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  • 4 Simple Steps: How to Check Your Pool for Leaks

    You want your pool to be in good shape this summer. One essential skill is knowing how to check your pool for leaks. This article should show you exactly how. You can repair most small cracks with pool putty or something like it. Ask your local pool pro for a recommendation based on your pool deck material. Likewise, you can fix many holes in the liner with a vinyl repair kit. Do take the time to examine the whole pool before you start repairing. You need to know what the problem is and how extensive your repair work... Read More
  • Is a Swim Spa or Pool Better? 4 Practical Reasons for Each

    We're convinced that swimming is underrated. That's where we're starting with this article. Swimming is good exercise, fun for the family, refreshing, and more. But where should you swim? Is a swim spa or pool better in your back yard? Is a Swim Spa or Pool Better? Every person, and every family, has different needs. The answer to this question really depends on your circumstances and desires. Some will find that a pool is best. Others will discover the relaxation they need in a swim spa. The key is to figure out what will serve you best – now... Read More
  • What Makes the Best Fiberglass Pools Last So Long? (Part 2)

    Fiberglass inground pools last a long time. That's a well-established fact. You can reasonably expect to get decades of use out of your fiberglass pool. And now that you're thinking about which one to buy, you'll want to find out... How Fiberglass Pools Last So Long We've already gone over how quality manufacturing makes pools last. Now it's time to take a look at the impact quality installation has on a fiberglass pool's longevity. Fiberglass Pool Installation Quality Because we've installed hundreds of fiberglass pools over the past few decades, we have a solid grasp on what makes for good... Read More
  • How to Get the Best out of Your Pool and Sauna

    Heat and cold – opposites that bring out the best in each other. When it comes to health, we're always told to alternate heat and cold. Whether it's a sprained ankle, bumps and bruises, or spa treatment for the whole body. Like the Finns do, many people are using their pool and sauna to advance their health. So how do you get the best out of your pool and sauna? Well, good news – there's no wrong way. Here are some tips. Swim in the Pool First Taking a dip in the pool before you relax in the sauna could... Read More
  • Can A Robotic Pool Cleaner Save Time and Money?

    Computers have already beaten humans at chess. And one recently beat the world champion at Go, a much harder game. But can a robotic pool cleaner save time and money – and clean your pool better than you do? We know … a robotic pool cleaner isn't exactly artificial intelligence. But it sure can do a lot to make your life simpler and easier. If you’ve already bought one for your pool, great! But if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? Now what is a robotic pool cleaner – and how can it help you keep your... Read More
  • 3 Tips to Create the Ultimate Porch Party 

    Everyone wants to be the host with the most. The most sought-after invitation. The party everyone looks forward to. And with the onset of warm weather, we're taking the party outdoors. So how do you make the most of your porch? We're here to help with 3 easy tips to create the ultimate porch party.  1) Set the Table There's no party like a dinner party. Or lunch, breakfast – even brunch. Anything that has to do with food is a big hit. All you need is a table and chairs. You could get by with folding chairs, but if... Read More
  • How to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer in 10 Simple Steps

    Summer will be here soon. For pool owners, this is when you start thinking about taking your pool out of hibernation. It’s worth it to start before the season really begins. You'll have a clean pool that looks – and feels – good for the summer. Here's how to get your pool ready for summer in 10 simple steps. 1: Start Early Start early in the year – and in the day. Cleaning your pool is the first step to enjoying it, so try to do it as soon as possible. You can even ask a friend to help. After... Read More
  • Should I Get a Diving Board?

    When you’re planning an in-ground pool for your home, one question rises to the top. Should I get a diving board? When I was a kid, it wasn’t a pool if it didn’t have a diving board. It seemed like one of the basic elements of a pool. But these days, more and more people are choosing to skip the diving board. Why is that? There are quite a few reasons. Let's look at the top 3 reasons against getting a diving board. 1) Takes Up a Lot of Space … and not just poolside space. A diving... Read More
  • 5 Pool Party Ideas To Start Summer Right

    If there's one certainty in life, it’s that everybody loves a pool party. Here at the Great Backyard Place, we’re experts in pool building and installation. And since we're around pools so much, we know a thing or two about throwing a good pool party. We've come up with 5 pool party ideas that anyone can enjoy. Hawaiian Themed Pool Party You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. This one’s a classic, because it focuses on fun. * Ask your guests to wear Hawaiian-themed shirts. The tackier, the better. Give a prize for the most outrageous. ... Read More

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