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20 Mar 2018

Make A Statement With Decorative Concrete

Small backyards can seem like they don’t have a lot of space to grow. But whether you’re looking for ways to improve the sell ability of your home or you want a more inviting backyard for visitors, there are a few ways to break up the space so your yard is visually bigger, more functional, and interesting.

Make A Statement With Decorative Concrete

Here’s how:

  • Use decorative concrete for patios that break the space into sections. Having a small yard that is a single grassy lot can make the space feel even smaller, especially if there’s not a designated area for patio furniture. Build sections in your yard that have designated functions such as a table area, a space for a hammock and a fire pit. By using decorative concrete to designate different spaces through different but connected designs, you can make the space feel larger without cluttering it.
  • Decorate the concrete to add personality and make the style fit with your house’s design. Adding a new patio to an old house can make the backyard feel a bit clunky. But you can use etching and stained concrete to maintain a consistent color palette that makes your backyard feel like an extension of your home instead of a smaller, separate area. A cohesive design helps you and your visitors so the backyard and patio as a well-integrated space, no matter how large or small it is.

You can get only so much use out of a grassy backyard. Break up even small yards with patios and areas designated with decorative concrete so it will seem visually bigger as well as make the best use of the space, and go to Varsity Pools to get started.

06 Mar 2018

How to Get Your Pool Ready for the Spring

How to Get Your Pool Ready for the Spring

Spring is almost here, and, depending on your part of the country, that means swimming season is about to start. Whether you’ve had a harsh winter or just a few freezes, your pool will need some maintenance before it’s ready for use. Here are some of the most important things to do to get your pool ready:

Start your pool cleaning earlier than you expect to start swimming.

Whether you do your own pool maintenance or you hire someone, starting in March helps you avoid the spring and summer rush. Not only that, but chemically cleaning your pool can help wipe out any hardy strains of algae that survived the winter before conditions are ripe for it to really flourish. Waiting until May or even April can leave you with a pool clogged with algae, mold, and plant detritus: not only is that much less pleasant to clean, too much build-up could damage your filter.

Talk to your manufacturer or pool contractor about maintenance. 

There’s a lot of different advice available for the best ways to take care of your pools. While the broad strokes are correct — focus on the filter, preventative maintenance is better than cycles of waiting and cleaning, and check the fine print on the chemicals you use — different pools need different levels of care and have their own quirks. If you’re in the middle of getting a new pool installed, ask the company now about how to best take long-term care of it.

Spring cleaning is about to begin, and getting a head start on your pool will make summer maintenance easier. Go to Varsity Pools here for tips and potential renovations.