RECENT ARTICLES
  • Builder Report 2018: Solid Growth

    by Eric Herman May 2018

    For three years running (or as long as we've asked the question), an overwhelming majority of builders have reported expansion — a particularly encouraging sign given the diversity of survey respondents. Builders in all markets, from package pool installers and fiberglass pool companies to high-end custom builders, are all experiencing good times. Those blue-sky results bode well for the immediate future.

    Another sign of builder strength is the increasing diversity of builder...

  • Models of Consistency

    by Daniel Seeger May 2018

    As anyone who’s ever tried to work on pool and spa installations across a wide region can attest, the array of regulations that need to be followed can be maddening. The collection of different legal requirements and other guidelines can force installers to spend nearly as much time combing through law tomes as they do getting equipment into place.

    This is a hardship the government relations team of The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals seeks to eliminate, or at least...

  • Can a Good Economy Be TOO Good?

    by Mario Rossetti May 2018

    What a difference a few months make. Prior to this past November we were suffering through a down economy that lasted for nearly the entire previous decade. ("Down" is a politically correct term. Actually, the economy was lousy, crummy, miserable — well, you remember.) However, after November everything changed — and quickly. To say that we’ve rebounded would be huge understatement. We are soaring and growing at a rate that most thought impossible just a few short months ago. But, can...

  • A Groundbreaking Concept

    by Eric Herman May 2018

  • Aquatic Leaders Unite to Promote National Water Safety Month

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, the World Waterpark Association and several other water safety groups, will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is a campaign held during the month of May that raises awareness about water safety and highlights the importance pf public education regarding safer practices for...

  • Filter Media: Glass Gains

    by Scott Webb April 2018

    A sand filter is filled with sand, right?

    That used to be true, but more pool professionals across the country are filling sand filters with a granular mix of crushed, recycled glass — despite its higher cost. Reasons for this media migration range from performance to convenience to the desire to help the planet (or at least make customers feel like they're helping the planet).

    AQUA spoke with three pool companies across the country — one from the West, one from the East and...

  • Skimmer Replacement, Part 2: In With the New

    by Steve Swanson April 2018

    This is the second entry in our two-part series about skimmer replacement. To see Part 1, click here.

    Last month we looked at the first steps in the skimmer replacement process. That included assessing the damage, planning the work and discussing a range of possible issues that could impact the scope of work with the client. Then we...

  • The Evolution of Package-Pool Marketing

    by Eric Herman April 2018

    Package pools have come a long way in recent years. As has been widely reported in AQUA and elsewhere, package pools have evolved to the point where they offer most of the same features available in custom concrete pools. And many dealers offering package pools have moved into the total backyard business, offering luxury amenities such as custom hardscape, outdoor kitchens and shade structures.

    As the product and distribution continue to evolve, marketing and advertising have been...

  • A Moveable Garden?

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Sometimes you want a pool. And sometimes, you want a koi pond. With the flip of a switch, this movable flowerbed offers you the choice. The owner of this pool/pond combo project in the Netherlands preferred to reflect upon his garden and koi pond during the week, and open up a swimming pool for...

  • Design in Place: Pacific Northwest

    by Eric Herman April 2018

    The Alderbrook Resort & Spa (Union, Wash.) is designed to bring people into almost constant contact with bodies of water, both natural and man made. With its inspiring setting, beautiful indoor swimming pool, multiple water features and sustainable landscape, Alderbrook is both defined by aquatics while also serving as a perfect example of design that harmonizes with the surrounding environment — in this case, the landscape and waters of the Pacific Northwest.

    In terms of...