Choosing Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps

Enjoy Your Pool Longer with the Right Heater Here in Upstate New York, an energy-efficient and reliable heater or heat pump is a must. They will add to your comfort and extend your swimming season. In fact, some of our clients swim until Halloween! Below you will find information on some of the different heaters and heat pumps that we recommend. All of these units deliver fast heat-up times, low operating costs, and long life. And, since winter shows up every year, each has a rugged housing, built to withstand the elements. MasterTemp MasterTemp® is as easy to use as your home heating system, plus, user-friendly indicator lights make system operation…


Pool Construction Challenges

Worried About Pool Construction Challenges?  We’re not! At some point during the course of deciding whether a pool is right for your family, you may have some apprehensions about the extensive construction involved in the building of a gunite swimming pool. Building an in-ground structure on a residential property can have its challenges, ranging from weather and yard access, to town restrictions and underground utilities. You may have even heard or experienced a horror story or two. In the next few paragraphs we will address some of the most common questions we field regarding potential construction hurdles. Every Yard is Unique Many of our customers raise concerns about whether their yard…


Choosing an Inground Pump

Reliable, Durable Pumps For Inground Pools Circulation/filtration pumps for inground pools are the heart of the swimming pool’s circulation system. Pumps pull water from the pool through the skimmer and main drain, push it through the filter, and return it to the pool through the main returns.  Design Pool & Spa can help you choose the pump model and size that will efficiently meet the specific requirements of your pool.  Here are some of most trusted pump options: INTELLIFLO® – Variable Speed Pump IntelliFlo pumps have amassed a record of field-proven reliability that’s unmatched by any other variable speed pump thanks to its energy efficiency, near-silent operation and long service life.  …


Choosing a Pool Filter

Filters: High-efficiency filtration systems for sparkling clear water Every pool needs a filter. By removing impurities such as dirt, leaves, grass, hair, body oils, sunscreen, and even many bacteria from the water, today’s high efficiency filters keep your pool water clean, clear and inviting. Choose from three different filter technologies—cartridge, D.E. or sand.  For more information and further technical detail, visit Pentair. Sand: Simple, effective, low-maintenance filters Sand filters are one of the most popular ways to filter water. For good reason. They are simple, effective, and require very little attention. Pool water is routed through a sand-filled pressure vessel. Over time, dirt accumulates in the spaces between the sand particles causing…


How Much Does a Pool Cost?

Five questions that will help you build your pool budget. Wondering what a new pool might cost? It’s a simple question that can be difficult to answer.  Here are five questions that will help you design and build a pool that fits your lifestyle and your budget.  (Or, visit our page featuring our pool series and their starting costs.) What size pool do you want? How many people will use it at once? What depth would you like?  Try to figure out a rough estimate of the square feet you may need. You can impact the cost of your pool by increasing or decreasing the amount of square feet. Which material…


7 Steps to Choosing the Right Pool Builder

Thinking about building an in-ground pool? It’s exciting to imagine all the fun and relaxing times you will have with friends and family. Before you build, be sure to follow these seven key steps to ensure your investment truly delivers the pool of your dreams. Step 1: Select Pool Type Before choosing a builder, you first need to determine what type of in-ground pool you would like to build.  Typically your choices are vinyl, fiberglass or gunite.   The type of pool you build will be based on several factors such as personal taste, your lifestyle needs, and budget. Compare these different materials. Once you know the type of pool you…


Comparing Pool Materials

Gunite vs. Vinyl vs. Fiberglass Pools When evaluating materials used in the construction of an in-ground pool, there are three primary choices: Gunite (a mixture of cement and sand) Fiberglass Vinyl lined Each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages, and the choice for your pool installation depends on your specific needs, lifestyle, and budget. Gunite Advantages Gunite pools can be built to any size, shape, or depth, and offer the ability to incorporate engaging and interactive features such as spas, streams, and waterfalls. A major advantage of a gunite pool is that it is the strongest of the three choices, and also the longest lasting. In addition gunite pools:…


FAQ: Should I consider companies that offer very low prices?

It is actually possible to build a pool at a low price. But you should be aware that to build a low cost pool, structural elements, craftsmanship, equipment, and design are all compromised.  Using an inexperienced builder, or poor quality construction materials can also put you and your family at risk. The old adage is still true: You get what you pay for. At Design Pool & Spa, we will work with you to determine a budget that meets your needs, and we can custom design your pool to fit your financial parameters. The end result is a beautiful and dependable custom pool that is within your budget.

FAQ: What factors affect my pool cost?

The costs involved in building a swimming pool vary from one swimming pool installation to another. Some of these factors include the type of pool you choose, the pool size and shape, the extent of the hardscape you choose to enhance the design of the pool, and the options or “frills” you select.  As the customer, you have the greatest influence on your total budget as you control the design of your pool’s additional features.