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5 Signs It’s Time to Renovate

Having a beautiful custom swimming pool at your Dallas, Texas home can bring you a lot of joy as well as hours of fun throughout the year. Being in your pool is great for your sense of enjoyment and relaxation, and a swimming pool also offers a multitude of benefits, from your emotional health to your physical well-being.

All of this sounds great, but if you look out your window and see a pool that is just lackluster or falls short of your vision, you might be discouraged from using it. If your swimming pool is not fulfilling the dream that you have for your outdoor space, it might be time to renovate your pool this spring. Here are five signs to point you in that direction.

1. Built for Someone Else

Buying a home with a pool is a great decision, but the existing pool might not meet your personal preferences. If it was built for previous owners, you should consider upgrading or completing a renovation to make a new pool that is all your own.

2. Time for a Change

If you have had the same theme or design in your backyard space for many years, upgrading your pool and adding other outdoor features can give you a great modern oasis.

3. Add New Features

The world of pool technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. If your pool is older, you will be amazed at what you can add to your pool today to make ownership easier and more enjoyable. Adding new custom features is one of the most common reasons why homeowners decide that it’s time to renovate their pools. Watch our video to learn more.

4. Energy Efficient

Older pools are not nearly as economical and energy efficient as new models. Though a renovation will cost you some money upfront, it will also save you costs overtime.

5. New Life

Renovating your pool could be the motivation that you need to use your outdoor spaces more often. Invite your friends and family, and have a great time!

Is it time to renovate your Dallas, Texas swimming pool? Visit our renovations page, or contact a representative with Riverbend Sandler Pools for more information.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

How to Know When You’re Due for a Pool Remodel

Thinking about having your pool redone? Maybe your pool is trying to tell you that it is time to get some work done on it or have it remodeled. Here are some of the signs that it is time to get your pool remodeled.

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Fall and Winter are the Best Seasons for a New Pool

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Are you considering building a custom pool in Dallas, Texas, but are unsure of when you should start the project? In this location, the weather is beautiful and warm throughout the year. This makes it easy to use a swimming pool or spa without having to close it up for the winter. The summer months are the peak seasons for using, building and remodeling pools, and you might not be able to use your pool until after fall and winter, especially if it is a large project.

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Six Steps to Choosing the Right Fort Worth Pool Builder for You

Deciding to get a new pool is a large investment and other than buying a home – it is often the largest purchase that most homeowners will make. That is why it is important to carefully evaluate and consider the pool builder that you choose. Look into their qualifications and the quality of the work that they can bring to your backyard. Here are 6 tips for choosing the right pool builder.

1. EXPERIENCE

When pool projects go south, builder experience (or rather inexperience) is often at the root of the problem. When it comes to building a new swimming pool, there is no substitute for experience as it allows the pool builder to competently navigate the construction process, from design to start-up, prepared for any potential problems that could arise. An experienced pool builder will also have the expertise to help you translate your vision and style into a pool design that matches your lifestyle and budget requirements.

We’ve been building swimming pools in Fort Worth and Plano since 1981. Learn more about our experienced team here!

2. QUALITY

A quality pool builder must be willing to listen to your needs and deliver an end product that achieves your design goals within your set budget. They should listen to all of your ideas and requirements and be able to walk you through the entire pool design process, setting realistic expectations that will decrease the chances of unpleasant surprises. They are up front about their construction methods and materials, ensuring the quality of their work with a warranty. Pool warranties vary greatly, so it’s important you understand your builder’s warranty up front. If their warranty only covers pool equipment, and not their work, this could indicate poor craftsmanship. Discuss your concerns and needs up front so that you know what you are getting for your money. Ask about their construction crew. It is common among Fort Worth pool builders to use sub-contractors. While this method may work for some builders, it can make it more difficult to control the quality of work. If the builder is using subs, find out what kind of oversite they receive from the builder’s team.

Riverbend Sandler uses our own in-house crew made up of experienced craftsmen. Our Lifetime Warranty demonstrates our confidence in our product. Learn more about our Quality Control methods here.

3. REPUTATION

Always research the reputation of your pool builder. Visit popular listings and review sites – like Yelp or Angie’s List. Check to see if they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and look at their Facebook page for comments and reviews. This research takes about 30 minutes online, but could save you big heartache and money down the road.

At Riverbend Sandler, we strive to create lifelong customer relationships. Read what our customers have to say about us here!

4. RECOGNITION AND ASSOCIATION

Has your potential pool builder been recognized for their work? Have they been awarded recommendations based on their designs or customer service? Ask if they are a member of any industry associations. Active involvement in an industry or trade association shows that they are committed to keeping up with the latest changes in the pool industry.

We were recently ranked among the Top 50 Pool Builders in the country. Our award-winning designers maintain active involvement in the nation’s leading pool industry associations. Learn more about our industry associations here!

5. INSURANCE

When you decide to have a pool installed at your home, you are opening yourself up to the possibility of something going wrong/ Water lines could be erupted, power lines may be cut, and issues could persist. While it is a pool builders job to keep issues to a minimum, it is reassuring to know that your pool contractor is properly insured, in the event that it is needed.

We are fully bonded and insured and make this information available at our Pool Design Center for your peace of mind. 

6. EQUIPMENT

Another thing to consider is whether your potential pool builder has the tools and the manpower to undertake your project. This is essential to ensuring quality and a smooth construction project with minimal delays.

To learn more about finding a quality pool builder that you can trust, contact Riverbend Sandler Pool today!

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Riverbend Sandler Pools Ranks Top in the Nation

At Riverbend Sandler Pools, we are happy to announce that Pool & Spa News recently ranked us among the top pool builders in the nation. Each year, they put together a list of the top pool builders, and we were ranked number 8 on the list of top 50 pool builders in the nation. Additionally, we achieved a ranking of 8th place in the nation for volume and 10th for renovation work. This is all thanks to the commitment and dedication of our wonderful staff and our ability to remain true to our goal of building lifetime pools for lifetime customers.

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We Continue to Climb the Ranks

Last year, we were ranked number 14 overall in the nation, which means we climbed 6 spots to reach our current position of 8th place. A large reason for this increase was the hard work we put in over the past year. We installed 357 new pools in 2014 and had a total residential construction revenue of over $24 million. At Riverbend Sandler Pools, we are proud to remain a trusted pool construction and installation company, serving a wide range of customers throughout Texas.

Our Future Plans

We expect to continue our upward climb by continuing to put our customers first and by bringing more attention to our pool service and repair division. In addition to handling the construction of new pools, our expert staff at Riverbend Sandler Pools are among the most skilled pool technicians in the country and offer high-quality service and repair work. We have been offering reliable pool and spa service since 1981 and will remain focused on giving each customer the high levels of individualized attention and service they deserve!

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Our Customers Come First

While we are pleased with our rankings by Pool & Spa News, our focus, now and always, is on our customers. We will continue to offer the best service possible, delivering the latest in pool technology and trends and exceeding the industry standards in craftsmanship and service. Over the past 30 years, our team has helped thousands of homeowners and commercial property owners with a variety of pool construction projects, growing into one of the largest pool builders in the greater Dallas area. During this time, we have always put our customers first, and believe that its this commitment to the customer experience that sets us apart.

About Our Riverbend Sandler Pools Team

We are a company that has specialized in the creation of the perfect backyard oasis for each customer for more than 30 years. We have strong dedication to providing attention to detail, quality customer service, and consistently dependable pool design, construction, and installation services. With a team of more than 150 pool professionals, we are always ready to help you with your needs. We are located at 4016 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas. Visit us today to learn more about our pool services or visit our website at www. RiverbendSandler.com for any of your swimming pool needs.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

What is Pool Coping?

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Pool Coping

Swimming pool coping is essential to the structure of the pool and adds a touch of class and beauty to the pool itself, but what is coping? Coping is the material that is used to cap the pool shell; it is always placed directly over the wall of the pool. When it comes to coping, there are many options that you have to consider. While the most common type of coping is a basic plastic form, this is not always the best style for the look that you are going for. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most popular pool coping styles right now.

Cantilever

A style that has made somewhat of a comeback, the cantilever edge is simply a poured concrete that forms a square edge all around the pool. This is a very common coping in commercial pools found in recreation centers and hotels.

Brick

Brick is a very popular building material and it has become an even more popular pool coping option. Just like a brick home, brick coping offer many different colors and shapes. This type of coping can be placed around the edges of your pool and worked seamlessly into the concrete to form a smooth surface.

Natural Stone

Natural stone has become the go to option for many modern pool lovers. This material offers earthy colors and really has an ability to blend your pool paradise with your surroundings. Natural stone coping can be made from limestone, granite, or even fieldstone, so the stone that you use is up to you.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Gunite vs. Shotcrete

Gunite vs. Shotcrete

Gunite vs. Shotcrete. These two words might not mean a great deal to the vast majority of the population, but to those in the pool building community, these are very commonplace. There are many misnomers and a lot misinformation regarding these materials, and the largest cause for this is a lack of knowledge about the materials. In an effort to help shed some light on this topic, we are going to give you a brief introduction to each of these.

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Shotcrete

Shotcrete is not a different building material, but consisted of a different variation of standard concrete. While traditionally-poured concrete is the most common form used in the pool building process, this is not always the best option. In many cases, shotcrete is a much better option simply because it cures into a harder final state and it forms a more water-tight base.

What is Shotcrete?

Shotcrete is concrete that has been mixed with much less water. Because of the lack of water, shotcrete is applied by spraying the material onto the surface. Due to it’s dry properties, shotcrete is better equipped to bond to a vertical surface such as a swimming pool wall.

Gunite

Gunite is also a different variation of a standard concrete mixture. Much like shotcrete, gunite is a very dry mixture of concrete that must be applied with a spraying tool. However, unlike shotcrete, it is not mixed completely at the concrete facility. Gunite is actually mixed on the job site with the assistance of the special spray nozzle. Since the gunite is mixed inside the spray gun, it allows for the mixture to be very dry. This eliminates long curing periods and allows for the work to progress much more quickly.

Both shotcrete and gunite are great building materials, and each has a benefit over regular slab concrete when it comes to new pool construction. Perhaps the greatest benefit for each of these materials is the ability to avoid large expansion joints. While expansion joints will still be needed, the expansion joints that you see will be much smaller and less likely to leak water.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

6 Things You Should Know When Choosing a Pool Builder

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Many tasks in life are accompanied by prior research and planning. If you are preparing to interview for a new job, you are likely going to research the prospective company. If you are planning on purchasing a new car, you will probably research the car that you like to see how it stacks up against the competition. Similarly, if you are planning on purchasing a new pool for your home, you need to do the proper research. There are many different areas that you need to understand, but here are six things that every homeowner needs to know before choosing their pool builder:

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1. Insurance is Important

When you decide to have a pool installed at your home, you are opening yourself up to the possibility of things going wrong. Water lines can be ruptured, power lines can be cut, and issues could persist. While it is a pool builder’s job to keep these issues to a minimum, it is reassuring to know that your pool contractor is properly insured in the event that it is needed.

2. Reputation

Always research the reputation of your pool builder. This is not the time to take risks or to employ inexperienced workers, so always research the reputation of your pool builder.

3. Recognition

Means Something Has your potential pool builder been recognized for their work? Have they been awarded recommendations based on their exceptional work? The answers to these questions should play an important role in your ultimate decision.

4. Experience

When it comes to building a new swimming pool, there is no substitute for experience. Experience allows the pool builder to be prepared for any potential problems that could arise. When you are investing thousands of dollars into your home, you do not need the burden of inexperience.

5. Equipment

Does your potential pool builder have the tools and the manpower to undertake your project? It is very important to qualify all potential candidates in this area since having the best help and tools for the job is extremely important. Always research the reputation of your pool builder. This is not the time to take risks or to employ inexperienced workers, so always research the reputation of your pool builder.

6. Attention to Detail

A pool builder is only as good as the ears that they have. A quality pool builder must be willing to listen to the customer, deliver what the customer desires, and work within the confines of the proposed budget.

All of these are necessary when choosing the right pool builder for you pool. Make sure to choose the best pool company who will make your backyard dream a reality.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.

Remodeling Your Swimming Pool

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Every year millions of dollars are spent on updating homes and rebuilding garages, but how much money are you investing into your swimming pool and spa area? This portion of your home was a large investment, so why would you sit by and allow time to rob it of its usefulness and prestige?

When it comes to remodeling your existing pool, there are several options that you should consider. Some will decide to replace the pool all together, however this is an extreme approach and most customers will not choose this option. The majority of our clients are interested in removing a certain feature or adding a few others. For example, this could mean removing an old, 1980’s style light, and replacing it with more modern lighting.

Did you know that you can add a new water feature to your existing pool? Water features are amazing additions that can really transform your pool and your surrounding landscape. The majority of our remodeling projects deal with standard pools that are no longer meeting the needs of the family. In some cases the pool could have been installed as a base model, and the owner now desires a more luxurious pool. Regardless of the issues, we can help.

If you are interested in changing the decking that surrounds your pool, we can help. Not only can we transform the look of your pool by changing the color of the patio, we can also beautify the decking that surrounds the pool. We could install decorative concrete, slate, or brick; the options are truly limitless.

What about changing the pool surface itself? Or what about altering the size and shape of the pool? These are all real possibilities. There is nothing about your pool that we cannot do. We are proud to handle all aspects of the installation and we stand by our work. Call us today for a consultation regarding your pool remodel.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Riverbend Sandler is a Dallas pool builder, remodel and service provider, serving Plano, Dallas and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Riverbend Sandler is an award winning pool builder providing quality construction and excellent customer service for over 30 years.

With the mission of “Creating Lifetime Pools for Lifetime Customers”, Riverbend Sandler Pools remains a family-run company dedicated to the ideals that only a personal commitment can uphold. Through award-winning design, high-tech construction processes, conscientious customer care and on-going support, we pride ourselves on keeping customers for life!

For more Dallas pool builder tips, subscribe to their blog and ‘Like’ them on Facebook. For pool design photos and inspiration, visit the photo gallery on their website, and see what Riverbend Sandler’s pool design and construction team can do for you.