Designed For More than Pleasure: NJ Swimming Pools for your Home Tranquility Pools, Inc.
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Designed For More than Pleasure: NJ Swimming Pools for your Home

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Swimming pools in NJ homes are welcome summer indulgences for homeowners, and although a swimming pool is a big investment that requires big money and space, more and more residents are nonetheless, consulting with pool builders to have a pool installed in their property. The key to avoiding any future regrets or problems on your pool installation is to be absolutely sure that you approve of the design before building it. Vanessa Grout’s recent article for Forbes cites the importance of design to ensure the pool functions the way you have envisioned it.
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NJ Pool Customizers can Design your Swimming Pool to be Uniquely Yours Tranquility Pools, Inc.

NJ Pool Customizers can Design your Swimming Pool to be Uniquely Yours

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Olympic diving gold medal winner Greg Louganis recently sold his 34-year-old Malibu home for $1.8 million. The two-storey house has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a sitting room with a fireplace and a spectacular ocean view. What stands out is the custom swimming pool complete with diving platform that would make NJ pool builders proud. LA Times reporter Neal Leitereg describes how Louganis put his mark on this property.

The second floor opens onto a large viewing deck and a staircase leading down to the custom-designed swimming pool, spa and platform. Tiles bearing the Olympic rings insignia can be seen on the bottom of the pool.

The El Cajon native, 54, won gold medals in the springboard and platform competitions at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. He returned to the sport in 2012 as a mentor to Olympic hopefuls and is the co-author of the 1995 bestselling autobiography, “Breaking the Surface”

Louganis lived here

Among its stunning qualities, the custom pool is definitely a head-turner. Not only does it pay homage to its owner’s achievements, it elegantly declares his ownership. Celebrity status aside, the home is nonetheless spectacular. It is also a perfect example of how features like a custom pool add value to a property.

Limited by your imagination

So how far can you take your pool design idea? With today’s advanced materials and technology, you can take it as far as your creativity goes. There have been pools built using everything from faux rocks and waterfalls to mood lighting and underwater sound systems. Bear in mind however that many custom features will add to the pool’s cost, so if you want to see your ideas come to life, you’d better be prepared to spend for them.

A pool to call your own

Contrary to popular belief, customizing a swimming pool isn’t painstaking. When working with NJ pool construction experts like Tranquility Pools, Inc., expect the entire process to be smooth and trouble-free from conceptualization to execution. At day’s end, when you slip into the soothing water with your family and friends after a long day at the office, you’ll soon realize that the pool is worth every cent you paid for it.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Greg Louganis sells Malibu home with custom diving pool, 28 July 2014, http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-greg-louganis-malibu-20140728-story.html)

NJ Pools Provide Many Benefits for Homeowners Lucky Enough to Have One Tranquility Pools, Inc.

NJ Pools Provide Many Benefits for Homeowners Lucky Enough to Have One

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Quite a few homes in NJ have pools and their owners enjoy the benefits. If you’re on the fence whether to have one installed, just remember that owning a pool can change a lot of things for someone who owns one. As an example, Bob and Donna McWilliams recently wrote an article for the Capital Gazette about the advantages and disadvantages of having a pool in your home:

“First off, let’s start with the benefits. After you spend the day dragging the lawn mower up and down the yard in 90-degree heat and 100 percent humidity, there’s nothing like the instantaneous cooling effect of taking a dip in the pool. Plus, a few laps back and forth is a great, low-impact way to sooth sore muscles and work the kinks out of your joints.”

Having easy access to a pool can make it easier for you to have a regular cardio workout to increase your stamina. Not only that, swimming is also an excellent whole-body, low impact exercise. This means that your joints and muscles don’t suffer the jarring impacts that they usually do during normal exercise routines. With the water mostly cushioning and buoying the body, this makes it a perfect exercise for those suffering from physical infirmities like arthritis or fragile bones.

Additionally, swimming requires all the major muscle groups in the body: the shoulders, back, glutes, hips, and legs. The water’s resistance challenges these muscles and strengthens them.

The physical benefits are just the beginning though. Next, there’s social benefits. There’s nothing like a pool party to pull a family or community together. Invite the neighbors to get to know them better; also, your kids won’t get up to much mischief if they call their friends over. Having a pool gives you a ready-made source of fun and socialization.

Finally, there’s the financial benefits. The proper installation of an inground pool in NJ requires the help of professionals like Tranquility Pools Inc. Whatever cost may be appropriated to the project can surely be recouped in the form of enjoyment you derive from the pool’s use. Additionally, most pools can add up to five to six percent to a home’s value. This means a $400,000 home will often have $20,000 added to its price, if it has a pool.

(Source: The Realities of Real Estate: The pros and cons of a pool, Capital Gazette, July 19, 2014)

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)

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)

Still Vexed Thanks to Winter? Cool Off in an NJ Pool and Feel Better Tranquility Pools, Inc.

Still Vexed Thanks to Winter? Cool Off in an NJ Pool and Feel Better

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Being at the tip of the most powerful spear in the world is never easy. Someone like President Obama has to deal with critics and opposing forces both within and without the country’s borders. While practically all heads of state are no strangers to stress, it’s a different story when you’re head of a power bloc. As such, it’s not entirely surprising when reports say the president has come down with cabin fever.

While not technically a disease, cabin fever refers to discomfort and irritability as a side effect of being holed up inside one place for a long time (i.e. The White House). The only cure for this is to get out more often, which Obama did in late May (and put the Secret Service on edge). As of this writing, however, he has sought greener and warmer pastures (albeit temporarily) in Palm Springs, CA.

The visit to the desert resort area of Palm Springs is one of the ways Obama has been trying to escape during his sixth year cloistered in the White House.

“I think frankly we’ve all been through a cold and bitter winter and the bear has cabin fever,” said Obama friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “His cabin is a little bit bigger and harder to escape than most.”

While he’s at it, he may want to take a dip in the pool to relieve himself of cabin fever. What’s a world-class resort, anyway, without a pool?

These things aside, a nationwide Ipsos survey found out that more than a third of Americans found a quick dip in the pool to be a potent cure for cabin fever. Although the survey makes no distinction between indoor and outdoor pools, the important thing is that pool users get to soothe their overwrought nerves and overcome stress. A cool NJ pool in your backyard can also help you beat the heat this season.

Quality pool design and construction ensures that you comply with all local zoning codes and allows you to steer clear of headaches like costly repair bills and accidents. When it comes to NJ pool construction services, be sure to choose a reputable firm like Tranquility Pools, Inc.

 

(Source: “Cabin fever strikes Obama,” The Regina Leader-Post, June 16, 2014)