Reef Tropical Pool & Landscape

Quality Concrete Is The Foundation Of A Well-Built Swimming Pool

Oct 18, 2016 9:57:42 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

It’s a day of monumental importance — the most critical part of building a swimming pool that will determine its quality, safety, integrity and longevity. There’s a lot riding on concrete day: when concrete is applied to create the shell of your swimming pool. In the pool industry, the process involves a material called shotcrete (a wet or dry mix) that is applied using a pneumatic hose. Proper preparation, an exact concrete mix, appropriate velocity and skilled application technique must be employed during the concrete process to achieve a high-quality swimming pool.

The reality is, this concrete pool “base” will hold tons of water. It’s not like any old cement job. And, there is so much that can go wrong on “concrete day” that a quality pool provider should be on site to manage the process, from beginning to end.

From concrete application technique to curing and inspection, here are some factors that determine the success of the pool concrete process.

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The Cost of Installing a Pool in South Florida: What You Need to Consider

Aug 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

Pools and South Florida go hand in hand. It’s hard to beat the viewing pleasure and use of a pool, especially in our heat.

But how much is that stunning water feature going to cost you?

Here’s a look at the cost of installing a pool in South Florida and what components affect that price.

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How Much (More) Does An Infinity Pool Cost?

Jul 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

There’s something peaceful about staring out at the never-ending ocean. It’s one of the reasons our beaches stay so crowded.

What if you could enjoy that tranquil view without ever leaving home? And even if you already have an ocean view, what if you could bring it closer onshore?

If those peak your interest, you might want to consider an infinity pool.

What Is An Infinity Pool?

An infinity pool — also known as a vanishing edge pool — looks like it goes on forever, hence the name.

Water flows over at least one of the pool edges, creating the effect that the water has no boundaries. This design is especially popular around water backgrounds, since it makes the pool look like it merges with the other body of water.

The benefits of having an infinity pool are purely aesthetic and really just a personal preference.

So if you like the idea of having a pool with sparkling water that never seems to end, you’re probably wondering what the differences are with infinity vs. regular pools. Here’s a comparison of costs, maintenance and what to expect.

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The 6 Best Miami Pool Builders — An Honest Comparison

May 31, 2016 1:33:10 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

What makes a Miami pool builder great? That can be a difficult question to answer.

A lot of it is subjective, like if you like their design style or team members.

But when you want to compare apples to apples with different pool builders in Miami, there are a few unbiased components to consider:

  • Company’s level of experience (ex. certifications, past projects, etc.)
  • Range of in-house services
  • Experience with local pool codes and mandates
  • Responsiveness

Whether you’re a contractor working on new construction or a homeowner who wants to add a stunning water feature to your outdoor space, having the best South Florida pool builder can make all the difference.

We’re obviously fans of our pool services here at Reef Tropical, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recognize good work from other Miami pool builders: Competition makes everyone better, meaning greater results for you.

Plus, the best company for one person might not be the best for another. You need to find the one that’s the best fit for you. In no particular order, here’s an objective look at the six best Miami pool builders.

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World Class Education in Pool Construction

Jan 8, 2016 4:06:54 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

Brandi Moore is the Head Project Manager and GM for Reef Tropical Construction:

She recently traveled to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 International Pool / Spa / Patio Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The expo provided numerous opportunities to learn about different companies and products along with various networking opportunities in the pool industry.  

More importantly, Brandi’s mission was to work with Genesis3, an educational program on construction, design and artistic elements of water features. She completed the Advanced Construction Course and learned about advanced hydraulics and engineering. The course was able to further her ambitions in building world class water features.

Moore believes that Genesis3 is an elite group of people that teach an elite way of building. Brandi said, “The professionals in the class want to be the best at what they do”. The classes, taught by the thought leaders in the industry, are about design, engineering, concrete, construction, aquatic environments and maintenance.  Brandi further explains that the teachers are all “seasoned professionals who teach from a “lessons learned” perspective in order to prevent mistakes.”

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Pool Construction - The Team, The Vision, The Talent

Oct 13, 2015 11:50:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

The Reef Tropical Pool Construction team is working on some of the most spectacular real estate in all of Miami. In addition to being a market leader at Ocean Reef Club and in Monroe County for high-end quality pool construction, our pool team has a serious presence on Miami Beach.

Correspondingly, we want to share the visions, messages, experiences and nuances of this type of pool construction and continued pool maintenance. Take a look at the visual below. 

If you are a Realtor, General Contractor or Architect, this conversation is right up your alley. Reef Tropical is here to help consult on any pool projects that your client may be pursuing. 

Here are some examples of what Reef Tropical is doing in the pool industry. Click on these articles and read below the visual. 

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Reef Tropical is Building World Class Pools

Aug 6, 2015 4:28:00 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

Reef Tropical Pools is building four separate water features on a double lot on LaGorce Circle, Miami Beach. The property is located on one of the wealthiest streets in in all of the United States.

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How Much Does a Pool Cost to Build?

May 13, 2015 3:39:00 PM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

What's better than having a pool? Reef Tropical Pools can help you understand what it costs to build a pool. We can also tell you what options you have with a pool, what type of pool we recommend, how long it takes to build a pool and exactly what scope of work it takes to build a pool.  

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I Bought a Home With a Pool and Spa, I NEED Advice

Apr 14, 2015 10:52:45 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Maintenance, Pool & Spa Construction, Pool & Spa Repair and Renovation

When homes sell, Reef Tropical Pools helps consult the new owners on their existing water features. As a highlighted part of the new home, all parties involved want the pool and spa to exude quality. Reef Tropical Pools can help consult with certainty on the age and condition of the mechanical equipment (pumps, heaters, filters), the age and condition of the pool finish or tile, the overall cleanliness of the pool and usually the existence of any potential leak (if servicing the pool regularly). We can also help consult on a pool renovation or complete rebuild of the pool. Common things to consider would be adding a spa, updating your Diamond Brite or Pebble Tec finish (recommended every 8-10 years), acid washing and re grouted tile finishes every so often (tile can last a long time). Lastly, pools need constant care. We can propose an aspect of weekly service along with annual preventative maintenance for the equipment. 

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Home Trends Custom Pools: Swimming in Luxury

Feb 5, 2015 11:31:00 AM / by Claude Kershner IV posted in Pool & Spa Construction

High-End Pool Trends Making Waves with Homeowners

By Leah Maki in Distinctive Properties as a part of Russel Post Sothesby’s Realty International Realty 

Years ago, most pools were a basic rectangular or kidney shape with one main drain and one pool light.  Today, pools have been transformed into a personal paradise with dazzling tiles, artistic shapes, and reflective values, designed to complement the architecture and orientation of the home.

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