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  • Three Worrisome Trends Affecting New Pool Construction

    by Bil Kennedy July 2018

    We always say that pool construction tracks closely with housing starts, and historically that has always been the case. But is that still true? And are there other economic indicators that are as correlative with the state of the pool industry?

    Indeed, pools have tracked with housing starts. But then, in 2011, things began to change. Starts stopped prompting pools. Moreover, two new indicators began to explain a lot of things about the floundering pool business.

    Fits and

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  • Pools by Day, Fun by Night

    by Kathryn Howard July 2018

    Here at AQUA, we spend a lot of time discussing the in's and outs of your work life, but what about life outside of work? On our Facebook page, we asked you to tell us about the hobbies and passions you enjoy off the clock. We got a wave of responses that included everything from motorcycling to music to statue making!

    Have a hobby you'd like to share? Send photos to

  • Illuminating Possibilities

    by Eric Herman July 2018

    For landscape lighting designer Scott Armusewicz, Jr., it's all about discovering possibilities after the sun goes down. As lead lighting designer with Hamptons Landscape Lighting (Southampton, N.Y.), Armusewicz says he's always on the lookout for opportunities to create unique effects while also being sensitive to the client's needs.

    "It's all about finding that unique piece that will give the client something special, but at the same time give them exactly what they're looking...

  • The Unusual Art of Pods and Spheres

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    As the concept of outdoor living continues to gain momentum among homeowners worldwide, some of the designs and products emerging to meet the growing demand can take on rather interesting creative twists. That's...

  • 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...