New For 2013

With the introduction of a radical new floor, Plaza, CGT has extended their liner pattern collection with the addition of three new patterns we are proud to add to our offerings for the 2013 pool season. Bourbon St, Hudson and Somerset, as well as All Plaza with no tile are in stock and ready to brighten up you yard. Whether your renovating an existing pool or starting from scratch to build you own backyard paradise our 2013 Vinyl Selection has something to match your style. [nggallery id=7]

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Canadian Pool and Spa Expo 2010

Despite the snow we will be exhibiting at the 2010 Canadian Pool and Spa Expo December 8th and 9th. If you are in the industry and are attending the expo stop by booth 300 and see us. We have out 2011 Early Buy program available to be picked up there, as well as showing the two new patterns added to the Vinyl Collection for next year. If you won't be at the show contact us (via email, fax or phone) to get a copy of the Early Buy sent to you.

Pump Sizing

A question we get asked a lot is "How big a pump do I need for my pool?" The answer is as diverse as the pools out there but, let me make a few points to start you in the right direction. First, to get the best filtration you want the water moving as slow as possible. If you get a small filter and a big pump you going to litteraly push debris through the filtration media (sand, DE or cartridge). What this means is to use bigger plumbing so you can move the same amount of water at a slower speed and get the right, or even over sized, filter.

Now people always think they have a big pool so they need a big pump. This is rarely the case. When my father in law put his pool in he wanted to go big. Living in a rural area and knowing someone in the business he was able to put in a 26 X 40 pool that holds 48,000 gallons of water. This is double the water in an average backyard pool. His filtration runs on a 3/4 HP energy efficient pump. The plumbing is all two inch and it's running through a 30" Sand Filter. The water is crystal clear even with a very high bather load!

The right plumbing and the right filter make the difference. As a home owner to find out what size is best for you contact your local pool dealer and if your a dealer ask your distributor or local manufacturers rep for advice.

Bigger isn't always better and remember that a 1/2 HP pump uses half the electricity of a 1 HP pump so its green too!

Salt Water Misconception

There is a common misconception about "Salt Water" pools. There isn't much difference from that to putting liquid chlorine or tablets in. There is still Chlorine in your pool. The process in a salt pool works like this. As the water passes through the cell electrolysis breaks apart the salt in the water into it's basic components, sodium and chloride. The chlorine gas produced is that does the work of sanitizing the water. During that process the two elements re-bond into salt and the process starts over.

Typically there is a lower average level of chlorine but it's still just chlorine. That lower average may help to reduce the harmful effect that chlorine can have but it is still present.

Measuring an Aboveground Pool for a Replacement Liner

We get asked often enough, "How do you measure a for a replacement liner for an above ground pool?" Having just replied to one of these questions I figured I'd take that as an opportunity to re-purpose it on the site. Between Oval and Round pools there are very minor differences when it comes to measuring. For an oval you need to measure both the length and the width, on a round pool the diameter is needed. You should check that the measurement is consistent at a few points around the pool.

We also like to have the perimeter of the pool. Having the perimeter measurement allows us to double check and adjust a cutom liner to ensure that the liner will fit your pool. To do that you usually need a cloth tape measure, about a 100 foot long should work, and you measure around the top on the steel wall, under the top rail, where the liner overlaps (for overlap pools) or the bead clips in (for beaded pools).

The last piece of information needed is thewall height. Measure the distance from the top of the cove or sand bottom to the top of the wall (where the overlap or bead receiver is).

If we get this information, and it's acurate, we can ensure you'll be swimming in a fresh pool again in no time.

Plumbing Your New Pool

Without going into great detail on how to plumb a pool and the technical reasons behind why I want to make this point there is one important point I'd like to make. I'll likely get into more detail in a later post. If you are having a pool put in or if you are a pool installer putting pools in you should be plumbing in two inch pipe!

There are two main reasons to do this. The first, if you ever want to upgrade features in or around your pool you have more options if the plumbing you have buried under the concrete is bigger. If you want to add a slide or a water fall, some decoratve jets perhaps, you will need to be able to get a lot more water out of your pool through those pipes. For example if you can't pull enough water out of the pool your waterfall might not get enough water and not look as good or you might not be able to build a big enough waterfall.

The second reason is that a bigger pipe can handle the same amount of water but move it slower. The effects of this are three fold. There will be less warn and tear on your equipment as it doesn't have to work as hard. The slower water flows through filtration media the better job the media can do (cleaner water). Also you can save money on your energy bill! How? You can use a smaller pump, as it's easier to move the water. It's easy to understand that a 3/4HP pump uses 1/4 less energy then a 1HP.

When your putting in a new pool the additional cost to upgrade to two inch plumbling isn't that much. The savings and future options make it more then worthwhile.

Welcome to the brand new!

If you've been to our site in the last while you'll notice a big change! We've done a major overhaul, we're hoping to add more dynamic content, keep our selection of vinyl patterns more up to date then our printed brochures and help you learn more about your backyard swimming pool. We hope that you'll subscribe to our blog via your favorite RSS Reader or via Email.

Stay tuned as we'll start rolling out articles on a bi-weekly bases starting soon!