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.

Cozy Up Your Backyard for Fall

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As we head into fall, a kaleidoscope of colors can be found right outside. Pumpkin flavored coffee, scones, and pies are readily available at your local bakery while Halloween candy and decorations fill the stores. Now is also the perfect time to cozy up your backyard with pool redesign or any one of the following features.

Add Warmth

As the days become shorter, and the temperatures dip lower, it’s time to bring some warmth back into your backyard. Fireplaces, fire pits or fire woks tend to be quite popular because of their ability to be the center point of a fun evening, with friends and family. Most can be set up for natural gas, propane, or wood burning.

Outdoor Kitchens

An outdoor kitchen is another great way to make a statement in any backyard landscaping or pool project. Typically, an outdoor kitchen includes a grill or some other cooking element, counter and storage space, and possibly a sink and mini fridge. You will need to hire a licensed contractor for elements that require plumbing, gas or electricity.

Spas

Built-in spas offer a relaxing element to your swimming pool, and can be used year ‘round, thus maximizing your return on investment. The benefits to these spas don’t just end there! A custom spa provides countless benefits including health, relaxation, family time, and romance. The design options for in-ground spas are as varied as the options for a custom swimming pool.

LED Lights

A beautiful backyard landscape without an outdoor lighting system is like a pool without water. Technological advancements in lighting systems like LEDs can truly transform an area at night. Depending on the model you choose, LEDs can create light shows, either below the water or anywhere they are professionally installed. LEDs are also more energy-efficient than standard outdoor lighting systems.

Backyard Improvement Projects in the New Year

 

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Despite our best intentions, only a tiny percentage of us follow through when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight, eating healthier foods, becoming financially secure, making more time for self-care. In fact, according to Statistic Brain, only 9.2% of people are successful at achieving their New Year’s goals.

How about adding a New Year’s resolution that provides numerous benefits including increased property values? Now – while it is still cold outside – is the perfect time of year to start planning backyard improvement projects for you and your family to enjoy during the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

Backyard Improvement Ideas

Swimming Pool: Nothing else can transform your backyard quite like an inground swimming pool. Whether you envision a tranquil lagoon or exotic oasis, building a swimming pool gives you the most opportunities to customize, therefore ensuring your creativity is expressed. Adding pool and landscape lighting can extend the time you get to spend with your loved ones outdoors well into the night.

Patio Decking: One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a custom pool deck. You can create a beautiful, albeit simple space for lounging using any number of popular material options including travertine, stone, pavers, cement, and composite. These materials are available in a wide variety of textures, designs, and colors. Best of all, these materials are designed with your safety in mind, as they are slip resistant.

Outdoor Fire Pits: Imagine sitting outside surrounded by your friends and family on a cool Arizona winter night, gazing up at the stars, embraced by the warmth of a crackling fire. Now imagine enjoying this picturesque evening in the comfort of your own backyard. A fire pit is one of the most common fire features homeowners choose to incorporate in their backyard improvement projects.

Built-in Spas: Built-in spas offer a relaxing element to your swimming pool, and can be used year ‘round, thus maximizing your return on investment. The benefits to these spas, however, don’t end there! A custom spa provides countless benefits including health, relaxation, family time, and romance. The design options for in-ground spas are as varied as the options for a custom swimming pool.

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.

Trending Swimming Pool Design Ideas

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So you’re thinking of having a swimming pool professionally installed? Planning the perfect oasis has never been more exciting, as innovations in swimming pools continue to expand into luxury pool options, such as natural and infinity pools. Here are six ideas that represent the cutting edge in swimming pool design for 2016.

Natural Pools

Natural swimming pools have a lot of advantages over traditional pools – which is why they’re quickly garnering more and more attention. Natural pools imitate ponds in nature, blending into the surrounding environment seamlessly. A variety of plants filter the water and keep the pool clean versus standard filtration systems. These pools are both environmentally friendly and chemical free. They also have low ongoing maintenance costs. You can also choose to use a salt water filtration system.

Infinity Pools

Infinity pools, also known as vanishing edge pools, are designed to produce a visual effect of water extending over the edge. These pools often provide a spectacular view, particularly a water view. The infinity pool design is said to have originated from Bali, Indonesia, where its inspiration was drawn from the island’s ubiquitous terraced rice paddies. While beautiful, infinity pools do require a different level of construction than traditional pools, which lends to their expensiveness.

In-Ground Spas

In-ground spas have always been a favorite addition to any pool – as they conserve space and share resources. Spas surrounded by rocks and plantings provide a tranquil setting for relaxation. In-ground spas can also be crafted with a simple ledge that allows water to spill into the pool or with a glass zero edge that makes the spa and pool look like they’re one. The options for in-ground spas are seemingly endless! Be sure and discuss the available options with your preferred pool builder.

Freeform Pool Designs

Freeform pools live up to their name – particularly since their contours don’t have to obey the rules of geometry, they can be designed any way you’d like, making them ideal for homes in more natural, tropical, or rustic settings. A freeform pool can imitate a tropical lagoon or a tranquil oasis. These pools are excellent choices for homeowners limited on space, you can make them as small or big as you’d like, as well as for those who wish to incorporate a pool into an existing asymmetrical space.

Glass Tiles

Glass tiles add immense beauty and allure to swimming pools. They are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and finishes, and can be used to accent any pool design. Glass tiles provide the perfect way to set your pool apart from the ordinary. Common applications include waterline, pool steps and edges, raised spas, water walls, pool interiors, and mosaics. Imagine creating a true masterpiece at the bottom of your pool with glass tiles.

Custom Pool Decks

One of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a custom pool deck. Travertine, pavers, Trex, cement, are just some of the material options for upgrading your pool’s deck. Not only are materials, such as these, attractive they go a long way towards complimenting the exterior of your home and melding with the outdoor environment; all without sacrificing your safety as they can be designed to be slip resistant. The choices for designing a custom, functional, and affordable pool deck are at your fingertips.

Your Guide to In-Ground Spas

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With cooler evenings upon us, and the promise of cooler days ahead, it’s officially spa season. Warm water relaxing your muscles as it pulsates through spray jets all around your body can quickly ease the stress of the day from your shoulders. Whether it’s built adjacent to your pool or built in your patio, the spa experience has become quite popular. among more and more homeowners. Read on to learn just what makes spas so popular.

The Benefits of Spas

In-ground spas have become increasingly popular – and for good reason. From maximizing your return on investment, to bringing your health into focus, the benefits that spa owners can enjoy are vast. Unlike swimming pools (unless it’s heated), spas can be used year-round, thus maximizing your return on investment. All you have to do is remember to turn down, or off, the heat during Arizona’s summer months.

Making time for a relaxing soak in the spa can also provide much needed peace of mind: It promotes relaxation, offers all the benefits of hydrotherapy, and provide numerous therapeutic benefits – especially to those suffering from back pain and sore muscles. And last, but certainly not least, they can be built almost anywhere you desire – although most homeowners choose to have them built directly adjacent to the swimming pool.

The Features of In-Ground Spas

Like a swimming pool, an in-ground spa has the potential to increase the value of your home, not to mention your own relaxation time. The design and accessory options for in-ground spas are as varied as the options for a custom swimming pool. Attaching your spa to the pool can create its own set of features, as its waterfall or spillover, has the potential to heat your pool in the winter months.

In-ground spas can be built in a variety of sizes, from a small two person tub, to a tub that accommodates a party of ten. Options for entertainment abound. You can select to add sound systems, lighting features, or even a television. Many homeowners have opted to have a bench installed between the spa and pool, making it easier than ever before to move from one water element, to the next.

Maintaining Your Spa

Just like a swimming pool, in-ground spas require maintenance too, just not as much. After the initial balancing of its water, it just needs to be sanitized periodically, and drained every two to three months. To keep your spa’s water looking crystal clear, and ensure that it’s filtered properly, you should clean the filter (or change it out) every five to six weeks as well.

Spa Safety

  • Always supervise children.
  • Always make sure the cover is securely in place.
  • Never have the temperature above 100 degrees.
  • Never allow anyone to play with heads underwater in a spa.
  • Infants and toddlers should not be permitted into the spa.
  • To avoid dehydration, encourage soakers to stay hydrated.

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.

By: Lifestyles Media Group

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

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Health Benefits of Spas

health benefits of spasAre you looking for a reason to talk your significant other in adding a spa to your backyard environment? How about telling them that it’s good for their health? Many doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists are touting the benefits of hydro-therapy for a wide variety of ailments. Here’s a short list of how your health can benefit from a spa.

Anti-Stress: Perhaps the most obvious benefit of soaking in a hot spa is it’s ability to reduce stress. While this is apparent to anyone who has spent anytime in a hot tub, there is supporting scientific rational behind why this occurs. According to author J. B. Smith in his book Hot Water and Healthy Living, “Our bodies make adjustments when we are immersed in water. These changes are similar to those that occur when we exercise. The changes include increased circulation, more efficient breathing, and improvements in mood.” This means that not only are our muscles relaxing, warm water immersion may well have a positive effect on working memory and performance of cognitive tasks, including problem solving.

Restful Sleep: Approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders more than one night a week according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation. Hectic, stressful lifestyles can cause sleep problems even in basically healthy people.

Studies suggest that immersion in warm water (such as in a hot tub, which has a constant temperature) before bedtime can ease the transition into a deeper, more restful sleep. This may be due to a temperature shift, since the body’s core internal thermostat drops after leaving the water, which signals the body that it’s time to sleep.

Healing Effects: It’s a well-known fact that improved circulation promotes healing, and there’s no question that hydrotherapy in warm water increases circulation. As the blood supply to muscles increases, more nutrients become available to help cells and tissues regenerate, and speed up healing. This healing effect is aided by the buoyancy of water, which reduces weight bearing on joints due to gravity.

ARTHRITIS relief: According to a publication from The Arthritis Foundation, Spas, Pools, and Arthritis, “Regular sessions in your hot tub help keep joints moving. This restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage. Exercise can also improve a person’s coordination, endurance, and ability to perform daily tasks, and can lead to an enhanced sense of self-esteem and accomplishment.”

Hydrotherapy is a common form of natural treatment for arthritis, fibromyalgia, as well as knee hip and other joint pain and stiffness.

Heart Healthy: It’s been a long held belief that spas and hot tubs may present a risk to those with heart issues. However research led by Dr. Thomas G. Allison of the Mayo Clinic indicates that hot tubs and spas may not present as much of a risk to heart patients as previously thought. The report describes how relaxing in a spa might actually be less stressful to your heart than working out on an exercise bicycle. Soaking in a hot tub increases the heart rate while lowering blood pressure, instead of raising it as other forms of exercise do.

Perhaps Bruce Becker, M.D., Washington State University put it best in a report on hydro-therapy, “The effects of aquatic immersion are profound, and impact virtually every body system. Warm water immersion protects the heart from rhythm disturbances and improves the efficiency of the heart muscle.”

Now that you have perfectly healthy reasons to have spa installed, be sure to call the spa professionals at Platinum Pools!

Welcome to the Age of the Smart Spa

Balboa-Water-Group-smartphone-appHow many times have you decided to use your spa only to realize you forgot to turn the heater on and had to wait around for the spa to become warm enough to enter? Or on those particularly cold nights decided not to use the spa because you didn’t want to bundle up just to go outside and turn it on. Well Balboa Water Group has a solution for you.

With Balboa Water Groups new Hot Tub app, you can ensure that your hot tub will be ready whenever you want to take a dip. Instead of going outside and pressing buttons, this app lets you start the tub and change settings from your smartphone or tablet. The app provides full interface control so you can set the temperature, turn pumps on and off and set filtration cycles. “You can access your spa from the comfort of inside your house prior to going outside,” says Bob Spillar, vice president of marketing for Balboa. “You can set your own mood and personal comfort settings so and get your spa is ready to go how you like it.”

A new feature will soon allow spa owners to connect to their spa from anywhere in the world. People with vacation homes can get the spa started so it’s ready when they get there. And if you leave your vacation home without turning the spa off, don’t worry. Simply load up the app, and shut the tub off.