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  • Pool Step Repair

    by Steve Goodale July 2018

    A very common problem with concrete pools in cold northern climates is failure of the steps, most specifically the top step.

    Why...

  • 66 Million Gallons of Sparkling Water: How Do They Do It?

    by Eric Herman July 2018

    They are both big and beautiful. The vessels created by Crystal Lagoons have achieved widespread international recognition for not only their gargantuan size and strikingly clear water, but also for their ability to generate elevated real estate value for the properties that surround them.

    Developed by Chilean scientist, innovator and entrepreneur Fernando Fischmann, the lagoons — which are not technically referred to as "swimming pools" — currently number 50 worldwide, largely in...

  • Why Fiberglass is Growing

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    In the last decade, fiberglass pools have seen their share of the market steadily increase as homeowners across the country have come to appreciate the unique benefits of having a shell made of this smooth, low-maintenance material. AQUA decided to dig a little deeper into the phenomenon with two fiberglass industry veterans from Latham Pools: Tom Straub, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Mike Fox, product director for fiberglass pools.

    What’s driving the increasing

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  • Developing New Methods of Pool Construction

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    Over the past few months, I've come upon an interesting trend, one that has found its way into the pages of AQUA in three recent articles I've written.

    In a nutshell, I've noticed there are some potentially exciting and relatively new ways to build swimming pools that stand as dramatic departures from the familiar triumvirate of shotcrete/gunite, vinyl liner and fiberglass.

     

  • Defense For Leaky Pool Pipes

    by Amanda Strouse June 2018

    From pH bounce to vinyl liner wrinkles to filter sand clumps, there are many things that can go wrong in a pool, but leaks, once a serious headache, are easier to deal with now.

    An increasingly common repipe alternative, epoxy coatings, are a type of pipe lining technology that rehabilitate pipes from the inside without the need to remove the host pipes. Epoxy coatings are applied in a cleaned and prepped pipe system most commonly by use of compressed air. This method turns the host...

  • Pool Zones

    by Scott Webb June 2018

    If we accept that the backyard is really just the final domestic frontier — a land beyond the back wall that people want to tame and colonize — and if we believe that people are looking to create the same types of social spaces they enjoy elsewhere, then that's how we should approach its design.

    That is the consensus of builders and backyard professionals as they explore the growing outdoor living phenomenon. It requires the widest possible lens to encompass the expanding scope of...

  • The Million-Dollar Pool Design Challenge

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    It’s an idea that could potentially change how people regard the aquatic design profession — especially those considering entering the industry. At the very least, it sure sounds like fun!

    The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge will debut at this year’s International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Las Vegas. The contest, which is being staged in conjunction with APSP and the association’s WAVE committee of...

  • Registration Open for 2018 PSP Expo

    by AQUA Editors June 2018

    Registration has officially opened for the 2018 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Las Vegas, Nev., for the first time since 2015. The exposition, sponsored by The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, will be held October 31 to November 2 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Bayside Halls D-F.

    Pre-conference, which includes certifications programs offered by APSP, Genesis, National Swimming Pool...

  • Even Better Than The Real Thing

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    Wooden decks and swimming pools and spas have been natural companions for decades. While wood decks...

  • Sponsored Content: Precise Pool Projects with HD Aerial Imagery

    by Tim Frank June 2018

    Leaping into a large swimming pool construction project without a thorough visualization of the surrounding area is like diving, head first, into a pool without knowing the exact depth. Before you take that first swan dive, in either scenario, you must have a complete knowledge of the playing field.

    Through technological advances in the world of aerial imagery, that hesitation while standing at the edge of the high dive or project launch date becomes nearly non-existent....