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Swimming Pool Water Color and What Affects It.

Posted by Larry Rogers on Mon, Mar 30, 2015


Concrete (gunite) pools have created the opportunity for unlimited customization. Pool buyers are no longer limited to cookie cutter shapes and sizes, and limited liner options. Your pool builders experience and skill is the only limiting factor to what can be created. Home owners with small yards can have pools designed specifically to fit that space. Gunite pool contractors can design waterscapes that accommodate sloped yards, and many other factors that would have prevented the installation of a traditional pool.

With a high degree of customization, comes with decisions to make when you are planning your future pool project. One of these decisions is choosing the interior "finish" of your pool. Plaster and Aggregate are the main two choices, and they each come in a variety of colors and can be accented with different types of ceramic, glass, and stone tiles to give each pool a unique look.

No matter which type of finish you decide to go with, achieving your perfect swimming pool water color is not quite as simple as picking one from a group of swatches. That’s the best place to start, and can get you reasonably close, but it’s important to be aware of the other factors that will affect the color. 

You should start with an idea of the "color pallete" you want to achieve. Do you want a bright aqua or blue shade, a deeper more muted blue, a dark aqua or green etc.?  Your pool designer should help you choose a pool finish color that will create the motiff you are trying to achieve, while taking into consideration the other factors that will affect the color.

One of the less controllable factors is the environment around your poolscape . Some environmental factors will change from time to time, like the weather. Your pool water is going to look considerably different on an overcast day than on a bright and sunny day. Most everyone is aware of that, and know that it’s just a temporary change that shouldn’t really affect your decision. Other environmental factors are more constant. If your yard is heavily shaded by trees or existing structures, this is going to darken whatever pool color you select. The colors surrounding the pool will sometimes reflect off of the water and affect the color as well. You’ll want to select a finish color that will harmonize well with the natural surroundings.


Another factor that affects water color is the depth of the pool. The more depth a pool has, the deeper the color will be. A pool with a white plaster finish will be a very light blue over shallow steps or ledges, and a deeper blue over the deepest area of the pool. The photo to the right is an example of this. Notice how the gray finish looks different on the tanning ledge than the lower steps. Adjacent hot tubs (spas) can sometimes appear lighter than the pool as well, even though the finish is the same.

Water movement can impact the color as well. A pool with a fountain or waterfall will look more vibrant because of the light prisms created by the moving water. It doesn’t exactly change the color of the water, it’s more that it adds depth and variation to the color.

The final factor that affects the color is the water itself. If the water is cloudy or if there is algae present, this will obviously change the color of the pool. Cloudy water will not reflect the light in the same way crystal clear water will and you will loose that depth and vibrance. Water that is green with algae, or yellow because of high iron levels will drastically affect the color as well. So, if your water color isn't perfect at first, don't panic, all of these scenarios can be prevented by proper water treatment and filtration.  With proper water hydraulics and the right equipment, pool water today is easier to maintain than ever before.

If you would like to discuss pool finish options or schedule your no cost yard evaluation and consultation, give us a call at (501) 664-6861.


Choosing Your Swimming Pool Decking

Posted by Larry Rogers on Fri, Feb 6, 2015

When you begin to plan your backyard project, you will find there are decisions you will have to make. Some of them are small decisions, like what type of plants you may want to landscape with. Some decisions are much more important, like choosing the shape of your pool. That is a permanent decision you'll want to get right the first time. Each decision offers you the opportunity to create a unique backyard oasis that is tailored to your family's needs. One of the decisions is choosing your swimming pool decking (patio around the pool). While this may not be as exciting as selecting pool features, it can have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your backyard project. Here are some of the most common pool decking options you will have to choose from. 


DarkDeckingThe most basic decking is concrete with a “broom finish.” This is simply concrete that is finished by pulling a special broom across the troweled surface. This is the most economical of all decking options. If you want to take it a step further, you can have the concrete stained and sealed after the concrete has cured. Basic concrete can also be scored to give the impression of tiles or a diamond pattern.

Exposed aggregate is a variation of basic concrete. Little bits of crushed rock, or small river stones are pressed into the wet concrete to create a more durable, highly textured, slip resistant surface. This is much less popular today than it has been in the past, but some home owners still choose this type of decking.

Another option with concrete is to have it stamped. In this case the stain is usually added to the wet concrete instead of being applied after it cures. Rubber mats are used to stamp the texture into the concrete. After the concrete is cured, this concrete is also sealed to protect it from the elements and pool chemicals. There are many different stamp patterns to choose from and a variety of colors that are available. It can mimic brick, slate, and flagstone at a lower cost than the actual materials.

Because of the smooth texture of stamped concrete once the sealant is added, this can create a surface that is more slick than the “broom finished” concrete. An anti-skid agent can be mixed with the sealant to make it less slippery, but it will still be slicker than most other decking options. 

The biggest downside to any concrete option is it’s tendency to crack. Contractors should place control joints to control where the concrete cracks, but it is still possible for it to crack elsewhere. If you have a stained concrete it may also need to be resealed periodically.


(Decking types left to right: aggregate, broom finish, stamped and stained.)


Pavers are a completely different type of decking option. These are brick like pieces that are made of concrete. Factories use a variety of coloring agents and molds to create pavers of different size, shapes, and colors. Most of the time, they are installed over a well-compacted base material topped with a 1-inch sand setting bed. After they are laid, the joints can be filled with polymer sand. Pavers offer a pool decking that is durable and slip resistant, with the look of natural stone. They can easily be added to or removed, and offer easy access to the ground underneath if any maintenance issues ever arise.

Pavers are somewhat more costly than poured concrete because of the extra labor cost. If the ground under them isn’t properly compacted, areas can settle over time leaving slightly sunken areas in the decking.  This is the least option we do at Parrot Bay Pools.



Another option Parrot Bay offers is natural stone decking. There are many different types of stone that are used to create beautiful pool decks. Most of them are very durable, have a non-slip surface, and resist moisture and heat. Some types of stone vary greatly in size and shape while others are much more uniform. Stone is usually the most expensive decking option because the materials are much more costly, but stone can also create some of the most beautiful and organic looking pool decks.

Parrot Bay Pools concrete contractors are members of the American Society of Concrete Contractors 

(ASCC)  Improving concrete finishes through education, maintenance and repair of concrete structures.



Still have questions? Call us today at 501.664.6861 to discuss pool decking materials in detail, or to schedule a free consultation and yard evaluation. 

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Finish Your Pool Project Before The Season Begins

Posted by Larry Rogers on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

pool project planning

With temperatures hovering around freezing this week, planning a pool project is the last thing on most people’s minds. But, waiting until the warmer weather encourages you to seek out a pool builder, your backyard project may not be ready until after summer is well underway. While it takes 8-10 weeks to finish most backyard projects, what customers don’t always take into account is that most "reputable" pool contractors will not be able to begin right away.  If there are several other projects in front of yours, the contractor may be a couple months away from breaking ground on your pool. Add 8-10 weeks onto that and April is the earliest new projects will be finished. If you are seriously considering a backyard project and want to get the most out of it this summer, NOW is the time to begin your search.

Below are some resources to help you get started:

In Ground Swimming Pool Financing

Getting the Most Out of Your Backyard Pool Planning Consultation

Selecting a Pool Shape - What is right for your family?

Thinking About Planning an Outdoor Kitchen? There are Three Things You Must Know




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Arkansas Soil Types amid Swimming Pool Construction

Posted by Larry Rogers on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

My neighbors pool down the street has all these wrinkles in the bottom of their liner.

A person I work with has a pool and their patio decking around the pool has separated from the other part of the patio.

These are typical comments I hear from potential customers when I meet with them.  Most of these issues are related to the soil conditions that exist in their yard space.  I have written an article that might place some of this in proper perspective.

A swimming pool is ultimately supported by the ground around it. The ground can be comprised or bedrock, soil or a combination of the two. The only concern with bedrock is how to excavate the space, but with ground that is part soil or completely made up of soil, things get a little more complicated. Your pool builder will have to take into account the type of soil and how it will affect your swimming pool and the surrounding decking. Each type of soil comes with a unique set of challenges that we want you to be aware of so you can ask your pool builder how they will handle problems that might arise with your soil type.  Additionally, determining what type of pool shell to place in your yard could depend on your "soil type".

The soil issues that are most likely to affect Arkansas pool builders are: 

  • Expansive clay
  • Ground water during excavation
  • Lateral (sideways) soil support
  • Pool shell settlement

While this isn't as common in Arkansas because of our warmer climate, "frost heave" is also something you should be aware of.

Expansive Clay is one of the biggest concerns for pool builders in Arkansas because it is a very common soil type here that can create expensive problems if the pool isn't built to accommodate it. Clay soils undergo volume changes with moisture variations. When there is more moisture available, they can swell, and when they dry out, they shrink. The forces behind this volume change can be substantial, easily enough to lift concrete decking and even a pool shell. This soil can be found through out the United States, but it is more of a problem in areas with semi-arid climates (Arkansas) where there is a distinct wet and dry season. 

The maximum depth to which clay soils seasonally change moisture content (and therefore volume) is known as the active zone. If the active zone is greater than the pool depth, expanding clay soil can readily lift a pool (expansion pressure can be as much as 15,000 pounds per square foot). If this is the case with your project, your pool builder has a couple different options. The structure can be strengthened to help it move as a complete unit or it can be separated from the soil using piers and void boxes. 

However, it is more common for the active zone to be less than the pool depth. In this case the only complication could be decking that rises and potentially cracks. This is known as deck heave. There are two common methods to deal with this. One is to remove 6 - 24 inches of the expansive soil and replace it with a non-swelling soil. The other option is to cause the clay to swell before the construction by pre-moistening it. 


(pool excavation site with expansive clay)

Ground Water is another problem your pool builder may encounter. It can be problematic during swimming pool construction and long term. Ground water can seep in through the excavated walls and cause instabilities and cave-ins. Pooled water at the bottom of the excavation site can also hinder placement of reinforcement materials and gunite.

If the groundwater seepage is not excessive, then the most common approach is to place a layer of clean gravel (6 to 12 inches) in the bottom of the excavation with a sump pump installed near the main drain area. 

The buoyant force from elevated ground water can cause the pool to float and pop out of the ground if it is empty. Any time groundwater is present, a pressure relief valve should be installed in the bottom of the pool along with a gravel layer, which allows water to easily flow to the valve. Always consult a pool professional before draining your swimming pool.

Lateral (sideways) Support is necessary to support the weight of the pool walls and water. The soil around the pool should "push back" against this weight and support the pool shell. The problem occurs when the soil around the pool hasn't been properly compacted. If the soil is loose it is softer and can't always support the weight of the pool. This is usually seen in spaces that have had fill dirt brought in like new construction sites. If the new soil is not properly compacted, it won't offer as much support as the swimming pool needs. Pool builders can work around this by structurally strengthening the pool (gunite / concrete pool ) so it acts as a free standing pool instead of relying on the support of the soil. 

Pool Shell Settlement much like lateral support is a problem only when new soil has been brought in and is not properly compacted. If the fill has been placed under controlled conditions with proper moisture conditioning, compaction and testing, it is known as “engineered fill” and may be relied on for structural support, (parrot bay pools in this case, always gets the soils engineer to "sign off" on the compaction testing, before proceeding).  If not, it is known as “uncontrolled fill,” and it cannot be relied on for structural support of a pool shell. Building a pool on uncontrolled fill can result in cracking once the pool settles.

Frost Heave is something we are unlikely to see in Arkansas because it usually only occurs where there is sustained freezing. However, it doesn't hurt to be aware of it. It happens when rising moisture within the soil is trapped below a frozen surface layer. The moisture condenses and freezes along the bottom of the layer, forming “lenses” of ice. Over time, these lenses can build up and cause the ground (or decking) to heave and crack. If a pool is drained over the winter, frost heave can crack the floor of the pool. The best defense against this is well drained soil and not allowing water to pool around the shell and decking. The pool should also not be drained over the winter unless your contractor assures you of good drainage in the underlying subsoil.

l you have any questions or concerns about your soil type, chances are we have dealt with soil types previously in your area. If you would like to discuss this you can call our office at 501-664-6861 or email larry@parrotbaypools.com.

Click here to see a video of the excavation or read about the concrete pool construction process here.



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Getting the Most Out of Your Backyard and Pool Planning Consultation

Posted by Larry Rogers on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

At Parrot Bay Pools we offer a no charge consultation to anyone interested in starting a backyard project. You have probably seen this mentioned on our site and may be curious about what all it entails. During your consultation, we will come visit with you in your backyard. We will ask you about what type of swimming pool you are envisioning and features you would potentially like to include in the pool design. We will also evaluate your yard for slope, drainage, sun exposure, environmental factors, any utilities that have to be avoided or rerouted, anything that has to be cleared (ie trees, decking, etc), and determine an access point for the excavation machinery. All of these things help us determine the cost of your project and are necessary before we can present you with a finished 3D interactive design and a proposal.
We want you to get the most our of your consultation, so we have put together this checklist to help you prepare.
  • If you live in the City, know where your sewer clean-out is located, or if you live outside the city, know where your septic lines are located.
  • If you live in the City, obtain a copy of your legal survey that depicts the house on the lot. (Below is an example of one)


  • Know where your gas meter is located if you are considering a heater or possibly a spa / hot tub.
  • If you have trees, know which ones you are willing to part with.
  • Have an understanding of how heavy equipment is going to enter and exit your yard.
  • Know if there are and utilities in the yard where the pool is going to be placed, i.e., water, electric, gas, phone / cable lines.
  • Know if there are any drainage issues that effect how water runs off the yard.
  • Know your primary visual focal point looking from inside the house to the outside where the pool is going to be located.
  • Have an understanding of your fencing requirements if applicable, i.e., homeowners insurance requirements, neighborhood assoc., etc.
  • Pool Shape is very important, have some knowledge of what appeals to you and your family regarding this important aspect. We have a blog article with more information on this here.
  • If you will need financing know what options are available and what type of budget you will be able to qualify for. If you don't already have a bank in mind, here is an option we direct customers to for financing.


Thinking About Planning an Outdoor Kitchen? There Are Three Things You Must Know.

Posted by Larry Rogers on Fri, Aug 8, 2014


Outdoor kitchens range from simple to extravagant. Some may be just a grill, some counter space and a mini fridge. Others may be, not just a kitchen with everything you need to prepare, cook serve and clean up a meal, but a dinning and living area as well, complete with couches, tables, fireplaces and even flat screen TVs. Whatever the size of your outdoor kitchen it can turn your backyard into a great place to entertain. Put it near your pool and your guests may never want to leave. Here are 3 things to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen


An outdoor kitchen done right should include 4 separate functional zones: a hot zone, a dry zone, a wet zone and a cold zone. Here's a graphic explaining some things each of the zones may include.

Outdoor Kitchen Zones

2. Extending the Outdoor Entertaining Season

You will also want to do what you can to make your outdoor kitchen and dining area comfortable year round. Here are some tips for extending the use of your space.



Outdoor seating3. SEATING

No one wants to be cooking alone while everyone else is socializing out of ear shot. If you create seating around your outdoor kitchen it will allow you to participate in the conversations while you are preparing the food instead of being isolated. If your kitchen is next to your pool a swim up bar with built in seating is an option that allows your guests to socialize without having to leave the pool. You'll want seating outside the pool as well for guests that aren't wanting to swim and for the colder months when it's too cold to be in the water.

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Ozone: Should you use it in your swimming pool?

Posted by Larry Rogers on Wed, Jul 9, 2014


Recently we shared with you about chlorine generators (also known as salt water pools). We told you how they work, what people love about them and what the drawbacks are. If you missed that article you can read it here. Today we have another type of system to share with you, one that is a little less well known – Ozonators.

These systems, as you probably guessed, generate ozone. Using an ozonator in your pool can result in:

1. A lower level of chlorine needed

2. An absence of irritating chloramines

3. Less fussing with pH

4. Water that is bright and clear

As with all systems though, there are also disadvantages, but before we get into those let's talk about what ozone is and how ozonators work.

What is ozone?

Ozone molecules are three oxygen atoms stuck together (O3). Normal oxygen in the atmosphere is two oxygen atoms (O2). While there is ozone in the air around us it is fairly uncommon. Natural generation of ozone can occur during a lightning storm and gives the air that fresh, clean smell that follows the storm.

So why use ozone in your swimming pool? Ozone is a very strong oxidizer, much stronger than chlorine. An oxidizer is a compound that burns something up very slowly. For example, a leaf that has fallen in a chlorine pool will be oxidized after just a few days, and the leaf will be almost completely consumed by the chlorine. Even though ozone is not an oxidizer and sanitizer like chlorine, it is such a strong oxidizer that it basically accomplishes the same thing. When ozone comes in contact with particles in the water (algae, viruses, bacteria etc.) the 3rd loosely attached oxygen molecule breaks free and attaches to the particle, which is then destroyed.

How is ozone made?

Now that you know what it is, here's how it is made. There are two basic types of ozone generators:

UV – A system that uses ultra violet light to create the ozone

CD – Uses something called corona discharge to create ozone (this is electricity, like in a thunderstorm)

Both methods serve the same purpose, which is splitting up O2 molecules and recombining them to make O3 (ozone). The CD systems are advertised to make much more ozone than the UV systems which appear to be on their way out. After the ozone is made, it is sucked through a low pressure point in the jet where it is mixed thoroughly with the pool water.


What are the disadvantages? 

The biggest drawback to ozone also happens to be it's greatest strength: it is highly reactive and volatile. It is quick to attach to, and destroy all types of things that may be living in your pool water. Because it is so quick at what it does, it also isn't around very long. The system has to run almost constantly because there is no ozone left in the water soon after it stops. It completely dissipates. This leads us to another problem. It you have an algae colony growing on the opposite side of your pool, chances are the ozone will never make it there. The ozone is almost completely consumed shortly after it makes its way out of the jet, if not before. The solution is simple though. A small amount of chlorine, like what is introduced through a floating tablet is enough to keep the algae growth at bay.

So why use an ozone system at all?

Why not just use chlorine? To keep it simple, when chlorine is introduced into the pool it creates two types of compounds. The proportions of each is determined by the pH level. One of these two compounds forms chloramines when it is combined with sweat, makeup, sunscreen, body oils etc. The chloramine, as we've stated previously, is responsible for skin and eye irritation and the “chlorine” smell. Since ozone is such a powerful oxidizer all of the chloramines present are quickly oxidized.

In conclusion, ozone generators are not an end to your swimming pool maintenance. You'll still have to test your water on a regular basis, and do the standard cleaning. You will have less chemicals to buy though, and dramatically lower levels of chlorine. You will also have a pool that is chloramine free with brighter crisper looking water.


If your interested in talking about or converting to saltwater, ozonation or even traditional chlorine systems, give us a call at (501) 664-6861. We would be happy to provide you with the information you will need to make an informed decision. 

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Salt Water Pools - Pros and Cons

Posted by Larry Rogers on Wed, Jun 18, 2014


Since the early 2000s salt water swimming pools have grown in popularity and become more well known. What makes a salt water pool different from a traditional chlorine pool is it's chlorine generator. Yes, salt water pools have chlorine in them too. We don't want to persuade you to choose or not choose a salt water pool, we just want you to be able to make an informed decision and not face any surprises along the way. Here's a brief overview of how a chlorine generator (salt pool) works and the pros and cons associated with it. 

1. Instead of adding chlorine regularly to the pool, salt is added to the water creating a mild saline solution. The solution is about 1/10 as salty as the ocean and made by adding the same salt you sprinkle on your dinner. 

2. As the water passes through the filtration system daily it also goes through the attached chlorine generator. Electrolysis converts the salt in the water to chlorine gas that is dissolved in the water. The gas oxidizes (kills) bacteria, viruses and algae that build up in the water, keeping your pool water clean.

3. The process is recycleable so it doesn't consume the salt. It can be used over and over again. When the chlorine breaks down it turns into salt again and the process starts over. 

So now that you know how it works what are the pros and cons?

Chlorine GeneratorPros:


Even though salt water pools do have chlorine in them, because of the method in which the chlorine is delivered into the pool there is much less chloramine. Chloramine is what is responsible for the chlorine smell, and dry and irritated eyes and skin. The water you will typically find in salt water pools not only feels much softer and almost silky on your skin, it also won't irritate your eyes and skin. 

Chemical Difference

Because the chlorine generator is creating the sanitizer you do not have to continually handle chlorine tablets or store them in your garage. 


Pool maintenance is more "hands-off" with the salt system since it is simply producing the chlorine as needed. That said you still have to monitor pool water chemistry periodically and make sure that the water is balanced properly. 

Lower Monthly Cost

Initially the cost of the salt system is greater, but you will save a significant amount monthly on pool chemicals.



Salt Cell Maintenance

The metal cells inside the generator will need to be cleaned periodically. If there is a visible calcium build up on them they will stop generating the necessary level of chlorine. Cleaning them too frequently or improperly though can cause them to fail and you will have to replace them. 


If you are wanting a salt water pool there are certain types of metals, coping and decking you may want to avoid. The saltwater can cause them to corrode prematurely. The decking can be sealed occasionally to prevent corrosion or pitting. 

Initial Cost

The upfront cost will be more expensive than a traditional chlorine pool. You will be able to offset the cost with the money saved on chlorine tablets, but it will still cost more upfront.

Parrot Bay Pools is a Little Rock pool company that has been installing salt systems since 2001. If you have any questions regarding a salt water pool call us at (501) 664-6861. 

Coming Soon: 

Keep an eye out for our next article on ozonation, a third type of water sanitation system. You will want to read about this system before you make a decision. 

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Swimming Pool Shapes - What's right for your family?

Posted by Larry Rogers on Thu, May 8, 2014

 Pool Shapes

 Once you’ve decided to add a pool to your backyard and have gotten an idea of what type of pool financing is available to you, you’ll be ready to get started on your design. It’s important you know what financing options you have prior to the design phase so you know what your available budget is.

 A lot of thought should go into your pool shape and style. There are several factors that will play a part in determining that shape. Function is a big factor. It’s important to know what you want to be able to use the pool for and to consider all the users. Will it be a family oriented pool that will incorporate a diving board, slide, grotto or other features your kids may enjoy? Or, maybe the pools primary function is to provide an oasis from the Arkansas heat, someplace to unwind from a busy week where every feature revolves around escape and relaxation. If that’s the case you may want to be able to incorporate features like a shallow tanning reef, swim up bar, or a relaxing water feature. If you want to extend the use of your pool into the cooler months, spas, firepits, or outdoor kitchens may also need to be incorporated into the design.

 In addition to function, your available yard space also needs to be taken into consideration. You may need a strategic pool design to make the most of a small or oddly shaped yard, or perhaps you have more space than you literally know what to do with. Both are scenarios that our experienced designers and pool builders at Parrot Bay Pools knows how to deal with.

So what are the pool shapes that are available? They basically fall into two categories, Geometric and freeform.

Rectangular or Geometric Pools

Geometric Pools 2

 Rectangular pools, in addition to dating back to ancient times were also the earliest style of residential swimming pools in the homes of the rich and famous. Rectangular pools can be the perfect complement to both classic and modern homes.

 Sleek, clean edges give some geometric pools a modern look while a simple rectangular pool with a radius at each end and symmetrical curves in the corner have a more classic feel. Both pools are more formal. Infinity edge pools also tend to be more geometric. Most have a straight or bowed edge. These pools are commonly seen in yards with views that overlook water or other expansive scenery. L-Shaped and Lazy L-Shaped are two other popular pool shapes would also fall under rectangular or geometric.

Naturalistic or Freeform Pools

Freeform Pools

 In contrast with geometric pools, freeform pools are made up soft curves. These concrete (gunite) pools can be built in an infinite amount of pool shapes. Contemporary freeform pools often have natural rock or waterfall features that are designed to resemble a natural lake, lagoon or oasis. They are usually surrounded by lush landscaping and blend seamlessly with the rest of the yard.

 These pools can be built into almost any yard including those that are oddly shaped, have limited space or a sloping landscape. These gunite pools can be built with a wide range of features including:

  • Beach entry or built in steps

  • Deeper areas for diving pools

  • Built in seating

  • Built in tables or bar areas

  • Tanning reefs

  • Waterfalls, fountains and bubblers

  • Spas

  • Grottos

  • and may other custom options


 If your still not sure which pool shape and style are a perfect fit for you and your yard call our designers (501) 664-6861. After we review your yard and know what you are looking for in a pool we can show you a 3D video presentation of what the design will look like in your back yard.

While your still trying to gather ideas be sure and take a look at our Pinterest account. We recommend that you start a pool building inspiration board and keep track of all your favorite features and designs. 

Tags: Swimming Pool Shapes, Geometric Pools, Freeform Pools, Pool Builder, Gunite Pools, Concrete Pools, Custom Swimming Pools

Measuring Cost of Swimming Pool Ownership

Posted by Larry Rogers on Tue, Oct 8, 2013

We have constructed many pool projects that cost around 35K and some 70K.  Believe it or not, the 35K project may have a higher "cost of ownership" vs. a 70K project. Let me explain.  Many clients just want a pool in their backyard.  Open it up in May and close it down at the end of September.  Five months of fun and then winterize and cover it up until next year.  No more going out to the poolscape and taken in the scenery.  

Some clients who wish to have a spa combined with their pool project, continue to use their poolscape to enjoy the thermal water of the spa all year round, and more often than not, end up with a firepit to take the chill off in the cooler weather.  All new pools today have freeze protection built in, so if you choose not to winterize you are protected from pipe freeze up.  So let's break this down in terms of monies invested.  If you use your spa twice a week during the "off" season, continue to enjoy the backyard living space for the next seven months before it gets warm enough to go swimming, how much is that 70K project really costing you in terms of ownership. Less than the 35K in terms of "usage and enjoyment".  

Ex.  Over a five year period (60 months) and usage is for five months out of the year for five years, then 25 Months divided into 35K = 1400 / year cost of ownership.  Same peroid, 60 Months divided into 70K =1,166 / year cost of ownership.  You can see how this plays out in your backyard project.  You don't always have to bear the cost of owning a spa either, you can add water features, firepits, even a small cook center to enjoy the outdoor living space at a small cost to your overall project.  These add ons will allow the family to continue going outside to enjoy their investment once the cooler weather arrives.  It just needs to be planned / designed on the front end of your pool project so everything looks custom to the project and not "piece milled" or "backed in".  

Planning and designing pool projects for Arkansas weather conditions takes experience and better yet, having an understanding of how our clients really live their lives.  This is a balancing formula that allows Parrot Bay Pools to design your backyard oasis in a manner consistent with your lifestyle and budget.  This 3D video below is an example of a backyard project we designed which illustrates year round features, and lowers their cost of ownership as it allows year round enjoyment.   



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