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    Pool Chemicals for Dummies, Part Two

    By Justin
    If you read our article last month, Pool Chemicals For Dummies: Part One, than you now know how important it is to keep up with your pool maintenance—specifically, the pH levels that allows your pool to stay in perfect working order. Now, it’s time for us to dive a little deeper—and metaphorically speaking—into the ‘deep end’ of responsible pool ownership! The more you understand what your pool needs, the less you’ll have to spend in the long run.
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    Working Out Blues - How Swimming Can Be a Fun Workout

    By Justin
    After years of swimming in public pools, you’ve finally gotten your own pool. Congratulations! So now that you have the pool, we have a very important question to ask you: are you maximizing it to its fullest potential?
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    The Importance of Swimming Lessons for Safety and Health

    By Justin
    It doesn’t matter what age you may be—swimming lessons can benefit anyone, at any stage. Did you just install a pool, and concerned about your toddler getting just a little too curious about the deep end? Enroll them in swimming lessons, and enroll yourself, as well! When it comes to pool ownership, there’s nothing more important than the safety of your loved ones. Make it a family affair, and grow stronger together…thanks to the many benefits swimming lessons can provide.
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    Pool Chemicals for Dummies (Part 1)

    By Justin
    When it’s no longer swimming season and you aren’t able to reap the wonderful benefits of swimming morning, noon and night, in your pool, we get it—taking care of your pool can feel like a big chore. If you want to save money, and extend the life span of your pool, you’ve got to make sure you’re giving it the chemicals it needs. But, if the mere thought of pool chemicals seem like a foreign language to you, relax, sit back and read on—we’ve simplified it to a science, so even the most inexperienced pool owner can keep their pool in perfect health, all year round.
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    Pool Cover Lifelines – Is It Time to Replace or Can You Keep It?

    By Justin
    You’ve got the pool, the chemicals to go into your pool, and most importantly, the cover to keep your pool and your loved ones safe and secure when you’re not swimming your heart out. Now that you’ve covered all of your bases—and you have been an experienced pool owner for quite a while now—what’s next? Find out how long you can rest easy before replacing the most important safety element of your pool, the cover! Here’s a mini cheat sheet so you’re on top of your pool’s health at all times.
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    2016 Pool Design Trends

    By Justin
    It’s a new year, so why not upgrade your lifestyle with a whole new pool? 2016 is all about the backyard—a fabulous, relaxing, tranquil extension of your home that will allow you to wind up or party down. What better way to do that than by making your new pool the focus of your outdoor oasis? Here are some of the latest and greatest 2016 pool design trends you’ve got to consider. You won’t want to miss out!
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    Make Your Pool an Extension of Your Home

    By Justin
    Let’s face it: your pool has been your oasis. It’s been your saving grace after a stressful day. In fact, it’s been the source of many of your family’s favorite memories, year round. So, if you’re prone to using it as a method of relaxation, or even to have fun ‘family time,’ then you know how important it is that it looks and feels just right.
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    The Ins and Outs of Pool Slides

    By Justin
    From the memories of the playground to your own backyard swimming pool, for hours and hours of fun and enjoyment, a slide is a great addition to your swimming pool. If you are building a new pool and decide you want a slide, this is quite easy because you would install the slide while doing in the installation. Sometimes you decide you want a slide, but cannot afford it at this time. You can have the plumbing set up to add a slide and when you have the money, you can just add the slide. If you move into a home that has a pool and decide you want to add a slide, that is not a problem either. Before you rush out and buy a pool slide, you will want to do a little research. Check your local codes; slides in your region may be prohibited, or only certain types may be allowed. Check the footprint of the slide you are interested in. The footprint is how much space you need to install the slide legs and ladder. You need to make sure you can use the slide you choose on your pool, in terms of it’s footprint, and your water depth. Each slide also has its own weight capacity, from 200-275 lbs, which could be an important factor. There are a few different slide categories, based on how they are attached to the deck. Here is a couple to start off with. The Straight leg slides , these slides have an open or closed stairway. The molded slide leg, These slides have enclosed stairways, rather than the traditional open ladder, which is generally safer for kids. Pedestal leg slide these slides have a rounded molded mount base on which to mount the slide, sometimes requiring less deck space to install. Before you can choose a slide you need to see how much room you have to place the slide. Each slide has a different footprint (amount of deck space needed for installation). WATER DEPTH: Basically, slides must be installed over a water depth of 36 inches, which quickly drops to 42-54 inches. All slides have different specs, but most Water Safety Envelope requirements will require the slide be installed on one of the long sides of the pool, in the mid-depth section of the pool, between the shallow and deep end. It can’t be too shallow, or too deep. Read the spec sheet for each pool slide you are considering, to find exact depth measurements. Each slide also has a unique Water Safety Envelope. This includes how deep the water has to be at the end of the slide, how much overhang on the edge of the pool, and how much clearance (and depth) is required in front of the slide exit. This is the space in front of the slide exit – the overhang of the slide deck, the depth of the water at the point of entry. The water safety envelope is very important to follow to make sure that the slide is installed safely to reduce the chance of injury. Be sure to read the placement information carefully before ordering a pool slide, as each slide has it’s own restrictions on where it can be placed on your pool. No doubt about it, pool slides take up a lot of room – a large footprint. Also consider the traffic to and from the slide. It should be roomy enough for several people to safely line up. The deck surface should be non-skid and well drained. When installing a slide, first read the installation manual and the owners manual for the slide. Once you taken some deck measurements and calculated the near exact position, you can assemble the slide. Each slide is a little different to construct, just follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The way a slide attaches may be a little different. For the most part you mark where you are going to place slide, using a measuring tape and chalk or paint. Before drilling any holes, double check all measurements for the overhang of the flume or lip of the slide. You may have to rent some of the tools if you do not have them. Now that you have a better idea of a slide for your swimming pool and how easy it can be to install. Lets start with the fun and memories it will bring to your back yard and swimming pool. This is a link to what we have to offer for slides. http://www.royalswimmingpools.com/Pool-Slides.htm
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    Steel vs. Polymer Swimming Pool Kits

    By Justin
    Whether you’re building a pool for the very first time (congrats!) or you’re the designing the custom built pool you’ve been waiting a lifetime for, there’s no business quite like pool business. That’s because when it comes to the wear and tear (and hundreds upon hundreds of hours you’ll enjoy your pool over the years) everything needs to be just right. Which will it be—a steel or polymer pool kit? To determine which one best matches your needs, we’ve broken them down so you can determine the perfect one for your pool.
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    Pool Maintenance DIY or Professional Services?

    By Justin
    If you own a pool, it doesn’t matter where you live or how frequent you use it—because the fact of the matter is, no one is safe from the wear and tear that comes from pool ownership. From removing the debris to fixing broken tile, your pool demands attention! The question is, should you maintain the health of your pool by yourself, or enlist in the help of professionals? We’ve put together a ‘cheat sheet’, so you can keep your pool looking its best.
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