Latham Puts a Premium on Safety

Pool Safety

All pools should have a fence with a self closing-self latching gate, at least four feet high. Talk with your Latham Dealer about installing additional safety devices like pool surface alarms, safety covers and child-safety barriers that meet your local building and safety codes and guidelines published by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Safety ropes should always remain in place.

Smart pool owners always think safety first. They take specific steps to ensure that their family, friends and guests are aware of the safe and sensible use of the swimming pool — and urge these people not to use the pool if they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, stimulants or any other substance that might impair their abilities.

With your Latham branded pool products, you’ll receive a Consumer Information Package, including:

  • Pool Owners Safety Handbook
  • APSP “Sensible Way” Book
  • “Children Aren’t Waterproof” Book
  • Plaque
  • “Notice” Card
  • Vinyl Swimming Pool Liner Warranty
  • “No Diving” Labels

Latham Pool Products strongly recommends the use and careful placement of all safety stickers and signs included in your Owner’s Safety kit. It’s also a good idea to contact your local American Red Cross for available CPR courses and other vital safety programs.

For more swimming pool safety information, visit the following links:

Safety Resources for Consumers
Safety Resources for Kids

A swimming pool represents a significant investment. When you buy a car, a major appliance, or other high-end product for your home, you look for an established manufacturer with a well documented track record of quality and customer satisfaction. You should look for the same in the manufacturer of your swimming pool components.

Latham Pool Products has been satisfying pool owners since 1956 and is today the largest manufacturer of inground residential swimming pools and components in North America. Many thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada enjoy and trust Latham pool products every day. When Latham says that we stand Behind Every Pool, here is what we mean:

Simply built better

Latham Pool Products are manufactured utilizing premium raw materials and painstaking, proven manufacturing processes. Some examples are the top quality ceramic, resin, gel coat and fiberglass materials in our fiberglass pools . . . the corrosion-resistant galvanized steel in our steel pools . . . and our patent pending ultra-rigid polymer panels that reduce potential warping and bowing.

In fact, thanks to our proven product quality, Latham is the only packaged pool manufacturer to receive ICC-ES Certification of its products. This ensures that building products meet code requirements. Building inspectors' #1 choice for approving building codes are ICC-ES certified products*.

Simply backed better

Because Latham Pool Products are built better, we back them better, with the strongest, longest warranties in the industry. You also have the peace of mind of knowing your warranty is backed by a company that has been in business for over 50 years – and will continue to be here for our customers, today and long into the future.

The leader in innovation

Latham owns numerous patents and industry "firsts," including the first steel walk-in pool steps, first all-resin inground pool, and first vinyl liners with tile motifs and 3D patterns. Most recently, Latham developed the patent pending Ultra-Seam™ process that makes vinyl liner floor seams stronger and virtually invisible!

It all goes together

All Latham pool components – from our wall panels to our liners, steps and safety covers – are built to work together and fit together perfectly. Your pool builder will never have the challenges of installing a pool constructed of mismatched components by different manufacturers.

Getting schooled

Speaking of our dealers, Latham is the industry leader in product and installation training. We offer regular educational sessions and conferences to keep dealers and builders up to speed on our latest innovations, installation techniques and tips.

Proudly made in North America

All Latham Pool Products are proudly manufactured in our multiple high-tech facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. We build close to home so we can monitor every process for quality, and ensure prompt delivery to our customers.

*Final permit approval is up to the discretion of each individual municipality's code official.

There are several main types of inground pools that can be installed in your backyard. Here are some general guidelines about selecting a pool type:

Fiberglass Pools

Fiberglass swimming pools are one-piece shells that can be “dropped in” to your yard in a very short period of time – just 3 to 5 days in most cases. They are well suited to areas with cold weather seasons because the flexural strength of fiberglass prevents cracking during freezing-thawing cycles.

Fiberglass swimming pools come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, and can include many options such as perimeter tile, inlaid tile, tile mosaics, Crystite® pool finishes, built-in water features like cascades and streams, fiber optic and LED lighting, vanishing edges, and in-floor cleaning systems.

In addition, fiberglass pools act as a natural insulator, requiring less electric/gas to heat the pool. Algae is less prone to attach to the smooth surface of a fiberglass pool, requiring less chemicals and maintenance. In fact, estimated maintenance costs over 10 years is less than one quarter of the cost for a gunite pool.

Fiberglass Pool Pros – Quick and simple installation. Variety of shapes and styles. Smooth finish means no skin abrasions. 17 times stronger than concrete. Non-porous surface resists the problems associated with imbalanced water chemistry, requiring less chemical maintenance, labor, and electric and is algae resistant.

Fiberglass Pool Cons – Higher cost than vinyl liner pools.

Vinyl Liner Pools

Also known as packaged pools, these consist of components, including wall panels, braces, steps and a vinyl liner, that are assembled together to create a swimming pool. These types of pools are typically "engineered," meaning they are designed and produced to predefined standards in a controlled factory environment. All components are designed to fit together.

Materials

The two most popular materials for the wall panels, braces and steps are steel and polymer. Steel packaged swimming pools are generally less expensive than polymer swimming pools; although, other factors, such as decking and extra accessories, can add to the overall cost.

The Liner

A custom-made sheet of vinyl is installed over the polymer or steel walls and steps. There are many advantages to vinyl liners:

  • They make all surfaces of your pool smooth to the touch.
  • They cannot crack like a concrete pool and never need repainting or replastering.
  • You can choose from hundreds of beautiful designer patterns.

Vinyl Liner Pool Pros – Easy to maintain; less expensive; variety of liner patterns available and soft to the touch; engineered to standards; repairs are typically quick and inexpensive; many shapes and design options available.

Vinyl Liner Pool Cons – Liner eventually needs to be replaced.

Gunite Pools

Gunite or concrete swimming pools are often used in commercial applications, such as hotel swimming pools. Gunite pools are not recommended for areas with cold weather seasons, because freezing-thawing cycles can cause cracks that require acid washing and replastering.

Installation of a gunite swimming pool can take several months. It is the most expensive type of pool to install and maintain: monthly pool service is required, as is excessive use of chemicals and electricity. Estimated maintenance cost over 10 years is over $16,000.

Gunite Pool Pros – Flexibility of design options; high-end look.

Gunite Pool Cons – Textured surfaces can be uncomfortable and abrasive; typically most expensive type of pool; lengthy construction time; very expensive to repair; surface can attract algae and bacteria, and can discolor.

There are so many reasons why purchasing your own swimming pool makes perfect sense. Here are just a few. . .

A vacation every day!

No more expensive flights or long car trips sitting in traffic to unwind. Just walk out your back door!

Know where your kids are.

How much are you spending to keep your children entertained while they're home from school during the summer? Give your kids endless entertainment right at home – and always know where they are.

Stay healthy.

Having your own pool is like having your own health club! Swimming can burn more than 400 calories an hour (and you don't have to drive to the gym). You can de-stress with a quick dip after work. Even just sitting by the pool on a summer evening can be a great way to relax.

Make a splash entertaining.

From a family-friendly pool party . . . to an adults-only gathering with wine, grilling and great conversation . . . a swimming pool provides the perfect atmosphere to entertain memorably!

It’s easier than you think.

There are different types of pools to fit a range of budgets. It’s also easy to obtain financing with affordable monthly payments – both for purchasing your first pool and remodeling an existing pool.

A valuable addition.

A swimming pool is the ultimate enhancement for your home's value. It will pay valuable benefits every day you use it, and even more when and if you choose to sell your home.

And, of course, just for the enjoyment!

Your own swimming pool is the ultimate lifestyle enhancer. It provides a valuable balance to your life, and the centerpiece of family fun. There’s simply nothing else you can add to your home that comes close!

A swimming pool represents a significant investment. When you buy a car, a major appliance, or other high-end product for your home, you look for an established manufacturer with a well documented track record of quality and customer satisfaction. You should look for the same in the manufacturer of your swimming pool components.

Latham Pool Products has been satisfying pool owners since 1956 and is today the largest manufacturer of inground residential swimming pools and components in North America. Many thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada enjoy and trust Latham pool products every day. When Latham says that we stand Behind Every Pool, here is what we mean:

Simply built better

Latham Pool Products are manufactured utilizing premium raw materials and painstaking, proven manufacturing processes. Some examples are the top quality ceramic, resin, gel coat and fiberglass materials in our fiberglass pools . . . the corrosion-resistant galvanized steel in our steel pools . . . and our patent pending ultra-rigid polymer panels that reduce potential warping and bowing.

In fact, thanks to our proven product quality, Latham is the only packaged pool manufacturer to receive ICC-ES Certification of its products. This ensures that building products meet code requirements. Building inspectors' #1 choice for approving building codes are ICC-ES certified products*.

Simply backed better

Because Latham Pool Products are built better, we back them better, with the strongest, longest warranties in the industry. You also have the peace of mind of knowing your warranty is backed by a company that has been in business for over 50 years – and will continue to be here for our customers, today and long into the future.

The leader in innovation

Latham owns numerous patents and industry "firsts," including the first steel walk-in pool steps, first all-resin inground pool, and first vinyl liners with tile motifs and 3D patterns. Most recently, Latham developed the patent pending Ultra-Seam™ process that makes vinyl liner floor seams stronger and virtually invisible!

It all goes together

All Latham pool components – from our wall panels to our liners, steps and safety covers – are built to work together and fit together perfectly. Your pool builder will never have the challenges of installing a pool constructed of mismatched components by different manufacturers.

Getting schooled

Speaking of our dealers, Latham is the industry leader in product and installation training. We offer regular educational sessions and conferences to keep dealers and builders up to speed on our latest innovations, installation techniques and tips.

Proudly made in North America

All Latham Pool Products are proudly manufactured in our multiple high-tech facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. We build close to home so we can monitor every process for quality, and ensure prompt delivery to our customers.

*Final permit approval is up to the discretion of each individual municipality's code official.

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