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Benefits of Adding a Waterfall to your Pool

Waterfalls are restful to listen to and beautiful to behold. They’re an elegant addition to the pool, add character, and they offer a variety of benefits. A waterfall doesn’t need to be large or ostentatious to be effective, create a focal point, and breathe new life into the pool area.

A waterfall can easily be incorporated into the original pool build and they can be retrofitted to existing swimming pools. It’s essential that you work with a pool specialist throughout the process to ensure it’s structurally sound and accommodates the aesthetics of an existing pool. The following are the little known benefits of adding a waterfall to your pool.

Algae

The moving water of a waterfall helps significantly in preventing the growth of algae. Pool water moves as it’s filtered, but not to the extent that a waterfall provides. The more motion water has, the less likely algae will grow in your pool.

Beautifies

A waterfall can be incorporated into a corner of the pool, free-floating versions are available, along with those that can be anchored at the bottom of the pool. No matter which style you choose, waterfalls can be adorned with color-changing lights to provide an additional level of safety and set the mood for your outdoor space. It’s an easy way to update the look of your pool.

Filtering

Your normal pool filtering system will be the primary way in which debris is removed from the pool. While a waterfall is not replacement for a well-maintained filtering system, the moving water in your pool from a waterfall will be cleaner.

White Noise

People around the world have found the sound of running water one of the most soothing and relaxing of auditory experiences. The sounds from a waterfall act as a form of white noise with the power to help you destress and relax.

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Pool Deck Materials Matter

The decking that surrounds a pool is an important part of the pool environment. It sets the tone, character and style of the swimming area and will be where tables, chairs, and other outdoor furnishings will be placed. However, not all pool decking is the same and there are some factors to consider when choosing pool decking.

The materials used in pool decking will have an impact on the people using the pool. Decking materials have function and performance requirements that are far different than an ordinary patio. A pool professional can provide invaluable assistance in choosing the decking materials that best fits individual needs.

Heat Retention

In Florida’s abundant sunshine, pool decking can soak up a lot of heat. The surfaces can become extremely hot and result in burns to the soles of the feet. Individuals have a number of materials available that offer superior levels of reflectivity. For those that have their heart set on a specific material, there are decorative overlays that substantially reduce the amount of radiation and heat absorbed.

Maintenance

No one wants to spend time on maintaining the decking when the pool is so inviting. Concrete is one of the most often used materials for pool decking and while there are pavers and tiles aplenty, they’ll can often require more maintenance than concrete. The selected material will need to be able to withstand constant exposure to pool chemicals, heat, and water without degrading.

Slip Resistance

Splashing and water spillover from pools are to be expected, but it can also lead to a very slippery surface that can result in falls and injuries. The decking can be hazardous for everyone and particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, and anyone that has partaken of alcoholic beverages. Footwear can fail to gain traction on wet surfaces just as easily as wet feet. Slip resistance should be a priority for every pool owner.

Space

A good rule of thumb for a rectangular pool is decking that extends a minimum of four feet on both sides and eight feet on the ends to provide ample space for walking and lounging around the pool. Some materials will cost more to cover the same amount of space.

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True Cost of an In-Ground Pool in Florida

A pool is an ultimate goal for many in Florida to beat the heat and humidity of summer. However, the cost often takes individuals by surprise and can vary greatly depending on a multitude of factors. The price tag will also depend on whether individuals opt for a traditional in-ground pool or a saltwater pool.

The professionals hired to install the pool will have to excavate the site, install the pool, and create a pool deck – the area immediately surrounding the pool where outdoor furniture will be placed. That doesn’t count the cost of features that can include mood lighting or sound systems.

A basic, in-ground freshwater pool can range from $35,000 to $60,000 on average, but can run as much as $115,000. Much depends on the size, material with which it’s constructed, where it will be located, and the project’s complexity. They typically come in 10×20, 15×30 and 20×40 sizes.

For those that desire any of the popular add-ons that are available, such as waterfalls, fountains, covers, lighting, sound systems, or incorporated hot tubs – expect to spend another $2,000 to $10,000 depending on the feature. The following costs when performed by professionals, with all the details taken care of and the pool swim-ready when they leave.

Fiberglass

A fiberglass pool will last for up to 25 years. Installation can range from $45,000 to $$85,000. It will also cost in the neighborhood of $3,700 each year to maintain. The benefit is that fiberglass pools are easier to maintain than other types. Installation can take as little as a week and the surface is resistant to algae.

Vinyl

A vinyl pool will need to have the liner replaced approximately every 10 years and they’re offered in a variety of pre-designed shapes. The average cost is $25,000 to $45,000 for installation and about $13,000 for maintenance over 10 years. Vinyl pools are easy to clean and resistant to algae.

Concrete

A pool made of concrete can last up to 50 years, can cost up to $5,100 per year to maintain, and run from $35,000 to $60,000 for installation. Individuals have more options to be creative with design, but the pools require more chemicals to maintain them in swimmable condition. Every few years it will require an acid wash for mold and algae and will need to be refinished every 10-15 years.

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