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  • Crazy Customers, Vol. II

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Last year, Merry Wise, longtime industry pro and friend of AQUA Magazine, wrote a story about the craziest customers she's ever experienced on the job. From lions and armadillos to a goth-inspired pool proposal, she's had quite a few wild customers on her hands.

    After the story ran, we had readers email us and reach out on Facebook with stories of their own.

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  • Sponsored Video: Don’t Pay for Financing!

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    At HFS Financial, we focus exclusively on making it easier for homeowners to make their backyard dreams a reality by providing loans for pools, outdoor kitchens, sunrooms and more.

    Are you looking to reach more customers and grow sales? Partnering with HFS Financial may be the answer.

    We have quick and easy dealer signup — no minimum volume requirements, no personal/business credit checks and no-cost financing for...

  • ​Wanted: The Next Generation of P/S Pros

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    As a large portion of our industry is thinking ahead to retirement, pressing questions are emerging across all three segments of the industry: How do we draw young people to our industry — especially in the service and construction fields? Where can we find people willing to sell pools and spas? With fewer young people interested in taking over the family business, how is succession being carried out today?

    We want to find out. We’re dedicating a future issue to the next...

  • How (and Why) to Use Brick Paving in Your Landscape

    by Falon Mihalic, Houzz November 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 ways you can incorporate brick into the backyard.

    Brick is a classic...

  • What Customers Look for Before Hiring Pool Companies

    by Cory Yeakel November 2017

    Like any local contracting business, the pool industry is a competitive one. Whether you’re a builder or service person, landing customers can be a challenge when you’ve got so many other businesses to go up against. Learning to differentiate yourself from the competition should be top priority if you want to win new contracts.

    As a customer (and not someone in the business, like yourself), I feel uniquely qualified to recommend certain tips for impressing your future prospects. For...

  • 10 Ways to Spruce Up the Side Yard

    by Becky Harris, Houzz November 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 demonstrates the different ways to revamp the oft-forgotten side yard.

    Ah, the side yard. It’s...

  • APSP Joins Forces With Mexican Trade Association

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina A.C. have announced an international partnership, bringing together two respected organizations committed to the advancement of the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and APPAC President Ignacio Barroso signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry in...

  • The Artist Behind the Pool of Dreams

    by Kathryn Howard November 2017

    The Pool of Dreams, also known as the largest hand-painted pool in the world, is looking for a home.

    Artist Sergio Furnari had been hand-painting pool tiles for years before he came up with the idea for the Pool of Dreams in 2005. The vision of a colossal hand-painted pool grew in his mind until three...

  • Zodiac and Fluidra Announce Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Two of the biggest companies in the pool and spa industry, Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Solutions, have agreed to merge. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

    Fluidra, a Spanish multinational corporation serving the residential and commercial pool and wellness sector, will maintain global headquarters in Barcelona. North American headquarters will remain in Vista (San Diego), California. Fluidra Executive President Eloi Planes will serve as executive chairman of its...

  • 2017 PSP Expo: Sights From Day 1

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The 2017 PSP Expo is in full swing here in Orlando, and attendees are making the most of it by scoping out new products, taking in education and networking with fellow industry pros. Couldn’t make it to the show — or simply want to relive the first day? Below, we share a few glimpses of the show, from special events and cool booths to fun moments on the show floor.

    Making an Entrance
    You know you're at a pool and spa show when the parking lot is full of trucks...