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  • 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...

  • Tracking the Elusive Business Loan

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2017

    Thanks to a strong real estate market and rising interest rates, banks are more eager to lend than at any time in recent memory. Business borrowers, though, must lay the groundwork for a successful loan application by improving cash flows and initiating communications with bankers long before money is needed. Smaller banks can help fill the gap when larger ones refuse...

  • Amplifying the Backyard with Audio/Visual Design

    by Mike Nantz January 2017

    In some ways, working with outdoor audio/visual systems might be equated to providing outdoor kitchens or dining areas. AV systems add experience and value to the outdoor setting and offer opportunities for pool designers and builders to expand the scope of what they offer.

    6 Pool Shapes That Complement Their Surroundings

    by Josh Atkinson, Houzz January 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 shares just a few examples of pool designs that harmonize with the existing home.

    Finding...

  • 4 Keys To A Solid Heater Choice

    by Jeff Holmquist January 2017

    Pool heating is widely considered a luxury in the residential pool market. Sure, a pool heater isn't needed for the swimming pool to be clean and functional, but when you think about why people have swimming pools, it's not because they are a necessity. It's because they add to a pool owner's quality of life. As pool professionals, we're tasked with ensuring that our customers' quality of life is always improved through the perfect pool experience, and to do that, pool heating cannot be...