Planning a Summer Pool Party

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With temperatures rising throughout Arizona, one activity most people can’t live without is slipping into their swimsuits, and taking a dip in the cool blue waters of a swimming pool.

The only thing that beats diving in on a hot day is a summer pool party. There’s nothing like inviting some friends over, eating some amazing food, and lounging poolside. We have some great suggestions for invitations, decorations, food, games and of course, music.

Invites

Looking for a way to really wow your friends and family? Write your summer pool party details on an inflatable float or beach ball using a sharpie. You can choose any color sharpie you’d like. Be sure not to smudge the ink. For detailed instructions, click here.

Menu

No summer pool party would be complete without everyone’s summer favorites: burgers and hot dogs hot off the grill. Sandwiches, sliders, and chicken and pineapple kabobs are all low-maintenance options. Also, a refreshing snack, sliced watermelon. Don’t forget desert; perhaps a mixed berry cobbler or classic strawberry shortcake? Be sure to have lots of bottled water available to help your guests stay hydrated.

Activities

For fun activities that are family friendly, set up a few lawn games, such as Twister, Tic Tac Toe Frisbee and Jumbo Jenga. A quick Pinterest search will yield many other fun games. Additionally, a pool party can never have too many pool floats or pool noodles for guests to float around on, especially if there are children in attendance.

Decorations

If you’re hosting the party by the pool, be sure to set up a shady area or two for guests who prefer to relax in the shade. Add color to your pool by throwing in some balloons. With a little imagination, you can also create mini beach ball garland using paint, nylon string and Styrofoam balls. Get the tutorial here.

Songs for Summer

  • Firework by Katy Perry
  • School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  • Summer in the City by the Lovin’ Spoonful

Experience Total Control with Pool Automation

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How would you like to put your pool on cruise control? With an automated control system, you can automate maintenance functions like sanitization, heating and filtration, and control ambient features such as lighting and water features using only your smartphone or tablet. An automated control system can also save you money – often reducing energy costs by as much as 70 percent. *

Whether you include pool automation in the construction of a new pool or the remodel of your existing pool, you’ll make it easier than even before to spend more time with your friends and family, enjoying the many benefits of pool ownership. Pool owners considering pool automation have a number of different automated control systems available to them. Here are a few simple ways to get started with pool automation:

OnCommand®

OnCommand® is an affordable automated control system that can be installed on existing pools. It lets you control your pool’s pump, filter, heater, lighting and more, as well as set schedules for totally hands-off operation. OnCommand® can also be connected to an optional floating wireless remote for the ultimate in poolside convenience (sold separately).

Total Control with E-Command® 4

The technology and programming flexibility afforded by the E-Command® 4 ensures equipment runs at peak performance for minimum energy usage and cost. You can set schedules for your pool’s equipment or control them manually from a wireless remote (sold separately). With a built-in subpanel, this system is the easiest, most cost-effective way to incorporate time-saving automation when building a new pool.

Manage Your Pool and Spa’s Chemistry

Homeowners barely have to lift a finger to ensure a clean, chemically balanced pool ready for use at any time, with the Total Pool Chemistry® management system. With the ability to integrate Sense and Dispense, the Total Pool Chemistry® management system continuously monitors chlorine and pH levels, and automatically adjusts the water chemistry as needed. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that!

Add-Ons That Make Maintenance Effortless

System add-ons such as Hayward’s AquaConnect Interface give you the ultimate in streamlined control and monitoring. Compatible with Hayward’s line of automated control systems, this interface gives you the freedom to access, control and monitor your system from a smartphone, tablet or computer – anywhere and anytime. Just think how amazing it would be to have total control at your fingertips.

Are you ready to simplify your life with pool automation? Contact Platinum Pools & Spas today for more information on all of our available automated control systems and receive a FREE Hayward ColorLogic® LED Pool Light with any new or remodeled pool. *

*Free ColorLogic® LED Pool Light with the purchase of a new or remodeled pool project over $10,000 and if purchased by 10/31/16. Does not include homebuilder pool programs and/or previous discounts or offers.

Pool Dependability and Performance

Now is the best time to start the process of getting a new pool, or remodeling your existing one. The time is RIGHT! For us, each pool project is important, and requires the most efficient products to keep your pool clean and running smoothly.  One of the trusted companies we partner with, in supplying our customers with great products, is Hayward Pool Products. One of our goals as a trusted and professional Phoenix Pool Company, is to offer the latest technology with the highest products standards.

“Hayward pumps are engineered for dependability and performance.” That means, no matter how eye-catching your pool may look, the functions of the pool will be long-lasting and safe. Even choosing us to install one of Haywards pool heaters, will increase the amount of time you are able to swim, year-round! Each aspect and pool product we install is chosen to create a livable and fun, backyard environment.

Choosing Platinum Pools to install or remodel your pool, means your choosing a quality team who provides some of the best pumps, heaters, pool cleaners, and filters. For any questions about how we can assist you in the process of adding a beautiful pool to your backyard, contact us today!

Visit Us At: PLATINUM POOLS AZ

Call Us Today: (480) 888-9200

Swimming… Benefits for Asthmatic Individuals!

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There is a huge number of people who use swimming as their main form of exercise. It’s easy on the joints, and fun to do! For individuals with asthma, you can assume that a physical exercise, like swimming, could be detrimental to an individuals health. Something that requires intentional and controlled breathing, seems like a terrible idea for someone who deals with asthmatic troubles.

Although, interestingly enough, there are no studies that have proven that swimming causes issues for someone with asthma. Which is good news! In fact, the warm and humid atmosphere can actually help improve and ease breathing troubles. Swimming is one of our favorite forms of exercise, but the general rule is, ANY exercise is ideal! It can help with several areas, such as sleep, energy, and most importantly, respiratory and circulatory systems. Backyardpool

Typically, swimming is not linked to triggering asthma attacks. The natural moister in the air, from the pool, makes it easier to breathe, compared to other land-based activities. Obviously, we advise you to take caution while using swimming as your form of exercise. We recommend being very careful about the pH and chlorine levels. This can cause breathing issues, if there isn’t a proper balance.

Let us help you improve your exercise life, and your home aesthetics, by walking you through the process of installing a new pool. For any other questions, you can contact us at: PLATINUM POOLS AZ or call us at: (480) 888-9200

What’s the best way to chlorinate your pool?

Chlorinating your pool.Think all chlorine is the same? Think again. While you may find a great price for discount chlorine at the store, it might not be a deal at all. Different types of chlorine have different chlorine purities. Take a look at this chart below provided by Hayward.

Chlorine Purity Comparison
Chlorine Type Percentage of Available Chlorine
Salt Chlorination 100% Available Chlorine
Trichlor 90% Available Chlorine
Calcium Hypochlorite 65% Available Chlorine
Dichlor 60% Available Chlorine
Lithium Hypochlorite 35% Available Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine 10% Available Chlorine

While salt systems supply the purest chlorine (by converting salt to chlorine), many people are hesitant to install salt systems due the cost of the initial installation. However, over the long run, you will save money as you won’t have to buy anywhere near the amount of the chlorine. Salt Chlorination is hassle-free as well as a controller decides how much chlorine you need. Hayward provides another chart to show how much chlorine is required to match a single salt cell.

Chlorine Type Amount of Chlorine needed to equal Chlorine produced by a single Salt & Swim 3C Cell
Trichlor 225 pounds
Calcium Hypochlorite 308 pounds
Dichlor 333 pounds
Lithium Hypochlorite 571 pounds
Liquid Chlorine 208 gallons

Obviously, salt cell chlorination provides the best bang for your buck when it comes to chlorination, but if you still decide to have a traditional chlorine system, be sure to read the ingredients on the package. You may save a few bucks on discount chlorine but not getting anywhere the amount of ‘chlorine’ that you actually need.

If you ever have a question regarding pools or chlorinating systems, please do not hesitate to contact Platinum Pools!

Take Indoor Living Outdoors

As the weather is starting to cool down in Phoenix, it becomes more of an ideal time to remodel your pool. The cooler months in Arizona are the best time to throw outdoor gatherings and parties. So we want to discuss how you can bring the comfort of your indoor living, outdoors! A crystal clear pool, when designed well, brings life and vibrancy to any backyard space.

How can you give your pool a face-lift?
pool design There are a few ways to spice up the ol’ pool design! Adding steps to two different side of the pool can increase the overall look and functionality. Completely redesigning the shape of your pool, with more curves or angles, can make a strong statement. When we spend time getting to know you and learning about your reasoning for a pool remodel, we can point you in the right design direction.

Another way to bring the comfort of the indoors, outside, is by updating your seating and lounging furniture. A nice chair or bench outside can give you an excuse to sneak away to your outdoor oasis! Adding patio furniture to your poolside is a small way of developing a

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relaxing outdoor environment. Don’t upgrade everything about your outdoor living space, without first making your pool the priority. You can add all the bells and whistles to your outdoor kitchen or patio furniture, but if you neglect the largest part of your backyard, your pool, you won’t be able to achieve the well-rounded outdoor living space you desire.

If you are interested in remodeling your pool, or installing a new pool. Now, is the perfect time! Call your pool professionals at Platinum Pools AZ, and we will walk you through the process of creating a beautiful outdoor space for your family and friends to enjoy.

Call Us Today: (480) 888-9200

Building Luxury Outdoor Living Environments

Platinum Pools of Arizona New PoolsAt Platinum Pools, we hold ourselves to a rigid standard of pool building. We’re committed to making sure the pools we build not only meet home-owners expectation, but rise above it. As we often say, with a Platinum pool, luxury comes standard. But the pool is only one part of creating an outdoor environment. When considering a new pool or even a pool remodel, we encourage our clients to look beyond the pool and consider the entire area around the pool. Here are some additional services we provide that can help transform your backyard into a luxurious outdoor living environment.

Landscaping
What’s the point in having a great looking custom pool built if the area around the pool doesn’t reflect the same quality. Adding trees, plants, and bushes to the area around the pool can greatly enhance the overall look and feel of your backyard, and even provide shade. Many homeowners choose to convert grass lawns to desert landscapes for a more natural, desert environment and to help conserve and offset the pool water use. Others like to keep a lush, green lawn around their pool. Lighting features throughout the landscape can help create a nice ambiance at night around your pool.

Patios and Hardscapes
Your patio is most likely where you will spend most of your time when you aren’t in your pool. We can help you transform your old, hot concrete patio into a beautiful stone or tile paved area that’s perfect for entertaining or just lounging around. Installing shade structures such as pergolas, ramadas, or even shade sails will help you escape the heat when you need to. Couple that with a misting system and you’ll have a patio that’s comfortable even during the hot Arizona summers. Fountains and firepits are always a nice added touch to backyard patios as well.

BBQ and Outdoor Kitchens
If you love grilling and having friends and family over for barbecues, adding a built-in BBQ grill or full outdoor kitchen is a must. It’s also a great way to complement a new or remodeled pool. Custom outdoor kitchens not only look great, but have the added benefit of convenience when you are trying to feed your hungry guests. Add an outdoor TV, and you may never leave your patio!

Synthetic Putting Green
If you live an Arizona, you probably have a least one golfer in the family. Synthetic putting greens are very popular and add great deal of entertainment value to your backyard. The fact it’s synthetic means no watering and very little upkeep. Also helpful to keep you on top of your putting game and bring your gold scores down!

Obviously these are just a few ways to enhance your pool environment and we offer many more services to help you create a backyard oasis. So if you are thinking of adding or remodeling a pool, give Platinum Pools of Arizona a call. We will help you design and build the backyard of your dreams!

What to Consider Before Building Your Custom Pool

custom pools azHaving your own custom pool is great. Custom pools look great, add value to your home, and are perfect for hosting friends and family for summertime get togethers. But before you jump head first into designing and purchasing a pool, there are things about pool ownership you need to take into consideration.

Maintenance
Unless you hire a pool company to come and take care of your pool, there is a certain amount of maintenance that is required to keep you pool clean and running smoothly. Expect to check your chemicals often and replace them when necessary. Brushing and vacuuming are also duties that you can expect to perform on a fairly regular basis, especially during the windy, dusty monsoon seasons in Arizona. Filters will also need to be cleaned on occasion to keep them performing at their maximum efficiency.

Financing
Purchasing a custom pool is a serious financial commitment, especially if you want it done right. There are many options for financing but we highly recommend you explore those options before committing to building your custom pool. Make sure all costs are determined before building so there are no surprises down the road.

City Codes
Be search to look into any local building codes that may come into play in your neighborhood. Pools must be placed a certain distance from field lines and septic tanks so make sure you know exactly where you can dig before starting.

Space
Make sure to design a pool that does not take up too much space or areas that you may utilize for other activities. An in-ground pool will be a permanent structure so utilize your property space wisely.

Insurance
Many times adding a pool will require you to have additional insurance. Check with your insurance agent to see if a pool will increase your premiums.

Water Usage
Expect a higher water bill when you have a pool, especially during the summer months. You may want consider adding shade elements or using pool covers to help reduce evaporation from you pool. Shady vegetation around your pool can also help keep it cool when it’s hot.

Taxes
Check with local taxing authorities about possible property tax assessment increases.

It’s worth noting that Platinum Pools will help you every step of the way when it comes to building your custom pools. Our designers will work directly with you and can give guidance regarding guidelines, safety, and any local codes. Call us to get started building the pool of your dreams today!

New Year’s resolution, no more pool-less Arizona summers!

Picture27_smDo you spend you summers listening to the neighbors splashing and having fun in their pool while you are wishing you had your own? Well why not make 2013 the year you have your own pool! Prices are down and competition is up, so it only makes sense to consider having your own custom pool built before the summer comes. Imagine hosting great bbq’s and impressing your friends/relatives coming into town from colder climates with your own sparkling custom pool. There’s never been a better time to have a pool installed and here are a few things to consider when purchasing:

1. Experience counts! – Look for pool builders that are well established. Platinum pools, for example, has been building pools for 25 years plus and is the preferred builder of many renowned home builders throughout the Southwest.

2. Beware of “too good to be true” deals – Small pool companies may offer you a great deal, but will often cut corners during the construction process which will cost you more money in the long run.

3. Pay attention to the brands! – There are many pool filters and products that are energy efficient, aimed at saving you money. Platinum pools prides itself on using top quality, and energy saving products to keep your pool running as efficient and inexpensively as possible.

4. ASK QUESTIONS! – Educate yourself online and ask as many questions as possible. Many pool companies have great ‘salesmen’ but lousy products. Make sure your pool company is one you can trust! Platinum pools can answer any question you may have. Give us a call at (480) 888-9200 in the East Valley or (623) 847-9200 the West Valley today!

Saving the world.. one pool at a time!

Platinum Pools Energy Efficient pool productsProtecting the world and our environment is everybody’s responsibility.

Platinum Pools is proud to offer the very latest products from Hayward®’s Energy Solutions line. These products save energy, water, run quietly, and reduce operation costs — and that helps protect our planet for future generations. The line of the latest pool products includes pumps, cleaners, filters, heaters, lighting and controls, all designed make your pool and spa operate at peak efficiency. Read more about the products we use and how we can save you cash.

Whether you need pool products for commercial or residential use, now is the perfect time to upgrade your pool equipment. Even simply replacing your pump can save you money. Why not call Platinum Pools for an estimate on upgrading, or even redesigning your pool or spa area?

Remember that best way to educate yourself is to ask questions! Call us today at (480) 888-9200 in the East Valley or (623) 847-9200 in the West Valley.