Author: Randy Sellers

Pool Side Patio Furniture

Pool Side Patio Furniture

Pool Side Patio Furniture

Outdoor Furniture, Pool Side Patio Furniture

High quality Pool Side Patio Furniture is in high demand for its long-lasting durability, easy maintenance, and elegant design.  We are proud to offer several styles of Outdoor Resin Pool Furniture for your poolside needs.

No matter where you live, you can lounge in island style and comfort on a set of our comfortable Pool Furniture.  Create your own personal backyard tropical paradise when you choose a high quality, weather resistant settee, a pair of arm chairs, an ottoman, or a coffee table.  Resin wicker pool furniture has all the character and comfort of natural wicker, but at a portion of the cost, so you can choose as many or as few pieces as you wish to complement your style and the space available by your pool.  We offer many different finishes and fabrics for a unique look. Manufacturer’s such as Tortuga, Open Air Lifestyles, International Home, Polywood and Beachfront offer a variety of furniture; recycled, resin wicker, aluminum and resin.

Recycled Pool Side Patio Furniture is well known for its exceptionally durable construction.  Beachfront Furniture is not only durable, but it is environmentally friendly.  The furniture pieces are made of plastic that is 90% recycled, and is never made with new petroleum.  The Beachfront Furniture Collection allows you to savor  your time in the environment while assuring you that you are also helping to save it.  Explore the collection and choose from the many quality selections that will be yours to enjoy for many years to come.

Polywood Recycled Pool Side Furniture is made from brand synthetic dimensional lumber is formed from High Density  Polyethylene (HDPE), UV-inhibited pigment systems, foaming  compounds, and selected process additives. The HDPE primary raw material is derived from post-consumer bottle waste, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE post industrial material. This material is cleaned by a  decontamination process to a high purity level, which removes contaminants such as food residue, paper, and adhesives. It is then compounded into a rigid board stock material; with the resulting finished product containing over 90% recycled plastic by weight. also offers many styles and price ranges for Resin Wicker Furniture. Resin Wicker Outdoor Patio Furniture is well known for its exceptionally durable polyethylene construction.  The resin wicker is woven over a sturdy aluminum frame and requires minimal maintenance.  This outdoor furniture resists most weather conditions including harmful UV rays, weathering, aging, and moisture.  In addition, you will never again worry about having to take your furniture inside for the winter.  And best of all, dirt and spills are so easy to clean – simply spray them away with a water hose. You could also enjoy an evening of outdoor dining by the pool with one of our Resin Wicker Dining Sets

In general, high quality molded resin and resin wicker pool furniture have many advantages over pool furniture made from other materials.  They are both good-looking, durable, able to withstand all kinds of pool side abuses, and easy to clean and maintain.  It’s hard to deny the value of high-quality furniture for your pool when compared to its cheaper, flimsier, and significantly shorter-lived competition.


Maintaining Your Safety Pool Cover

Safety Pool Cover Maintenance

Maintaining Your Safety Pool Cover

Tips for Maintaining Your Safety Pool Cover

Unlike solar covers, leaf nets, or winter covers, safety pool covers are designed to provide a protective barrier over the swimming pool to prevent people and animals from accidental submersion and drowning.  No other type of cover can be called a safety pool cover.  In fact, a pool cover must be able to hold at least 485 pounds of weight per 5 square feet to be considered a safety cover, according to standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM standard F1346-91).

To ensure that a safety pool cover can adequately perform its intended purpose, though, it must be inspected and cared for on a regular basis so that it stays in top condition.  Here are some easy-to-follow maintenance tips:

1. Secure springs very tightly when first installing the safety cover.  Over time, tension eases as the cover relaxes.

2. When removing the cover from the pool, fan fold it before storing it away.  The fan fold makes the process of replacing the cover much easier.

3. Store your safety cover in the storage bag when it’s not being used, and hang the bag off the floor to allow water to drain.

4. Each time you place the safety cover over the pool, make sure it lies completely flat against the pool deck.  There should be no spaces or gaps through which a child or pet could squeeze and enter the water.

5. Hose out any dirt or debris in anchor casings on the pool deck several times each season to prevent sticking.

6. Hose off any debris from the cover while it is installed over the pool.

7. Cleaning the mesh debris screen in a solid safety cover — Remove the cover from the pool.  Then, open the mesh screen, fold it back on top of the safety cover, and use a hose to rinse the screen from behind.  Close the panel and store your cover away until it’s time to place it back onto the pool.

8. Use a cover pump regularly to remove excess accumulated water from the surface of a solid safety cover that doesn’t have a debris screen.

9. Patch small holes in your safety cover right away using an appropriate safety cover patch kit.

10. Large holes that cannot be patched make the cover unsafe and unusable.  A new safety cover is recommended.

Taking the time to regularly inspect and maintain your swimming pool’s safety cover is an essential step in helping to prevent submersion and drowning accidents.  A safety cover can only be relied upon if it is kept in proper condition.




Water Fountains & Waterfalls

Water Fountains and Waterfalls

Water Fountains and Waterfalls

A Multi-Sensory Approach to Reducing Stress & the Negative Effects of Everyday Noises with Waterfalls and Water Fountains

Here’s an experiment. Take note of your stress and energy levels following one day spent doing what you normally do in a day, and then compare that to the stress and energy levels you experience at the end of a day spent in nature. The chances are favorable that you end your day in nature with less stress and more energy than you feel at the end of a typical day of work, school, errands, and other miscellaneous tasks. While the results of this experiment may seem obvious, you may be surprised to learn that much of our stress and lack of energy as a society comes from the very fact that we are constantly surrounded by noise.

From the moment we wake to the moment we fall asleep at night, our ears and brains are required to deal with a multitude of low frequency sounds that drain the brain of energy and cause stress. Low frequency noises include the ever-present hum of household appliances, the drone of the computer and fluorescent lights, and the din of traffic, large machinery, aircraft, and other everyday technologies. According to a January 2007 Consumer Reports: On Health article titled “Shhh! Everyday noise can be harmful,” stress and lack of energy are only two of the negative effects that everyday noises can have on our bodies. In addition, everyday noises have been shown to contribute to sleep problems, lack of motivation, lower efficiency levels, decreased creativity, poor mood, and increased heart attack risk.

Counteracting the Negative Effects of Everyday Noises Noise may not be the sole cause of the stress and other health issues we experience, but it is most certainly one source. The good news is that we can reduce, and even reverse, the negative effects that noise has on our brains and bodies through regular exposure to the higher frequency sounds found in nature.

Spending a day, or even part of a day, in nature provides our bodies and brains with a much needed relief from stress. Unfortunately, going out to nature on a daily basis is not always an option, so bringing nature sounds into your home or backyard is the practical solution. Listening to sound machines and audio recordings that feature babbling brooks, ocean waves, rain showers, bird songs, and other natural sounds is one option. These items are plentiful and easy to find at many retailers. However, home water fountains and waterfalls are often a preferred source for nature sounds because they offer a multi-sensory stress-relieving experience that sound machines and audio recordings are unable to provide.

The Benefits of Water Fountains and Waterfalls Water fountains and waterfalls — which come in tabletop, wall mounted, and free standing varieties — bring the soothing sounds of flowing water into the home or backyard, but they also bring a visual element. Not only are water fountains and waterfalls beautifully designed and able to complement just about any existing home decor, the water itself lends another dimension of stress relief to the equation. Watching the dance and trickle of water as it flows across rocks, down textured surfaces, in your pool or into a basin at the bottom of the waterfall enhances our auditory experience. When we listen to sound machines or audio recordings of nature sounds, we may feel the need to close our eyes to block out visual distractions around us that take our minds away from the goal of relaxation. In contrast, the visual attributes of water fountains and waterfalls bring us closer to that goal by giving us something beautiful and elemental to focus on with our eyes as we listen with our ears.

In addition, the water that flows in a water fountain or waterfall never sounds exactly the same from one moment to the next. This dynamic quality keeps our listening experience from growing monotonous or predictable, which can easily happen if we listen to sound machines or audio recordings regularly. We can also choose to dramatically change the “song” of the water in our water fountain or waterfall simply by rearranging rocks or other features in the basin or by adding a new element — such as a seashell, leaf, or small piece of wood — along the water’s path. We can even place our own fingers in the water’s flow to change the sound of the water as it moves; feeling the water stream across our skin would bring yet another sensory element to our experience.

The Soothing Nature of Water Because water is an integral part of our world and our bodies, it has an innate ability to soothe. We are instinctively drawn to the sound of water, and we are mesmerized by its gentle flow. Spending time near water — listening, watching, touching — allows us to breathe more slowly and to break the cycle of stress we experience each day. Bringing a water fountain or waterfall into our home environment, whether it is a small tabletop version or a larger wall mounted or free standing version, gives us the luxury of regular access to real water, as opposed to pre-recorded water sounds. Water fountains and waterfalls provide us with a multi-sensory relaxation experience that may not only lower our stress levels, but improve our sleep and our moods, increase our motivation and efficiency, and even lower our risk for heart attack.

Three Reasons to Consider Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Pools

More Homeowners Take a Second Look at Today’s Above Ground Pools

The popularity of above ground pools has grown in recent years, and many homeowners who may have never before considered owning one are now taking a second look.  The reasons for this turn around are numerous, but three major contributors to the rise in popularity of above ground pools include cost, selection, and appearance.


Even before the onset of current economic problems, in ground pools were cost prohibitive for many homeowners.  In fact,  “sales of new [in ground] pools have fallen nearly 75% from their 2004 peak,” according to research conducted by P.K. Data, Inc. Comparing the cost of purchasing and installing an in ground pool with the cost of purchasing and installing an above ground pool reveals a significant difference.  Above ground pools, in most cases, cost thousands of dollars less, making them a much more affordable option for homeowners, even in today’s tough economic climate.


More than ever, today’s above ground pools are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  Round, rectangular, and oval pools give homeowners the freedom and flexibility to choose the most suitable pool for their specific situation.  Smaller sizes can accommodate smaller yards, while much larger pools are available for homes where backyard space is not an issue.


The most common critique of above ground pools has always focused on their traditionally unattractive appearance.  These pools have come a long way, though, in terms of how they look.  The state-of-the-art materials and protective coatings used in the construction of above ground pools prevent the appearance of unsightly rust and other damage caused by harsh weather.  Additionally, decorative elements on contemporary pools give homeowners the ability to customize the look of their pool.  Design choices can include colors that complement a home’s decor and finishes that resemble weathered stone or other decorative effects.  Also, vertical supports are made to either blend into the pool’s design or to add a sophisticated touch to the pool’s appearance.  Some pools, for example, feature vertical supports that are reminiscent of the simple and elegant style found in roman Doric columns.

Other ways that homeowners choose to enhance the appearance of above ground pools include adding attractive landscaping features, wooden pool decks, or decorative stone patios.  Some above ground pools are even constructed so that they can be installed partially or mostly in the ground, giving them the feel of in ground pools.

Enjoying the luxury of a backyard swimming pool can be a reality for many homeowners who are willing to take another look at  above ground pools.  Thanks to advanced materials, expanded selections, and attractive designs, above ground pools can finally move beyond the negative images that have plagued them in the past.  More homeowners than ever before are finding these pools to be an appealing and affordable alternative to in ground pools.

Opening Your Above Ground Pool

Opening your Above Ground Pools

Above Ground Swimming Pool

Easy Guidelines  for Opening your Above Ground Pool – Spring Start-Up

Think about opening your Above Ground Pool even before summer arrives, plan ahead and start thinking about the process of opening your above ground swimming pool.  Check your inventory of chemicals and the state of your pool equipment.  Winter or spring are the perfect time to replenish your supplies and upgrade or replace worn or damaged pool equipment.  When the time officially arrives to open your pool, you’ll be ready with everything you need.Make the opening of your swimming pool even easier by following the steps below.  You’ll be swimming in no time.

1. First, remove any leaves or debris that have settled on the winter pool cover.  Also, remove any standing water from the cover using a cover pump.  Then, remove the cover itself.

Note: If your winter cover has a hole in it and you use your cover pump to remove standing water, you may actually end up pumping water out of the pool.  This can lead to a drained pool, so be sure to watch for this.

2. After removing the winter cover, take time to clean it, let it air dry, and then store it away for the rest of the season.  The time and effort you spend caring properly for your winter cover will ensure that it stays in top shape for many seasons.

3. Re-insert drain plugs you may have removed from your pump and filter hoses, and re-attach your hoses. Then, add water to your pool until it reaches normal levels.

4. Remove freeze plugs, skimmer guards, or air pillows.

5. Plug in your pump, and make sure that the valve is turned to the backwash position (for sand filters).  Doing so will ensure that any old water left in your filter will not go into your pool.

6. Check for leaks.

7. Assess the cleanliness of the pool itself. If you used a solid winter cover and secured it well, the water will be as clear as it was when you closed the pool last year.  If not, now is the time to remove large debris from the pool with your leaf net, leaf rake, or leaf eater.

8. Vacuum any dirt, sand, algae, or other small debris that cannot be cleared out with a leaf rake or net.

9.  After cleaning the pool, check the water chemistry:

  • Allow the water to circulate at least 8-12 hours so that the water that was added has time to mix with the water that was already in the pool.
  • After that time, test the water thoroughly, then add the necessary chemicals in the proper sequence to balance the water chemistry. We suggest taking a water sample to your local pool professional to have it tested for pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, etc. Be sure to follow the procedure they describe to avoid damaging your pool.

10.  Install the ladder and any other deck equipment.

11.  Go swimming!