.

    The problem is, not everyone can.

    Of course, such backyard paradises don't come cheap. And many deal with space constraints, especially in urban areas. (Not to mention those who rent and don't have backyards to begin with.)

    In these people, who love the backyard experience but can't achieve it themselves,...

  • Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

    by Falon Mihalic, Houzz February 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert dives into the world of natural swimming pools.

    Natural swimming pools use plants or a...

  • New North American Thermoplastics Partnership Opens Doors

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Two international firms have formed a new joint venture to distribute vinyl products in North America. The firms, Haogenplast Ltd., based out of Israel, and Ontario-based Pixiu Solutions Inc., will operate under the name pH Plastics Inc. and will be based in Brantford, Ontario.

    The joint venture combines the expert manufacturing capabilities of Haogenplast Ltd. and the distribution and market knowledge from Pixiu Solutions Inc. Both companies own 50 percent of the joint...

  • Pool Conference Draws Large, Concerned Audience

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    In an effort to promote swimming and support public aquatic facilities, Paddock Pool Equipment staged its first-ever Ultimate Pool Conference January 25 to 27 in Charlotte, N.C. The event drew 247 attendees that included not only members of the pool and spa industry but also community leaders, coaches, Olympic swimmers and others interested in keeping the sport of swimming afloat in their communities.

    According Don...