What to Think About Before Diving into the World of NJ Swimming Pools Tranquility Pools, Inc.

What to Think About Before Diving into the World of NJ Swimming Pools

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Cozy NJ swimming pools are no easy pickings. People looking to have one installed in their backyard must have vigilance in deciding on things that concern events before, during, and after the project has been completed. Writing for Fox News Real Estate, Bob Vila of Zillow.com notes:

“An in-ground pool is the ultimate in backyard upgrades. If you’ve always wanted one, now may be the time. Prices have fallen during the recession by up to 30 percent. Nevertheless, it remains a big investment, so it’s important to make smart choices with regard to size, shape, site selection, and type.”

Here are several things a prospective pool owner should think about if he/she is strongly considering having a swimming pool:

Method of construction – Contrary to what some people may believe, swimming pools aren’t the same all throughout. They are classified according to their methods of construction. There are three main types of swimming pools, namely the concrete pools, fiberglass pools, and vinyl pools.

Also called Gunite pools, concrete pools are constructed using a rebar framework, which is sprayed over by a mixture of sand and concrete. Fiberglass pools, on the other hand, come in pre-formed shapes and sizes and is installed in one piece. Lastly, vinyl pools are much like fiberglass pools – only differing in the special vinyl sheet that lines the pool surface. They install like fiberglass pools, too.

Decking materials – There are numerous types of decking involved in custom NJ swimming pool design, and each material has its own perks. For instance, traditional poured concrete is often the cheapest and offers numerous design configurations like tinted, stamped, or exposed aggregate. Stone offers a wide range of options (including those that absorb excessive heat), while decks are often much more used than the swimming pool itself, so choosing the right decking material is crucial. Making such choices is much easier when working with professional contractors like Tranquility Pools.

Maintenance – All pools are different, so they have their own specific maintenance needs. The proper upkeep heavily relies on the specific type of the pool itself. For instance, using harsh cleansers won’t work on a fiberglass pool as the surface may get damaged. This can be avoided by using specially formulated cleaning solutions and softer-bristled brushes. On the other hand, swimming pools all share a common trait – they require care all year round, even during off-seasons.

(Source: Swimming Pools 101: What to think about if you’re considering a Pool, Fox News Real Estate, June 30, 2012)

Pondering NJ Pool Construction? The Lowdown on Pools and Home Value Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Pondering NJ Pool Construction? The Lowdown on Pools and Home Value

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There are many reasons a New Jersey homeowner would opt to have an NJ pool built into his backyard—some adore the elegance and style it offers the humble household, while some are more enthralled by its functional capabilities, especially in providing a nice recreational space to weather the summer’s heat. Still others see it as a potential investment, a way to get their home value up before selling.

Home Improvements and Value

In general, a home’s value can be boosted by the types of improvements that are done on it, especially when it comes to aesthetic additions (for “curb” appeal) like pools. Other such improvements include a patio or deck, garden landscaping, and even ornamental shutters for your windows. These are in contrast to functional improvements like roofing and gutter repair.

Facts about Appraisal

According to an SF Gate article by Tony Guerra, one of the most important determining factors to whether pool installation will work for you financially is by comparing it with other homes in your neighborhood:

“A pool can be a difficult feature to account for adequately on a home appraisal. To get full value for your home and your pool, an appraiser must have other homes with pools in which to compare it. If there are no comparable homes with pools, appraisers only credit the seller 25 percent of the pool’s cost. Lastly, if your pool is in poor shape, it could decrease the appraised value of your home.”

This works because for your appraiser to know how much your home is worth, he will have to run it through comparative market analysis.

Neighborhood Considerations

If you have your heart set on having a pool installed, there are still many more ways to make sure that it will be of value to your house. For one, the pool should fit the neighborhood, particularly the tastes and preferences of the type of people who might have an interest in buying a house in your area.

Entertainment Value

Whether they think pools are a good investment or not, there’s one thing people can always agree on: the entertainment value of having one in your own backyard is always priceless. This in itself can add something of value to your home—something that just might get the right type of buyer to sign the closing costs.

If you decide to have NJ pool construction done, be sure to hire only reputable builders like Tranquility Pools, Inc. The quality and durability of your pool will significantly affect not only the amount that it can add to your home value, but also to the repair and maintenance cost that you will have to pay.

(Source: Does a Pool Increase the Value of Your Home?, SF Gate)

Preparing Pools in NJ for the Summer Heat: Get Set for Fun in the Sun Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Preparing Pools in NJ for the Summer Heat: Get Set for Fun in the Sun

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If you wanted your summer 2014 Garden State home parties to be memorable, you’d already have hired a reliable NJ pool company like Tranquility Pools Inc. to set up an amazing inground pool for your backyard. However, before you can even think of hosting your first poolside barbecue, there are some things that you need to check on first, particularly with regard to how safe the water is for diving and swimming.

Remove the Cover

Swimming pool covers protect the water from getting polluted by debris and its chemical levels from being significantly affected by the elements, but as summer grows near, you’ll have to open it up again. Remove any leaves, twigs or other debris that might have collected before doing so, lest they end up in the water, anyway.

Shock the Water

Among the many chemical processes you need to do to make sure that your pool is safe for bathing in is to “shock” it. This basically means the amount of free-flowing chlorine is raised to ten times the amount of chloramines in the water, in effect oxidizing all organic matter in its path. Be sure to use an oxidizer that’s compatible with your pool’s filter system.

Testing Chemicals

Next, you need to test your pool water’s chemicals. Here are some tips from pool professional and contributor Woody McDowell’s article in About.com:

“Allow the water to circulate at least 8-12 hours, so that the water that was added has time to mix with the water in the pool.

After that time, test it thoroughly, then add the necessary chemicals in the proper sequence to balance the water chemistry. We suggest taking a water sample to your local pool professional to have it tested for pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, etc. Be sure to follow the procedure they describe to avoid damage to your pool’s surface.”

Keep the Water Level Up

You should make sure that your pool’s water level isn’t going below the recommended amount—if it does, be sure to top it off. Before you do this, though, clean your filter first. Cartridge filters can be taken apart and washed before reinstalling, whereas sand filters should be set to backwash for cleaning.

If you still haven’t had a pool installed, don’t be the only one among New Jersey’s 9 million people to have nothing in his backyard to fight the summer sun with. Whether you’re hoping to host parties this season, or you just want to sit back and relax after a hard day’s work, NJ pools always make perfect investments.

(Source: How To Open Your Swimming Pool For The Summer, About.com)

Landscaping your Pool in NJ? Balance Creativity with Functionality Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Landscaping your Pool in NJ? Balance Creativity with Functionality

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Do you wish to modify or update the landscape of your pool? GreenIndustryPros.com lists some tips and trends worth checking out. Although the article addresses contractors, homeowners who wish to install or remodel their own pool can get some inspiration from what it has to say.

“The simple, traditional, rectangular in-ground pool design that many of us grew up with isn’t the norm anymore. People are seeking designs and landscaping to match their lifestyles as well as their imaginations. From modern, geometric designs to fantasy-inspired rock formations and waterfalls, clients are looking for “out of the box” landscape designs that make their backyard dream come true.”

Spectacular pool designs and landscapes are truly lovely to behold. However, savvy homeowners should also consider balancing creativity with functionality. Improve the landscape of your pool in NJ by paying equal attention to aesthetics and function.

Choose, for instance, water and landscape features that transform your backyard into a soothing sanctuary. Relaxing elements like waterfalls, fountains, hot tubs, and built-in seating or lounging furniture fit the bill. Likewise, low-profile lights as well as underwater lighting can set the mood and also make it safer to swim at night.

You might also want to heed this piece of advice from the same article in relation to storage spaces.

“Accounting for storage in your landscape design is also important. You’ll want to discuss the various options for storing away pool toys such as floats and noodles, pool cleaning supplies, and extra seating for those bigger events like birthday parties. Even the best, most stylish designs can be ruined by a backyard littered with items that should be put away when not in use.”

Think about building a furnished patio or deck, which expands your home’s living spaces. With the right materials and furniture pieces, you can soon have a sophisticated backyard setting where you’ll be proud to entertain guests or have fun lounging around. Additionally, you can install an outdoor kitchen or barbecue island for a superb al fresco dining experience.

Finally, you can add other safety or privacy features to your backyard. Sturdy and sleek fences can be installed around the pool area to keep intruders out and keep children or pets inside. Trees, shrubs, and other greeneries can serve as natural barriers. Trust established builders and designers like Tranquility Pools, Inc. to install these and other features for beautifully landscaped NJ concrete pools.

 

(Source: Tips and Trends for an In-Ground Pool Landscape Design, GreenIndustryPros.com, April 23, 2014)

Lovely NJ Pools: Enhancing Outdoor Living Spaces with Custom Built-ins Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Lovely NJ Pools: Enhancing Outdoor Living Spaces with Custom Built-ins

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How do you transform a plain and dull backyard into an outdoor oasis? For starters, you may want to reconsider how the space is used. For instance, you can expand your home’s living space to create more room for recreation and entertainment. An article on SWIMMINGPOOL.COM recommends installing an inground pool that does both.

“An inground pool can transform your backyard. Whatever you envision, building an inground pool gives you the most opportunities to express your creativity and design a poolscape that is completely unique.

Once you decide to build an inground pool, you’ll have a lot of fun and interesting features to consider, and the first of many choices you will make is: Which kind of inground pool should I build?”

The article describes the three main types of inground pools – vinyl, fiberglass, and concrete or gunite. Vinyl and fiberglass pools are both faster to install. However, predesigned vinyl pools may restrict your creativity, while fiberglass pools often come pre-finished and with hefty price tags to boot. In contrast:

“Concrete pools offer the most design flexibility. They can be built in any shape, from traditional to free form, and are able to fit into irregular spaces, if needed. Gunite pools give you the most opportunity to customize your pool design — from fun and functional built-in features to textured pool surfaces. Gunite pools allow for maximum creativity, and typically take about 12 weeks to build.”

Custom-built NJ pools, in other words, improve overall aesthetics and functionality. The creative features can be modelled after resorts, spas, natural wonders, and whatever else floats your boat. To give you some inspiration, here are some custom built-in ideas:

Tweak the standard ladders and steps.

Instead of a basic ladder or steps at the pool’s corners, have your builder create a custom entry. For example, you can have extended tiers or beach entries that can also serve as seating or lounging areas.

Turn the pool into an ultimate relaxation area with in-water furniture.

Underwater benches and loungers can be installed for tanning, reading, or simply relaxing. Hot tubs, tables, and umbrellas or other shades can complement these furniture pieces.

Take pool parties to the next level with a swim-up bar.

NJ inground pool builders like Tranquility Pools, Inc. can help you with the design and construction of a sleek swim-up bar. With built-in counters, matching seats, and ambient lighting, your pool parties can only become legendary.

 

(Source: TYPES OF INGROUND POOLS, SWIMMINGPOOL.COM)

Pool Experts Urge Shock-Proofing NJ Swimming Pools for a Safe Summer Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Pool Experts Urge Shock-Proofing NJ Swimming Pools for a Safe Summer

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Underwater lights are a great addition to NJ swimming pools. However, one loose rubber seal could spell disaster.

In Florida alone, shock pools—swimming pools with electric currents—have already claimed several victims. An ABC News report cites an improperly grounded pool pump as the cause of swimmers in a Hialeah, FL pool getting one volt too much. This is one of the main reasons pool designers like Tranquility Pools, Inc. make it a point to prioritize safety.

An overview

To understand how dangerous a shock pool can be, a simple science lesson may be in order. Human skin, under dry conditions, has an electrical resistance of up to 100,000 ohms. It’s designed to protect internal systems with a resistance of up to 1,000 ohms. Though it is by no means the most electrically resistant material on the planet, human skin manages to do a good job of protecting the body from high voltages up to a certain extent.

However, wet human skin has a much lower electrical resistance that’s at par with that of the internal system. This is because water, a good conductor, provides electrical currents an avenue to travel deep into the body. A 120-volt current, which is nothing more than a slight sting under dry conditions, can become a full-blown shock to the heart.

Shock proofing

Proper NJ swimming pool design and maintenance protect users from electric shock. To start with, be sure that the necessary electrical equipment, such as transformers, are in place. These electrical components should be placed at a safe distance from the pool to avoid direct contact with water, typically behind some bushes or tall plants.

According to ABC News, a transformer can downgrade the standard 120 volts surging through electrical equipment to just 12 volts. This is a bit stronger than a 9-volt battery but hardly life-threatening.

The ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) is another useful component. The GFCI detects the slightest fluctuation in any electrical fixture within the pool and immediately cuts it off when the voltage exceeds normal levels. Swimmers may feel some shock but not to the point of lethality. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends GFCIs for pools that are more than 30 years old.

Finally, pool owners need to watch out for signs that the rubber seal or glass pane protecting the underwater lights are broken. Such problems exposes the wiring to the water, which can prove dangerous to any swimmer. As a precaution, pool owners would be wise to enlist professional maintenance services from a trusted firm like Tranquility Pools, Inc. that minimize the risk of electrocution and keep pools looking beautiful for many years.

 

(Source: “Don’t get burned by your summer enjoyment,” HTR News, June 17, 2014)