Swimming Pools: Plan Now for Next Summer

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If you want to dive into your own, private swimming pool next Memorial Day, you’ll want to start planning and building a swimming pool now as it can take anywhere from three weeks and three months to install.

Getting Started

This much you know: In Arizona, it’s hot enough during the summer to want to dive into a nice, refreshing swimming pool. However, planning and building a private swimming pool or for that matter, a spa isn’t something you should do on a whim. Pool building is a major addition to your property and lifestyle. Questions to ask yourself include:

  • Is my backyard suited to a pool?
  • What’s my swimming pool budget?
  • Am I prepared for the upkeep a pool requires?
  • What is my reason for wanting a pool (e.g., recreation/relaxation, exercise/therapy, entertaining, or a combination of all three)?

Types of Swimming Pools

Swimming pool types fall in one of two categories; fiberglass or concrete.

Concrete: If you have your heart set on a beach entry, then you probably want a custom-built, concrete pool. This material is the most popular option among Arizona homeowners because of its reputation for durability and longevity (50+ years!). It typically takes between three weeks and three months to install a concrete pool.

Fiberglass: These pools are factory-molded and set into pre-excavated holes by a crane. As a result, the size and shape of these pools are considerably more limited. Fiberglass pools feature a smooth finish that’s both durable and stain-resistant. It typically takes between one and two months to install this type of pool.

Other things to consider are local availability of materials and regional zoning regulations.

Styles of Swimming Pools

The following are just a few styles available:

  • Spas
  • Lap pools
  • Modern pools
  • Natural pools
  • Tropical pools
  • Traditional pools
  • Mediterranean pools
  • Infinity or vanishing edge pools

Many of these styles can be custom-built indoors or out. There is also a wide variety of optional features that are designed to suit all members of the family, including sun shades, waterfalls, lazy rivers, changing-color LED lights, rock slides, fire woks, and more. Contact Platinum Pools & Spas for a free consultation and our monthly specials.

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.

Making Waves with a Pool Renovation

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Ah the pool, the one thing that every homeowner dreams of, when they imagine their backyard oasis. Having a swimming pool makes beating the Arizona heat a breeze. A swimming pool creates an alluring ambiance that enhances your time spent outdoors. Investing in pool renovation can transform a boring or plain pool into a work of art. Here are some of the more popular pool renovation ideas.

LEDs

Technological advancements such as LEDs can make a big difference in your backyard. LED fixtures are among one of the more cost-effective updates that can transform the area. Depending on the model, LEDs can create light shows, either below the water or anywhere in the pool area. LEDs are more energy-efficiency compared to standard lights.

Waterline Tile

“Out with the old and in with the new.” New waterline tile can dramatically alter the look of your pool. Waterline tile choices are endless: Smooth concrete, glass, quartz, and other decorative tiles all add interest to your pool’s interior. This update goes great with pool resurfacing or new decking.

Salt Water Systems

Salt water systems may conjure visions of invigorating ocean swims, but they are not as nearly as salty, nor as unsanitary (if properly maintained). The benefits of salt water systems are many: They allow the pool water to be gentler on the skin, and despite popular belief, do not use much salt.

Automatic Levelers

These simple, cost-effective levelers automatically maintain the water level of your pool, so you do not have to. They add convenience and peace of mind. Automatic levelers, whether built-in or aftermarket, protects your pool from water evaporation and your equipment from burnout. They are the perfect solution for worry-free pool refills.

Automatic Covers

Automatic covers can be installed on a wide range of pools, regardless of shape or size, and provide a number of benefits for homeowners. Automatic covers provide peace of mind knowing that there is another layer of protection between the pool’s water and your loved ones. They also save you money on heating, chemical, water, and electricity costs.

Fire Features

Make a statement with the use of fire in and around your swimming pool. From glowing fire pits and fire bowls, to blazing tiki torches and fire troughs, the options for making a striking visual are endless. Fire features have the added benefit of providing ambiance when entertaining or enjoying the pool at night.

Energy-efficient Pool Pumps

Although new pool equipment may not be exciting to look at, it will save you money in the long run, while being much less noisy. Energy-efficient pool pumps can run at different speeds, compared to conventional pool pumps with only one speed, allowing you to save considerable energy and money.

Pool Resurfacing

This is one of the best things you can do for your pool. Smooth pool plaster, available in a wide variety of colors, is the among the most affordable pool resurfacing options. In a desert environment, however, surfaces such as Pebble Tec® and glass match the natural surroundings much better than plaster. Making them a popular choice among homeowners.

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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.

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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!

Is it time to upgrade your pool?

custom pool upgrade and remodelSwimming pools, like anything, have a life-span. While newer pools can help improve the value to your home, an aging pool that hasn’t been properly maintained can equally de-value your home. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your swimming pool, a pool upgrade and remodel can introduce new technology that is more energy efficient which means less maintenance as well as saving you money in the long run. It also gives you the opportunity to fix mistakes from the past and re-invent your whole pool area. Here are some of the ways an upgrade can improve your pool.

New Finish
Plaster dries out as it ages which causes cracking and peeling. In the past few years, companies such as Pebble Tec have developed finishes that are stronger, scratch and chemical resistant, and come in different colors to help customize the look of your pool.

Pool Decking
Decking, like plaster, can dry out and crack. Especially if you’ve had ‘cool decking’ installed around your pool. You have many options when it comes to pool decking such as concrete, wood, composite, stone, and tile. Your budget and aesthetics will be the major factors when it comes to choosing your pool decking upgrade.

Pool Filters and Pumps
If you choose to do a complete remodel of your swimming pool, you will have some decisions to make regarding your pool pump and filter. In addition to traditional chlorine systems, you can now opt for newer salt-water systems that actually generates chlorine instead of using tablets or powders. There is a lot of debate on which is actually better so we suggest doing some research before making a decision.

Pool pumps have made many advances in recent year as well with many pumps now receiving an Energy Star rating to signify the pumps energy efficiency. Determining the right size pump for your pool is key. A pump that is too small will not properly circulate the water and a pump too big will simply waste energy. It’s probably a good idea to talk to the pool contractor to help decide which pump will be right for you.

Water Features and Accessories
Seems like in the past your only options for features for your pool were a diving board and possibly a slide. These days you have many options to choose from such as multi-colored lighting, spillways, fountains, rock formations, and grottos just to name a few. These options can dramatically change the look and feel of your pool from a boring, traditional pool to a resort-style oasis.

Spas
More and more people are opting to have a spa attached to their pool when doing a remodel. Spas not only look great but offer many health advantages as well. It also gives you an option for winter-time use when the water in the pool is too cold to swim in.

Platinum Pools and Spas specializes in swimming pool upgrades and remodels. We can transform your basic pool into the dream pool you’ve always desired. Our experts will walk you through the entire process from designing your new pool, changing the landscaping, and rebuilding your entire patio area. Call us today to get started!

A new year… time to remodel

Custom Pool RemodelIn Arizona, those of us without pool heaters have a few more months before we can start enjoying our pools again. But perhaps this is a good time to take a long look at your swimming pool and pool area. Is it the pool you always wanted or is it becoming a plaster cracked eyesore that becomes harder and harder to maintain? If the latter is true, then maybe it’s time to remodel.

There are many advantages to remodeling a pool. First of all, and this is especially true if you have an aging pool, there have been many advances in the past few years in pool equipment. New higher efficiency pool pumps and filters can help you save money on your electric bill AND make it easier to keep your pool it tip-top shape. New advances in pool finishes and LED lighting can also greatly enhance how your pool looks.

Converting your pool to a salt water system may be another option you want to consider. Salt water systems generate chlorine and can make your water feel fresher and cleaner. While there is some initial cost installing a salt water system, you save money by not having to buy chlorine all the time.

Just remodeling the pool is not your only option as Platinum Pools can help you create a whole new outdoor living environment. We also provide landscaping, patios and hardscapes, BBQs and outdoor kitchens, fire features, synthetic turf putting greens, and planters. Platinum Pools will work directly with you to customize and build the outdoor area you have always dreamed of.

So don’t wait for summer to arrive to reinvent your backyard environment. Get started today so that when the heat arrives, you have the backyard oasis to enjoy that the kids will love and the neighbors will envy!

Choosing a Pool Finish

green light accentsWhen it comes to remodeling or a new pool build, you have a few options to choose from for the finish or lining of your pool. Which one is best for you is largely a matter of preference but there are some differences you should note. Note that the main aspect of having a long lasting finish is properly maintaining your pool and it’s chemistry. Here are some aspects of difference finishes to consider.

Pool Plaster
Probably the most common and widely used finish for in-ground pools and spas is white plaster. Plaster is basically a combination of white cememt, white marble aggregate and water. White plaster will give your look that classic pool look but there are some color and texture option that have become available in recent years.

Aggregate Plaster
Normal plaster has evolved and certain aggregates and stones have been added to create a customized finish for your pool. This new approach allows pool owners to add color effects and different textures in their pool. On aggregate effect, pebble surfaces, have become extremely popular and come in a wide variety of colors to choose from. The great thing about aggregate finishes is they can give your pool a completely unique look. The richness of the color actually increases over time. It is also a long-lasting, durable finish that can keep your pool looking great for many years.

Pool Tile
Swimming pool tile is a great option if you are looking to employ different designs, color, and textures to the finish of your pool. New technologies, such as the automated Artaic tile creator, can help you create just about any mosaic or design that you can imagine. Pool tiling is especially popular because of its durability and low-maintenance. So tiling is a create option for anyone that wants to add creative designs to their pool design and have a finish that requires less maintenance that other pool finishes.

If you are in the market to have a new pool built, or simply want to remodel your older, out-dated pool, give the folks at Platinum Pools a call. We can help you with any question you may have regarding new pools or pool remodels.