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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

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

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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

 

NJ Swimming Pool Builder Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools – Tips for Water Safety Month

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

It’s National Water Safety Month. Time to check on the safety of your inground pool or aboveground pool! Already this year, 75 drowning or near-drowning incidents have been reported in the United States. Let’s take pool safety month as an opportunity to raise awareness of water and swimming pool safety.

Cipriano’s Pool Safety Tips:

1. Always provide strict adult supervision.

2 Utilize and examine approved swimming pool and spa safety covers.

3. Use drains, suction/return fittings, and jets that meet industry standards for safety, and do not let anyone swim in pools with damaged or missing drain covers!
4. Look at diving boards, rocks, platforms or slides prior to annual use. Repair if necessary.
5. Inspect electrical equipment to avoid any potential hazards.

6. Check for loose pool patio stones and coping stones or tile. Repair them if necessary.

7. Use fences, self-closing and latching gates, and baby barriers. Be sure that these barriers function properly and provide adequate protection in terms of minimal spacing between bars in the fence and gate. Supervision is much more difficult when you don’t know who’s around the pool.

8. To follow up on this point, install exit alarms on doors providing access to the swimming pool and spa.

9. Assure that sanitization, circulation, and filtration systems ensure water clarity. Clear water aids in identifying soakers and swimmers in danger. It also helps swimmers avoid dangerous collisions in the water.
10. Learn how to perform CPR because accidents can happen.

 

Remember: Swimmies or other inflatable flotation devices are not life jackets and should never be used to replace adult supervision. Also, remove toys from the pool when it is not in use so as not to attract children to the water.

NJ Landscape Architects – Avoid Free Landscaping Plans at “All Costs”!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

NJ Landscape Architects – Avoid Free Landscaping Plans at “All Costs”!

 

Starting a great landscaping project with limited funds?  Here are five hardscape and planting suggestions that are GUARANTEED to save you THOUSANDS.

1.     Always start with a landscape plan (blueprint) prepared by a licensed landscape architect. This will ensure a balanced design and will allow you to phase the work as budgets permit.

2.     Pick materials and plants that will work within your budget. You can cut the cost of a project in half with the right choices in material. For instance, if natural stone isn’t in your budget, try pavers and save about 50%.  Larger trees and shrubs cost significantly more than smaller ones. Reduce the size and save 20 – 50%.

3.     Start the construction process by focusing on your main areas of concern, your focal point, and your most valuable asset. In general, focus on the areas you’re going to enjoy the most.

4.      When phasing a project, always look ahead to future portions of the project. Be sure to include any infrastructure components like conduit or irrigation lines early in the process so you don’t have to disturb your completed areas. An experienced landscape architect will help prevent you from doing things twice!

5.     At the start of every landscaping or swimming pool project, the best investment is a great set of plans prepared by a licensed landscape architect. A well thought-out set of plans takes a considerable amount of time to prepare, but they will help avoid hidden costs and minimize overruns in your custom landscape or swimming pool project. Don’t waste time with anyone offering you free landscaping or swimming pool plans. It’s a gimmick used to trap you into a situation where you never know the true value or cost of your project. Pay for the plans, and you will own the exclusive rights to them. Once they are in your hands, you can get an apples to apples comparison through a bidding process.

Please remember only a Licensed Landscape Architect can offer landscape architecture services. Anyone offering landscape architecture services must post their landscape architect’s name and license number issued by the state in which they practice. If any firm is advertising landscape architecture services and fails to post the proper credentials, please contact your state’s Board of Architects or your state’s Attorney General.

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.

Cipriano – New Jersey Custom Swimming Pools and Landscaping Company Wins 12 Awards at the 2010 New Jersey Landscape Contractor Association Awards Dinner

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

12/13/2010, The NJLCA Awards at the Brownstone in Passaic County, NJ, our swimming pools, landscapes, outdoor kitchens, hardscapes, water features and nightscapes, combined to win 12 awards across five different categories. We earned 6 awards for swimming pools and water features alone, sweeping the entire swimming pools category for Excellence, Distinction, and Merit. In addition, our Master stone mason were excited to hear that two awards were achieved for hardscape and patio projects. Another two awards were also earned for swimming pool and landscape night lighting. Lastly, we took home two awards for complete residential landscaping design and build.
I would like to congratulate our experienced design team and talented staff on another job well done this year. This showing last night at the NJLCA Awards is only the tip of the iceberg. Our hard work and pursuit of greatness has truly paid off over the past few of years, earning our team 49 awards since 2006. From Licensed Landscape Architect Bill Moore, to hydraulics and horticulture expert Keith Steinhoff, to head Master Stone Mason Marlo Bernal, our talented staff continues to outdo themselves and amaze everyone else along the way in award-winning style. Congratulations, guys, and thank you!

Mahwah Township Approves New Rain Garden Design Submitted by Our Landscape Architecture Office For Residential Landscaping & Swimming Pool Storm Water Management, The First Such Approval in Bergen County!

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Today, more municipalities are adopting a zero run of policy for residential development to reduce the potential for downhill flooding from over development and help to replenish the watershed.  We at Cipriano Landscape Design understand the need to help improve the quality of water before it enters the ground and, subsequently, the watershed.

Bill Moore Certified New Jersey Landscape Architect and head of our landscape architecture department and I have created a unique rain garden design which meets municipal storm water containment specifications and provide a natural interaction between soil, vegetation and water in order to reduce pollutants such as gas, oil, bacteria-pet waste, road salt, litter, pesticides and fertilizer before entering the ground.

Development and impervious areas reduce the natural capacity of soil and vegetation to absorb rainfall, and Traditional storm water collection for residential properties incorporates 1,000-gallon concrete seepage pits. All impervious areas such as roof, driveway, patios and swimming pools are added up and then, depending on the municipal standards, are contained with the prescribed seepage pits. Seepage pit are design to reduce flooding and erosion but do little to control the quality of water that re-enters the watershed. Improving the quality of water which enters the watershed has major environmental benefits.

A rain garden is a specially landscaped shallow depression that captures and filters polluted storm-water runoff.  It provides storage of the bio-filtered storm water until it permeates the ground and enters the water supply. Plants with deep infiltrating root systems are specifically used in a rain garden design because they must tolerate harsh environments — drought to flooding conditions.  The organic or mulch layer protects the soil from eroding and provides an environment for microorganisms which degrade pollutants.

When designing the unique rain garden system currently being installed in a Mahwah, New Jersey landscape design, Bill Moore, NJ Certified Landscape Architect and I worked closely with the municipal engineer and the project engineer to formulate comprehensive approach. Up hill Runoff from the Ramapo Mountain and pool patio runoff will be piped into certified rain gardens and recharge the watershed with clean bio-filtered water. This sustainable solution also cost 10 to 15 percent less than the traditional seepage pit system which makes it attractive to homebuilders, site work companies, landscape contractors and homeowners.

Adopting sustainable solutions for today’s environmental issues will result in a shift in attitude that can pass health and wellness along to future generations.  Throughout the Spring months, we will be submitting rain garden designs submitted to Allendale, Englewood, Saddle River, Franklin Lakes and Kinnelon as part of ongoing projects. These designs will be available free of charge to all in Summer 2009.