Above Ground Pool Packages from Parrot Bay Pools

Posted on April 10th 2017 07:00:00 AM

As you shop for your new above ground pool and compare dealers, we wanted to take some time to tell you a little bit about the above ground pool Raleigh NC packages that Parrot Bay Pools offers. One thing you’ll notice right off is that they are all-inclusive – you get far more in our packages than you’ll get with any online retailer!

Maximum Value Pool Package

This package includes all that you need for the pool installation process, including permits, excavation, setting of the pool (including a $250 crane credit) and installation (including any necessary concrete footings). You’ll also receive:

  • Above ground pool liner
  • White pool steps (small upgrade fee for colored steps)
  • Standard plumbing
  • Ladder and handrail
  • Equipment pad
  • Sand filter, pool pump, skimmers, returns and drains
  • Vacuum hose, vacuum head, pool brush, and skimmer net
  • Pool and water testing kit

Just Add Water Pool Package

This above ground pool Fayetteville NC package is great for families who want a quality pool without all of the extras. It comes with everything the Maximum Value Pool Package includes, and also four feet of concrete around the pool and an $850 electrical allowance, including grounding.

High Quality, Easy Maintenance Pool Package

If you’re looking for built-in easy maintenance with your above ground pool design, then this is the package for you. It includes everything that’s standard in the Just Add Water Pool Package and also:

  • A variable speed pump
  • A light in the deep end of the pool
  • Saltwater or UV sanitation

Artisan Series Pool Package

This above ground pool package is designed for families who want a beautiful, quality pool that comes with easy maintenance too. This comes with a few upgrades from the above packages, including:

  • Artisian ladder and handrail
  • A variable speed pump
  • Two to three colored lights (based on the size of the pool)
  • Saltwater or UV sanitation
  • 4 deck jets
  • 4 feet of concrete around the pool
  • 4 pallets of sod around the concrete patio
  • Safety cover

It’s important to us at Parrot Bay Pools that we provide you with exactly what you need for your above ground swimming pool design. We’ll even tweak one of the above packages for you for moderate upgrade charges. Contact us for more details.

Above Ground Pool Safety

Posted on April 5th 2017 02:51:00 PM

Maybe one of the reasons you went with an above ground pool was for added safety. After all, it’s harder for children or pets to fall into a pool raised several feet off the ground than it is for them to stumble into an in-ground pool.

However, as with anything of that nature, you should take some additional safety measures to protect all access points, especially if you have little ones.

Deck Access Safety

If you have or are planning to build a deck around your above ground swimming pool Fayetteville NC, this can provide easier access to the water if you don’t take extra precautions. The deck should have a railing and a gate at the top of the stairs that only latches from the inside. Most children at risk of drowning will not be able to reach a latch of that nature, or simply may not know how to use it. As an extra step, add a lock to the gate that requires either a key or combination.

Ladder Safety

If you’re above ground pool Raleigh NC doesn’t have a deck, then you likely have a ladder to access the water. When the pool is not in use, your ladder needs to be removed from the pool and put away in a secure location to make sure your children don’t get into the pool unsupervised. Another option is a retractable ladder that will lock in an upward position when not in use.

Water Security

There are also water security systems available that, when activated, will alert you when the water is breached. You can get systems that transmit a signal to an alarm you install indoors so that you can always hear it. Some of these attach to the side of the pool and others float in the water. All of them can be shut off manually when you’re actually using the pool together too.

We’re excited you’ve selected an above ground pool Fayetteville NC for your family to enjoy together. There is certainly nothing wrong with taking extra security measure to make sure your family is safe even when the pool is not in use.

Beat the Rush – Plan Your Above Ground Pool Design Today!

Posted on March 27th 2017 07:00:00 AM

Now is the time to order your above ground pool. Once the temperatures start to consistently increase, we start getting an influx of telephone calls, emails and showroom drop-bys. They’re all ready to plan their designs for above ground pools for the upcoming season. Things start to get very busy for us at Parrot Bay Pools around the beginning of May, with our schedule nearly full.

Now is the time to start your swimming pool design process so that you can beat the rush and have your pool ready to go early!

When Does Swimming Season Start?

Generally speaking, the official pool season starts around Memorial Day in late May each year. However, warmer temperatures each season mean that swimming pool projects are starting earlier and earlier so that they are ready as soon as it’s warm enough. Add in swimming pool accessories like a heater to extend your swimming season, and we can’t emphasize enough how starting on your project now is a great idea!

What About Above Ground Pool Maintenance?

One of the most common reasons we see customer who want a pool delay on the above ground pool and deck designs is because they just don’t want to keep up with the pool maintenance and know that, once the above ground swimming pool installation happens, they’re stuck. Parrot Bay Pools to the rescue again! We offer a weekly pool cleaning service that does all the necessary things to keep your swimming pool sparkling, including opening and closing the pool for the season!

You have no excuses – there’s no reason for delay! If you’re ready and determined that you want an above ground swimming pool installation this year, then don’t wait any longer. Get ahead of the crowd and the neighbors can be jealous that you pool is ready to go long before theirs!

Above Ground Pool Buyer’s Guide

Posted on March 20th 2017 07:00:00 AM

At Parrot Bay Pools, we recognize that purchasing swimming pools Fayetteville NC can be somewhat overwhelming. That’s especially true if you don’t have all of the above ground pool information you need to get started. But have no fear, we compiled some start up tips for you. Before you go any further, check with your homeowner’s association to approve construction of an above ground pool and deck design. There are also city zoning regulations (including the applicable permits) that our customer service team can help you with.

Available Space, Size and Shape

Before you start with a design plan, determine how much space is available in your yard for a pool. Measure the area you want to put it in and leave at least six feet of leeway on all sides for the pool perimeter. Also keep in mind how you want to access your pool and if you’d like to include any decking.

Then, decide what shape you want for your above ground swimming pool design (round or oval generally), which certainly depends upon your available yard space and your purposes for the pool (just for your family or for entertaining large crowds, etc.). While you’re at it, consider what wall patterns you may be interested in to make sure they’re available for the size of pool you want.

Sanitizing System for an Above Ground Pool

Determine what swimming pool above ground sanitizing system you prefer, which is generally salt, chlorine or bromine as the sanitizing agent. All of these work in above ground swimming pools and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. There is no right or wrong answer here; it’s just a matter of personal preference. We can gladly provide you with more information on each option.

Swimming Pool Accessories

There are other little things that you must decide for swimming pools above ground Fuquay-Varina NC. Other equipment includes the type of filtration system and whether you want a water heater or not (which will extend your swim season).

Swimming pool covers are an important consideration, too. And there are accessories such as lighting and pool vacuums that keep the water crystal clear. Parrot Bay Pools representatives are happy to show you all of the available accessories in our showroom.

We realize that this list is just a starting point, but it at least gives you some things to consider. Contact us at Parrot Bay Pools to get moving on your above ground pool design.

Easter Games in Your NC Swimming Pool

Posted on March 13th 2017 06:00:00 AM

Are you looking for a new and inventive way to have an Easter egg hunt in your backyard? Are your older kids tired of the traditional hide-n-seek? Well, if your NC swimming pool is open for the season, consider these suggestions to change things up for the Easter holiday!

Bob for Easter Eggs in Your NC Swimming Pool

Toss those empty, plastic Easter eggs in the pool. Set a timer and send the kiddos racing to get the most eggs in the allotted time frame. This is, of course, an activity that requires supervision. We recommend having separate competitions for the big kids and the little ones for safety reasons. Do two to three rounds by age as the need arises (with eggs in the shallow end only for smaller children). Or extend the fun and have each kid go one at a time to see who gets the most eggs in two minutes.

 Enjoy an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Weight the plastic Easter eggs with coins and they’ll sink to the bottom of the pool. Tip: if you put too much weight in the egg, the pressure of the water will make it pop open. Have everyone dive in at once to find the most eggs before they’re all gone, or make it an individual competition to see how long it takes each of them to find them all (kid with the best time gets an extra five dollars). Utilize swimming pool accessories like LED lights and do the egg hunt at night to make it more interesting.

Isn’t it great how versatile swimming pools, Raleigh, NC, can be for great fun with family and friends? The above ground swimming pool and deck design (or in-ground fiberglass pool installation) are a great idea!

Use Your Tax Refund to Beef Up Your Pool Project

Posted on March 6th 2017 07:00:00 AM

Alright, it’s tax season! And if you’re one of the lucky ones to get a tax refund, you’re clearly celebrating. Barring any processing delays, you’ll have plenty of time to grab some awesome accessories for your swimming pool project. Our team can help you use your tax refund to really make the most of your backyard oasis.

Lighting for Swimming Pools Fayetteville, NC

Fiberglass pools, and any other in-ground pool design, means that you can add LED lights to your pool project. This will jazz things up and go from day swim only to fun night swim options, too. Most LED pool lights have color-changing options. You can install them within the pool or on any water features for added effect.

Water Features for Added Flare

One of the better swimming pool accessories are those extra water features that bring a visual element to any swimming pool design. Whether you have an in-ground or above ground swimming pool, cascades, bubblers, spillways and streams (especially with LED lighting) can really make a pool a beautiful part of your backyard landscape.

Add a Slide or Diving Board to Your Pool Project

A slide or diving board can really make fiberglass pools Raleigh NC fun for the whole family. You just have to make sure the depth is adequate for the location you’d like to install the slide or diving board. Slides come in a couple of styles – straight or twisted, for added flare.

Whether you already have a pool installed and need some stellar swimming pool accessories or are just looking to add some things to a pool project in the works, Parrot Bay Pools is happy to help you put your tax refund to good use!

From Simple to Beautiful: Pool Patio Design

Posted on February 27th 2017 07:00:00 AM

Typical expectations for an in-ground swimming pool Raleigh NC patio is simple, gray concrete. But these days, few are happy with simple. Have no fear, there are some great ways to spruce up your swimming pool patio design so that your pool looks like part of your backyard landscape rather than a drab eyesore.

Pool Patio Design: Stamped Concrete

It’s just like it sounds – stamping the concrete with a pattern that resembles brick, stone, tile wood or other natural elements and textures. This gives the benefits of concrete (longevity, low maintenance, seamless construction) without the expense and maintenance of the other options. Stamped concrete also maintains a surface with traction to minimize falls. You can add pigment to the concrete in earth tones as well, so you’re not stuck with gray (unless you want to be!).

Pool Patio Design: Stone

Another option for your pool or patio, if within your budget, is to use stone – keeping in mind that you want to avoid smooth surfaces because they can be a fall hazard (so, no tile). Cobblestone and flagstone are great options that add both charm and texture (for safety) to a swimming pool design. Slate is another popular choice, though a bit heavier on the budget.

Pool Patio Design: Wood

If your in-ground swimming pool Fayetteville NC is on an elevated portion of your yard, then a wood deck may be a classic option. The contrast of the wood makes the pool design pop. Just remember, however, that wood probably requires the most maintenance of all of these options, including annual staining. Your choice of wood can create an atmosphere too. For example, bamboo wood planks, coupled with bamboo growing near the pool and some lanterns, would provide an Asian elegance to your backyard.

There are several other elements that can add to the total aesthetic of your swimming pool and deck design, including the addition of water or light features and your landscape design. Parrot Bay Pools would be honored to help you make your pool design all your own.

Pool Accessory Add-ons for Your Project

Posted on February 20th 2017 07:00:00 AM

You’ve placed the order and the construction crew just broke ground. But, suddenly, your in-ground swimming pool design is starting to seem a little barren in your head. Thankfully, there are ways you can add the right swimming pool accessories to your project before it’s complete, with limited delay in the start of your swimming season.

Water Features

  • Cascades – small cascades of water around the pool with the function of jets for water circulation, but more appealing
  • Bubblers – eruptions of water, typically centered in the swimming pools Fuquay-Varina NC
  • Spillways – more or less a waterfall, and a beautiful way to add aesthetic appeal to water circulation
  • Streams – small fountain-like spouts of water arching over the pool

Pool Accessory Design

  • Tanning Ledge – installed on the side of the pool, it’s a small ledge with a couple of inches of water to keep you cool while working on your tan
  • Vanishing Edge – where the water flows over one raised edge of the pool into a basin (and then pumped back into the pool), so it appears that the water never ends – also known as “infinity edge”
  • Beach Entry – rather than stepping down into the shallow end of the pool, the beach entry is a gradual degrade into the water, just as if you were walking into the ocean from the beach
  • Steps – offer a budget-friendly entry point option for any in-ground swimming pool design Raleigh NC

Slide/Diving Board

If you have a deeper end to your pool, then a slide or diving can be a fun additional swimming pool accessories for kids, teens and the whole family. Several slide options are available, including straight and twist slides. It’s simply a matter of your preference and the depth of the water.


You can add LED lighting almost anywhere in a pool, which makes night swimming that much more enjoyable. LED color-changing features are available for the lights in the side of the pool, or even within water features, such as bubblers or streams.

If you want to add any of these elements to your swimming pool and deck design, let us know, especially if construction is underway. At Parrot Bay Pools, we’re happy to help create the pool of your dreams.

Pool Financing: Plan the Backyard of Your Dreams

Posted on February 13th 2017 07:00:00 AM

An in-ground pool is not a small investment or a impulse buy. There are simply too many elements that are part of the purchase process — it requires planning and forethought. So, if you’re thinking about a swimming pool installation for your backyard, now is the time to start planning. You may find that all of the considerations you take into account help to finalize your decision.


Before you do anything, you’ll need to know your budget so that you know what you have room for in your swimming pool and deck design. First, determine how you’ll pay for it. Will you be saving up to get your pool? Or is financing the route you want to take? Parrot Bay Pools & Spas financing options offer loans up to 15 years and we’re happy to sit down with you and discuss what you qualify for. In fact, many potential customers meet with us to discuss these options prior to picking out a swimming pool in Fayetteville  NC, so you can plan accordingly.

Available Space

Before you decide on the size and shape of your pool, you’re going to need to determine what will actually fit in your backyard. Time to get out the measuring tape! As a general rule, allow for a six foot radius around your swimming pool, so that it doesn’t end up too close to other buildings or required structures.

You might also consider calling 811, the federally designed call-before-you-dig number. They’ll mark your yard for free so that you know where all buried gas and utility lines are, giving you a clearer picture of your available pool space.

Examine Your Options

Start looking at what options are available to you. The possibilities are, quite literally, endless for swimming pool accessories and features you add to it. Are you going to want a concrete or tile patio surround? What about a fence? Do you want water features like a slide, waterfall or lights?

At Parrot Bay Pools, we can help you start the process for planning the in-ground swimming pool of your dreams, narrowing down the options based upon your budget, available space and desires. Give us a call today to set up a consultation appointment!

Parrot Bay Pools Now in Raleigh, NC

Posted on February 6th 2017 07:00:00 AM

Parrot Bay is proud to announce the addition of our new location in Raleigh, North Carolina, offering the sale and installation of Trilogy in-ground swimming pools!

Trilogy pools are custom crafted to fit your specifications, down to the color that suits your style. The company prides itself on being innovative and allowing you – the customer – to guide the design of your pool, not the manufacturer. Trilogy pools are not mass produced in limited size, shape and color and then stored in a warehouse somewhere until someone buys them. No, they are created when you order them, to your specifications, so that the swimming pool design you receive is entirely yours.

And why choose Parrot Bay Pools as your dealer for Trilogy swimming pool installation? Simply, we love what we do and it shows. We embrace innovation and change, always striving to offer our best. We’ve received more awards in the last decade than most pool companies receive in 50 years, and we live by our motto that “well done is better than well said.”

The swimming pools Raleigh NC builder you choose is imperative to delivering a quality product in your backyard. After all, you can’t exchange or take back a pool. If it’s not done right the first time, then it results in years of headaches and expenses to get it fixed, likely never to be fully up to par. At Parrot Bay Pools & Spas, we’ve earned a reputation for building the highest quality products with the most unique features in the area. We do not take your pool build lightly – our general contractor personally oversees and checks every swimming pool installation to make sure it meets our standards for exceptional quality. And we also offer full cleaning and maintenance services on a regular basis for all our customers.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Come by and see our new Raleigh showroom and chat with us about your Trilogy Pool options. We’re excited to be in the neighborhood and help you!