While costlier than chlorine swimming pools, saltwater pools offer many attractive benefits. Not only do saltwater pools have significantly lower chemical intensity than a chlorine pool, but they also require less maintenance. The water is gentler on swimmers’ skin and has a surprisingly low salt content.
There are three different materials to choose from when buying and installing an inground pool – vinyl, fiberglass, and gunite. Each material provides a distinct pool owner’s experience. Choosing the right pool depends on what your vision and expectations are.
Landscaping can add so much beauty to a backyard space, especially for pool owners. Learn what plants thrive in Oklahoma and how to use them to create the backyard space of your dreams.
Whether you want to use your pool to entertain your family and friends, or want a quiet place to escape and relax, we aim to create the right ambiance for your unique needs. Incorporating custom-designed special features into your pool is the perfect way to turn a simple concept into a backyard oasis.
For many, purchasing an inground pool can be overwhelming due to confusing bills, hidden costs, and ongoing expenses. At Blue Haven Pools & Spas, we want our customers to be financially in-the-know before we ever start construction on a new pool. We’ve outlined the full breakdown of costs for purchasing, installing, and maintaining an inground pool in Tulsa to help you prepare for the financial commitment of purchasing a pool from start to finish.
When designing a pool, many people focus on aesthetic alone. However, there is so much more to it than that. Designing a custom pool involves overall appearance, high quality materials, equipment, plumbing, and structural design. That’s why it’s important to work with a pool designer who you can trust. In this Employee Spotlight, Brendan Schmidt, a pool designer at Blue Haven Tulsa, offers a few insider tips on how to design a pool you will enjoy for years to come.
Oklahoma weather is often unpredictable and harsh. The high winds and flooding that accompany severe storms can contaminate your pool with dirt, debris, and bacteria. Proper care is imperative to keep your pool clean and damage-free. We’ve outlined the steps you can take to prepare for both winter storms and thunderstorms to help you keep your pool in top condition.
Fall is in the air. As the weather cools down, and we don our cable knit sweaters and sip our pumpkin spiced lattes, we say goodbye to hot summer days by the pool.
Not so fast! It may be too cool for the pool, but fall is the perfect time to enjoy your hot tub before closing up shop for the winter.
Pool covers can help save money, provide safety, or protect against chilly months. We’ll highlight winter covers, safety pool covers, automatic covers, solar covers, and thermal pool covers and what their benefits and uses are so pool owners can be better informed before purchasing one.
Below we’ll highlight the five best pool smartphone apps to control and maintain your pool or hot tub, and one we think everyone should have – especially if they have little ones running around.
Every four years the world is glued to their TVs, cell phones or web browsers to cheer on their home country and see the magic that is the Summer Olympic Games. This year’s events will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5 through 21. More than 200 countries will compete in 306 events in 28 sports.
To prepare for the Olympic Games, we rounded up the 7 best pool workouts so anyone can feel like they’re Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin or Jenny Thompson.
Splish, splash, it’s time to jump in the pool! From old favorites like Marco Polo or a belly flop contest, to ones you’ve never heard of like atomic whirlpool or F-I-S-H, we’ve rounded up our favorite pool games for you and your family to try out this summer.
Whether the pool is a gathering place for the family, a fun destination for grandkids, or a great party place for friends, it is one of the central hubs of the home. To make the most of that time outdoors, creating the right poolside ambiance is a must. How do you do it? Read on to find out four popular ways to turn your pool area into a true oasis!
Much like having a pool, hot tubs aren't just all fun and games - you have to take care of them properly. So what's involved in a good hot tub maintenance plan? We break it down below:
Summer is here and what better way to spend it than at some of the great events in Tulsa and its surrounding communities. From concerts, festivals, arts, culture and sporting events, there’s plenty to see and do while the kiddos are out of school.
Last year, we created a “poolside” blog series that covered everything from books to read poolside, music, food and more. To celebrate summer’s arrival, we turned the series into a handy PDF guide for you to download and enjoy.
An inground pool is a great investment - not only for your property value but in the enjoyment of your home. But like any good investment, it requires upkeep and maintenance. If you maintain a regular schedule in cleaning and checking chemical balances, your pool tasks will take a fairly short amount of time.
If you're the one with the pool in the neighborhood, then your house is the place to be! Turn yourself into a super pool party host by having the best theme party ever to kick off the summer this year. Here are a couple fun ideas to consider.
If you’ve decided to install a pool on your property, the next major decision is to decide when to have it installed. A pool is an extensive construction project that can take a few weeks or a few months, depending on the project, the weather and your needs. Pools can be installed any time of year, but each season has pros and cons.
Pack up the family and celebrate the season by exploring all the holiday events Tulsa has to offer this Christmas! From ice skating to sipping hot coca while taking in one of the many light displays, there are plenty of events that will fill you with holiday cheer.
It's getting chilly out there! Jack Frost is going to be nipping at your nose in no time! With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare your spa system for the cold winter nights by draining and flushing your spa. Here are some great tips to maintain your spa for the upcoming frosty nights.
A simple addition of a fire element can cost just a few hundred dollars and completely change the look of your home. This not only makes your yard more pleasant for you and your guests, it can also add value if you decide to sell your home. The following ideas are some inexpensive ways to add a fire or water element to your home so your outdoor living area is just as pleasant as your indoor living space.
First and foremost, natural pools are made by using a membrane that separates the inner workings of the pool and the outside dirt, stones and plant life. It is possible to use the existing landscaping and add waterfalls and flower gardens as well as painted murals that mimic nature. If you can think it, you can build it. There are many images available on the internet that can give you wonderful information and inspiration.
All Hallows Eve is upon us – a time for trick-or-treating, carving jack-o’-lanterns, exploring haunted houses, lighting bonfires and, of course, costume parties!
So on this spooky night, why not add a twist to typical Halloween party by incorporating your hot tub?
You may have heard about salt water systems as a growing alternative for home pool systems. This system uses a special chlorine generator that can cut down on maintenance and related costs, as well as make your pool water less irritating to skin, hair and eyes. In most cases, converting your pool to a salt water system is fairly simple: Here are common questions about the process and what you need to know.
Swimming pools are a great way for your family and friends to beat the heat this summer without leaving the comfort of your own home, but certain precautions need to be taken. Whether you’re taking a belly flop from the diving board or playing Marco Polo, it is important to stay safe and prevent accidents and injuries. Most accidental drownings occur in backyard swimming pools.
Many people dismiss water exercise without taking into account the potential benefits it has to offer. The truth is, anyone interested in increasing their personal fitness levels, conditioning their body, boosting heart health, or looking for powerfully effective, low-impact methods of working out, may find water exercises are the most effective in achieving their goals.
One of the challenges of owning a swimming pool is the maintenance required to make sure your water remains crystal clear, but it may not be as daunting a task as you think. By following this simple guide you can enjoy your pool all summer long without worrying about bacteria or organic growth building up.
Planning and maintenance will help a pool add value to a home. Pools are an investment. In the right circumstances, the addition of an attractive in-ground pool can assist sellers and be a plus to the right buyer.
These tunes are perfect for the next time you’re partying at the pool or even if you’re by yourself lying on the deck chair catching rays.
Summer will be here before you know it, making this a perfect time to get new swimwear for everyone in your family. If you don’t want to settle for traditional swimsuits and accessories, go shopping with this year’s trends in mind. You’ll find a great selection of exciting options for you, your spouse and your kids.
This time our experts look at savory drinks to enjoy at the side of the swimming pool. Not all of them have umbrellas and not all of them have fruit in them, but they’re all very appropriate for the warm weather and lounging.
Everyone loves to eat and swimming and basking in the sun can bring on an appetite. Here are several dishes that make perfect poolside snacks and/or meals.
Here are several gadgets that are fun and safe to use when you’re enjoying a day at the swimming pool or for the next time you have an awesome pool party.
This time in our Poolside series we look at the creature comforts of furniture appropriate for use on the swimming deck or patio near your swimming pool.
In our Poolside series we give you tips on how to best enjoy your swimming pool, from reading choices to lights and speakers. This time we look select several books to enjoy by the pool.
How many people in the United States don't know how to swim? The figure might shock you.
A swimming pool is an investment that reaps great rewards, both in the value of your home and property, but also in the health and happiness of your family. But what sort of swimming pool should you build? There are three types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. Here's a look at the advantages of a concrete swimming pool.
So you want to transform your back yard in 2015? Or maybe you finally want to put a pool in and you need a landscaper to do some work first. How do you find a good landscaper in Tulsa?
It doesn't seem like winter in Tulsa but it is. We may not have a lot of snow and wind, but it's also not nice enough to be in our pools. But we can daydream about our swimming pools or the swimming pool we want.
In ancient times Romans would travel to a tiny Belgian town named “Spa” to reportedly drink from the mineral waters there that were rich in iron. It was thought that several illnesses could be treated by the waters in Spa.
Blue Haven Pools & Spas is proud to be part of the Tulsa community where we have served many customers and helped make their backyard dreams come true.
Everyone loves crazy science questions. Will a bullet shot in the air hurt you when it comes back to earth? (It probably would.) “What would happen to the rotation of the earth if everyone in the world jumped in the air at once?” (Not much, even if they were all grouped in an area as tightly as possible.)
So you’ve winterized your swimming pool and the backyard is quieting down. Now what? There are lots of great family activities this fall in Oklahoma. Here’s a guide to family-friendly events in and around Tulsa in November.
Most of us will buy a few cars in our lifetime, and many of us will also buy a home or two. But you probably never thought about the process of buying a pool, or at least few people have. It’s most likely a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.
It's easy to see why any Oklahoma City area homeowner (or would-be homeowner) would want to think about installing a swimming pool on their property. An increasingly popular trend in home improvement and renovation projects is adding or enhancing outdoor living spaces. With the hot Oklahoma summers, the prospect of relaxing and cooling off in your own backyard swimming pool is incredibly enticing. As anxious as you might be to turn your outdoor area into a resort-like oasis, there are a few impo