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Heat Pump VS Heater

Unless you live at the equator, you’re most likely going to need to heat your pool water. We’ve all excitedly jumped into a pool only to be shocked by the frigid water and what do we do? Swim as fast as we can to the ledge and hop out shivering our tails off of course! Even in warmer climates, a comfortable water temperature means a more joyful swimming experience and a longer swimming season. Invest in a heat pump or a heater to get the most out of your pool. But do you know how to pick the right one? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of heat pumps vs. heaters:

Heat Pump

Heat pumps use an electrical source to transfer the energy needed to heat the outside air using a compressor component. The heat created is then pumped into your pool and the cold air is blown out from the top of the unit. Heat pumps are best used in a relatively warm climate or during the warmer months, ideally one that stays above 50℉. They are a very environmentally-friendly way to heat a pool for the whole season and are energy-efficient. That means you can leave the heat pump on longer and keep your pool not too cold, not too hot, but just right. Just don’t tell Goldilocks. Heat pumps typically have a higher initial cost than a heater but require less energy to do their work, so the lifetime cost may be lower, depending on your climate. Remember, you will need an electrical source to plug your pool heat pump into.

Heater

Heaters use either gas or propane to heat your pool water. They offer a powerful way to heat your pool quickly and on demand. If you live in a colder climate or need your pool heated less frequently, then this is the option for you. Heaters can increase your pool water temperature by several degrees per hour, so if you decide to have people over tonight, just fire it up and your guests will love your warm pool! You will need a hookup to a gas line or a propane tank. To decide whether gas or propane is ideal for your needs, consider the cost and access to gas or propane in your locality.  

Brothers Pool carries the best in pool heating options. If you’re looking for a heat pump, ask us about our Aquacal heat pumps. For a heater, ask for the Starite MaxEtherm heaters. You can reach us at (203) 265-5980 or check out our store at 250 Main St. in Wallingford, CT.

Are Heat Pumps Loud?

One of pool owners’ main concerns when installing a heat pump, along with energy-efficiency and effectiveness at heating the pool, is the noise created when the heat pump is running. After all, you don’t want your heat pump to be an annoying and hulking nuisance when you are trying to enjoy the tranquility of your pool! You also don’t want to bother the neighbors. So the question is, are heat pumps loud?

Decibel Count

The answer varies quite widely depending on the brand of heat pump as well as the condition it’s in. If your heat pump is making grinding, whooshing, or other strange noises, it is probably a sign that it requires some troubleshooting and maintenance. The top brands of heat pumps generally run at about 55-70 decibels, with Aquacal being the lowest at 54 decibels. Don’t be fooled, there is a massive difference between 54 and 70 decibels. We usually don’t think about everyday noises in terms of decibels, so if this is still too abstract, another way to think about it is that a heat pump is just slightly louder than an average a/c compressor.

Troubleshooting Your Heat Pump

Your heat pump has valves that backflow the refrigerant between heating and cooling modes. Many pool owners notice that their heat pump gets louder during the winter. This is because the heat pump’s defrost mode is kicking in and causing the aforementioned valves to shift, causing a whooshing sound, according to Hannabery HVAC. These sounds are normal and are simply a sign of your heat pump working overtime in the cold. The sound should abate as the pressure in the heat pump equalizes.

Abnormal Sounds

If you hear a loud grinding noise as if metal is hitting metal, you should immediately turn off the unit and inspect it. A piece of debris like a stick could be stuck in the fan blades and can end up causing more damage to your heat pump. If the blades are broken or bent, they can rip up the copper coil, causing refrigerant fluid to leak. If you think your heat pump is making abnormal noises, call in the experts at Brothers Pool to diagnose the issue.

Have any additional questions? Our wonderful staff are happy to assist, just give us a call at (203) 265-5980 or stop by the store at 250 Main St in Wallingford!

The Pool Owner’s Guide to Choosing Sunscreen

Don’t let a sunburn ruin your staycation! Skip the painful experience (not to mention the long-term risks) by choosing the right sun protection and using it correctly. Despite the confusing mish mash of 3-letter acronyms on the array of bottles filling the sun care aisle, picking the right sunscreen for your needs is easier than you might think. We’re going to break it down for you, so you can stop wasting time reading so many labels and get back to swimming!

UVA vs UVB

In reference to the sun’s rays, UV stands for ultraviolet. UVA are the long wave light spectrum rays that reach us from the sun, while UVB are the short wave light rays. UVB causes sunburn while UVA reaches deeper into skin and at first appearance only causes a tan. Until the last couple of decades, all sunscreen only protected against UVB rays (and many types of sunscreen still only guard against UVB rays) because we didn’t know we needed to be concerned with anything except sunburn-causing UVB. Scientists now know that UVA rays, while they don’t cause immediate visible damage, can cause wrinkles and premature aging, and can damage the skin’s DNA cells, leading to cancer. Which is why many sunscreens now incorporate protection for both UVA and UVB rays, commonly labeled “broad spectrum”.

For full protection against the sun’s damage, you’ll want to choose sunscreen that says it protects against both UVA and UVB rays on the label, or specifies that it offers broad spectrum protection. In addition, for swimming, go for a waterproof or “water resistant” choice.

SPF

We’re all familiar with those common SPF numbers on our sunscreen labels, but have you wondered what that means exactly? SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and the number correlates to how many more minutes you can be in the sun without your skin reddening than if you had no protection. So, if you generally started to burn after 15 minutes in the sun, SPF 15, would extend that by another 15 minutes. SPF 50 would extend that timeframe by an extra 50 minutes. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using an SPF of 30 or higher for any extended outdoor activity.

Proper Application

Are you guilty of applying a quick layer of sunscreen after you go outside, just before you jump into the pool? We’ve probably all done that at one point, but that won’t give your skin the protection you need. Instead, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going into the sun. Then, reapply every two hours at minimum, or after swimming or sweating excessively. Don’t forget all of your skin; ears, hairline, lips, and hands are commonly missed spots. Plus, you did know you should apply sunscreen to your entire body before putting on your swimming suit, right? That’s right, the sun’s radiation penetrates clothing, and most material doesn’t offer enough protection.

Extra Protection

Exposed skin isn’t the only part that needs protection from the sun! Protect your eyes with UV blocking sunglasses, and wear a heat when possible. We recommend choosing UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) swimsuits and clothing as well. Regular fabrics offer a tiny amount of sun protection, but if you go for a UPF suit, you can get sun protection of 50+, which completely voids the need to wear sunscreen under your suit or clothes.

When you follow these guidelines, you can go out into the sunshine and enjoy your pool with full confidence you’re taking all the right steps to protect your skin!

Now, that you now how to protect yourself and you’re almost certainly planning to spend the entire summer by the pool, how about a new lounge chair so you can read a book in complete comfort when you take a break from the water? Got questions, please contact us and we’re glad to help!

Don’t Stay Indoors! UPF Clothing Helps You Enjoy Your Pool Again

There’s no better way to enjoy a summer day than by splashing in your pool with your family and friends! However, did you know it can take as little as 10-15 minutes of bright sun to get a bad sunburn? And since a sunburn is not only painful, but damages your skin, causes wrinkles, and can cause Melanoma skin cancer, figuring out a way to protect your skin from the sun while still being free to enjoy your pool is paramount.

Slathering up with sunscreen can be effective, but most people don’t use it in a way that provides the maximum protection. To really be effective, it needs to be applied about 30 minutes before you go into the sun and reapplied every two hours or every time you come out of the pool after swimming. What’s more, it’s recommended that you apply sunscreen before you put on your swimsuit because, while all swimsuits and clothing provide a little bit of protection, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate most materials and the protection they can provide is not enough. So, where can you find safer, more effective, and easier-to-use sun protection? With UPF clothing!

SPF vs UPF Sun Protection

Just like how sunscreen uses those familiar SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings, sun-protective clothing uses a similar scale. When it comes to clothes, you’re looking for the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating. Unlike its sunscreen counterpart, which typically is tested to just block the sun’s UVB rays, UPF clothing blocks both UVA and UVB rays. When you purchase a UPF swimsuit or clothing, the label will show you the level of sun protection.

*UPF 15-20 is “Good” sun protection. This is the lowest UPF rating you can buy on clothing. Anything lower than 15 is not considered to protect against UV rays. For an idea, a standard, lightweight summer t-shirt has a UPF rating of 5.

**UPF 25-35 is “Very Good” sun protection. A rating of 25 means it blocks out 96% UV radiation

***UPF 35-50+ is “Excellent” sun protection. A rating of 50 means it blocks out 98% UV radiation. UPF ratings stop after 50, but 50+ means it blocks even more than 98%.

How UPF Clothing Works

It’s a combination of material and the tightness of the thread weave that allows UPF clothing to block ultraviolet rays. The fabrics, usually a nylon blend, actually have some of the active ingredients (like zinc oxide) that you find in sunscreen, but it doesn’t wash out. Over time, the protection fades and very worn or threadbare clothes should be replaced. Check the labels of the brands you’re interested in, but typically, UPF clothing is rated to last through approximately 2 years of normal wear.

Keep in mind that UPF clothing replaces the need for sunscreen, but only for the parts of your skin it covers. You’ll still want to slather sunscreen over your face, neck, and any other exposed skin. This means, for the most protection, you’ll want to swim with a UPF one-piece suit, long trunks, or a rash guard, at least during the sun’s peak hours during the day. You can always don your favorite bikini for evening swims!

Now that you’re in the know when it comes to protecting yourself against the sun’s rays, would you like to wear that UPF swimsuit in your own pool instead of the city pool? Check out our inground and above ground pools for inspiration for your own backyard!

Your Handy Checklist for Safe Swimming!

Pool season will be here soon and we know that beyond the swimming, splashing, and games, the number one priority for every pool owner is safety! With that in mind, we’ve compiled this checklist so you can know that you’re taking every precaution needed.

Physical Pool Safety Tips

►Have a fence or barrier around your pool.

► Make sure your fence and gate are in perfect working order.

► Never leave the gate open or prop it open, and make sure it has a lock (a self-locking safety gate is best).

► Invest in fence and gate alarms that will alert inside the house if the pool gate is opened.

► When your pool will be unused for a prolonged length of time, replace the pool cover.

► Don’t leave toys in or around the pool when it’s not in use. These can be a temptation to children to come close to the pool or reach in when you’re not around.

► Cover all drains and openings.

If you have old drain covers, replace them with anti-vortex ones. There is a surprising amount of suction at the drain – enough to hold an adult in place. An anti-vortex drain cover distributes the water from the sides, and not just the top, preventing a tight suction.

Best Practices

►Instruct all children and adults to keep away from drains and openings.

►Never leave children unsupervised.

►Be in the water and within arm’ reach of a baby in a float or a toddler in a swim vest.

►Make sure all household members know how to swim and take swimming lessons if needed.

►Get training in CPR.

►If kids are allowed to swim when a babysitter is present, make sure your babysitter is CPR-certified.

►Keep a phone at hand outside near the pool.

►Make a rule that no one goes in the pool alone unless there’s an adult outside watching.

►Stay vigilant and watchful when kids are in the pool.

►During swim parties, designate 1-2 adults (or more if needed) to monitor swimmers.

►Purchase basic rescue equipment, like a rescue tube, shepherds crook, and/or life jackets and keep them near the pool.

►Keep kids away from pool equipment, filters, and water chemicals.

►Use sunscreen and/or UPF clothing to protect against sunburns.

Make sure that all family members know the safety rules and make any guests follow the rules, as well. When you know that your family members all understand and follow pool safety, you’ll have peace of mind and be able to enjoy your pool that much more. Need any help making sure your pool drains or equipment are in perfect working order? Contact us!

What Do I Do to My Swimming Pool After a Flood?

As Alexander Graham Bell said, “Preparation is the key to success.” So, to help you be prepared to handle a flooded pool should the need ever arise, we’ve put together a list of the key issues you might encounter in that situation, and how to manage them.

Electrical Dangers

One of the biggest dangers when flooding occurs is from electrical hazards. In fact, according to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals®, electrocution is responsible for many deaths after a storm. Your very first step, before even evaluating what clean up efforts will be required, is to disconnect the power to your pool at the circuit breaker. This includes the power to all pool and spa equipment, outdoor outlets, lighting fixtures, and appliances. Ensure you don’t touch the circuit breaker with wet hands or while standing in water. For safety, use a plastic or rubber tool to flip the switch, and use only one hand. If the fuse box is damaged, contact an electrician to inspect it before you handle it.

Even if wires and electrical equipment have dried out, they still present a fire hazard. You can anticipate that you’ll need to have all electrical components replaced by a professional electrician.

Contaminated Water

If flooding occurs, you’ll almost certainly see murky or cloudy water in your pool; however, even if it appears pretty clear, don’t use the water or let your pets swim in it. A catastrophic flood will contaminate your water with hazardous chemicals like fertilizer, and other dangerous contaminants like sewage. While the water can be rehabilitated in some instances of flooding, in the case of storm surge or catastrophic flooding, the water can’t be salvaged. It will need to be drained, the pool and all hardscaping cleaned, and the plumbing lines purged before the pool can be refilled.

It is important the contaminated pool water is disposed of according to the guidelines of local water and sewage regulations. Additionally, if groundwater levels are high, it isn’t safe to drain your pool. Believe it or not, doing so in that case can cause an inground pool to “pop” out of place and cause major structural damage. If you have any questions about whether it’s safe to drain your pool, contact us to verify or to let us handle draining the pool for you.

Wildlife

For our Florida friends, a flood can mean discovering alligators and poisonous snakes enjoying your pool when you return. Which, makes it good to live in Connecticut! While we don’t have to worry about alligators, mosquitoes love stagnant water and not only are the little buzzers annoying, they can carry infectious diseases. So, the sooner you can deal with a flooded pool and rid it of mosquitoes the better. If you’re unable to rehabilitate the pool immediately, you can use a larvicide or pesticide in the water, which would then make it a requirement to drain the pool completely.

For more information and further directions about handling a flooded pool, please read this fact sheet from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Most importantly, remember that when you buy a pool from Brothers Pool, you become part of the family, so should a flood occur, we’ll be here to help you handle the situation safely, in the most cost effective way!

15 Fun Facts About Swimming Pools

Historically Speaking

*One of the earliest known structures similar to modern inground swimming pools called a “public water tank” is the Great Bath, which was found in the ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization in Pakistan and built in the 3rd millennium BC. It was lined with bricks and covered with a sealant made from tar.

*But people have been swimming much longer! Egyptian drawings from 2,500 BC show swimmers using an over-arm stroke much like the front crawl.

*Swimming and enjoying pools as recreation was very popular in ancient Greece. In fact, it was Greek philosopher Plato that said, “A man is not learned until he can read, write, and swim.”

*Ancient Roman baths included cold water pools, tepid water pools, and heated pools. We’ll pass on the cold pool, thanks!

*The Deep Eddy swimming pool in Austin, Texas is the first recorded concrete pool. First established as a swimming hole in 1915, you can still visit the Deep Eddy today.

 

One for the Books

*The swimming pool at San Alfonso Del Mar resort in Chile is the longest in the world, measuring in at more than 3,000 feet long and covering 20 acres. At its deepest, it’s 115 feet deep.

*Perhaps the most unusual pool you’ll ever see, the Library Resort’s Blood-Red Pool in Koh Samui, Thailand is as red as you might expect from its name. The color comes not from anything done to the water itself, but from the red, orange, and yellow mosaic tiles used in the pool. How’s that for unique tile selection?

*Which US state is home to the largest backyard pool in the world? Texas, of course! Larger than most community pools, the Mobley Family pool in El Campo, Texas, holds 600,000 gallons of water and includes a lazy river and 6 waterfalls!

 

By the Numbers

*There are more than 10 million residential pools in the United States.

*A bit more than 50% of those pools are in-ground.

*An estimated 65% of Americans don’t know how to swim.

*One of the most popular pool additions? Diving boards! 38% of pools have one.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, swimming and other water exercises are the 4th most popular exercises in the US, behind walking, weightlifting, and using cardio machines like the treadmill.

*Swimming is a great workout! Depending on your pace and your body weight, you can burn 100 to more than 500 calories in 30 minutes. Not only does swimming work all the major muscle groups at once, but it’s also low-impact!

*The average person swims in a pool 6 times per year. Thankfully, you don’t have to be average! Add a pool to your own backyard and you can enjoy a daily swim all summer long.

5 Must-Know Tips for Opening Your Swimming Pool

If you’re like us, the thought of summer and pool season has you bouncing with excitement. We just have to get through spring and then we’re there! Speaking of spring, that is actually the perfect time to get your pool opened and ready for the upcoming season. Follow these tips, and your pool will be ready and waiting for you to jump in as soon as that summer sun comes out.

Remove, Clean, and Store Your Pool Cover

The first step in removing your cover is to clear off all the leaves and debris that’s accumulated on top. You don’t want any of that gunk to fall in the pool and make your job any harder, so use a broom or pool scraper to pull it all off. You’ll also need to use a pool cover pump to remove any standing water.

Here’s an expert tip for you on this one: remove the water first and then wait for the cover to dry for a day or two. Then you can use a leaf blower to blow off most of the debris from your pool cover and around the pool.

When it’s relatively clear, have a friend (or more!) help you remove it. As you pull it off, you can fold it inside on itself, accordian style to keep the leftover debris from falling into your pool.

Lay out the cover and clean it with a winter cover cleaner or soap and a gentle scrub brush. Inspect the cover as you clean it for any damage. Once clean, let it dry thoroughly before you fold it for storage. Pro tip: sprinkle it with talcum powder to prevent it from sticking. Store it in a plastic container to protect it until next winter.

Reinstall Your Equipment

Remove the winter plugs and replace the eyeball or jet fittings to the return lines. Next, out come the ice compensators, and then you can replace the skimmer baskets. Clean and install the drains. Clean and inspect your filter, pump, heater, automatic cleaner, and any other equipment. Then reconnect.

Inspect, clean and reattach hand rails, diving boards, ladders, etc. Pro tip: lubricate bolts, screws, and o-rings now. You’ll kick yourself for skipping this step if they rust over the summer!

Add Water to Your Pool

Assuming you didn’t drain your pool for winterization, you’ll just need to top it off with water until it’s at the appropriate level (right above the halfway point in the skimmer opening). Or, if your pool was drained, fill it up.

Prep and Turn On the Pool

Start with replacing the drain plugs and the pressure gauge on your filter and pump. Before you hit the power, make sure the valves are in the open position. Prime the pump by filling it with water, and make sure air is purged from the plumbing. Once the circulation system is going, check your pool for cracks, damaged hoses, and leaks. If there’s any damage, shut off the power and call us for service.

Clean the Pool, Shock Your Water, and Add Algaecide

Clean leaves and other debris from the bottom of the pool with a telescoping brush. Let your filter run for at least 12 hours to circulate the new water you added into the old. Then, take a water sample and bring it by for professional testing. Pro tip: to get a good sample, you should reach about elbow deep (around 18” inches) and fill a clean bottle with water. When you bring it in for testing, we’ll give you advice and recommendations on how to get your pH and alkalinity balanced.

You’ll want to first adjust alkalinity, next pH, and lastly calcium hardness. This is a good point to run your pool vacuum and brush your pool. That will start taking care of any algae in your pool and make the shock more effective. Then let your filtration system run overnight.

Finally, it’s time to sanitize and shock your water. For opening your pool, always do a double shock. Use 2 pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water. Pro tip: use safety goggles and gloves when shocking your pool. Once shocked, let the filter run for a minimum of 2 hours before adding algaecide, an important step to prevent scale and stains.

Once you’ve done the shock and added algaecide, let the filter run another 24 hours and then test your water. Your pool should be ready to dive in at this point!

Our final tip is to call in the pros! If you have any questions throughout the opening process, or run into any issues, contact us, or if you prefer, let us open your pool for you so you won’t have to worry about a thing.

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How to Choose the Perfect Safety Cover for Your Pool

A pool cover is a safety feature that cannot be overlooked. Besides being the first defense against accidents, a cover serves several purposes: it protects your pool from debris, helps your pool retain heat, cuts down on chemical use, and slows down evaporation to conserve water. Not all pool covers are created equal, though! Many pool covers are designed to help with maintenance and energy costs much more than safety. If safety is an important pool cover feature for you, go for one of these:

Mesh

Mesh safety covers are the lightest weight safety cover option (although, we’re still talking a substantial amount of weight) and when installed and used correctly, they can hold hundreds or even thousands of pounds. Tightly woven, with a trampoline-like design, they allow water to drain through but keep leaves, bugs, and debris out. When it comes to weight, a mesh cover is the lightest option and storage is relatively easy since it will fold up pretty neatly.

On the down side, mesh will still allow dust and dirt to filter through, so while you won’t have sticks and leaves on the bottom of your pool when you reopen it, you will have fine sediment to vacuum. Since rain and melted snow will drip through, you will probably need to pump out your pool periodically.They also allow sunlight to filter in, which encourages algae to grow during the winter months, although the highest quality mesh covers will block nearly all sunlight to minimize this issue.

Solid top

Solid top covers are usually made of heavyweight vinyl and their solid design makes them an effective barrier against water, sunlight, bugs, yard debris and leaves, even dust and particles. While heavier than mesh, they still fold up and store pretty easily.

On the down side, water will puddle in the center and you’ll need to pump it off periodically. If you don’t, it can break down your cover, shortening its life and quality. Plus, water puddled in the center can even become a drowning risk. You can make things easier with an automatic pump that will live in the center of your pool cover and turn on as needed.

Hybrid

A nice blend between solid top and mesh covers, hybrid covers might be a good option for you. They have a design that’s mostly solid with a line of mesh in the middle to allow water to drain away. Again, all debris will be kept out. You won’t need to pump water off the cover, thanks to the mesh in the center. While some sunlight will filter through, the hybrid cover blocks most of it, so algae growth usually won’t be a problem.

Automatic solid top

The mac daddy of pool covers! Once properly installed, they provide the highest level of protection against accidents. They’re also the easiest to operate. They simply roll open or closed on a track by turning a key or pressing a button. You’ll still need to pump water off the center when it accumulates and sweep off debris.

How to choose

As we said, not all pool covers are designed for safety. If you need a safety cover, this rules out solar covers and tarps.These types of covers either float on your pool or drape over it. Actual safety covers are stretched taught, anchored, and strapped into place.  

Now that you know what not to buy, how do you choose which safety cover is perfect for you? Consider which features are most important to you and then check out this ranking:

  • Most budget-friendly: mesh covers
  • Best for custom pools or ones with water features: mesh, solid top, or hybrid.
  • Easiest to open and close pool: automatic solid top

We carry a range of mesh, solid, and automatic safety covers, and would love to help you find the right one for you! Our bestseller, the Coverstar® 7000MS™ High Shade Mesh Cover, offers 99% shade protection to inhibit sunlight and algae growth, comes with a 20-year warranty, and can be custom designed to fit any shape pool.

In the same family, but more budget friendly is the 5000S™ Standard Shade Mesh safety cover. It’s strong, lightweight, easy-to-install, and comes with a 15 year warranty. Want the strongest mesh cover with the best protection? The 9000MX™ Max Shade Mesh is the cover for you! It comes with a whopping 25 year warranty.

More interested in a solid top or automatic option? We’ve got you covered. Click here to discover more about our selection, and then if you have questions or would like a free estimate on a cover for your pool, contact us, and we’d love to help!

Are You a Square? Choosing the Perfect Shape for Your Swimming Pool

When you decide to install an in-ground swimming pool, the whole family is undoubtedly caught up in the excitement. The kids are probably imagining pool parties and lazy summer days floating away the hours. You might be picturing family water sports, swimming laps for exercise before work, or just relishing the idea of your kids playing outside instead of staring at their phones all day. Before you get started on the build though, one big design decision needs to be made: What shape swimming pool should you choose?

With almost limitless design choices, that can be a hard decision if you don’t already have a clear idea of your dream pool in mind. Not to worry, we have a couple of tips to help make that decision easier! When it comes down to it, there’s two things you should really take into consideration.

The first aspect of a great pool design is including the shape of your yard and landscaping. From lagoon-inspired natural designs to classic lap-style swimming pools, the size and shape of your yard matters. As you consider the lines of your yard, it might be obvious to you that a particular style will work best, but if not, don’t worry. We help you through every step of the installation process, including the planning phase! When you’re ready to begin the process, call us at 203-265-5980 or email lisa@brotherspool.com for an in-home appointment.

The second thing to consider in picking your pool shape is how it will be used and your lifestyle in general. Some designs are best for swimming laps and training. Some allow more room for splashing, playing, and family sports. Some shapes will even make it more obvious to little swimmers where the deeper end begins so it’s easy for them to stay in the shallows.

As you think about the shape of your yard, plus your lifestyle needs, here’s a few styles to consider:

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Rectangle

This classic shape complements many properties. If your yard is generally square or rectangle, this shape is probably a great choice for you. It also tends to work well in smaller yard designs. It’s excellent for swimming laps and comes in a range of lengths and depths.

 

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L or Lazy-L

A great choice for the family looking for both room to swim laps plus a designated shallow area for kids to play in, the L and Lazy-L designs are rectangle swimming pools with a short leg that forms an L shape, or in the case of the Lazy-L, a diagonal angle. The short side provides an easy visual for kids to see their safe zone.

 

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Kidney

An oval swimming pool with an indentation on one side, a kidney-shaped pool is great for homeowners going for a more natural looking pool. It fits aesthetically into most yards, and lends itself to many design styles. You could add an in-ground spa to the indentation; use that space for eye-catching landscaping; or make it a patio with comfortable seating so you can see the entire swimming pool, and all swimmers, while relaxing.

 

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Free Form

When you picture your dream swimming pool, do you see a lagoon oasis with a waterfall? If so, a free form pool is for you! A free form swimming pool can take nearly any shape and is designed to blend into the elements of an existing area, or when starting from scratch, to give your yard a nature-inspired design. There’s countless free form options, and this type of pool is a lovely choice for bringing character to your home, and showcasing your personality.

 

These are just a few of our favorite choices, but there are so many designs—you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your space! To see more swimming pool shapes, check out our Fiberglass Pools here, and our Vinyl selection here.

 

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