Earl's Pools Incredibly Informative Pool Blog

Why we feel that we offer the highest quality fiberglass pool manufactured.

Posted by Josh Bush on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 @ 19:03 PM

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Had a great first day at the home and garden show with many potential buyers.  I had great pleasure sharing some facts with those interested in purchasing a pool whether they were pros or cons with the fiberglass industry.  One of the first people that approached the booth open with a question, "Do you install Leisure fiberglass pools?"  I followed with a yes and his next statement was, "The best pool I have seen manufactured."  He followed with letting me know that he was from Texas, but currently lived in the Myrtle Beach area now.  This gentlemen knew his stuff and let me know that he had around twenty years of experience in the fiberglass pool market with sales and installs.

Overall I felt privileged knowing that our company motto of providing the best quality product and service available was spot on with our partnership with Leisure Pools USA.  When comparing apples to apples there is no other manufacturer we have installed that comes close to competing.  With our inovative style of customization and a quality pool to install we look forward to another year in 2011.

Tags: fiberglass pools, fiberglass pool advantages

Few reasons why gravel is best to set and backfill a pool with.

Posted by Josh Bush on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 @ 16:02 PM
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We here at Earl's Pools of Alabama have been installing pools for the better of thirty years and have used many different types of materials with the construction process.  The last decade we have used gravel as our source of backfill with all of the pools that we install.  Here are a few reasons we prefer gravel above all others.

  1. 89 stone is used as the base to set the pool on and backfilling the step and seating areas of the pool.  It's smaller size is great for filling in those tight areas that may try to leave a void area of material during installation, and a solid base for the pool to be placed on.
  2. 57 stone is used to backfill the side walls of the pool during installation.  The size of this stone is about half an inch in size, which works well locking together for greater compaction when it is dropped into the overdig area around the pool.
  • Gravel itself compacts really well, and it is far greater than sand or dirt that may be used in place of it.
  • Gravel is a permeable material, so pretty much what you are doing by using gravel around a pool is installing a french drain system around your pool also.  Gravel helps in this area to relieve water pressure that may build up behind the pool.  Sump lines are always installed behind every pool we build to help in this area also.
  • Gravel speeds up the installation process drastically because you don't have to wash it in behind the pool like you would sand or let dirt sit for weeks or months until it may reach a desired compaction rate.

We here at Earl's understand that not all areas in the nation have an abundance of gravel like we do in our area, but after many years of experience with pool installations we feel that gravel is the best choice when backfilling a pool.

Tags: fiberglass pools, Pool Installation Process

Negative Edge/ Spillover Fiberglass Pools

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 15:12 PM

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I have been in the pool business for almost thirty years.  The last fourteen years I have been installing fiberglass pools.  The mindset in the beginning was to put in pools as fast as you could and as many as you could.  In the last seven to eight years people have gotten away from just pools to backyard paradises.  In the beginning no one was doing much custom work with fiberglass pools.  Since now fiberglass being the best pool you can install for longivity and ease of maintenance, we have adapted other ways to customize these pools.  Negative edge and spillover pools can be installed using fiberglass pools.  Obviously there are certain types of yards that need to be used for these installations to the get the best result of the negative edge or spillover effect.  These are not the type of installs that you will do in volumn, but are the type that make you proud of the work and imagination involved to create them.  This also allows you to get into the yards of some of those that were before restricted to only gunite pools.

As far as the flow and catch basin sizes on these pools there is a lot of information available to use when making this type of install.  We install fiberglass pools manufactured by Leisure Pools out of Texas.  We have been able  to talk with the manufactures to produce a pool that is built to our specifications on projects such as these. 

The bottom line is fiberglass can be used in negative edge/spillover applications.  Not only does the customer have cutting edge designs but pools that are the easiest to maintain hands down.


Lynn Bush


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Tags: fiberglass pools, Pool Installation Process

What type of cover should I install on my pool?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:12 AM

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We have installed many different types of covers here in the past, and this is our opinion on a few.

Safety Cover

Easy maintenance with the removal of leaves

Structurally sound to hold up our most prized possesions (our children)

Different colors available to blend with your patio

Automatic Pool Cover

Provides a solid structure above the pool

Covers the pool with a push of a button

Price of installation is somewhat high

Solar Blanket

Inexpensive way to generate heat for the water

Not a safety cover by no means and should only be installed for the purpose to heat the water temperature and expect nothing else

Tags: fiberglass pool cost, fiberglass pools, Pool Installation Process

Testimonial on Installation of Fiberglass Pool

Posted by Josh Bush on Sun, Aug 08, 2010 @ 12:08 PM

Watch this video to see the product produced by our company while teaming up with the highest quality fiberglass pool manufaturer, Leisure USA.  Previous owner had a liner pool, but continually fought with the water chemistry and high maintenance costs, so did the research and decided to install a fiberglass pool.



Tags: Testimonial, fiberglass pools, fiberglass pool advantages

Is Rock a Deal Breaker While Installing A Swimming Pool?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 @ 21:06 PM

Rock in most areas can be expected when looking at the surrounding areas by a knowledgable pool installer.  The main thing with the rock issue is to be prepared for worst case senerio, so your budget will not be maxed out.  As a pool installer, you never know the extent of rock until you actually start the excavation of the hole because not a rock is the same and some may be broken out in layers and others have to be hammered out with a machine.  We at Earl's Pools of Alabama try to educate our customers before hand of the expenses that can be associated with hitting rock during excavation, and on most occasions the customer is told to expect anywhere between two and four thousand dollars at worst case.  Please enjoy the installation video to better understand the process involved with dealing with rock during installation.

Installation video of Riviera 34' while hitting rock in the process.

Tags: fiberglass pool cost, fiberglass pools, Pool Installation Process

Why are so many People Interested in Fiberglass Pools?

Posted by Josh Bush on Mon, Apr 26, 2010 @ 17:04 PM




People have never been to enthusiastic about keeping up their pools or water chemistry.  They love to swim and entertain but hate to maintain them.  That's one thing that is so good about fiberglass pools.

  • Fiberglass pools are not pourous so you aren't running that pool pump nonstop to feed more chemicals to the pool for sanitizing the water, since you aren't losing those chemicals through the side walls like you would in vinyl liner and gunite pools.
  • With the slick side walls but textured bottoms it is much harder for algea to form in the pool, which is much different than the abrasive surfaces of gunite pools.
  • With salt systems now on all the pools that we install it keeps the pool maintenance down even that much more.

Being a pool builder I never seem to have time for my own pool maintenance.  Fiberglass pools have made this problem not a problem at all, because I hardly ever have to do anything to my pool.  A good cleaner and salt system eliminates almost all of my pool maintenace.  With the beautiful colors that Leisure Pools has to offer with their patented Aquagaurd Gelcoats, the top of the industry, I can own or install pools that are not only easy to maintain but are beautiful to admire.  The Leisure pools that we offer also have an unsurpased fixed 35 year structural warranty.


Lynn Bush, owner


Tags: fiberglass pools, fiberglass pool advantages