When it comes to relaxing with family and friends nothing beats ownership of a well-maintained inground swimming pool to make you the envy of the neighborhood. But pool ownership can be so much more. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to keep your fiberglass pool in tip-top condition, or fun tricks to expand your enjoyment of your existing backyard pool environment, you’ll find plenty of ideas here to inspire you.
Pool Maintenance and Care
One of the most important tips for taking care of your fiberglass pool is to keep it clean. No one wants to swim in a pool teeming with bacteria and algae. While you should always consult a pool professional for specific cleaning instructions, there are some general tips that apply to all fiberglass pools. First, be sure to brush the walls and floor of your pool on a regular basis. This will help to prevent the build-up of dirt and debris. Second, vacuum your pool regularly to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the bottom. Finally, be sure to shock your pool on a monthly basis to kill any bacteria or algae that may be present.
Another important tip for taking care of your fiberglass pool is to keep the chemical levels in balance. It's important to maintain balanced chemical levels in your pool because it can affect the overall quality of your pool water. You can test the chemicals of your pool with a simple test kit that can be purchased from a local pool supply company or by contacting a local pool professional. It's best to refer to your manufacturer's pool care guide.
Finally, be sure to have your fiberglass pool professionally serviced on a regular basis. While you can certainly perform some of the basic maintenance tasks yourself, it's always a good idea to have a professional check your pool for any potential problems. A professional will be able to spot any issues that you may not be aware of and can make sure that your pool is in top condition.
Refresh or Retheme Your Backyard Pool Area
If you're looking to refresh and renew your backyard fiberglass pool area, then consider adding some themed decoration to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Popular poolside themes include Surfside Chic, Tropical Paradise, or classic Tiki Adventure style! It doesn’t take much to theme your pool area. You can start by adding some colorful throw pillows and pieces of décor: a leaning surfboard, bits of Tiki furniture or decorative torches, vintage travel posters, or themed wall hangings. You can add some appropriately styled string lights around the perimeter of your pool, and some potted plants to create a natural and inviting atmosphere. Maybe even add some floating décor directly in your pool: decorative floats with artificial tropical flowers or replica lifesavers from some vintage ocean liner (or maybe the S.S. Minnow!) With just a few simple changes, you can transform your pool area into an attractive and fun-filled experience for guests.
Expand Your Poolside Patio Space for Entertaining and Relaxing
One of the most important things to consider when designing your backyard pool area is patio or deck space. You'll need enough space to accommodate all your outdoor furniture. You'll also want to leave some space open for walking and relaxing. Consider how many guests you would like to host and take care to provide enough space for everyone… and the furniture. Poolside lounge chairs require at least nine feet of patio space to allow clearance to get around them. And the area needed for a standard dining table and chairs is ten square feet. But with careful planning, you'll be able to fully incorporate your pool furniture and deck as an extension of your daily indoor life.
Enjoy the Sun… but Keep Cool in the Shade
If you're looking for a way to play in the sun but you still want to keep some shade in the mix, then consider adding sun umbrellas, awnings, or a pergola. A pergola is a great way to create an intimate space in your backyard, simply by installing some posts and beams. Add a few crossbeams and rafters across as an open roof, then top it off with colorful fabric or some plants or vines, creating a natural and inviting shaded space.
If you don’t feel inspired to do anything that permanent, you can achieve a similar look and feel by setting up temporary sunshades, canopies, or a gazebo-style pavilion. Once set up and secured in place, these options can also be decorated to match your overall theme, with hanging lights, artificial plants and vines, or even bamboo sun blinds for a bit of added exotic sun protection.
Create a Conversational Area Beside Your Fiberglass Pool
If you're looking to create a warm and inviting conversation area next to your pool, then consider adding the right furnishings to attract guests. You could start by adding a comfortable sofa and some chairs—you’ll probably want to forego cold metal deck chairs in favor of the warmth and coziness of wood or wicker. Add a coffee table and some end tables. To complete the look, add some throw pillows and blankets.
Add an Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area
If you love to entertain, then consider adding an outdoor kitchen and dining area. This will allow you to take your poolside entertaining to the next level. To create an outdoor kitchen, you'll need to install a grill and some countertops. You can also add a sink and some storage space, and perhaps an outdoor cooler for refrigerated storage. Then, create a dining area by adding a table and chairs. With an outdoor kitchen and dining area, you'll be able to host the ultimate pool party.
Mood and Atmosphere
Water features and specialty lighting can help set the mood in your backyard pool area when evening comes and the sun goes down. Water features such as fountains, bubblers, and waterfalls can add a touch of elegance to your space, whether you seek a dramatic effect or one of quiet tranquility. Adjustable LED lighting offers a rainbow of programmable colors and effects to set off your poolside area and accent your chosen theme to full effect.
Extending Swim Season
Once you’ve established the perfect themed backyard pool oasis, you’ll probably want to extend your swim season by taking measures to warm up your pool area as the weather gets cooler and nights grow chilly. Such features might include the addition of a firepit, freestanding heaters to keep guests comfortable, or even a heated spa to relax in as the season wanes. If you want to keep swimming even when the weather gets cooler, a solar cover or gas/electric heater can help you do that. With careful planning, you’ll be able to enjoy your themed backyard fiberglass pool area all year long.
No matter what type of experience you're looking for, there's a fiberglass pool that's perfect for you. As detailed above, maintenance couldn’t be easier. And with a little bit of planning and some creativity, you can transform your pool area to create the perfect space for relaxing, entertaining, and swimming. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to creating the backyard pool area of your dreams.
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