New build in North Atlanta


TFP Expert
Apr 19, 2013
Sacramento, CA
If you want to swim year round you need either a heat pump or gas. Heat pumps take time -- like several days and may still not be able to warm up a cold pool in the winter. They generally can't heat a spa. Solar will work in the spring summer and fall depending on number of panels, sunlight and orientation. Anything will require a good cover. If you don't have a cover you will end up heating your yard.

One variable is how hot do you want your pool. If you want to swim at 81 that is much easier to maintain (or achieve) than 91. 78 would be even less difficult.

A heat pump is better at maintaining a temperature than achieving one. So if you are going to turn thre heater on for a week then off for a week you should be thinking gas.

Generally most folks don't swim in their pools in the winter.


LifeTime Supporter
Relatively speaking, of course. In Texas we can have 4 or 5 days of mid 70s with lows of high 50s in the middle of December and I can realistically bring the pool up to 90 in 2 days and then swim for 2 days and it only cost $20.


Well-known member
Jul 28, 2013
Re: twolabs question -- regarding soil -- very hard red southern clay. They constructed the slide in the same way that they shot the pool, rebar etc... The PB has done many of these over the years, which was my deciding factor to pick them in the first place, I wanted strong, custom made, natural looking slide that wouldn't break the bank. They had many customers welcome our visits to their pools to look things over and they are a top 50 pool builder ranked in spa and whatever magazine - not sure if that matters or not...


LifeTime Supporter
I can't get over that slide. It's going to rock big time. I use my slide all the time. Imagine a 43 year old dude wearing goggles that cover half his face sliding cannonball style into 5' of water. Yeah, that's me. :D :D :D :D

P.S. Can you add your location into your profile.