Facts: Why Choose Fiberglass for Your Future Pool

As you begin to explore options for your future inground swimming pool, there are three common types of installations: Concrete/Gunite, Vinyl Liner, and Fiberglass. All three have different pros and cons that might make one better for your specific needs, however in nearly all cases you'll find that the unique aspects of fiberglass make it the most versatile, longest lasting, and highest quality pool available.

Maintenance

Fiberglass pools are by far the easiest pools to maintain. Why? The top surface of a fiberglass pool, the gelcoat, is virtually non-porous which means that it's very difficult for dirt, algae, and other contaminants to take hold in the pool surface. In comparison, concrete pool is full of nooks and crannies for algae to grab onto. Weekly brushing is required to prevent algae buildup and to keep the plaster or pebble surface free of calcium that collects on the tile line.

In addition, chemical usage in concrete pools is much higher because of the need to penetrate the pool surface to kill algae. Concrete pools require daily doses of muriatic acid to lower the pH of the water. This is because concrete is alkaline based and constantly increases the pH of pool water. Fiberglass pools, on the other hand, are inert and do not effect water chemistry in any way. Fiberglass pool owners typically spend 75% less money maintaining their pools. 

 

Installation

Fiberglass pool shells come delivered in a single piece, and are installed by a crane. A typical installation time is 2-3 days including excavation and plumbing. Compare that to 2-3 weeks for a liner pool, and several months for a concrete pool. Fiberglass gets you swimming sooner!

 

 

Durability and Longevity

Fiberglass pools don't use a vinyl liner, so there are no costly liner replacements over the life of the pool. The surface of a San Juan Fiberglass Pool uses 100% hand laid fiberglass sheets. Using a sturdy combination of hand-laid fiberglass sheets, Woven Roving and Vinyl Esther Resin – they produce the strongest fiberglass pool shell on the market! Vinyl liners can be $4k-$6k to replace, and tears and punctures can happen from dogs getting in the pool, tree branches, patio furniture blown into the pool, etc.

 

Cost to Own

Check out this graphic which outlines average costs of ownership of various types of pools over a 10-year period:

 

Fiberglass swimming pools are great for those who:

  • Have a budget of $35k and up
  • Can find a fiberglass swimming pool design that meets their needs
  • Want low maintenance
  • Want a pool that doesn't cost a fortune in the long run
  • Want a quick and relatively pain-free installation

Text or call our San Juan Fiberglass Pool specialists today at (315) 291-8800 to get a quote! Installation still available for Summer 2021!


Jacuzzi Black Friday Sale!

If you've been on the fence about securing your new hot tub from incoming inventory, now is the time to jump! Between now and November 30th, you can save big and get get upgraded accessory packages on qualifying purchases of new Jacuzzi Hot Tubs! Enjoy up to $1000 off, or special financing on any J-300/400/500 Series hot tub! Order before the holidays to receive a special Spa Accessory Gift Basket to exchange alongside your holiday gifts with friends and family. 

Visit our Taft Rd. location and check out our available inventory for prompt delivery, or reserve your new spa from our incoming inventory and save! Custom, made to order spas are also available. Enjoy big discounts, and premium accessory packages on the entire Jacuzzi lineup. Let us show you how a new Jacuzzi Hot Tub can improve your sleep, improve your mood, and improve your day-to-day life!

J-400/J-500 Series: $1000 Instant Cash Rebate

J-300/J-LX Series: $400 Instant Cash Rebate

or 0% APR for 48mo. Financing on approved credit* through Wells Fargo

Every qualifying tub comes complete with included Steps, Cover, Cover Lifter, Starter Chemicals, and Free Local Delivery (within 50 miles).

Shop in person, or via text! Our Spa Specialists will be standing by to answer questions, and share photos, videos, and other information on the Tarson Pools Textline- (315) 291-8800 or stop by our Taft Rd. location to see our in stock models.


NYS Fair

"NYS State Fair" Virtual Truckload Event

Just like you, we're disappointed that the NYS State Fair was cancelled, but that doesn't mean we can't still offer you the same great specials! We have several truckloads of brand new, premium Jacuzzi Hot Tubs onsite, and en route to us for our Virtual Truckload Sale 8/13/2020 through 8/23/2020. Enjoy up to $1000 off, or special financing on any J-300/400/500 Series hot tub!

Visit our Taft Rd. location and check out our available inventory for prompt delivery, or reserve your new spa from our incoming inventory and save! Custom, made to order spas are also available. Enjoy big discounts, and premium accessory packages on the entire Jacuzzi lineup. Let us show you how a new Jacuzzi Hot Tub can improve your sleep, improve your mood, and improve your day-to-day life!

J-400/J-500 Series: $1000 Instant Cash Rebate

J-300/J-LX Series: $400 Instant Cash Rebate

or 0% APR for 36mo. Financing on approved credit* through Wells Fargo

Every qualifying tub comes complete with included Steps, Cover, Cover Lifter, Starter Chemicals, and Free Local Delivery (within 50 miles).

 

Shop in person, or via text! Our Spa Specialists will be standing by to answer questions, and share photos, videos, and other information on the Tarson Pools Textline- text FAIR to (315) 291-8800 or stop by our Taft Rd. location to see our in stock models.

 

*The Wells Fargo Outdoor Solutions credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., an Equal Housing Lender. Special terms for 3 years (36 months) apply to qualifying purchases of $3,000 or more charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 08/08/2020 and is subject to change. For current information, call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 08/24/2020.

Chlorine Hand Dipping in Pool Test Stripes

Let's Explore the History of Chlorine in Pools

For the last hundred years or so, chlorine (in one form or another) has been the go-to option for pool and spa sanitation. But, have you ever wondered why or how? Over this series of posts surrounding the history of chlorine and its use in pools we're going to dive into how chlorine became the de-facto choice for water treatment, explore its role in the rise of the swimming pool, and offer some insight on newer technologies that can help to ween our dependence, and exposure to chlorine.

Chlorine Molecule (Gas)

While there's plenty of evidence to show that the Ancient Romans and Greeks were prolific users of "public baths" (early precursors to the swimming pool), for much of western history, bathing was performed only infrequently and very few people even knew how to swim.  In the nineteenth century, British enjoyed public baths in India and Japan and brought the modern concept of the swimming pool back home to England. Prior to the use of chlorine, water wasn't really "treated" at all. It was filtered through large sand filters and changed often as it became foul. In 1894, however, it was first suggested to use chlorine to disinfect water to make it "germ-free", and following a serious outbreak of typhoid fever caused by a faulty sand filter in England in 1905, chlorination became the norm. The practice made its way to the US via New Jersey's Boonton Reservoir, in 1908. By the mid-1900's waterworks engineers had mastered the use of chlorine and filtration, and educators and health professionals appreciated the value of swimming for physical fitness.  All of the elements of the "modern" swimming pool were in place, and in 1910 Brown University's 70,000-gallon Colgate Hoyt Pool was chlorinated by graduate student John Wymond Miller Bunker and became the first pool to use chlorination as its primary method of disinfection. He published his findings in a paper called "Hygenie of the Swimming Pool" in the  American Journal of Public Hygiene,  Bunker applied hyperchlorite of lime (calcium hypochlorite) to 2L of pool water at a concentration of 1 ppm. According to the New York Times, the pool remained sterile for four days.

Sodium Hypochlorite Molecule (Liquid Bleach)

Chlorine kills bacteria though a fairly simple chemical reaction. The liquid chlorine solution you pour into the water (sodium hypochlorite) breaks down into many different chemicals, including hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hypochlorite ion (OCl-). Both kill microorganisms and bacteria by attacking the lipids in the cell walls and destroying the enzymes and structures inside the cell, rendering them oxidized and harmless. Once the HOCl and OCl- are done cleaning the pool, they either combine with another chemical, such as ammonia, or are broken down into single atoms where they pose little to no health risk to us.

While there's more to "dive into" on the science behind how we keep your water safe and clean, keep posted for more posts as we explore pool and spa water treatment.