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7 Reasons to LOVE a Fiberglass Pool : Albert Group Landscaping and Swimming Pools Review

Posted by Jamie Albert Snyder on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 04:03 PM

Last summer I sat down with Vinny to discuss his pool buying experience. Two years after we installed his fiberglass pool Vinny tells me why Albert Group Landscaping and Swimming Pools along with a Leisure Pools USA Composite Swimming Pool was the right choice for him and his family. Here are just a few of the reasons Albert Group along with Leisure Pools USA was the right choice for him.

  • Leisure Pools USA Warranty 
  • 3D Design
  • Great Communication
  • Fast Installation
  • Respectful in the way we left his property
  • Energy Efficient
  • Easy to Maintain

 Leisure Pools USA Warranty:

Vinny had done his research online and found that a fiberglass pool, specifically a Leisure Pool was the right fit for him. The warranty Leisure Pools offers exceeds Viking Pools. Leisure Pools offer a lifetime structural osmosis warranty and a lifetime structural warranty with 6 layers of cutting edge quality.

3D Design:

After meeting with Vinny, I was able to create and show him a 3D design of the fiberglass pool and patio for him to see exactly what the project would look like when it was completed. Having this drawing gave Vinny the confidence to know his pool was going to look great before we even started.

 Great Communication:

Vinny felt that the communication with Albert Group was great throughout the entire project. He knew that if he had a question his phone call would be answered. If you have had work done on your house before you know how important this is.

Fast Installation:

Vinny was also impressed with how fast such a large project can be accomplished, along with our flexibility when it came time to expand the original design to include a larger paver patio.

Respect in the way we left his property:

I’m sure we have all hear the old adage “leave it better than you found it”, well it doesn’t just apply to picking up trash when you go for a hike in the woods. Here he talks about how we left the disturbed areas of his property clean and ready to grow grass. Most pool builders leave the property with a “Rough Grade” which pretty much means piles of dirt everywhere.

Energy Efficient:

No need to worry about your energy bill increasing, Vinny says it hasn’t changed much at all.  He was so impressed he showed me proof: a copy of his bill with a comparison from the previous year. I’d say that’s an efficient pump.

Easy to Maintain:

So, now I have this pool; how much extra work is it going to be?  Well, Vinny will tell you that there is not much to it at all.  Just an ounce of clear water once a week and a little salt when needed and you’re good to go. The water stays crystal clear and leaves your skin feeling good without the chlorine scent and stinging eyes.

As you can see, Vinny is really enjoying his swimming pool and two years later can still remember what a great experience he had with Albert Group.  I’d be happy to sit down with you two years from now and hear your experience. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call for a free estimate.

7 problems with Gunite pools that you need to know.

Posted by James Snyder on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 53:11 AM

So you have been considering a swimming pool and have met with the gunite pool builder. Lets see if she told you everything?
Did you know these 7 traits of concrete pools?

  1. Incompatible with salt – That’s right folks. Concrete (Gunite and Shotcrete are just  concrete placing methods) pools are not compatible with salt. The concrete pool dealers will tell you they are. But this is for a reason; they will sell you a new surface sooner. Salt eats away at a concrete pool in much the same way it does a concrete driveway. While this may take longer because it is dissolved, it still happens.  Another reason salt eats the surface is because it is abrasive and with the water moving around so often that shell wears faster with salt in the water. By the way did you know that you would have to replace your concrete pool surface?
  2.   Surface is a wear item, you need to replace it – Now whether or not you have salt in your water a concrete pool will need to be resurfaced. At best 7-10 years is all that can be expected. Now keep in mind the price - $15,000 to $20,000 is a good starting point for a 15’ x 30’ pool.
  3.   Concrete cracks – As a NCMA certified mason I know this all too well. Cracks in concrete are to be expected and are considered a “feature” of concrete.  When pouring a patio we can do things to hide these cracks by “pre cracking” the concrete with control joints. But in a pool this simply won’t do.  So we end up with cracks where we don’t want them. Out west where the soil has less clay concrete cracks less – in pools too! But here in the north east with the freeze thaw cycles and clay content you can expect a crack failure to develop in your pool
  4. Hard to heat – When it comes down to it concrete is just a ratio of sand, Portland cement, gravel and water. So basically it’s just hard dirt. And we all know that the ground stays the same temperature all year round. Having only concrete (which is hard dirt) insulate you from the ground (dirt) does nothing to keep heat in. In our own tests between two swimming pools of similar size. One a concrete pool using a 450,000 BTU heater and a Fiberglass (what type of insulation do you have in your attic) pool using a 150,000 BTU heater. We found that to raise the temperature from 65 degrees to 80 degrees took the concrete pool 3 full 24-hour days and only took the Fiberglass pool 8 hours. Both were in direct sun, but only one benefited from being an insulator from the ground temperature.
  5.   Build time – Now this can vary widely from contractor to contractor, but in general concrete pools take longer to build. A fiberglass pool with 4’ of concrete installed in a flat location will typically be ready in under 10 working days. A top Gunite builder will typically quote 30 days for the same project while most Gunite builders shy away from 30 days and commit to 90 days. In fact many gunite builders never actually build the pool themselves. Every portion is subbed out - Dig, Plumb, Steel, Gunnite/Shotcrete, Surface, Decking etc. Here at Albert Group we sub nothing. If we don't do it - we don't sell it to you.
  6.     Surface is rough – All you need to do is stick your hand in a concrete pool then a fiberglass pool to feel the difference yourself. The smoothest concrete pool surface is a cheese grader compared to fiberglass. Do you want your kids feet to look like this after one hour or volleyball in the pool?kids feet
  7.   Inconsistency of material used – Not all concrete is the same. If you know someone in the masonry trades ask them if every truck of concrete they have ever ordered is consistent. It’s not, that’s why it is considered an art. If concrete just always came in the way you wanted and did what you wanted it to do every time that would be great. But the fact is that you have to know how to work with it the way it comes in that batch. Everything can be a factor, humidity, drive time on the truck, was there leftovers from the last pour in his truck before he loaded you, is the truck sitting in the sun, is the project in the sun, windy, overcast, how many times did the barrel spin (there is a counter in the truck and you have to know it), did it rain last night (that would cool off the gravel).
  Despite all these drawbacks concrete pools do have some distinct advantages.  Size and shape can be whatever you desire.

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Are fiberglass swimming pools any good?

Posted by James Snyder on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 44:02 AM

As a fiberglass pool installer in Orange County NY ,this is a question that I hear pretty often. For the longest time I would have had to say no. See, in the early days of fiberglass they had some obvious drawbacks. The 4 biggest drawbacks of fiberglass pools of old were.

  • The shapes often resembled that of a bath tub.

  • The gel coat colors were either white or some close variant to white like sky blue.

  • The mold technology was pretty lacking.

  • The Resins used actually absorbed water.

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Can you believe that the pool on the left is still in production and has to compete with the pool on the right?

To be honest not every manufacturer has gotten all of these things fixed as of today. So let’s see what’s new in the fiberglass pool industry.

Shape: 

                Now I know that some of you are thinking that shape is something that cannot be graded and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I would have to agree on some level, but when it comes to a pool shape is a little more important than that. Shape can affect how well a pool performs as well as how good it looks. For instance Leisure Pools adds a convenience ledge about two feet down from the coping on all of it’s pools. This simple change in shape allows children to easily move about the pool while providing a much stronger pool wall than the competition. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and you can now see Barrier Reef adding this feature in their pools as well.

 

Gel Coat Colors:

                First a little definition – the gel coat of a pool is the part that you actually feel inside. Now color is another purely subjective topic. If you want a white pool plenty of guys make that and you will have no problem finding one. That being said who really wants a white pool anymore? No one I’ve spoken with in the past 5 years. Now why is it that so many fiberglass manufacturers only offer white or charge extra for colors thereby convincing you white is a better (cheaper) option. Simply because they have found it difficult to build a colored pool that will not fade. Now barrier reef which I liked above had some interesting language in their warranty.

“Barrier Reef Pools finish coat or gelcoat is warranted against blistering for a total of 15 years. This Warranty excludes discoloration, staining, fading, hairline cracks, blistering, surface yellowing or roughness after manufacture , where the cause is algae infestation, calcium scale or other mineral or vegetation deposits or faults arising from misuse or abuse of the surface or the maintenance of incorrect water balances.”

Now right there they excluded just about everything that can happen to a surface of a pool. Read that again, The first sentence warrants blisters and the second takes it away. That’s pretty fancy wording if you ask me. They go on to say that this applies only if your water balance is off. Well folks I have never tested pool water from a homeowner that maintained it themselves and had it come out “perfect” every single time.

 

Mold Technology:

                This is where Leisure Pools has really set the pace so to speak. Industry standard is to build a fiberglass pool mold on a wood frame. The problem with this type of manufacturer is that wood warps, plain and simple. For instance here in the Hudson Valley, NY we have weather extremes and I see decks all the time that look good one year and look like crap the next. The handrails don’t look straight anymore, the floor looks uneven etc. This is because the wood warped from month to month. A real good deck builder can help prevent this by placing the “cupping” in a certain direction but that’s some next level stuff, and I don’t build decks. This guy does build decks and he does a great job. Back on track, you can see how a wood frame will warp. Leisure Pools uses only steel frames on all of their fiberglass pool molds, it costs more but you end up with a perfect pool.

 

Resin:

                Now we are getting into the science of things here. This is the stuff that gets me excited. Well that and riding my Harley. But seriously - resin is extremely important. Except for the gel coat layer of the pool every other layer will contain resin. Some companies use multiple types of resin depending on the layer. The key thing to remember is that Vinyl Ester resins do not absorb water and most other resins do. That being said Leisure Pools is the only company that uses Vinyl Ester resins in every layer of their pool. The reason you want a resin that does not absorb water is simple. If your pool shell absorbs water the surface will probably blister. Knowing this some companies will use Vinyl Ester resin on the first inside layer but polyester resin on the subsequent layers. In theory that’s great, this stops the pool water from getting in the other layers. The problem is if you have ground water. If the back of the pool is not protected as well, then you have the risk of groundwater entering the shell and causing a blister.

 

So now that that’s done. Are Fiberglass Swimming Pools any Good? As you can see, it depends on the manufacturer. While some like Leisure Pools are excellent some others are not as good.  Leave your comments and sign up for our blog.

 

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Does any company make a Carbon Fiber Swimming Pool?

Posted by James Snyder on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 31:01 PM

In the race to build the most technologically advanced and structurally sound swimming pool one company has clearly positioned themselves as the leader. Not content with producing the best fiberglass swimming pool on the market Leisure Pools has raised the bar once again.

Introducing Composite Armor (or Armour if you are an Aussie)

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Leisure pools has recently introduced Composite Armor to its line of fiberglass swimming pools. This Patented technology is comprised of Carbon Fiber, Basalt Fiber and DuPont Kevlar. Incorporating these hi -tech fibers to your swimming pool provides significant advantages over the competition.

3 reasons why Composite armor is the best choice for your new swimming pool.

  1. Strength – Carbon Fiber and Kevlar are the go-to materials for super strong construction. There is a reason that bullet proof vests and helmets made from DuPont Kevlar have been standard issue for US combat soldiers for decades. 
  2. Light weight – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner which seats up to 290 people and cost $32 Billion to design is Boeing’s most fuel efficient airliner and the world’s first airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. Now this same technology is available in your swimming pool only 3 years later.B787 composite
  3. Flexibility – Here in the northeast, Monroe, NY to be specific we have seen some extreme weather in the last few years. This abundance of rain coupled with times of drought cause the ground to expand and contract. Having a composite based pool vs concrete (gunite) or a vinyl liner pool is a huge advantage. The repair process on a crack in a gunite pool can be quite a process.

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Can I build a Swimming Pool in a Small Yard?

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 @ 54:04 PM

swimming_pool_builder_monroeToday swimming Pools come in all shapes and sizes. What matters most, is the functionality and the design. And with a little creativity and the right builder, many things can be done. You should also consider, that there are lots of good reasons to choose a small pool even for a good-sized yard. On the other hand, there are also quite a few ways to maximize space in a small yard.

Use all your space
The typical pool is surrounded by a deck and can be accessed from all sides. By building up to fence or a retaining wall at the border you can safe quite some space. All you have to give up is the entry point on one or two sides of the pool. You even could use those inaccessible edges to incorporate a waterfall, which will give your pool an extra touch.

Work with Freeform pools
While many standard pools are rectangular or oval, there are many freestyle forms to choose from. You can find many different styles on our Swimming Pool page. Each style is versatile and can be customized regarding entry points, functionalities and extras. The Tuscany style and the Courtyard Roman are especially designed for smaller and more challenging spaces. Both feature a narrow coping design which maximizes the space inside the pool. 

Choose Versatility
If you don’t have much space, your pool should be versatile. While the kids should be able to splash around and cool off, you might want to be able to really exercise in your pool or to relax in an internal spa. All Leisure Pools fiberglass pools can be customized and even the smallest pool can be equipped with an internal spa and a swim jet system that you can swim against to exercise. And there will still be space to have fun and cool off.

Another option: Spools
If your yard is even to small for this or you want to use even less space, a Spool might be the right thing for you. A Spool is basically an oversized spa, about 12 by 14 feet. While they can be used as a spa, they still offer enough room for the kids to splash and play. Ask Jamie Snyder of Albert Group Landscaping about the right option for your yard.

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Swimming Pool Construction: Why a Building Permit is Important

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Wed, May 16, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

swimming_pool_landscaper_nyYes, you do need a building permit before you build a swimming pool. It is a good idea to do a little research about New York States Uniform code requirements and possible other requirements and restrictions of your municipality. Do not worry; we will help you with every step – and will also apply for the permit. Here are some reasons why a building permit is important.

Liability
A building permit protects you as a homeowner from various liabilities throughout the project, for example when someone gets hurt. It also ensures that your contractor is licensed and insured. If you have your permit and a professional contractor working on your swimming pool project, the pool builder’s insurance will cover the costs, in case an injury or property damage occurs.

Inspection
While the pool is being build, most municipal departments will send an inspector to visit your home and check on the construction site. The inspector will examine the project and verify that your pool is being built according to national and local safety standards. He will check for example for underground plumbing, electric and gas line, electrical bonding as well as the final swimming pool and the safety precautions required by law.

Quality
Knowing that you work with a reputable, licensed, insured and bonded swimming pool contractor will ensure you, that you will get the best possible installation of your new swimming pool. Do not work with contractors who insist that you do not need a permit or even ask you to apply for a permit yourself. Hire a professional who can assure you to comply with the industry standards as well as the national and local safety standards.

For more information go to: New York State Division of Code Enforcement & Administration
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Swimming Pool Options for Small Yards

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Fri, May 11, 2012 @ 35:07 AM

swimming_pool_dealer_chester_nyJust because you have a small yard, you do not have to write off the installation of an inground swimming pool. There are various ways to change your small backyard in a wonderful oasis. Backyard pools might even be one of the most productive ways to make even a small yard look luxurious.

Think of fountains, lights, a small waterfall, lush green landscaping and planters filled with colorful flowers. Those are just a few options to increase the aesthetics of even a small inground pool. It is even possible to integrate a small jacuzzi or spill over spa on one end of the pool. Does that not sound more inviting than just a sitting area around the bbq?

Vinyl, Concrete or Fiberglass?
You might think it might be easier to accommodate the space with a concrete or vinyl liner pool, which can be shaped the way you like, but today’s fiberglass pools come in so many shapes and sizes, that there will be probably exactly the one which would fit your yard.

Jamie Snyder of Albert Group Landscaping generally recommends fiberglass, because fiberglass pools will be easier to maintain. Vinyl pools generally require liner replacement after about ten years, which can be a hassle, especially when the yard is small. Concrete pools are the hardest to maintain on a seasonal basis and require more chemicals and cleaning than the other two options. If you are wondering if the pre-shaped fiberglass shell will fit around your house, rest assured. The shell can simply be craned over your house and placed in the prepared hole.

Which shape should you choose for your pool?
Since every backyard is different, the shape of the pool depends on the available area and your preferences. One important thing to remember is, that curvy pools, like kidney shaped inground pools, might loose some water space, but will allow for more patio space. Do you just want to have space for a lounge chair or do you want to fit a table with chairs next to the pool?

Vanishing Edge
Vanishing edge pools are best suited for small yards with a steep drop-off. Those pools are often built in breathtaking locations, where one end of the pool seems to meet with the sky. They usually have a rectangular shape, since just two or three sides are on ground level and give you access to the patio. Vanishing edge pools can also be designed in a curved shape. Be aware that vanishing or infinity edge pools require extensive structural work.

Whatever inground pool you decide to get, all styles offer a huge variety to landscape a patio, deck and garden around it. Let us inspire you!

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Fiberglass Swimming Pool Surfaces - The Benefits

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Thu, May 03, 2012 @ 35:07 AM

Fiberglass_Swimming_PoolIf you are thinking of installing a swimming pool in your backyard you probably have read about the three main options: Vinyl, concrete or fiberglass. After installing many different pools, the Albert Landscaping Group recommends the installation of a Fiberglass Pool with a smooth surface. Here is why:

Beautiful and Resistant
Fiberglass pools have become much more popular over the past ten years. While the first Fiberglass pools were only available in white and therefore not very attractive, Leisure Pools has now developed a new coating, which is available in a huge array of colors. The exclusive Aquaguard Gel Coat finishes are very resistant to chemicals, UV intensity and weathering. That means: The color won’t fade and provide a unique sparkly finish to your inground swimming pool.

Non slipplery
Since many pool owners do not want to install handrails and ladders for aesthetic reasons, you might be concerned, that the fiberglass surface might be too slippery. Leisure Pools provides a non-slip surface on all the pool and spa bottoms, seats and steps. The non-slip surface is barely visible and does not take away from the sparkly color of the Aquaguard finish. Another benefit of the fiberglass surface is, that you feet won’t get concrete-burn, when spending a lot of time in the swimming pool.

Durable
Fiberglass swimming pools are also a great option for dog owners. The surface is very durable and the finish works very well with salt chlorine generators, providing a constant low level of natural chlorine, which is not harsh on the dogs skin. Just make sure, to plan a good entry point for your dog, for example choose wider steps with a non-slip surface.

Flexible
Last but not least, fiberglass swimming pools today come in many different shapes and sizes. Check out our Swimming Pool Style section to choose the right pool for your backyard.

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Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Swimming Pools

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 @ 31:08 PM

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There are several ways to make your pool environmentally friendly. “We recommend our clients energy efficient pumps, salt-chlorine generators and the use of materials, like fiberglass, which is not only a natural insulator, but also requires less maintenance and chemicals”, explains Monroe pool builder and landscaper Jamie Snyder.

Safe Energy and Money
It does not necessarily have to be more expensive to invest in an environmentally friendly pool. In fact, “going green” and managing your swimming pool in an environmentally healthy and sustainable way will save you a fair amount of money in the long run. By upgrading to a variable speed pump you can save up to $800 per year in electricity. Equipped with an automatic timer the new pumps just use the amount of energy they really need.

Minimize Evaporation
According to the US Department of Energy a Swimming Pool Cover reduces evaporation by 90 to 95 percent and will cut down the heating costs dramatically. An automatic cover is also a great safety feature and can help to minimize the use of chemicals, which dissipate with the wind blowing across the surface.

Use “green” materials
When deciding to go with a fiberglass pool you instantly make an environmentally sound decision. While vinyl liners tend to tear and need to be replaced after a few years, the new fiberglass pools are built to last for a lifetime. The material is strong and allows the pool to flex without cracking (like cement pools), which is ideal for the extreme temperature changes in the north. You won’t need to worry about repairs, resurfacing and costly liner replacement. Plus you won’t add another old liner to the landfill.

Aquaguard Gel-Coat prevents Algae-Growth
With Leisure Pools exclusive Aquaguard Gel-Coat surface for fiberglass swimming pools there are far fewer chemicals needed and algae can’t bond that easily. In Vinyl pools algae often grows in seams and in the texture of the liner or in the cracks of a cement pool. Fiberglass pools don’t need to be scrubbed and can be cleaned easily. They are also pet proof, and as of today the longest lasting swimming pool surface available on the market.

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Why Fiberglass Pools are better

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Sat, Apr 14, 2012 @ 47:05 PM

“Basically there are three types of pools”, explains
James Snyder of Albert Group Land
Leisure Fiberglass Pools USA_Monroe_NYscaping. “Vinyl, concrete (gunite) and fiberglass.” As a swimming pool and landscape contractor in Monroe he has experience with all three of them., but “fiberglass pools have clearly won the race.” The advantages are obvious: Fiberglass Pools can be installed faster, they have a smooth finish, are low in maintenance, are surprisingly strong and durable, reduce the necessity of chemicals and lower the heating costs.

Installation
Fiberglass pools come direct from the Leisure Pool manufacturing facility and are ready to install. The only disadvantage might be, that “there are no custom jobs”, says Snyder. “Fortunately the company knows this and strives to design remarkable pools. Click here to see the shapes available from Leisure Pools USA.

Smooth Finish
With the aquaguard finish from Leisure Pools Fiberglass pools now have a smooth clean gel coat finish that is non-abrasive and comes in a variety of colors, which will make your pool look sparkling clear. There are not sharp edges or rough finishes.

Low Maintenance – Less Chemicals
The aquaguard finish has zero chemical reaction with the water. “This means that the pool is the easiest of any type of pool to keep clean. Algae will not be a problem and there will be no “scum” line to scrub as there is in vinyl and concrete pools,” explains Snyder.

Strong and Durable
Fiberglass is strong and long lasting and resistant to temperature extremes. “Did you know, that the Boeing 777 airplane uses fiberglass in key structural areas?”, asks Snyder. Pools made by Leisure Pools USA have a tensile strength of  21,000 Pounds per square inch (psi). 

Lower Heating Costs
Fiberglass is an insulator – this means less heating costs and a longer swimming season. “For instance I met with a family 2 years ago that had previously owned a vinyl liner pool that had a 450,000 BTU natural gas heater.  When I told them that their new fiberglass pool only needed a 150,000 BTU heater they thought I was nuts”, says Snyder. “Well, here we are 2 years later and every year they ask me to open their pool 1 month earlier and close it one month later than they had ever done before. They even mentioned that their new pool is so efficient that it really doesn’t cost them anything extra to do so.” They are not Snyders only clients to extend their pool season. Click here, if you want to become one of them.

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