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Pool Renovations: What to Do With an Old Pool in Your New Backyard

Pool Renovation Ideas

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new home, and you’ve been doing your research and visiting open houses to narrow down your choices. Like millions of other prospective home buyers, you might discover something unexpected in the backyard of one (or more) properties you examine: an old swimming pool, fallen into disrepair.

If you’re facing this sort of situation, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for existing homes to come with pre-built pools — over 10 million homes in the United States have pools, and many thousands more are installed each year. Some homeowners take better care of their pools than others, leaving future owners with disused pools.

If you’ve bought a home with an old, unused pool, what can you do? The answer depends on several factors, most of which are beyond your control until you take ownership of your new home.

In many cases, it is possible to renovate an old pool to transform it into a beautifully modern backyard oasis. Should you do it yourself? Is it better to leave this job to the pros? And when does it make more sense to simply start over by removing your old pool to install a completely new one?

What condition is your old pool in?

Perhaps the biggest factor in your pool renovation decision will be the initial condition of the pool you’ve “inherited.”

Let’s say you’ve lucked out and there’s nothing really wrong with your new old pool. It’s just a little grimy, a little dirty, a little unkempt.

Is the pool’s interior surface in good condition? Do its pump and filter systems still work well? Is the patio and other surrounding décor still usable and reasonably clean?

Congratulations, you’ve lucked out, and you’ve bought a house with a perfectly usable pool. Its previous owners simply didn’t prioritize pool care before selling their home

If everything still works, you might be able to get away with a bit of deep cleaning — perhaps some pressure washing, pool shock, and other do-it-yourself upkeep can restore your pool to its former glory.

In many cases, it’s fairly simple to recover a pool that’s simply sat unused for a few months. You may want to hire a reputable pool maintenance company to ensure all the plumbing, pipes, fittings, and other less-visible components of your pool are properly (and safely) cleaned out.

If your new pool is a concrete or gunite pool, you may need to acid wash the interior surface — a task best left to the pool pros — or even refinish it with new plaster.

If your pool works, but its parts don’t…

It’s not uncommon for swimming pool machinery, such as pumps, filters, heaters, or saltwater chlorinators to break down over time.

All machines break down — pool machinery just happens to be at greater risk of failure due to its constant operation in water. This is especially true if your home’s former owners didn’t properly winterize the pool and its machinery.

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on anything with water in it, and you may find yourself needing to replace large parts of the pool’s machinery, including its pipes and fittings, if things haven’t been well-maintained.

If the pool interior looks salvageable, but you’re uncertain whether or not you’ll be able to use its machinery, we highly recommend consulting a reputable pool maintenance company. They should be able to test your systems, find any faults in your equipment, and recommend the most reasonably cost-effective solutions.

However, it probably won’t be cheap. Most integral swimming pool machinery can cost several thousand dollars, and if there’s damage to your pool’s plumbing system, you may need to decide if it’s better to renovate your pool or to replace it entirely. At this point, you may want to contact Nachman Pools.

It’s also quite common for your old pool to have working parts, but a worn-down interior surface. If you’ve inherited a pool with good plumbing but bad surfaces, you might be looking at a costlier fix…

What will it cost to resurface an old pool?

We work with fiberglass pools because we prefer their surface durability — you may never need to replace a fiberglass pool’s surface if it’s reasonably well-maintained.

However, the same can’t be said for the other major types of inground pools, which have concrete or vinyl liner interior surfaces.

Both concrete and vinyl liners will need to be replaced, regardless of how well your pool’s been maintained.

Concrete pools must be resurfaced roughly once every 10 to 15 years. This can cost $10,000 or more, depending on the size and complexity of your pool’s interior. An unused concrete pool may need to be resurfaced before use regardless of its age, as the interior plaster surfaces of concrete pools can quickly deteriorate without proper care.

Vinyl liners tend to last between five and 10 years, with most inground vinyl liner pools topping out at about nine years of useful life. A lack of care and maintenance will obviously hasten the need for replacement, which typically costs at least $4,000 when handled by a pool pro.

You could try to replace a vinyl liner yourself, but we do not recommend it — one mistake, and you might wind up with a useless, leaky liner you’ll just have to replace again right away.

Fiberglass pools shouldn’t need resurfacing, but a disused fiberglass pool may still end up with an unsightly finish you’ll want to refresh. However, it’s costly to resurface a worn fiberglass pool — smaller fiberglass pools can easily cost $10,000 or more to refinish.

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Painting the Pool vs. Plastering the Pool: What Are the Differences?

Pool vs. Plastering the Pool

The debate between painting and plastering comes to mind when it comes to maintaining your swimming pool. “Should I paint or plaster my pool?” is a common query. Both swimming pool renovation techniques offer benefits and drawbacks, but pool resurfacing is by far the greatest option for preserving and increasing the value of your pool.

Before the invention of pool plastering, it was possible to paint pools. All pools were painted back then; it was a yearly custom to open the pools painted. Pool owners embraced plaster’s long-lasting and robust surface as well as its smooth, white finish when it started to be used for pools.

Who will prevail in the battle between paint and plaster? You make the decision while we simply present the facts. Should the pool be painted or replastered?

Below are some factors that you should be considering along the renovation process:

Lifespan Factor:

This round will undoubtedly go to pool plaster. Pool plaster can last fifteen to twenty years if it is blended, applied, cured, and maintained properly. When it comes to paint used in swimming pools, a  pool paint job should last between two and seven years, depending on the paint type and other application and curing parameters. Pool plaster obviously wins the first round.

Endurance Factor:

Both plaster and pool paint are made to be durable and withstand the chemicals in your pool as well as environmental factors like harmful UV rays. The paints used in swimming pools, spas, and water features are designed expressly for use underwater and are remarkably resistant to poor water chemistry, high temperature changes, and even hard treatment from pool equipment. Yet, plaster can withstand more adversity than the thin coat of pool paint due to its customary 1/2 inch thickness. Once again, plaster wins this round.

Preparation Work Factor:

Draining your pool is a need for both preparing it for repainting and resurfacing. The pool must be carefully drained and readied for the new surface before applying pool paint or plaster. Despite the fact that painting is thought to be a less taxing operation, the chemicals used are hazardous and should always be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

To paint the pool, you’ll first need to wash and clean the surface with TSP to remove any oil. Next, you’ll need to acid etch the plaster. The pool can be painted moist with acrylic pool paints, but you must wait for the pool to air dry for three to five days before painting with epoxy paint, which is the longest-lasting pool paint. You’re ready to start once you’ve taped off the areas you are unwilling to paint.

Pool plaster needs significantly more sophisticated industrial preparation. After draining, the “cut-n-chip” crew enters and uses tiny saws to cut the plaster around all of the wall and floor fixtures as well as beneath the tile. The pool is acid-etched by a different team, which helps the new plaster coat adhere by roughening the surface of the plaster. A “scratch coat,” a rough, textured bond coat that sticks firmly to the old plaster surface while providing a good surface for the new plaster coat to bind to, is often applied during a third trip by some plaster businesses.

Pool paint wins this round since the preparation work is significantly simpler.

Application Factor:

Painting a swimming pool is a reasonably straightforward procedure once it has been cleaned and prepared. Use a low-nap 3/8″ roller with your completely blended pool paint to begin rolling it on the deep end wall. Because paint trays frequently spill, a 5-gallon bucket with a paint screen is the ideal option for moving paint. Work from the deep end to the shallow end while applying the first layer using long, even strokes. Once the first layer has dried for 4-6 hours, you can apply a second coat that will need roughly half as much paint. The paint and the weather conditions will both affect how long it takes to dry. You can re-fill the pool two to five days later.

When the day you will plaster the pool comes, a crew of 4-6 men will arrive with a sizable plastering “rig,” or a vehicle made especially for this use. There is only one man left on the rig, and he is mixing the plaster, which is made of marble dust and white portland cement. At this point, ingredients for color or strength might be added to the mixture.

When the plaster mixture is completed, the mixer forces it through a heavy hose, and the hose man then sprays the finished product. They start the procedure of spreading the plaster uniformly throughout the surface while wearing spiked shoes and holding a bullnosed shovel in each hand. They must use caution to avoid overtroweling the mixture or waiting too long to smooth it out.

Your pool will be plastered and a garden hose will be wrapped in a sock and left in the deep end of the pool after 3–4 hours. The pool fills once the hose is switched on and continues to fill until it is full.

The pool will need to be brushed twice daily for two weeks or until the plaster dust is gone, and you will be given advice by our experienced crew at Nachman Pool Company on how to maintain the water’s chemistry.

Pool paint prevailed in round four to win on points. Even if only because it is DIY-friendly and accommodating to pool owners. A pool can be painted by anyone. Pool plastering is not a DIY project that you should attempt at home. Nachman Pool Company and our knowledgeable staff will be at your service along your journey of renovating your pool.

Appearance Factor:

Both freshly painted walls and new plaster look great. Pool paint is brilliant and shiny, while fresh plaster has an eggshell-like, deep sheen. Plaster can, of course, be colored and given additives to produce unique tones. Using paint, you may accomplish the same thing and even create a mural.

However, as noted, pool paint doesn’t last as long as resurfacing work does. What’s worse, pool paint fades with time, giving your pool a lifeless, dreary appearance. Also, if pool paint is not properly maintained, materials that break down in the paint might enter your pool, causing the water to become cloudy and chalky. In fact, as you get out of the pool, this procedure may leave a white, chalky residue on your skin.

Painted pool surfaces gradually become thinner over time, and after three to five years, you can start to see through the thin areas to the sub-surface. These stains can be covered up using pebble plaster or plaster that has quartzite particles. Plaster that has been tinted (black, grey, or blue) has the drawback of making calcium scale that accumulates on the surface more noticeable than it would be on white plaster.

In conclusion, plaster wins after the first few years, even if both paint and plaster have the same shine.

Price Factor:

Starting at $4,500, pool plastering can cost much more if you use strength additives and pebble or quartz surfaces. Naturally, prices can be greater for larger pools and in some major cities.

One of the most costly paints, pool paint, costs $60 to $100 a gallon. You might also need some painting supplies and 6-10 gallons, depending on the size of your pool. You’ll likely spend between $800 and $900 on materials to paint the pool yourself.

Although choosing plastering over painting initially seems more expensive, consider the first aspect we covered, toughness. It soon adds up if you have to repaint your pool every 5 to 7 years as opposed to having to plaster it every 15-20 years. Plastering reduces ongoing costs, which will ultimately save you money.

It is crucial to understand that this is not a task you should do on your own. Do not attempt this yourself, despite what Pinterest or Instagram may be telling you. Inexperienced  individuals shouldn’t immediately drain their pool and start working on this process right away because incorrect painting or resurfacing can permanently harm your pool. At the very least, poor application might result in bubbling and scorching, necessitating a complete process restart. You can call the professionals at Nachman Pool Company instead, and allow them to complete the task correctly the first time.

Failure Factor:

Even if the preparation work is done correctly and attentively, conditions like excessive humidity in the air might have a negative impact on the paint job. It is still true that not all paint jobs will be successful, and some may even fail tragically.

Both small and large plaster projects can fail. Pool plaster has a wide range of potential issues. Pits and poxmarks are caused by spot etching. Bond failure causes delaminations, in which significant portions lift off the floor or fall off the wall. You might witness variances in color, streaking, or trowel burn depending on the mix ratios, application temperature and pace, curing, and chemical cleaning after the plaster operation.

The seventh round is tied. Both pool plaster and paint can deteriorate. But if you choose to collaborate with our professionals at Nachman Pool Company, you won’t experience that.

Considering all the factors that we have mentioned above, pool plastering and pool painting have both some advantages and drawbacks. It’s your choice to decide which one to get since it’s your pool after all. However, our expers may help you and come up with the best customized renovation plan for your backyard sanctuary.

Call the dependable professionals at Nachman Pool Company for a quotation or get more information about pool renovation projects online to save time and money. You can rely on Nachman Pool Company and our professionals to complete the job correctly.

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A Proper Pool Opening in 5 Easy Steps

Pool Opening

You may ask why all the joy is for.  It is because it’s  pool time now! Soon, backyards across the country will be filled with the sounds of kids laughing, splashing, and playing in their pool, especially in Virginia and Maryland. But first, we must all properly open our pools so we can go swimming. The appropriate procedures for a correct pool opening will be covered in this article.

First Step: Remove the pool cover

When a pool cover is made of solid vinyl and has allowed water or debris to build up on top throughout the winter, removing the cover can occasionally be rather risky.

The best approach for dealing with solid coverings is to fully drain the water off before attempting to remove the debris. Owners of swimming pools frequently make the mistake of removing the pool cover too soon, before any extra water and debris have been drained. This might cause all of the aforementioned debris to fall into the pool. A situation like this is not good for the purity of the water and can require filtration for up to a week or longer to bring the pool back in working order.

After removing the cover, you should give it a good cleaning, let it air dry, fold it, and then store it for the hot summer in Virginia and Maryland.

Second Step: Filtering/Plumbing Systems

This stage involves reconnecting the filter system’s plugs with all of the relevant plugs. Most filter tanks only have one plug, however most pool pumps typically have at least two plugs. Including the salt chlorine generator when necessary, all unions at the filter system need to be reattached.

It’s also now that the eyes should be installed in place of the plugs in the pool’s returns. The skimmer’s plug or gadget will also be taken out.

Making sure all electrical components are turned back on is also a good idea during this stage.

Third Step: Turn on the filter system

The pool’s filter system is reactivated during this stage.

Make sure that there are no leaks and that everything is operating as it should be while the water is running through the system. Consider consulting a pool opening company in your area in this step.

Fourth Step: Cleaning Up and Vacuuming

Each opening in a pool affects the water clarity to a significant extent.

You might need to vacuum and clean the walls of pools whose bottoms are visible. In order to improve visibility for vacuuming in pools with hidden bottoms, it is preferable to brush the walls first and then wait 24 hours before attempting further cleaning.

Keep in mind that the filter normally needs to be backwashed or cleaned frequently during this process to help with clarity.

Fifth Step: Chemicals

A second round of pool shock is required to superchlorinate pools if the bottom is not visible. If there is a significant amount of algae, you should add 3 bags of chlorine shock (for those using ordinary chlorine) every 10,000 gallons.

If the algae continues, shock can be added two days in a row after consulting a pool opening company.

Add any essential pool balancing chemicals at this time, along with the basic maintenance chemicals (ie., pH, alkalinity, calcium).

For individuals who have a salt system, it should be turned on.

It is a very excellent idea to clean your cell at the start of each season if you are use salt chlorine generators. This can be done quickly and easily by adding a water/muriatic acid solution to the cell and allowing it to soak. This will remove any undesired scaling or build-up on the cell and, if present, will allow the system to generate chlorine as intended. Nachamn Pool Opening Company will happily assist you in these steps in Virginia and Maryland.

Consult Nachman Pool Opening for pool maintenance for more information on how to keep your pool in good condition. Let us assist you in optimizing the use of your pool!

Fiberglass pools are manufactured and installed in Virginia and Maryland by Nachman Pool Opening Company. Through our nationwide dealer network, we also conduct business in other areas across the country. Visit our pool designs, read our blogs about pool upkeep, and get in touch with us if you have any questions. We always appreciate hearing from you and doing the best we can for you!

Spring has finally arrived, and winter is over. The temperatures are rising. The s un is shining very brightly.  This simply signals summer is on its way. Right now, a swim in the pool with your family and loves ones seems fairly fantastic.

Don’t dive in right away, though! You’ll need to put in a little work to get your pool ready for another summer season filled with fun and serenity if it was closed for the entire winter. But you shouldn’t worry either . Opening an above-ground or in-ground pool is quite simple. You can quickly master your cannonball if you just follow these few quick steps that are given above for you.

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Chlorine Systems or Salt Generation Systems: Which one is better ?

Fiberglass Pools: Chlorine Systems or Salt Generation Systems

Let’s define what a salt system’s purposes are and its characteristics first.

Chlorine generators are another name for salt generation systems. Yes, chlorine is present in both salt and chlorine systems.

While chlorine systems utilize concentrated chlorine, salt generation systems divide the molecules of salt (NaCl) and water (H2O) using an electrical charge to produce hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a pure, secure, and efficient chlorine.

Which one suits you the best? Let’s look at some additional factors that may help you decide which system is ideal for you as Nachman Pools is made to work with either system.

Please keep in mind that prices listed in this article are up to date as of the date of publishing and are possible to change based on supply and demand.

First variable: System setup costs

The cost of the pool’s chlorine system is typically included in the purchase price, while a salt generator system is an extra cost.

Make this system a decent one if you’re willing to invest the extra money to install it. Don’t cut corners on this! Long-term, it is worthwhile! You should budget an additional $1,100 to $3,100 depending on the size of your pool for the Salt System.

You will need to buy your initial chemicals for either system. Depending on the size of your pool, you will need to buy chlorine for a chlorine system, whereas you would need to buy a lot of salt for a salt system. So, you should be  ready to pay the expense.

Second Variable: Cost of maintenance

You will need to keep your water balanced with any system. For information on the finest chemicals for your pool, consult a local pool expert.

You should be prepared to pay $450 to $1600 a year on chlorine for a standard chlorine system.

The yearly cost of salt can range from $250 to $600. Consider adding some electricity expenditures to the comparison since the generator also consumes electricity.

The salt cells can require replacement every few years. The cost of replacing a cell today ranges from $300 to $1200, but this shouldn’t be a monthly expense.

Even when electricity and cell replacement are taken into account, salt systems are typically less expensive to maintain annually.

Variable 3: Carefulness

Depending on the weather conditions and consumption, salt systems can operate for longer periods of time (up to two weeks). Every few months, cleaning will be necessary to maintain the cells’ optimal performance.

You’ll have to shock your pool on occasion, but you should talk to your neighborhood pool professional first as they are familiar with the water quality in your area.

Chlorine systems will need to be properly inspected on a frequent basis; typically, this means once a week, but it might be more often depending on the usage and weather conditions.

In addition, you’ll need to shock the water more frequently than with saltwater and inspect filters more frequently.

Fourth Variable: Health

You can choose when to add chemicals to the water when using chlorine. Because chlorine might result in dry, itchy skin, you should do this during times of low usage. Along with causing eye irritation, it may also cause hair to change into an odd shade of color.

Use caution when storing chlorine by keeping it in its original containers and keeping it away from the pool in cool, dry, and well-ventilated areas because the fumes can be dangerous.

There are no time limits on swimming with a salt system because the generator continuously checks the levels of your water unless you like some alone time in your pool… So, that’s a matter for personal preference.

Although you’ll need a dry storage area for the salt, there aren’t many hazardous gases coming from the salt itself. Just keep in mind that a salt generator system still generates chlorine, resulting in a low chlorine level in your pool.

Will the pool water be briny with a salt system? is a question that we are asked very frequently. Human tears contain about 9 ppt of salt, the ocean’s salinity, or “salty-ness,” is between 33 and 37 ppt, and a pool typically contains 3 to 4 ppt of salt.

Clearly, the answer to this question is a big…NO!

Fifth Variable: Equipment

Pumps and filters, which are inexpensive, readily available, and simple to use, are the same basic tools needed for both systems. Determine the optimum system for your pool’s size and usage habits by speaking with a local pool expert.

If you decide to use a salt generation system, you will need to modify your pump and filter systems to non-corrosive, salt-resistant components and add a salt generator to your equipment set.

System automation is a fantastic advantage of salt. The generator automatically adds salt to the pool water, but you need still keep salt on hand to ensure that the generator is continually working.

There is no need to upgrade as chlorine systems operate with standard pump and filtration equipment. You can choose to add chemical controllers, which automate the addition of chemicals to your pool and may help you save money, time, and stress, if you want to make your life a little bit simpler.

In Conclusion:

Selecting which system to use depends on your tastes, but both are excellent for keeping pool water clean and clear.

With any method, Nachman Pools is wonderfully built to operate, but proper pool upkeep and care are still necessary.

Even though salt systems initially cost more, over time they require less maintenance.

Swimmers might feel less chemical pain in salt water since it is lighter.

Chlorine systems are typically included in the pool’s initial cost, though they could become more expensive over time.

Skin irritation in swimmers is occasionally possible and may be brought on by inadequate chemical balance or upkeep.

To find out which system is ideal for you and your busy lifestyle, speak to a local pool specialist.

For installation services in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, Nachman Pools is happy to provide fiberglass swimming pool packages and maintenance kits to contractors and homeowners since regular maintenance is required for your swimming pool. These packages include inground fiberglass pools.

When it comes to the delivery of your inground fiberglass swimming pool, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. For additional advice whenever you need it, you can contact our experienced staff at Nachman pools for help.

 

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Top 8 Pool Deck & Patio Design Concepts

Looking for pool deck inspiration for your outdoor sanctuary?

Although adding a pool and deck area to a property requires a large expenditure, the advantages are indisputable. Your outdoor leisure activities are defined by your patio. A patio, a crucial component of the poolscape, can be used for a seemingly endless number of activities, such as tanning, dining, socializing, unwinding, playing games, and more. The patio design around your swimming pool should compliment your way of life as well as the design of your home and pool.

View these featured pool patio designs below to get inspiration for designing your ideal poolside living area.

  1. Sun Deck

A patio with a sun deck is intended for easy poolside leisure. After a swim in the pool, you can relax, cool off, and enjoy the sunshine there. A sun deck, which is situated around the swimming pool, can take on the look and feel of a luxurious hotel or resort when it is dotted with rows of chic outdoor chaise lounges.

Another patio design that is great for poolside relaxation is an in-pool sun deck, sometimes known as a tanning shelf. A broad shallow region, usually 5 to 8 inches deep, called a tanning shelf is located near the pool’s entrance. It may cover the entire pool’s width or only a portion of it.

  1. Bistro Patio

For those who want a quiet place to unwind and take in the view or who have smaller backyards, a bistro patio is ideal.

As seen in the image above, this little patio design, which comprises of a bistro table and two seats, can be attached to the pool area or separated by a narrow walkway.

A bistro patio design works well in both small and big environments, but it is especially well suited for pool areas with limited space. Every corner creates a more cozy mood and provides a distinctive view of the surroundings. Summer nights spent outside with a bonfire have a warm feel.

  1. Garden Oasis

A garden oasis is an alternative to the conversation-style patio design that tries to enhance the pool’s surrounding environment. Few seating areas are present; instead, the area is filled with lush vegetation and other natural elements. A garden oasis design frequently gives off an out-of-home vibe.

You can transform your patio into a tranquil retreat where your troubles dissipate by encircling the pool in vibrant blooms and thriving plantings. A water feature, such as a bubbling fountain or waterfall, might be added to the space to add the calming sound of water cascading.

Decorative planters or containers may transform even the most basic pool patio into a garden retreat. The lovely planters that flank this formal pool design provide the area visual character and serve as an anchor.

  1. Covered Patio

You can relax by the pool on a covered patio without getting too much sun. It provides a cozy outdoor living area, particularly for pools that are farther away from the house.

A covered patio can be a place to unwind, entertain, or take in the shade and can range from a curtained cabana to a wooden pergola to a specially constructed pavilion like the one shown above.

The pergola-enclosed poolside loggia (above), which is surrounded by two stone structures, provides sunbathers with a cool respite from the heat. A handy place to change is provided by the fieldstone cabana on the right, which also has outdoor showers built into the outer wall.

  1. Outdoor Room

The conveniences and comforts of your favorite inside space are brought directly to your poolscape by outdoor room patio designs. The ideal location for gathering with loved ones and friends is an outdoor living room.

For the design of this comfortable indoor-outdoor space, deep-seated patio furniture and a custom fireplace are crucial.

For pool owners who frequently eat outside on the patio, having an outdoor dining area is essential. A dining set for the outdoors with a table big enough to seat visitors and family members at outdoor gatherings is what makes an outdoor room successful.

An outdoor kitchen will make bringing food to the table simple as pie and also enhance the decor of an outdoor dining area. The gourmet outdoor kitchen shown above also features an outdoor TV that guests can watch while visiting the adjacent swim-up bar.

  1. Backyard Retreat

A backyard retreat patio design is the peak of poolside living and can accommodate any number of outdoor activities, including dining al fresco, hosting guests, and sunbathing.

Even though this expansive poolside setting can easily accommodate many people for a summer BBQ, it nevertheless seems cozy when only family is present.

It’s crucial to take your lifestyle needs into account when planning your pool and patio. Do you desire an elaborate resort for family entertainment and big parties or a basic backyard oasis for relaxation and simple social event with family and friends?

  1. Using Modern Materials

Wood pool deck is excellent for converting modest spaces in modern garden design, especially roof terraces, balconies, and courtyards. Real wood can give the impression of an expanded living space by providing a smooth connection between your interior and exterior, especially if the flooring materials are compatible.

With so many options for materials, this is where things may get pricey, so it’s crucial to think about your budget to prevent expenditures from getting out of hand.

Since water can collect in the ridges of ridged designs, smooth deck alternatives are the greatest option if you want something that is simple to maintain. However, you will still need to oil them frequently to keep them protected from the elements and to preserve their color.

  1. Updating Outdoor Furniture

Above all else, you should furnish your pool deck with comfy furniture. Your swimming pool should be furnished to reflect the fact that it is primarily a place of enjoyment and relaxation.

Before buying any furniture, give it a thorough test. Does it make you want to take a dosage outside when you recline on it, or does it dig painfully into your side? Does it allow you to relax while reading a book or drinking?

You might want some furniture that is only functional, in addition to comfy furniture. You should think about the overall style you’re striving for after determining whether you have areas where people can dine comfortably and whether your furniture is simple to clean.

 

 

 

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What You Should Know About Swimming Pools Before Adding One to Your Home

Swimming Pools Guide – What You Should Know

Are you considering purchasing a pool and looking for a pool company in Virginia? Or perhaps you’re just experimenting with the concept. You’ll be glad to know that there are numerous reasons to install a pool, regardless of your circumstances. Having quick access to your own personal pool is fantastic. An inground pool is a long-term investment in your house and family.

Swimming pools, in our opinion, enhance your life on a number of fronts. From giving you a means of entertainment and relaxation to improving your backyard and raising the value of your house. You can do a lot with a swimming pool, including increasing your flexibility and cardiovascular health as well as serving as a hub for family gatherings and activities.

Therefore, you should base your decision to purchase a pool on the likelihood that you, your family, and friends will utilize it. A backyard pool is fantastic for a variety of reasons, such as potential health advantages, as an alternative to the gym, for socializing with friends and family, and as an investment you can enjoy for many years.

“What kind of inground swimming pool is the best?” is one of the most often asked questions we get at Nachman Pool Company in Virginia. What do we think about it? What you are looking for will determine how to proceed. You have three alternatives when selecting an inground pool: fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liners. Each has advantages and disadvantages of its own, which may influence your choice of material.

Pool Comprasion

Fiberglass Inground Pools

There are many benefits to choosing fiberglass as a material, including the following:

  • Typically, they are strong.
  • Lowered upkeep and expense overall
  • Fast installation

If you have a certain vision for your pool setup, you’ll need to think of an alternative because the size and shape of the pool may be restricted. Despite this, there is still a huge variety of styles available for fibreglass pools, so chances are excellent that you will find one that meets your requirements if you do your homework.

Vinyl Liner Pools

Installation costs for pools with vinyl liners are typically lower, which means less money must be spent up front. Although, in the long term, the expense of maintenance will probably outweigh the money you saved by establishing a vinyl pool as opposed to a fibreglass one. They typically allow a little bit more customization than a fibreglass pool, which is a plus.

Concrete Pools

Finally, concrete pools are durable and have a lot of customization options. Concrete lasts a very long time, which is one of the reasons people prefer it to fiberglass or vinyl-lined swimming pools. If you have a vision for your pool that can’t be realized with a fibreglass or vinyl pool, you can bet it can be done with a concrete model. Of course, this has a price since concrete pools are often the most expensive of the three options. Additionally, they need the most upkeep. You must therefore decide if the compromise is worthwhile.

You Should Know What a Swimming Pool Needs In Terms of Maintenance

If your pool isn’t consistently cleaned and cared for, it could result in numerous infections, illnesses, and accidents. One of the numerous ways to take care of your swimming pool is to keep it clean.

It requires care and maintenance much like any other residential structure. What you must do to maintain the structure of the pool will depend on the material you choose.

Regardless of the type of pool you own, you must ensure that the water chemistry is kept in good condition. So how do you go about doing that?

Checking the pH and chlorine levels in your water requires routine testing. Depending on how you use it, your needs may change. A reasonable rule to follow is to test at least twice a week throughout the peak of the season, as well as after a thunderstorm or after you’ve done any significant fertilizing surrounding your house.

To keep your pool clean, you must contribute in some way. This entails routine pool skimming and vacuuming, which will aid in reducing the growth of algae. Also, don’t forget to clean the filter and skimmer baskets on a regular basis.

One final piece of advice regarding pool upkeep is to give us a call when the season is over. Nachman Pool Company in Virginia is at your service and can thoroughly evaluate your pool unit and highlight any potential trouble spots. Knowing at the conclusion of your pool season that your deck needs to be resurfaced or that your liner needs to be replaced early on can give you a head start on following year. You can swim all summer long by planning your significant maintenance early in the season.

 

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Build a Swimming Pool in the Fall

Plan to Build a Swimming Pool in Fall

You most likely have been fantasizing about having an in-ground pool in your backyard if you have ended up in our website. And if you’ve found this blog, it’s likely that you’re daydreaming of having a private pool in your backyard. Suppose you had a place where your loved ones could come together, connect, and create unforgettable memories. It is also an undeniable fact that it could help raise your home’s value.

We all know that summertime in many parts of the United States is synonymous with swimming. So does this mean you are out of luck if you wait until summer is finished to start working on your pool project? When is the ideal season to construct a pool? Contrary to popular belief, the summer pool season is not over just because it’s the end of summer, especially in Virginia. And adding a new pool is most definitely not a lost opportunity! In contrast to other times of the year, constructing your pool in the fall has some benefits. Inground pools come in three different types: concrete/gunite, vinyl liner, or fiberglass, if you’re unfamiliar with the world of inground swimming pools. The pool type we will be concentrating on is inground fiberglass pools because Nachman Pools specializes in them.

Don’t wait to jump in if you are ready to do so! Here are five explanations as to why installing a fiberglass pool in Virginia during the fall is a good idea:

Weather

The rate of rain also tends to slow down as the summer months pass. There are often less rainy days and weather conditions in Virginia in the fall, even if it still rains there. The opportunity to start building a new pool is therefore excellent. Additionally, with the summer moisture drying up, the ground gets firmer and drier. Construction tasks like setting up a new pool are made simpler by drier soil, which also makes it easier for trucks and other gear to complete the installation. The damage to the lawn is much lessened than when it is muddy and damp, which is the best part. For you to see a visual comparison of when temperatures are higher and rainfall is lower, we have provided some graphs that show normal temperature and rainfall trends in the Winchester and Leesburg area.

Pool Installation & Pool Permits

Fall is a slower time of year for permit offices and installation crews, which allows them to handle paperwork and complete the digging, setting, and filling of your pool more quickly. Remember that the rules for submitting papers vary by county and town. A fiberglass pool has the adaptability to fit into almost any location with a specialized design to fit your backyard sanctuary thanks to the variety of pool alternatives available.

Landscaping

In order to make their pool look more complete and to create an appealing environment, most people choose to landscape the area surrounding it, especially after the pool installation procedure. Many trees, shrubs, and bulbs grow best when planted in the fall, making it a great time to landscape your lawn with seed or sod. To begin planning your backyard hideaway, you don’t need to wait till it’s sunny outside.

Avoid Waiting Times&Anxiety

The majority of pool companies will be working on several other projects in the midst of the summer. Before the crew can begin installing your pool, there may be longer wait times. The likelihood that there will be fewer projects on the calendar when you schedule your installation for the fall is significantly higher. And let’s face it, the summer might make us want to go swimming. Waiting periods can be common during the installation of a pool (from waiting for the pool to arrive to waiting for the installation to be finished), but if the wait period is longer due to demand, it may seem even longer. It could be possible to complete your installation more quickly if you wait until most people have recovered from their “swim fever.”

Begin now to complete it by swim season

You can get a jump start on other pool owners by installing a pool in the fall. In addition to having a finished and functional pool, you will have time to learn how to maintain it, become familiar with the pool’s maintenance system, make final payments, complete other yard tasks, and much more. With Winchester’s mild climate, you will be set up and ready to enjoy your brand-new pool by the time summer arrives or even before swimming season!

You now know why it’s a good idea to construct a swimming pool in the fall. If you construct a swimming pool in the fall, your family will have more time to take advantage of spring break, extended weekends, and the early warm days Leesburg is famous for. Ultimately, whenever you and your family feel the timing is appropriate is when you should create a pool. Are you now prepared to dive in? You should grab the opportunity now with Nachman Pools to begin creating memories! For your personal fiberglass pool project, get a rough price range here.

 

 

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Pool Cover Guide

We provide many possibilities, whether you already have a pool or you have intentions to build a new one. We make it simple for your pool to benefit from an automatic pool cover, regardless of its design, from vinyl lined and vanishing edge pools to distinctive construction and everything else in between.

Covers for your pools that will be constructed soon

No matter what the size or shape of your pool is, every Nachman pool cover is custom manufactured to fit it. To improve the beauty of your pool, we may offer you a selection of deck designs and other features. This way you will have the chance to have a pool that is perfectly customized for you and your family.

Mechanisms and Motors

Our mechanisms and motors are the most durable ones on the market right now. Besides them being the toughest out there, they are only offered by Nachman Pool Cover. With the help of our durable motors and mechanisms, once you pay for it during the constructions, you won’t have to pay again for a new motor in the future.

Tracking Devices

Our distinctive track systems are made to accommodate practically any pool shape or structure. No matter the size or kind of your pool, our tracking devices will fit it properly and help you have the best summer with your family in Maryland.

Fabric

For dependable pool protection, pick either our unique laminated Quad-CoreTM fabric or coated Pro-CoatTM fabric. When you aren’t using the pool throughout the winter, they not only provide dependable protection but also a stylish appearance.

Controls

It only takes a few keystrokes or button presses to open or close your automatic Nachman Pool cover. You’ll have more time because the automatic cover will do all the physical labor for you. You won’t have to deal with any of the physical strain that comes with not having an automatic pool cover by just pressing a button or turning a key on our Nachman Pool cover.

The dream pool in your Maryland sanctuary can be safeguarded with the assistance of a Nachman Pool cover installer. It’s the ideal time to include an automatic pool cover in your new pool construction if you’re thinking about doing so.

We pay close attention to every detail

In order to preserve the aesthetic appeal of your backyard hideaway without sacrificing the safety advantages, Nachman Pool Cover offers a variety of design alternatives. Once you have a Nachman automated pool cover, you will enjoy its stylish design and secure operation. We created our technology to make it easy for pool builders to incorporate the automated cover into your pool design. Your builder may easily make a lid that integrates with the pool’s deck elements thanks to custom deck lid brackets. We also provide the extended lid option, which enables concealment of the leading edge of the retracted cover.

Covers for your existing pool

The Nachman Pool Cover offers an automatic cover with a track system that can be used with your existing pool if you are not planning to build a new one. Low-profile SnapTop™ deck-mounted tracks can be used to guide the automatic pool cover over your already-existing pools. Either the machinery is housed above the deck or is recessed beneath the deck.

The motor and mechanism are perfectly hidden by the Everlast Bench

The Cover-Pools Everlast bench is a simple and elegant housing that may be used to conceal the mechanism when it is positioned on the deck surface. With the help of this package, you may cover your mechanism in an easy, long-lasting, and low-maintenance manner. For usage with wood or other materials that you may buy locally, Cover-Pools sells metal bench frames. The frames could serve as the framework for a special bench that your contractor or dealer builds. Your motor and mechanical system can be concealed in the most stylish way possible with the Everlast Bench provided by Nachman Pool Cover. This kit will spare you additional effort in maintenance while perfectly covering the mechanism.

Discreetly conceal and guard the pool cover’s mechanism

When building is possible, placing the mechanism in an enclosure that is recessed below the deck’s surface will give it a more streamlined appearance. The mechanism can still be recessed if there is space to cut into the deck of your existing pool, even though this option functions best if selected before the construction. This simply implies that, if room is available, you can always conceal and protect your pool cover mechanism. To produce a more seamless appearance, Nachman Pool Cover offers a range of lid alternatives to cover the recessed mechanism.

Spa and swim spa covers

Spa and swim spa covers have a mechanical mechanism that is more compact with its 13 feet maximum track space and with 8.5”x7.75” proportions but still provides the same safety and energy-saving advantages as a full-size automated pool cover. These covers will offer you the same service as the full-size automatic pool covers, despite the fact that the system is different.

The spa cover is practical for daily use and eliminates any potential evaporation of heat and water. When used in place of pricey dehumidification equipment, it works especially effectively for indoor swim spas.

  • Decreases the area needed for an automatic cover system
  • Applicable to swim spas, small pools, and both above- and below-ground spas.
  • Offers simple access and security at the push of a button.

There is no need to wrestle with any heavy coverings when using your keypad or turning a key to access your spa; the AutoSave spa cover retracts to show inviting water. The spa may be covered just as effortlessly after you’ve finished using it.

AutoSave™ Standard Components

  • For a small or constrained installation, a tiny anodized mechanism with a unique offset motor is available
  • Waterproof, 120 volt, small electric motor with 16 horsepower
  • Motor can be positioned on either the left or right side, and it can be affixed above or below the mechanism
  • A three-wire key switch that is weatherproof
  • UndersideTM track or SnapTopTM track with a covert mounting system (available through certain dealers)
  • Glider (no wheels on the deck)
  • Available options include conventional aluminum lids, mechanism end covers, and bench brackets for unique benches
  • Exclusive QuadCoreTM reinforced premium-grade vinyl
  • Automatic pump for removing water
  • Conforms to applicable standards of ASTM safety standard F1346-91 and is UL Listed (Classified Product)
  • Manual pool cover

Due to the absence of cumbersome straps, sandbags, and anchors, the StepSaver® manual cover is practical enough for everyday usage. With the same advantages as our automated cover and a cost that’s roughly half as much, it’s a cost-effective substitute. As with our automatic cover, the manual method guides the fabric along your pool using the same track.

Original Turn Handle

Retracting the pool cover on a regular-sized pool is easier with our regular turn handle method than it is with “anchor” type covers, and you also get to save some extra time.

Additional Customization

Your custom-made Step-Saver® manual pool cover system is a cost-effective alternative to an automatic pool cover. Don’t worry if you can’t afford an automated Nachman pool cover. You won’t go over your budget with our Step-Saver® manual pool cover while still having an easy-to-use setup. Each Step-Saver system comes with a set of standard parts, but we also provide a wide range of optional parts for further customization.

Power Wheel™

The Power Wheel option offered by Nachman Pool Cover makes it easier to remove the cover by enabling you to uncover the pool with both your legs and arms. With this choice, operation is also possible inside a recessed housing.

Customized Fabric Colors

To complement your pool’s decor, our quality special order vinyl is offered in a variety of unique shades. If your preferred color is not shown, speak with your dealer to request extra color optStandard StepSaver® parts. To suit your aesthetic needs and discover your ideal shade, our dealers are at your disposal.

  • Manual roller with handle that turns
  • Ropes for removing attached covers
  • Universal track
  • Wheels
  • Exclusive QuadCore™ reinforced premium-grade vinyl
  • Pump for automatic water removal
  • Conforms to applicable standards of ASTM safety standard F1346-91 and is UL Listed (Classified Product)
Categories fiberglass pool pool maintenance

Pool Maintenance Cost : Which one saves the most?

Pool Maintenance Cost : Which one saves the most?

You must prepare ahead of time for pool care and purchases.

The little print—including the upfront expenditures and ongoing maintenance—matters. What maintenance will your concrete pool specifically need over the next ten years? Over the course of the pool’s lifetime, how much time, money, and effort are you willing to invest?

A concrete (gunite) pool doesn’t need to be resurfaced for 10 to 15 years. The waterline tile will typically need to be replaced at the same time as updating the interior finish and the typical price range for this is $10,000–$20,000.

The maintenance cost depends on a number of variables:

  • The state of the pool
  • New surface finish
  • The pool’s size
  • Interior finish type
  • Waterline tile type

How much does it cost to have a concrete pool resurfaced?

Refinishing the inside of a concrete pool can cost between $10,000 and $20,000, and the process typically involves replacing the waterline tile as well. The type of tile and interior finish, the size and location of the pool, as well as other criteria, all affect how much it will cost. This implies that you may turn your property in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC into a true retreat for the swimming season by resurfacing your concrete pool for about $10,000 to $20,000.

The State of the Pool

Before you can refinish the plaster, you might need to scrape off any parts of it that are hollow underneath. Otherwise, the new finish could also be removed together with the old, loose plaster.

Although you might be capable of carrying out this yourself, we typically advise hiring an expert for concrete pools. Concrete is challenging. There is very little room for error, so unless you have prior knowledge of pool plaster, you don’t want to take a chance on a worse problem developing. For your beautiful houses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, Nachman Pools is at your service.

Interior finish type

You can choose to preserve the previous surface material when you resurface a pool or switch it out for a new one. For instance, you might decide you no longer like the plain plaster appearance and opt for a Pebble Tec-inspired style.

All interior finishes generally fall into one of these three groups:

  • Plaster
  • Aggregate
  • Tile

The least expensive surface finish is plaster. White, however it is readily stained. It feels scratchy to the touch as well.

Pebbles, quartz, glass beads, and other aggregates are examples of finishes that use aggregates. The substance can either be polished flat or exposed aggregate (bumpy). In either case, the cost is typically higher than that of regular plaster.

The most expensive choice is tile. It is sleek and smooth, with the only potential for a sharp edge being caused by improper installation. Additionally, it comes in a variety of materials, including porcelain and glass.

A foot of plaster might cost $3.60 to $4, whereas a foot of aggregate material might cost $4.75 to $5. Installing glass tile might cost $30 to $50 per foot (and that estimate is in Florida, where pools are less expensive).

What kind of waterline tile should you choose?

Tile is necessary along the waterline to prevent staining even if it isn’t your general interior finish. The pricing will vary depending on the tile you choose. Your pool’s size and the line’s breadth will also have an impact.

Those that are most frequently used to make tile are:

  • Glass
  • Porcelain/ceramic
  • Stone

Square Footage

Every square foot that is resurfaced results in higher costs. More content, that’s all.

Remember that this pertains to the tile-lined perimeter as well as the finish for both the pool’s body and the pool’s finish.

This expense may quickly mount, particularly for unique bespoke shapes.

 

Other pools that you can choose

You have a different choice if the cost of upkeep for a concrete pool doesn’t appeal to you. Additionally, if you currently have a concrete pool, you can switch it out for a fiberglass pool.

Fiberglass pools are priced between $45,000 and $85,000 up front, but they have incredibly low lifetime costs, saving you money over time.

Although there aren’t as many options for forms and sizes, most people can still find a model that works for them. They’re not only attractive, but also incredibly strong and low-maintenance.

We provide fiberglass pools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, at Nachman Pools.

Categories fiberglass pool

How much does a fiberglass pool installation cost?

Fiberglass pools are made of a special type of plastic that allows water to pass through it without causing damage. They are easy to maintain and require little to no chemicals.

Cost of Installation

The cost of fiberglass pool installation greatly varies and requires the gathering of information to be able to give it correctly. So this process includes everything from the initial excavation to the final finishing touches. You’ll also need to pay for any permits required by local authorities.

What Is a Fiberglass Pool?

Fiberglass pools are made up of two layers of glass reinforced plastic (GRP). They are typically used as small backyard swimming pools. These pools are very durable and require little maintenance.

Maintenance Costs

A typical fiberglass pool will need to be cleaned once every three months. This includes cleaning the filter, skimmer basket, pump, and water heater. You should also check the liner for cracks or leaks. If any of these issues are found, you’ll need to replace the liner.

Other Options

There are other options available for swimming pools besides fiberglass. These include vinyl liners, concrete pools, and steel pools. Vinyl liners are made of plastic and are easy to maintain. They come in different colors and patterns and are typically less expensive than fiberglass. Concrete pools are durable and require little maintenance. Steel pools are heavy and difficult to move, but they last longer than fiberglass pools.

Pros & Cons of Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass pools are a good choice for homeowners who want a low maintenance swimming pool. However, there are some drawbacks to consider before making a decision. First, fiberglass pools are not as flexible as vinyl liners. This means that they cannot be used in areas with extreme temperatures or where water freezes. Second, fiberglass pools do not provide the same level of safety as vinyl liners. Third, fiberglass pools are heavier than vinyl liners, so they must be installed by professionals. Fourth, fiberglass pools are more expensive than vinyl liners. Finally, fiberglass pools are very hard to repair when damaged.

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