• Heat Pumps and Gas: North vs. South

    by Scott Webb April 2016

    A homeowner has options for heating his pool — electric, solar, gas, heat pump or he can just wait until the summer sun takes effect — but for a good portion of the overall market, the choice comes down to the power and immediateness of gas versus the plodding efficiency and cost savings of a heat pump.

    As with other components in a pool system, there's no single "best" solution for all applications; it's just a matter of finding the right heater for the particular job — or perhaps...

  • APSP Pushes Pool Covers To Feds

    by AQUA Editors April 2016


    APSP's Water Conservation Coalition went to Capitol Hill last month to advocate for the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense certification for the industry's most efficient cover...

  • Safety First: Products for a Protected Backyard

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    We all know swimming pools and spas provide a world of fun — but we also know safety is paramount when selling, building, servicing and simply enjoying them, too. According to AQUA's 2015 State of the Industry survey, 96 percent of pool and spa builders said they discuss safety with clients.

    "We sell safety by building drainless pools to avoid suction entrapment," one respondent wrote.

    "We have a safety binder we go over with clients during orientation," another...

  • April 2016 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    Sparkly vinyl liners, new chemical options, mobile apps, swim spas and more — these are the new products the industry is buzzing about.

    The most exciting revolution to emerge from the vinyl liner industry has been the introduction of LOOP-LOC's exclusive PearlEssence...

  • Outdoor Living Products to Add to Your Shelves

    by Cailley Hammel April 2016

    For homeowners, the backyard isn’t just about the swimming pool or hot tub anymore — it’s about creating a backyard paradise. It’s about creating a backyard escape that multitasks to offer all kinds of experiences, from swimming and relaxing in a spa to gathering around a fire pit, enjoying a glass of iced tea in the gazebo or having an all-out party with a killer speaker system.

    That’s why it’s critical for pool and spa retailers to think outside the box — or outside the pool —...

  • Getting to the Bottom of Wrinkled Vinyl Pools (Sponsored Content by Tara Manufacturing)

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    The success of the vinyl-liner pool category is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of three distinct players — manufacturers, fabricators and installers. When all three perform correctly, the end results can be breathtaking, mimicking the look of custom gunite pools with waterline tile or glass mosaics at a fraction of the cost.

    Of course, shortcomings in any of these areas can cause problems. Lately, one particular problem — wrinkling — has been increasing in both...

  • What is a Snow Sauna, and Why Would Anyone Want One?

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Saunas aren't just heating up — they're cooling down.

    TechnoAlpin, a global company that specializes in snow-making systems, offers a rather unique product: "snow rooms." Like their hot sauna counterparts, these spaces...

  • Why Caves and Grottos are Easy, Profitable Pool Add-Ons

    by Bruce Riley March 2016

    CPSA Announces Bevy of Agreements

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) has announced several new affiliation agreements with pool industry partners designed to consolidate industry efforts and support.

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), the Western Pool and Spa Show, and the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) have all finalized affiliation agreements with CPSA, and the association is close to finalizing an agreement...

  • Suction APCs: A Workhorse Revisited

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    It's no secret that over the past several years robots have grabbed most, if not all, the attention in the world of automatic pool cleaners.

    Yet for all of the panache and gear-head appeal of robotic units, the basic, tried‑ and-true suction automatic pool cleaner still dominates the market and by some accounts is even increasing in market share.

    According to manufacturers, suction cleaners account for approximately 50 percent of sales, with robotic and pressure-driven...