• Why LED Lights are Taking the Industry by Storm

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    The explosion of LED (light emitting diode) technology can be seen through a variety of lenses, but the story is always the same: LEDs are taking over and revolutionizing the lighting industry across the spectrum of applications, including pools, spas and landscaping.

    According to manufacturers serving the aquatics and landscape industries, LEDs now account for well over half of the lighting market for both new installations and the "re-lighting" aftermarket.

    On the new...

  • San Antonio Man Donates Inflatable Pools to Local Families

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    In the heat of the Texas summer, even a simple inflatable pool can make a huge difference for families seeking shelter from the swelter. That’s what Todd Arredondo of San Antonio thought when he decided to gift inflatables to local families who can’t afford a pool.

    The idea came to him when he saw a local family’s Facebook page with pictures of a makeshift pool built with a tarp and other scrap materials. Although he admired the family’s ingenuity, he was saddened to see comments...

  • Dealing with Pool Stains? Identify Before You Treat

    by Terry Arko July 2016

    How YouTube Can Lead to More (And Better) Pool Customers

    by Al Curtis July 2016

    YouTube: It's the third-most visited website on the planet with more than a billion people using it. Those people spend an average of 40 minutes during each viewing session, consuming vast amounts of content on a wild range of topics. In 2014 it was officially declared the world's second largest search engine, and data shows that you could miss up to 70 percent of your potential mobile traffic by ignoring video.

    Given the massive scope and reach of this marketing channel, it still...

  • Burning Bright: Why Fire Features are Hot Right Now

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    "When water goes to bed at night, fire comes out to play." —Chris Anderson, Custom Design Pools & Landscaping

    Although it's difficult to quantify in specific numeric terms, few would question the notion that fire features have enjoyed a long period of sustained growth in the pool business. Once considered exotic, poolside fire is now a common addition to a project.

    Project Profile: A Steep Challenge

    by Rick Chafey June 2016

    We've always been one of those companies that takes pride in our willingness and ability to reach above and beyond the norm, but at times, that value system also leads to more than a few sleepless nights.

    Such was certainly the case for the project pictured here. In fact, this was our most technically challenging to date. We've installed larger projects and we've executed equally detailed designs on smaller scales, but this one stands out for both its complexity and size.


  • Do Rivalries Help or Hurt Our Industry?

    by Eric Herman June 2016

    It’s human nature – some of us, sometimes, become rivals. Whether it’s in business, the arts, sports, spelling bees or cake-baking contests at the county fair, wherever people compete, rivalries are inevitable. The classic irony, of course, is that as much as we may come to resent them, our rivals are quite often engaged in the same exact pursuits as we are, and as such, they are often those with whom...

  • Time is Running Out to Submit AOE Entries

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Each year, APSP honors the most stunning examples of workmanship, creativity and beauty in the pool and spa industry with the annual Awards of Excellence. Thinking about submitting one of your projects for consideration? Act fast — submissions close June 30.

    "Why should I enter?" you may wonder. Several reasons. First: the more submissions APSP receives, the more they can promote the benefits of the pool and spa lifestyle to consumers, which means everyone wins.

  • Will Zika Virus Impact Swimming Pools?

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    In what could potentially become a common measure in preventing the spread of Zika virus, health officials in New Jersey’s Middlesex County have begun sending crews into abandoned homes to drain — and in some cases demolish — swimming pools and other bodies of water that could harbor mosquitoes, which could carry the virus. As reported online June 8 by New Jersey 101.5...

  • A Glass-Bottomed Pool in the Sky

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    You're strolling through Linear Park in London when a friend says, "Hey, check out that pool!"

    You look to the right. You look to the left. You turn a complete circle. Seeing nothing, you shrug. She points straight up.