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  • 2018 Outdoor Living Product Roundup

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Outdoor living should be a important part of your business. According to the 2017 Houzz Landscape Study, only 6 percent of homeowners (specifically, homeowners who had an outdoor project either planned, in progress or completed) were planning on a pool for the backyard. Compare that to a patio/terrace, which was the most popular outdoor project at 39 percent.

    Pool and spa retailers and builders should see a lot of promise in those...

  • A Package Pool, Just Clicks Away

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    There are many different ways that package pool dealers use digital media to market their products. One company, MGK Pools in Lowell, Mass., has developed an innovative tool that empowers customers to essentially design their own pools. Called Pool Package Builder, the program is accessed on the company website, where potential buyers can peruse and select the features they want.

    The page was introduced just last year, but according to company founder and owner, Michael Gordon Kern,...

  • A Redesigned Snorkel for Athletes

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    One of the hardest aspects of swimming is learning when to breathe during each stroke. AMEO, a German company, has unveiled a product that may help: the Powerbreather, a redesigned snorkel.

    Powerbreather's design is simple: two tubes wrap around the swimmer's head, where they inhale fresh air from...

  • This Household Robot Cleans Your Grill

    by Kathryn Howard February 2018

    Robotic assistants for the home have been a fixture for quite some time now. It’s only natural, then, that a robotic assistant would make its way to the backyard.

    Enter Grillbot, a tool that, as its name suggests, cleans your grill so you don’t have to. In other words, a Roomba for the grill.

    Grillbot is equipped with a timer, so you can tell it how long to clean, and an alarm, so it can tell you when it’s done. It also works on both hot and cold surfaces, so it can clean a...

  • The World's First Living Backyard Umbrella

    by Eric Herman February 2018

    "The world's first living backyard umbrella" — that's what they're calling Living Canopies' patio-sized umbrella. It's a steel pole and frame that can accommodate a variety of different plants and...

  • NSPF Announces New App for Aquatic Facilities

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    NSPF and Counsilman-Hunsaker are proud to announce Facility Manager, a customizable app for aquatic facilities. The app is designed to enhance the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities based on the Model Aquatic Health Code and NSPF’s

  • 7 Ways to Incorporate Ultra Violet in the Backyard

    by Cailley Hammel December 2017

    What does the future hold for backyard design? As it turns out, it’ll likely have something to do with the color purple.

    Last week, Pantone announced its new Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. This “dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade” was chosen for its complexity, counterculture sensibilities (Prince was an early pioneer of Ultra Violet, after all) and mystical qualities. As Pantone writes on its...

  • 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...

  • Picking Up the Pieces

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    {bglink 3831}For a service technician, the automatic pool cleaner is one of the most essential tools of the trade. These little mechanical sidekicks help you multitask, saving you precious time on the job and allowing you to get to more jobs during the day (or just letting you knock off a little earlier). Entrepreneurial service techs find they also provide a path to a bigger paycheck, as homeowners love to have a cleaner pool without the extra work, making an APC sale a win-win for both...

  • Sponsored Video: FROG @ease

    by King Technology October 2017

    Earning money through repeat sales from happy customers just got a lot easier. So easy we call it @ease. The latest product from FROG sanitizes hot tubs by creating Fresh Mineral Water that’s cleaner, clearer, softer and easier to take care of thanks to SmartChlor Technology, which self-regulates to reduce chlorine use up to 75 percent and shocking to only once a month. The best part — @ease replacements are 3X more profitable than dichlor, so your aftermarket business will increase...