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Thickness of Fiberglass Pool Shells: Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered why the thickness of your fiberglass pool shell is a big deal?

Well, the thickness of a fiberglass pool shell directly affects the swimming pool's strength and longevity.

Properly supported pool shell walls will withstand external stress for the duration of the life of the pool.

Proper thickness of any given section of a fiberglass pool shell depends on various factors like the pool's shape, size, and structural requirements set by the pool designer.

Does Pool Shape Influence the Ideal Thickness of a Fiberglass Shell?

Yes. The shape of your pool can also impact the ideal thickness. Different swimming pool shapes experience varying stress points. To counter such areas, we add additional support bracing to the pool during the application of our fiberglass, making the pool even stronger.

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Fiberglass Pool Shell Construction at the Barrier Reef production facility

The surfaces we build into our swimming pool shells are extremely flexible and resistant to damage.

All Barrier Reef Pools meet and exceed worldwide industry standards for thickness, and all of our fiberglass swimming pools can flex to accommodate earth movement.

Moreover, each one is backed by our Lifetime Structural Warranty.

Is There a Standard Fiberglass Shell Thickness, or Does It Vary by Pool Size?

Most fiberglass pool manufacturers aim for a total average pool thickness of between 3/16” and 3/8”. The key is to achieve a proper balance of strength and flexibility. Barrier Reef Pools exceeds the industry standard for thickness, making our models even stronger.

Barrier Reef Pools manufactures superior one-piece in-ground fiberglass swimming pools that are constructed using only the most proven gel coats and resins available.

Our approach allows us to produce one of the strongest and most reliable in-ground fiberglass swimming pools on the market today.

Environmental Factors: Unraveling the Impact on Fiberglass Pool Shell Thickness

It's not just about what's inside the swimming pool; it's also about what surrounds it.

Certain external forces can influence your pool shell's thickness requirements.

From withstanding freezing temperatures to navigating a hot and humid climate, the pool shell thickness should be sufficient to consistently support your swimming pool shell walls while retaining its shape and full structural integrity.

The care we build into our pool manufacturing process involves stringent and comprehensive testing of the surface hardness of the finished fiberglass shell.

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BR Pools Technician Reinforcing the Fiberglass Pool walls

Barrier Reef Pools: We Build the Best

Our understanding of the importance of shell wall thickness in fiberglass pool construction is based on our 40 years of experience in the pool industry.

2024 is our 40th anniversary of building superior-quality fiberglass swimming pools, and our longevity speaks to the quality and durability of everything we build. Every one of our fiberglass pools is hand-built and meticulously crafted by our skilled team of expert fabricators… dedicated artisans proudly building an American-made product.

Everyone at Barrier Reef is committed to quality, none more so than our founder and owner, Tony Walton.

Tony is often seen working hand in hand with our builders on the fabrication floor, constantly developing and perfecting new designs and procedures to ensure the highest standard of quality.

Tony Walton - BRPools Founder

We encourage you to browse our wide selection of beautiful fiberglass swimming pools. For any questions, please contact us or reach out to us on our social media listed below. We would love to help you find your new pool!

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Pool Automation: Smart Pool Controls for Mobile Devices

Imagine having the power to control your swimming pool right from your smartphone, whether you're at home or miles away. That level of convenience and efficiency is unmatched, making it a real game-changer for pool owners. But with so many options out there, which smartphone swimming pool automation control devices stand out in 2024?

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Winterizing Your Pool: Best Practices

As we bid farewell to Fall, ensuring your fiberglass swimming pool is winter-ready becomes crucial. One of the most important responsibilities of pool ownership in a temperate climate involves winterizing your pool by transitioning it into the colder months, safeguarding it against potential issues. So, how can you make sure your fiberglass oasis weathers the winter like a champ?

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Tips For Extending the Life of Your Fiberglass Pool

If you have just spent the year creating amazing memories with your Barrier Reef fiberglass pool, you might be thinking about how to take the best care of your pool so it stays in great shape!  After all, you want your new backyard oasis to provide joy for years to come.

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How Swimming Pool Ownership is Great for Your Health

What Are the Proven Health Benefits of Swimming Pool Ownership?

If you've ever considered owning a swimming pool, you're in for a treat. Anyone who works in the world of swimming pool design, construction, and swimming pool culture can tell you that the benefits of swimming pool ownership go far beyond just relaxation and fun. But perhaps the most compelling reason to explore this topic is the positive impact it can have on your health.

Swimming pool ownership offers a myriad of proven health benefits. From improving cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength to relieving stress and promoting better sleep, it's a holistic approach to enhancing your overall well-being. There are specific health conditions and age groups that can benefit even more from having a pool. Whether you're looking to alleviate joint pain, help your children stay active, or find relief from the summer heat, we'll explore these aspects and more in detail to help you make an informed decision about owning a swimming pool.

Having Fun, Working Out

Exercising in water has long been known as a vigorous alternative when recovering from injuries or simply when routines need a shakeup. Don’t believe swimming can be effective?  Researchers have repeatedly validated its effectiveness with decades of supporting evidence. In fact, regular adult swimmers have a 28% lower risk of early death and a 41% lower risk of death due to heart disease and stroke.

Virtually ANY physical activity that occurs in a swimming pool can be of great benefit to your health. Water provides built-in resistance, allowing for more intense workouts than land-based workouts. Even simple tasks like walking or running burn more calories in water. For maximum impact, swimming in styles like freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke provides a whole-body workout by using all the major muscle groups at one time.

Water Aerobics is the perfect example of a low-impact activity that reduces the pressure on bones, joints, and muscles through buoyancy. It also can reduce body weight, allowing people of all sizes to maintain a safe workout. Even though certain underwater movements use more energy, such as walking, and burn more calories, they are much slower-paced and easier to maintain than if you did them out of water.

Whole Body Conditioning, Less Chance of Injury

Aquatic workouts are known for their rehabilitative properties. Water rehabilitation therapy is a nearly pain-free therapy for people with physical injuries, enabling them to move around easier for a faster recovery. People with arthritis can benefit greatly from water exercise as it supports the weight of their body, reducing the impact on their joints and the intensity of perceived pain. But water exercise is not only beneficial to those with arthritis! Those who have sprains, strains, tears, knee surgery, hip surgery, and spine injuries can all find relief in the pool. As water will never allow you to fall to the ground, it is a great way to strengthen your muscles in a safe way.

How Can a Swimming Pool Improve Cardiovascular Fitness?

Many people are surprised to learn that swimming is not just refreshing and fun, but is also an excellent workout for the heart and lungs.

Swimming is a low-impact exercise that provides a full-body workout. When you swim, you engage multiple muscle groups, including your arms, legs, and core. The resistance of the water makes your heart work harder, which in turn improves its efficiency. Over time, regular swimming can help lower your resting heart rate and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.

Moreover, swimming also improves your lung capacity. The rhythmic breathing required while swimming strengthens your respiratory muscles and increases the amount of oxygen your body can take in. This improved lung function can lead to better endurance and overall cardiovascular health.

So, if you're looking for a fun and effective way to boost your cardiovascular fitness, owning a swimming pool could be the answer you've been searching for.

Can a Swimming Pool Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety?

In today's fast-paced world, stress and anxiety are common companions for many of us. If you're seeking relief, a swimming pool in your backyard might be the tranquil oasis you need.

Swimming has been shown to have a calming effect on the mind. The soothing sensation of water enveloping your body and the rhythmic movement of swimming can help reduce stress levels. It releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones that promote relaxation and a sense of well-being.

Spending time by the pool, whether you're swimming or just lounging, provides an opportunity for mindfulness and meditation. The serene environment can help you disconnect from the daily grind, clear your thoughts, and find inner peace.

Moreover, the social aspect of pool ownership can't be overlooked. Inviting friends and family for poolside gatherings and relaxation can strengthen your social bonds, which is another effective way to combat stress and anxiety.

How Can Swimming Pool Ownership Promote Better Sleep?

Swimming is not only a great form of exercise that can help tire you out physically, it also has a positive impact on your sleep quality. The combination of aerobic exercise and the relaxing properties of water can lead to a more restorative sleep.

Plus, swimming in the evening can help lower your body temperature, a natural trigger for sleepiness. When you step out of the pool, your body temperature begins to drop, signaling to your brain that it's time to wind down.

Additionally, the peaceful ambiance of your backyard pool area can provide the perfect setting for winding down before bedtime. Whether you're floating on the water or stargazing by the poolside, these moments of relaxation can help prepare your mind and body for a deep and rejuvenating sleep.

Now that you know the proven health benefits of swimming pool ownership, I encourage you to take the plunge and consider adding a swimming pool to your life. Whether you're looking to improve your physical and cardiovascular fitness, find stress relief, or enhance your sleep quality, owning a pool can be a game-changer. Dive into the world of swimming pool ownership and let your health and well-being flourish!

If you have any questions about pool installation or preparation, please don't hesitate to contact us. At Barrier Reef Pools, we specialize in fiberglass pool manufacturing and encourage you to browse our selection of swimming pool models. Our goal is to provide our customers with the perfect fiberglass pool to fit their homes and needs. Visit us online or reach out to us today to learn more about how to get into a swimming pool of your very own!

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Fiberglass Pool Installation – Backfill and Soil Types

Understanding Ground and Soil Requirements for Fiberglass Swimming Pool Installation

As a company that is deeply passionate about swimming pool installation and construction, we know that using the correct backfill (the material used to pack around and level your pool), when based on the soil types of your fiberglass pool installation, is crucial. However, it’s reassuring to know that due to their durability, flexibility, and all-in-one construction, fiberglass pools are perfectly ideal even under adverse soil conditions—especially shrink-swell. This includes just about any other soil type, whether it is sand, rock, or clay. Fortunately, modern prefabricated fiberglass pool shells are both durable and extremely adaptive to installation in numerous ground types, making them the most versatile pool available when it comes to soil conditions.

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Pool Covers: Vinyl vs Automatic – Comparisons

Which Type of Swimming Pool Cover Best Fits Your Needs?

Owning a swimming pool is a major investment in time and money, and many pool owners consider different ways to protect their pool. One way includes installing a pool cover to protect their investment in the long run. When that time comes, one of the primary decisions they face is the choice between an automatic pool cover and a vinyl pool cover.

When it comes to making a choice between an automatic or a vinyl pool cover, it will ultimately depend on your specific needs. Automatic covers are convenient and offer excellent safety by covering the pool with a sturdy material at the push of a button. On the other hand, vinyl covers are more budget-friendly while still providing a barrier against debris and evaporation. Different climates, maintenance requirements, and long-term costs are also important factors in determining the best choice for your situation.

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Childproofing Your Pool: Keeping Children Safe In and Out of the Water

If you have a swimming pool and kids at home, ensuring their safety around the pool area becomes a top priority. We all want our children to have a fun and enjoyable time in the water while being safe at the same time. So, how can you make your swimming pool and its surroundings safe for children?

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Deep End Pools: Things To Know

If you're considering getting a swimming pool, you might be wondering whether a deep end pool is the right choice for you. Deep end pools offer greater depth and a wider, more dynamic array of potential swimming pool activities, but they can also require a bit more maintenance and may limit swim space for inexperienced swimmers. Whether you're interested in pool parties and entertaining guests, or you’ve always envisioned owning a deeper pool and long to jump straight into the deep end, there are a few things you might want to know before investing in a deeper swimming pool option.

How Does the Depth of a Pool Impact Safety and Maintenance?

When it comes to pool ownership, safety is an important factor. A deeper pool can pose certain safety challenges, especially for households with inexperienced swimmers. Deep end pools call for more constant supervision when inexperienced swimmers are involved and appropriate safety measures are crucial. Installing safety features like pool fences, alarms, and covers becomes even more important to prevent unauthorized access and keep everyone safe. Implementing sensible pool safety rules, providing swimming lessons, and maintaining proper supervision will significantly enhance safety for all pool users.

Additionally, maintaining a deep end pool may require a bit of extra attention. Since a deeper pool contains a larger volume of water, it's especially important to regularly check and adjust chemical levels, monitor filtration systems, and conduct routine inspections to ensure the pool remains clean, safe, and properly functioning.

A Deep End Increases Swimming Pool Versatility

Fun and Games

The presence of a deep end in your swimming pool allows for a wider range of water activities, making it a hub of entertainment during parties and get-togethers. The deep end adds an extra element of fun and excitement for all attendees, regardless of their swimming abilities. The increased depth allows for greater versatility in terms of pool games and activities. Whether it's practicing underwater swimming or enjoying additional amenities such as a water slide or a jumping rock, the added depth provides ample opportunity for a variety of entertainment and activity options… along with even more room for family and friends.

Swim Training

For those looking to improve their swimming skills, a deep end offers an opportunity to practice and develop advanced techniques. It allows swimmers to work on maneuvers such as flip turns, vertical sculling, and underwater swimming. By utilizing the deep end for practice, individuals can become more confident and competent swimmers.

Fitness Activities

A deep end swimming pool can be particularly beneficial for fitness enthusiasts and athletes. It provides a deeper water depth, allowing for more intense workouts. Activities like deep-water running, treading water, and water aerobics can be more challenging and effective in the deep end. Swimming laps in the deep end can also enhance cardiovascular fitness and build strength.

Therapeutic Exercise

The deep end of a pool can offer a sense of freedom and weightlessness, and the ability to submerge fully for a greater length of time can be extremely helpful if the pool is used for aquatic therapy and rehabilitation. Owning a pool with a deep end allows for the incorporation of a wider range of therapeutic exercises that can improve mobility and overall well-being.

Pool Safety and Maintenance

When it comes to pool ownership, safety is an important factor. A deeper pool can pose certain safety challenges, especially for households with inexperienced swimmers. Deep end pools call for more constant supervision when inexperienced swimmers are involved and appropriate safety measures are crucial. Installing safety features like pool fences, alarms, and covers becomes even more important to prevent unauthorized access and keep everyone safe. Implementing sensible pool safety rules, providing swimming lessons, and maintaining proper supervision will significantly enhance safety for all pool users.

Additionally, maintaining a deep end pool may require a bit of extra attention. Since a deeper pool contains a larger volume of water, it's especially important to regularly check and adjust chemical levels, monitor filtration systems, and conduct routine inspections to ensure the pool remains clean, safe, and properly functioning.

A Safe Experience for Everyone

Considering the preferences and safety of your family and guests when opting for a deep end pool should be an important factor. Not everyone may be comfortable with the depth, especially non-swimmers or individuals with limited swimming abilities. In such cases, choosing a pool option that includes alternative pool features like shallow areas, tanning ledges, or poolside seating can ensure that everyone feels included while remaining safe during your gatherings.

If you prefer an expanded array of swimming pool activities and seek a more exciting and versatile swimming experience, a deep end pool can be a fantastic choice. Just be mindful of the safety considerations and the additional maintenance required to keep your pool in top shape. By striking the proper balance, you can create unforgettable poolside gatherings that leave your guests eagerly awaiting the next invitation.

If you decide that having a deep end is in your best interest, Barrier Reef Pools offers an excellent option for prospective pool owners eager to invest in a deep end fiberglass swimming pool.

Whitsunday 40 Deep

If you’re interested in investing in a deeper swimming pool option, it may make sense to take the plunge and jump into the inviting depths of the Barrier Reef Pools Whitsunday Deep!

This deep rectangular pool is an inviting addition to any backyard and includes an assortment of features to ensure a marvelous swimming experience. Its wide entry steps give swimmers a safe space to enter, while its safety ledge provides peace of mind. The deep end seat and swim-outs give swimmers plenty of watery play area to explore, while its ample shallow end makes it equally inviting for younger swimmers or those who enjoy lightly splashing around. The Whitsunday 40 Deep has a generous overall length of 40' and width of 15' 8",  and is the deepest fiberglass pool that Barrier Reef manufactures, ranging in depth from 3' 6" to 8' 6". With safety ledges around the perimeter of the pool and textured entry steps, this stunning model also comes in six beautiful colors to choose from, so you can customize the look of your new oasis perfectly to match your home's outdoor aesthetic.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to create a swimming environment that brings joy, relaxation, and cherished memories for you, your family, and your guests. And you’ll definitely make waves with your friends and family if you upgrade to our Barrier Reef Pools Whitsunday 40 Deep.

At Barrier Reef Pools, we encourage you to browse our wide selection of beautiful fiberglass swimming pools. For any questions, please contact us here or reach out to us on our social media listed below. We would love to help you find your new pool!

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To Tile, or Not To Tile? The Pros and Cons of Tiling Your Pool Surround

If you're considering building a swimming pool or renovating your existing one, you may be wondering about the best options for the pool surround. One popular choice is tile, but before you make a decision, it's essential to understand the advantages and disadvantages of surrounding your pool with tile.

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