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Leisure Pool Award for Albert Group Landscaping

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 56:10 PM

Jamie Snyder, of Albert Group Landscaping, was recently honored as one of Leisure Pools most successful dealers. Not only did he break the sales record of Albert Group but also exceeded the highest standards of his customers and his company. Leisure Pool is one of the top three pool manufacturers of fiberglass swimming pools.

Originally founded in Australia in 1988, it dipped its toe in the U.S. waters in 2002 and already had established its permanent US-headquarters one year later. Snyder teamed up with the company a few years later and started immediately to get heavily involved. He never missed a Leisure Pools Dealer Conference and built a strong network to exchange expertise and ideas with other top builders.

He says that it is not only the product and construction knowledge that he appreciates but more importantly the “energy and sense of family that is the Leisure Pool core”. As a builder Snyder stays on top of the swimming pool industry. Customers are assured not only of receiving expert advice but also that Snyder and his staff will use the most innovative and high quality products on the market.

Snyder has experience with projects of any size and will customize your pool setting with the perfect landscaping for a 100 percent satisfaction. Check out Snyder’s unique 3D rendering system, which will allow you to see your pool area before you even buy it. And don’t forget to visit the “Over 1000 pictures”-section for some inspiration.

We don’t want to boast - but Snyder was also an award winner in Leisure Pools picture contest. Our system of putting our clients in touch with exactly what they are looking for through the use of our custom designed landscape checklist is unmatched by our peers. Our 3D rendering system is unique in the industry and will allow you to see your project conceptually before you buy. Check out some sample designs here.

Are fiberglass pools too slippery for comfort?

Posted by James Snyder on Wed, Apr 06, 2011 @ 22:01 PM

A Note From Jamie Albert Snyder:  This week I read an awesome blog post by Earl's Pools in Alabama and really enjoyed it. I have asked them to be a guest publisher on this site and they graciuosly agreed.The following post is By Trent King of Earl's Pools in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Are fiberglass pools too slippery for comfort?

   This is starting to become a concern to some customers, because of the new age pools are not having the traditional hand rails or ladders being installed. This has really been the trend for Leisure pools and their higher end luxurious looks for a number of reasons. Now days people are not only having pools installed for swimming, but to enhance the pool area as a showpiece used for entertaining before swimming season and when it is over. Whether its a get together or just to sit out and relax, people tend to gather around something. This is where your back yard oasis comes into play with the endless options of landscaping, outdoor fire places or pits, outdoor furniture, lighting and water features, etc. Some tend to think ladders and handrails are an eyesore and takes away from the pool or just get in the way. Although in some applications they are necessary for some people, it should not be much of a concern getting in and out of these pools. Leisure makes a non-slip surface on all the pool and spa bottoms, seats and steps. This textured surface does not take away from the colors or sparkles and is barely visible when water is in the pool or spa, but does create secure standing areas on the bottom of the pool.  If you may have any questions or concerns with the bottom texture of a fiberglass pool please feel free to contact me.  Here is a close up picture of the texture with no water on it.

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Albert Group Landscaping and Swimming Pools will be at the Orange County Home Show!

Posted by James Snyder on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 @ 25:07 AM

Albert Group Landscaping and Swimming Pools will be attending the 27th annual Orange County Home Show. We will be showcasing fiberglass pools by Leisure Pools USA.

 

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  • Location: Orange County Community College Phys. Ed. Building

  • Friday March 25, 2011 - 4 pm-9 pm

  • Saturday March 26, 2011 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Sunday March 27, 2011 10 am - 6 pm

  • Admission at the door (Cash Only) - (Adult $6.00) - (Junior 10yrs - 15yrs $2.00) - Children under 10 FREE when accompanied by a parent.

  • For More details on ticket sales and parking please go here.

 

 

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Swimming pool buying advice - Download our free e-book now!

Posted by James Snyder on Sat, Mar 19, 2011 @ 16:03 PM

Albert Group Landscaping and Swimming Pools Presents - A Guide to Swimming in Quality an Style.

 

  • See the to 15 Lateset trends in Swimming pool options

  • 5 common errors pool builders make

  • 5 common errors homeowners make

And More!!!

 

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Why a vinyl liner pool costs less than fiberglass – you get less.

Posted by James Snyder on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 @ 59:01 PM

If you are reading this, chances are that you are thinking about investing in a swimming pool. First congratulations, there is no better way of adding excitement and quality family time to your backyard.  But, now it’s time to make some choices.

When deciding  on purchasing  a swimming pool in NY you have 3 basic choices vinyl, gunite(concrete) or fiberglass. New York has long been known as “vinyl country” and for good reason. There are tons of vinyl liner pools in NY. Their design dates back to 1948 when Cascade Industries introduced the Vinyl Liner swimming pool in NJ. Back then - before there was the internet or a compelling fiberglass pool choice there were vinyl liner pools and gunite pools. Now the game has changed with the introduction of the fiberglass swimming pool.

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When fiberglass pools first arrived on the scene they were – well  - not ready for prime-time. The original fiberglass pools had some inherent problems. First was the look of them, they were no more attractive than a bath tub. Second they didn’t react well with pool water - they would blister, fade and yellow - that’s a big problem if you ask me. Today with the aquaguard finish from Leisure Pools USA those problems have been sorted out and fiberglass pools really have only one drawback. They are only available in the sizes and shapes that they offer – no custom jobs. Fortunately they know this and strive to design remarkable pools.  Click here to see the shapes available from Leisure Pools USA.

A few years ago I made a decision to become a “fiberglass pool guy”. With all of the bad press out there about fiberglass I was intrigued. As a Landscape and swimming pool contractor in Orange County NY I had been working with both vinyl and concrete and knew their problems. As I researched fiberglass more I came to realize what was going on. Vinyl and Gunite guys were scared of fiberglass. That is because fiberglass is the fastest growing segment in the pool industry. Fiberglass was already the most popular type of pool being installed in Australia and now it won’t be long until your circa 1948 vinyl liner pool technology is extinct here as well. (NEWSFLASH - Vinyl Liner pools are already is extinct in the southern and western states only the north east remains - for now.)

The problem as I see it with a vinyl swimming pool is that you are not getting much for your money. The fact is that most of what you are paying for in a vinyl pool is labor. And when the labor leaves you are left with a vinyl liner inside some type of wall. They will talk about different wall types and so on, but the fact is I have never seen a properly installed pool wall fail – unless it’s wood. It’s the liner that fails. And when this happens the base of the pool – usually sand or vermiculite – more often than not needs repair as well. A typical liner replacement will set you back 4-7k depending on size. This does not include water or anything else that “pops up”. With a fiberglass pool there are no such associated costs or headaches. Downtime and waiting for a replacement liner to get installed is a thing of the past.

The truth is, in the long run a vinyl liner pool will cost you a lot more to own. Because a vinyl liner doesn’t insulate the water from the ground it costs about 8 times as much to heat. Read fiberglass is an insulator here. Add in the cost of liner replacements and you can start to see the picture.

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Why spending more on a high efficiency pool pump will save you money.

Posted by James Snyder on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 @ 41:10 AM

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When comparing pool pumps there is a lot more to think about than just HP. New high efficiency pumps such as the IntelliFlo VS+SVRS by Pentair are designed to save you money. Although they cost more to buy than a standard pump they will save you money right away. So much so, that if you have a traditional 1-2 HP pump and it’s brand new – throw it away. Don’t get offended, it’s just that today’s high efficiency pumps are just that good. Another benefit to the IntelliFlo VS+SVRS pump is that it has a built in timer and SVRS (safety Vacuum release system). The SVRS feature helps keep you in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Safety Act also known as the VGB laws. If you are building a new pool it is mandatory you follow VGB guidelines, if you have an older pool check your local laws to see if you need to rennovate your pool to comply. All commercial pools must comply. The built in timer is more advanced then your typical pool pump timer allowing you to set up more advanced and energy saving cycles. Check out the video below to learn more about the Intelliflo Variable Speed pumps and how they save you money. Or go here to calculate how much you will save on your pool.

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5 Reasons the ownership experience of a Fiberglass Pool is awesome!

Posted by James Snyder on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 @ 20:12 PM

1.       Leisure Pools USA uses the Patented Aquaguard gel coat finish. The only finish specifically guaranteed not to blister, fade, spider crack, cobalt, yellow, or any other of the bad things that are possible. View the full warranty here. Not to mention - they have the best colors in the industry.

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2.       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 as it is in concrete (gunite) pools. You will not have a “scum” line to scrub as concrete and vinyl do. This means more time to enjoy your pool and less time working on it. A pool is supposed to be fun right?

 

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3.       Fiberglass is an insulator. This means that the heat placed in the pool stays there longer. Whether it’s the sun that heated your pool or you have a heater. You will notice a huge difference. For instance, a 15,000 gallon pool made from concrete or vinyl will take about 3 days to heat using a 400,000 BTU heater. The same size pool in fiberglass may only take 1 day using a 150,000 BTU heater. This is a huge savings. If both heaters are rated at the same efficiency and 8 hour days are used the math works out like this. A vinyl pool using heat for one 8 hour day uses 400,000 BTU’s X 8 hours = 3,200,000 BTU’s  This number times 3 days gives you 9,600,000 BTU’s. Now the same calculations applied to the fiberglass pool using the smaller heater equates to 1,200,000 BTU’s used. Since BTU’s used correlate directly to fuel used you can see that the concrete / vinyl pool uses EIGHT times the fuel to do the same thing. This would be the same as comparing a car that gets 40 miles per gallon to a car that gets 5 miles per gallon. With fiberglass pool owners getting so much better fuel economy it’s no wonder that they open their pools early and close them later in the season.

 

4.       Fiberglass pools by Leisure Pools USA never need to be resurfaced and they do not have liners to replace. Did you know that concrete (gunite) need to be resurfaced every 10 years. The average cost for this is in the $12,000 - $15,000 range. Not only that, Every 3 years it needs to be acid washed. These items are so costly that most people just skip it. This leads to further damage and poor water chemistry. This in turn leads to wearing out plumbing and equipment. My dad told me something when I was a kid – “If you neglect to repair – you will despair”. And in this case it fits perfectly.  Vinyl pools have their own hidden maintenance costs. Liners rarely last more than 7-10 years these days. Twenty years ago liners were built to last. These days that is just not the case. First fading sets in – so even if it still holds water who wants to look at it? Second it is not uncommon for an animal to get in the pool and tear the liner. Ditto for other foreign objects such as branches, rocks, etc. And then there is just plain old bad luck. Liners are never warranted against anything except the seams coming apart. And even when that happens the warranty is pro-rated and issued as a discount on the cost of  buying another liner – labor for installing the new liner and disposal of the old one is not included, neither is water. On a five year old liner you would be lucky to get $300 towards a $4,000 - $6,000 liner job.

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5.       The installation goes WAY faster. The pool portion of the project is faster because of the one piece pool shell. Gunite pools typically take 45-60 days to complete and vinyl liner pools can easily take 35 days. A typical fiberglass pool will be done in under 10 days.

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3D Landscape and Pool design, You only have one shot to get it right!

Posted by James Snyder on Fri, Feb 04, 2011 @ 41:08 PM

Designing landscapes and swimming pools is what I do. So it should come as no surprise that I can visualize the project before it's even started. That being said, when it comes to landscape design there are so many variables that it may take several attempts to get the design exactly the way the client wants. This is where designing in 3D helps you - the client - visualize what I am talking about.

For instance when I design an outdoor kitchen grill area would you rather see this:Outdoor Kitchen Grill

Or this:3d landscape contractor monroe ny

Even though both pictures represent the exact same thing it is much easier to see the look I am going for in the bottom picture. That is because you don't have to imagine things like the counter overhanging the stools, you can see it.

Check out the video below walking you through a drawing. This will give you a sense of the creative process I use for designing outdoor living areas for my clients. And as always if you would like us to come out and give you a complimentary consultation all you have to do is ask.

Albert Group Landscaping Featured in upcoming Issue of Pool & Spa News

Posted by James Snyder on Sat, Dec 11, 2010 @ 19:09 PM

About 2 months ago I received a call from Dan Schechner of Pool & Spa News to interview me about my thoughts on the fiberglass pool industry. I have to say it was quite an honor to be asked to take part in their article. Also featured in the article are Marcus Sheridan of River Pools and Spas, Todd Emmerson of Signature Pools & Spas, Mark Peditto of Artistic Pools, and Kent Carpenter of The Fiberglass Pool Depot all of which are leaders in the swimming pool industry.

Well, without further ado... CLICK HERE

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http://www.poolspanews.com/2010/121/121fiberglass.html

Check out our new Holiday Giveaway

Posted by James Snyder on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 @ 59:09 PM

Albert Group is now offering a holiday giveaway. Purchase an inground pool before December 25, 2010 and receive a free gift.

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