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Bergen County NJ- The Best Backyard Design Starts With a Swimming Pool

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

 

Design to get the most out of your backyard! Great Swimming Pools, Cabanas, Outdoor Kitchens, Fire Features & More! By 2013 Top 50 Pool Builder/Bergen County-NJ

 

Is your backyard boring and monotonous? It doesn’t have to be, and steps can be taken to transform it into a luxurious backyard oasis, regardless of the size of your property or the complexity of your landscape. This seemingly daunting task can be accomplished using a variety of options, some of which are discussed below.

For example, your backyard can be completely revolutionized by putting a custom swimming pool garnished in iridescent glass tiles mosaics that shimmer in the sunlight.  Glass tiles are what often elicit that mouth dropping sensation of astonishment, and exude a wide array of exuberant colors that when installed by an experienced professional, will greatly enhance its surroundings as well.

A custom cabana can further add an entirely new level of luxury to your pool area by offering an area for shelter, or by giving you the option to remain poolside without being under the searing glare of the sun.  A Cabana that features a bathroom and shower also helps to keep wet feet out of your house!

The entertaining area around your pool is vital. Choosing the right patio stone is critical for comfort and longevity, and we strongly suggest avoiding bluestone due to the fact that it gets quite hot in the summer sun and requires a tremendous amount of long-term maintenance.  In stark contrast, dolomitic limestone is cool to the touch and requires very little maintenance

A custom built outdoor kitchen assembled with stainless steel appliances and elaborate stone finishes, allows you to fix dinner or a quick snack, yet still relish the fresh air, and remain poolside with your friends and family. Our favorite “must have” for the outdoor kitchen is the warming draw. It keeps food warm and those towels toasty on cooler summer evenings.

Your “at home” vacation oasis doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down either; LED lights can illuminate your pool and landscape in a variety of brilliant colors, and custom fire features can provide a natural source of warmth and light, so your  backyard entertaining can continue, well into the night.

With all of these luxury features and more, it is imperative that they are designed and constructed by experienced professionals who will ensure that you and your family can continue to enjoy them, hassle free, for years and generations to come.

For more information visit www.plantnj.com or call 201-785-0800

2013 Swimming Pool design Ideas –New In NJ Pool Safety Options

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

2013 Pool Safety – What’s New for NJ Pool Safety?

It may not feel like it quite yet, but it’s time to prepare for swimming pool season in the Northeast! In preparation of this year’s swim season, I would like to share some safety measures that we have designed for our 2013 swimming pool projects. The pool safety techniques involve reducing entrapment risks and creating a safer pool.

The new safety measure we’ve implemented in 2013 pool designs revolves around water circulation for inground pools. Our new recirculation system is designed without swimming pool main drains. Main drains are used as an intake to recirculate water in the deep end of swimming pools, and they are the primary cause of entrapment accidents for inground pools. Entrapment normally occurs when a grate is removed from the drain or when main drains are improperly installed; if so, they can pull, trap, and injure swimmers, especially children. Fortunately, main drains are not always necessary for proper pool circulation! In most pools, by excluding the main drains, you can eliminate the primary risk of entrapment and improve your pool safety. Additional skimmers and returns compensate for eliminated main drains and circulate water efficiently.

Another exciting safety feature for 2013 is the automatic chemical injection system, such as Pentair’s Intellichem chemical controller. Chemical controllers have a number of benefits, including safety, convenience, efficiency, durability, and cost-effectiveness. The controllers precisely inject chemicals with automated testing. In doing so, the chemical injection systems reduce unnecessary costs and prevent damage to the plaster and equipment. Too few chemicals for pool sanitization can lead to serious illnesses contracted in the pool. Too many chemicals can lead to a host of harmful side effects as well. With programmable schedules and trackable chemical levels, the systems, most importantly, prevent the pool from operating at unsafe chemical levels. If the water does become unbalanced, the system will alert you. This system does not replace a service professional, but it does allow you to maintain the pool within safer margins between service visits.

The new pool safety measures will create a safer pool for you and your family. The chemical controllers will create safer, trouble-free pool water, and the exclusion of main drains will reduce the risk of entrapment, while making the pool-bottom more aesthetically pleasing. If you are interested in these or any other safety features for your new inground pool, consult with your pool builder about some of these safety options. Experienced pool companies should be able to address all of your safety concerns with a proven history of successful design and construction practices. If you would like to learn more about pool safety or pool construction, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

NJ Pool and Landscaping Design: Making the Right Investment

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

NJ Pool and Landscaping Design: Making the Right Investment

Swimming pools and landscaping are often appreciated for the ways in which they increase the overall quality of life around the house. Countless articles and blogs address ways to make the yard more visually appealing. Others detail features that may provide more convenience, entertainment, and fun in the backyard design. Did you know there is another important advantage you may have overlooked? In this blog, we will take a look at how inground pools and landscaping play a role in the actual value of your home. The investment of a new pool and landscape design can pay off in very real ways.

Pool Investments

Studies have shown that inground pools can increase the property value of a home. Years ago, realtors used to express concern about a home’s resale value if you had a pool. Today, the outdoor living feature serves to bolster home values by anywhere from 8 to 15 percent. The primary function of pool designs is to please the present homeowner, but the idea of pleasing a future homeowner can pay off too. Some real estate concerns about homes with pools include safety, efficiency, and durability. Homeowners can worry about the safety of their young kids, how much goes into maintaining and running the pool, as well as the strength and durability of the pool structure itself.

A wise inground pool investment will address all of these concerns and make the home with a pool look even more appealing. Features such as auto-covers and fencing will ease your safety concerns and the concerns of future buyers. Efficient pumps and heaters, such as variable speed pumps and electric heat pumps, make the pool much more cost-effective. Finally, the wisest investments for a new pool are upgraded, durable finishes. Long-lasting plasters and glass tile will most likely prevent you from having to refinish the swimming pool, making it a solid investment. The investment saves you a considerable amount of money and keeps a potential homebuyer comfortable about the pool structure.

Landscape Values

According to reports, landscaping can add up to 20% of your home’s property value. Landscape architecture and a quality landscape design not only increase the property value but also add to the visual appeal of the home, making it more buyer-friendly if the home is on the market. The American Society of Landscape Architects quantifies this suggestion by recommending that homeowners spend ten percent of the home’s value on landscaping. Also, the sooner you invest in your landscape the better; a more mature landscape has a greater value than a newer one.

Some landscape design investment advice involves planning and making wise choices when it comes to materials. To go back to sizing, if you invest early in the landscape design, you can choose small trees and plants for a cheaper price. These plantings will mature and grow into the space; when it comes time to sell the home, the plantings will have had a significant increase in value. For masonry materials, we suggest you stray away from pavers for a patio material if you want a long-lasting investment. Pavers go out of style quicker than other potential patio materials. Materials such as natural stone will provide a nice return on your investment through durability and timeless style. Ten to twenty years from now, if you decide to move, potential buyers will not visit the home and look unfavorably upon the patio because of an outdated style or rundown material. Another landscaping option that will set your home apart from your neighbors and draw more interest/value on the market is landscape lighting. Landscape lighting increases the curb appeal tenfold and will certainly prove to be a nice selling point for the 24-hour outdoor living space.

In many ways, the investment into your landscape design and landscape architecture is an investment into your home. Combined with the value of increased enjoyment and aesthetic enhancement, inground pools and landscaping add real value to the home by the numbers. Consider the maximum value increases of a 15% pool and 20% landscape. You can make a real impact on your life, your home, and your next home with the right investments into your outdoor living space. For more information about planning a landscape design, visit our Luxuryscape website or read about our Landscape Architecture services on our home page. As always, please call or email with any questions.

Saltwater Swimming Pools NJ and the Benefits of Chlorinators

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

 

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Saltwater Swimming Pools NJ and the Benefits of Chlorinators


Saltwater chlorinators offer benefits for the sanitization of swimming pools. Saltwater swimming pool systems in NJ eliminate problems of old chlorine pools.


Remember when you would walk into a hotel’s indoor swimming pool and the pungent smell of chlorine would practically knock you over as you entered the room? Remember swimming at the municipal pool when you were young until your eyes burned so much and your hair turned so green that you looked like a zombie? These issues reflect downsides of certain swimming pool chlorination methods. Other disadvantages of chlorine may include the storage of chlorine and the potential safety risks it poses. Fortunately, a popular trend in the swimming pool industry addresses these issues. Saltwater chlorinators become more and more common every year, and they address many of the concerns and problems we have with traditional chlorination of inground pools.

First, let me explain how these systems work. Salt can also be referred to, chemically speaking, as sodium chloride. When sodium chloride goes through electrolysis in a saltwater chlorinator, the chlorine is removed from sodium chloride and used to sanitize the pool water. In general terms, the chlorinator uses salt to make its own supply of chlorine. This means that you do not have to add granular chlorine, chlorine tablets, or liquid chlorine, ever. The water comes through the system and is injected with the newly-formed chlorine that is “extracted” from the salt.

What are the advantages of such a system? First of all, not adding chlorine means no storing chlorine. Chlorine can be dangerous especially if you have pets or children around. The addition of these types of chlorine can also be slightly more tedious than adding salt to the swimming pool system. Because saltwater chlorinators regulate their own production of chlorine, there is a certain amount of convenience to the process. There is also some greater assurance that you won’t end up hurting your eyes or turning your blonde hair green. If you have certain priorities with regards to the sanitization of your pool and the convenience of your pool, a saltwater chlorinator may be a great option for your swimming pool equipment.

At Cipriano, we have not installed a chlorine swimming pool since 2004! We have gone eight full years installing saltwater chlorinators for homeowners who really want to make the most out of their pool investment. Saltwater systems cost more upfront than chlorine systems, but you can make-up the cost with savings over time. Salt is cheaper than chlorine because salt does not require the production of chlorine until it’s in your actual swimming pool. In fact, the production of chlorine within the pool water itself is actually said to have increased sanitization benefits! The only thing to look out for is the maintenance of equipment that may suffer wear and tear from the salt system. You may also have to keep your pump running a bit longer, but highly efficient, variable speed pumps take the strain off of your utility bills.

If you have any further questions about the advantages and disadvantages of saltwater chlorinators, feel free to call or email us. Like I said, these systems have become the norm in our pool industry. They are also a good option to consider for any pool renovations or upgrades. If you want to jump on board with the latest pool equipment technology, we can always provide the latest information on what’s new in the world of pool designs, pool construction, and pool maintenance.

NJ Swimming Pool and Spa Controls ? Pentair has an APP for That!

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Mahwah NJ

Swimming Pool and Spa Controls? Pentair has an APP for That!

Do you have an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad? Do you have an inground pool in your back yard? These questions may seem completely unrelated. (Or, you may be thinking about how horrible it would be if your new iPhone fell into the pool.) But today, the swimming pool and communication technology industries have collided in an exciting way.

With the help of a wireless interface and a handy iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch app, you can control all your swimming pool and spa functions from the comfort of your living room, your train ride home from work, or even another country while you’re on vacation. Warm up the spa on your way home from the gym. Attract a dinner party out into your outdoor living space by discretely turning on colorful pool lights, waterfalls or landscape lighting. With the addition of a video module, you can even use your phone to keep an eye on your teenagers while you’re away for the weekend! (My parents would have loved that feature!)

The free iPhone app works in conjunction with the Pentair controls and wireless interface. An easy-to-use layout and a number of cool, convenient features make the app well worth your while. Remotely managing the pump, heater, and filter allows the pool to save on excess energy costs. Swimming pool lighting options allow for set themes and sweeping color displays. The system can track pool temperatures over time, provide handheld video surveillance, and send you an email if any problems are detected with the pool or spa. In this day and age, we have the world at our fingertips, and your swimming pool is no exception.  This is by far the one of the coolest swimming pool features we installed for 2011! Mahwah NJ

 

New Jersey Swimming Pool Solar Heating, Solar Pool Heat Systems Save Big $$$

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

New Jersey swimming pool company explains how heating your vinyl lined pool, fiberglass pool or gunite pool with a solar heating system can reduce  monthly heating costs by 95%.

Solar heating is one of the simplest and most cost-efficient methods for heating your pool. If lowering your carbon footprint is important to you, or you just want to greatly reduce your monthly heating bills, there is no better source of energy than the sun.

Solar heating works by installing solar collectors onto the roof of your house or cabana which connect through pipes to your pool’s existing pump system. The pool water is pumped through the existing filter. Then, depending on which solar heating system you choose, it is pumped through a heat exchanger or up through the solar panels on the roof. Once the pool reaches a desired temperature, the system automatically switches off and the pool water simply bypasses the solar heating system on its route back to the pool. The system automatically switches back on as needed to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature. On a sunny day, a solar heating system will raise the temperature of the pool about 1 to 2 degrees a day (under optimal conditions), which is significant when you remember that it’s free heat.

It is important to know that there are two main types of solar collectors, simply referred to as glazed and unglazed. An unglazed solar collector does not include a glass cover (glazing) and is generally made of heavy-duty rubber or plastic treated with an ultraviolet (UV) light inhibitor to extend the life of the panels. With the unglazed collectors, water is physically pumped through the solar collectors, warmed by the sun, and then pumped back into your pool. Due to their inexpensive parts, unglazed systems are usually 20 to 30% less expensive than glazed panels and more common than the glazed. The unglazed panels, which come in many different designs, require a substantial amount of area; usually 65% of the total pool area if you’re facing due south, and an additional 5% for more easterly or westerly exposures. Glazed solar collectors are generally made of copper tubing on an aluminum plate with an iron-tempered glass covering. Glazed systems, which utilize a heat exchanger, capture heat more efficiently than unglazed systems and thus require less roof space, usually between 15 and 20% of the total pool area to be effective. However, the glazed system is quite noticeable due to the high reflective qualities of the panels, and it does not blend in with the roofing as well as the non glazed systems. If you are planning on building a cabana in conjunction with the pool, the glazed system will also allow you to heat your domestic water on the solar system because it runs on a heat exchange and the water does not pass directly through the solar panels like an unglazed system. Both systems have been weather tested against snow, wind and hail and have proven to last for up to 20 years. There is also little to no maintenance required as long as your pool’s filtration system is checked and maintained on an annual basis.

Either type of solar collector will serve you well by significantly reducing your operating costs; depending on your roof size, aesthetic concerns, and budget, you can determine which system better suits your needs. On a 900 sq. ft. pool with spa and waterfall, a natural gas heater has an operating cost ranging from $800 to $1200 a month depending on the usage habits and weather conditions. Given this same pool, to operate a solar system would have negligible operating costs. Add in the operating cost of the backup gas heater which would be $100 to $300 per month (depending on ambient temperature and usage habits). The average consumer could expect a $700 to $1100 per month savings. Depending on the solar model and usage habits a consumer could recoup the cost of the solar system in just 2 to 4 years. After that, you can find comfort knowing that you’ll be in the green every year you spend enjoying your beautiful custom inground pool!

It is our recommendation that a solar heating system should always be supplemented with a natural gas system. Solar heating is great for maintaining a constant temperature but is not intended to quickly raise the temperature of your pool. A solar heating system will also typically struggle to produce heat in extended periods of cool, shady or rainy days. For pool designs with spas, a natural gas system is essential to quickly heat up the spa and maintain a temperature over 100 degrees.

Solar heating will not be the best solution for everyone. The benefits should certainly be evaluated by a trusted contractor and then compared to the costs of other options. Having a trusted contractor with years of experience in custom swimming pool design and build can aid you in the process of figuring out what system will work best for your particular property. It is always important to know the real facts behind all of your options so that you can make the best decision when it comes to making such an important investment.