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Battle of the solar covers – Solar blanket vs Liquid solar

Battle of the solar covers: Solar blanket vs. liquid solar pool cover

What is a liquid solar pool cover and how does it compare to a traditional solar pool cover? Check out our pros and cons so you can make your own decision: solar blanket or liquid solar cover?


14 inspiring pool designs your neighbours will be drooling over

14 inspiring pool designs your neighbours will be drooling over As much as we love getting our hands dirty with the excavation and pool construction process, every project starts with a dream—and in many ways, this is the most fun part. We’ve put together this post featuring 14 inspiring pool designs to fire up your … Continued


These 8 photos prove you can swim all year round

  These 8 photos prove you can swim all year round Yes, a pool that you can use all year round and can fit in your backyard! CHECK OUT HOW YOU WOULD HEAT A SWIMPOOL IN THE WINTER AND OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT BE THINKING OF RELATED ARTICLES These 8 photos prove you can swim … Continued


How to choose the perfect winter pool cover

  How to choose the perfect winter pool cover Saying goodbye to summer means most pool owners are saying hello to their winter pool covers. A winter pool cover is the best way to prevent leaves, dirt, debris, kids, pets and even UV rays from getting into the pool during the off-season. Here are our … Continued

15 stunning ways to incorporate a hot tub into your backyard

15 stunning ways to incorporate a hot tub into your backyard

15 stunning ways to incorporate a hot tub into your backyard A hot tub can be an eyesore if it’s just plonked in the corner of your backyard, but incorporating one into some landscaping can turn your backyard into a personal oasis. Check out these 15 stunning ideas that will inspire you to create a tranquil setting in … Continued

7 ahhhsome hot tub jets

7 ahhhsome hot tub jets and what they do

Hot tub jets shoot heated water and air out of small holes, offering targeted massage of varying intensities and locations. They relieve tension, ease soreness and melt away stress. Without the jets, a hot tub is little more than a bathtub in your yard. Relaxing, sure, but not ahhhhmazing. Read on for a guide to hot tub jet systems, an explanation of 7 hot tub jets and some shopping advice.


The inside scoop: Our Hydropool review

In 2019 we’ll have been selling Hydropool products at Buds for 40 years. That’s remarkable in itself—that two Canadian companies dedicated to pools and spas have been around long enough to have a relationship lasting four decades—but it also gives us some good insight on which to base a Hydropool review. Full disclosure: we only carry Hydropool hot tubs and swim spas, and we love them. Here’s why.

5 hot tub buying mistakes

5 hot tub buying mistakes you don’t want to make

When it comes to buying a hot tub, we’d all just love to fast forward past the decision-making to our first long, luxurious soak—but this is a major purchase, and it’s important to make the right choice. In this article we take you through 5 common mistakes first-time hot tub buyers make and how to avoid them.

Above ground swimpool stonework

6 amazing above ground swimpools

  6 amazing above ground swimpools By keeping your swimpool (also known as a swimspa) above ground on a simple concrete pad, you’ll save tens of thousands on installation. What’s that you said? Above ground swimpools can’t look good? These 6 stunners prove that choosing the right colour decking, using the perfect stone and using … Continued

Buds financing

5 best pool financing methods (and one we don’t recommend)

Home improvement loan? Home equity line of credit? Can you refinance your mortgage? When should you use your credit card? Get all the details on the best pool financing strategies, based on our decades of experience helping families afford their backyard dreams.

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Backyard pools on a budget: 8 ways to save money on pool installation

Learn 8 tips to save money on pool installation, with the exact amount of cash you’ll pocket for each idea. Vinyl, fibreglass or concrete? What time of year should you buy? What size and shape is the cheapest? You can afford to make your backyard dreams come true. Read on to find out how!

Swimpool vs. Small pool costs

Cost comparison: Small pool vs. swimpool

Cost comparison: Small pool vs swimpool If you only have room for a small pool in your yard, you can opt for a traditional pool or go for a swimpool (a small pool with an attached hot tub that’s also known as a swim spa). If your decision’s come down to dollars and cents, this … Continued


Can I heat a swim spa with gas and 9 more questions people ask

Swimpool? What’s that? We fast-track your swimpool learning curve with these 10 questions.


11 beautiful pools for small yards

Yes, a pool can fit in your small yard, and these 11 gorgeous examples prove it. From plunge pools and small fiberglass pools to tiny concrete pools and swimspas, there’s a material and design to fit your budget, family and space…


Pool vs. swimpool: The winner surprised even us

We’ve been installing pools since 1967, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we love them. The planning. The digging. The installation. And, of course, that first, delicious cannonball into the deep end…

HOW MUCH DOES A SWIMPOOL COST? (You might be surprised.)

How much does a swimpool cost? (You might be surprised.)

Most companies are a little secretive when it comes to sharing the cost of a swimpool (aka swimspa, endless pool or plunge pool). That’s frustrating for buyers, whose first question is almost always “How much does a swimspa cost?”…


Spring opening: How to treat and prevent algae

Green pools are often caused by algae growth in the water. This could take on the form of patches of green, yellow or black substances that fluffs into the water…


Helpful tips for maintaining your pool

New pool or new liner customers: please bring in a water sample (in the 1l sample bottle provided) to buds spas and pools before adding any chemicals…


How to treat and prevent cloudy water

Cloudy pools may occur due to a number of reasons. Cloudy water largely occurs because of poor water balance, lack of circulation, poor filtration or the depletion of chlorine/bromine…


How to clean a salt cell

It is important to maintain a clean salt cell so chlorine can be continuously produced. Salt cells that have a lot of scale or calcium build up can not effectively produce sanitizer and often create flow issues within the pool system…

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