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What Water Features Should You Add To Your Pool?

When homeowners start dreaming about having a swimming pool installed in their backyard, they have thoughts of swimming laps, playing water sports, and floating in their pool on hot days. And there is nothing wrong with that; swimming pools are an excellent source of entertainment and exercise. However, there are several features you can add to your pool to increase the joy of owning one. For many of you, you will be quite content with a simple pool. But for others, adding to the pool will make the experience even better. But before you decide what features you want to add, it is best to have a chat with a professional from Mountain Sky Landscaping & Pools, your Colorado pool installation company.

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What If I Have An Existing Pool?

There are several features you can have added to your existing pool without any problems should you desire. But if you want to add a pool waterfall or slide, for example, you will want to work with a pool professional to ensure the job is done right. In fact, any feature you want to add to your existing pool should be discussed with a pool professional, even if just for some advice. After all, you will want to ensure that your pool feature is safe, does not damage the pool or the landscape, and will properly function.

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Water Bowls

Water bowls are typically round or square vessels usually made from concrete or metal and serve as a way to enhance the aesthetics of your pool. This design trend has gained a lot of steam over the last couple of years and makes quite an impact on the overall look and feel of your pool. In addition, the peaceful sound of water flowing through your bowl will immediately pump up the appeal of your pool.

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Water Bowls come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from concrete, stainless steel, wood, and hammered copper. With the choices of colors and materials available, it is quite easy to find a water bowl that matches your hardscape. If you really want your pool to stand out, you can amp it up by having a combination water/fire bowl installed. That’s a great way to take it to another level.

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Waterfalls and Cascades

Another very popular pool feature is a waterfall or cascade. Cascades are a favorite as they become the centerpiece of your landscape and are sure to draw the attention of your guests. Cascades are surprisingly affordable, and because they are diverse, they make your pool one-of-a-kind.

From its elevated position, cascades deliver a continuous sheet of water to the pool surface below. Cascades are stylish and sleek and come in a variety of sizes and create a constant moment of Zen. Your professional pool builder can install your cascade almost anywhere along the perimeter of your pool. One of the advantages of having a cascade installed is they are highly customizable.

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Deck Jets and Laminars

Pool jets line the walls of your pool and shoot water into it for circulation. Deck jets are quite similar, except they are installed on the deck outside of the pool and launch water into the pool. Deck jets can stream water from 4 to 11 feet, and many are fully adjustable. Even the stream of water is adjustable, so you can stream water the circumference of a pin to a wide spray to multiple streams. The possibilities are endless.

Laminars are similar to deck jets in that they stream water, but laminars have the ability to reach greater heights and thicker streams. The motorized parts of laminars control the water and create a more tubular and sleeker arc.

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Fountains are a family favorite and will make a wonderful addition to your pool. A fountain in your pool can be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. And there are all types and sizes of fountains that you can have installed in your pool. In addition, multiple fountains in your pool are visually stimulating. Two popular types of pool fountains are bubbler fountains and spray fountains; you can have LED lighting installed so you can enjoy them at night.

In addition to looking totally cool in your pool, fountains also boast several benefits. Fountains increase pool circulation, which is essential in evenly distributing chemicals. Fountains also create aeration, which will cool down the water in your pool when the temperatures soar. Finally, the pleasant noise fountains make drown out traffic noise and other unwanted sounds.

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Spouting Statues and Rain Curtains

Deck jets and waterfalls are awesome, there is no doubt about that, but spouting statues are unique and will set your pool apart from everybody else. Whether you choose a figure from the Classical Antiquity, medieval period, or a modern statue, you are adding a grandiose centerpiece that will be the talk of the neighborhood. And the fact that these classic and contemporary statues spit water makes them even more intriguing.

If a cascade or waterfall just doesn’t cut it, you might look into installing a rain curtain. Rain curtains are wider and taller than other water features for the pool and will entertain your family and guests with their sheer delight. In addition, thanks to their height and width, rain curtains are far more noticeable than other water features, so much so that you will enjoy yours from inside your home.

This is just a partial list of the features you can add to your swimming pool. There are features that fit every budget, and there is undoubtedly one or two that you simply cannot live without. So take the time to do a little research on pool features and when you decide what you want, go ahead and give us a call, and we can help make your dream a reality.

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