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Real Talk – Budgeting for a Hot Tub

Ready to buy a hot tub but nervous about the cost? That’s completely understandable! A home spa is a meaningful investment in your physical and mental health. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about hot tub pricing. Take a look at the three biggest misconceptions we hear from customers about buying and budgeting for a hot tub.

1) Larger Is More Expensive

The bigger the hot tub, the higher the price tag, right? Not always the case! It’s like buying a car – it all depends on the features. Sure, there are lots of big trucks, but there are also high-end cars that are more expensive.

Because size isn’t the only thing that determines price, pay attention to options. Do you want the latest generations of controls and a smartphone app? That’s usually an upgrade. Do you want to include an audio system with speakers and a subwoofer? Those aren’t always standard. Is there optional lighting you want to add? Expect your budget to increase.

2) Buying Online is Better

Amazon and Costco sell hot tubs, so why go into a spa dealer and purchase one? Online shopping is super convenient, but it’s not always a good fit for every product. Even big-box stores aren’t the best place to buy a hot tub.

First, you’re completely on your own. No online chat assistant or retail clerk is trained to answer in-depth questions. Most people enjoy having a knowledgeable guide when hot tub shopping. You want someone you can trust who can compare models or explain how features work.

Second, you can’t do a test soak. Not only are test soaks fun, but they can really help you narrow down your choices. We have customers who fall in love with a model in the brochure but then end up switching to a different one once they’ve tested all the features.

3) All Spas Are The Same

Number of jets, seat styles, jet configuration, water features, color-changing LEDs, shell options – there is an amazing array of hot tub features on the market. Even within the same brand, each individual line can show a huge amount of variety.

Because every manufacturer has a unique take on spa design, it’s usually proprietary features that change the final price. For example, you can upgrade your hot tub with MicroSilk by Marquis or Hot Spring’s FreshWater Salt System. But no one accessory is going to blow your budget. Look at the big picture and your entire wish list.

We recognize that money is always a practical concern when buying and budgeting for a hot tub. But it’s equally important to think about the type of spa experience you want. Some families get a hot tub for hosting parties. A portion of our customers use their spa for therapy and wellness. And who doesn’t love a nice quiet soak where your mind drifts away? Whenever you budget for a new hot tub, remember what you are ultimately purchasing – stress relief.

We know a hot tub can cost a pretty penny – that’s why we offer financing! We have two options to pay over time: a 12-month, 0% interest loan or a repayment period for up to 60 months with an APR as low as 9.99%. Call us today at 319-200-7665 or swing by to discuss!

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Seven Pool Remodel Trends for 2020

Is your pool over 20 years old? Then it’s time for a remodel! Every pool reaches an age where it needs a facelift. In addition to new tile and plaster, a renovation is a great time to finally get the pool of your dreams. Refresh your swimming pool with one of these seven hot trends.

1) Swim-Up Bars

Want to feel like you’re on vacation in your own backyard? A swim-up bar or ledge is a great way to add another entertainment area. It’s like being at a resort pool without having to get on a plane!

A swim-up bar is super easy to include during a remodel. You’ll have a blank canvas to pick the shape, number of stools, and a design look. Composite, stainless steel, or custom concrete are all popular options right now.

2) Dark Colors

Forget aqua – navy is the new pool color! We’re seeing more homeowners ask for a rich indigo blue for their interior finish. These cobalt tones create the look of a peaceful lagoon. They also complement backyards with natural landscaping.

Darker blues also have the advantage of being timeless yet chic. Even Pantone’s Color of the Year is a classic blue! These hues won’t go out of style anytime soon. Plus they’re better for maintenance because they hide grime and buildup.

3) Tanning Shelves

About 90% of our pools include a sun deck or tanning ledge. Set up a few lounge chairs and bask away in the warmth of the sun. We like to think of these as “the kitchen” of the pool – everyone wants to sit and chat here! And because the water’s only a foot deep, these shelves are also great for families with little ones.

4) Pool Automation

There’s an app for everything, including your pool! A few years back, we started to see controls that could adjust lights, temperature, and water features right from your phone. Now automated cleaning is making waves.

As an industry, we want people to spend more time enjoying their pool than maintaining it. Many brands now offer software that monitors chlorine or acid levels. And if you’re familiar with Roombas, there are even robot cleaners that will scrub your pool!

Pentair Prowler 930 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner Splash Pool & Spa Cedar Rapids Iowa

Pentair Prowler 930 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner

5) Decorative Concrete Decking

Is your concrete decking cracked? Has it faded to the same ugly grey as your driveway or sidewalks? Replace it with a totally new look – stamped concrete.

While a flat (or broom) finish is standard, it’s also pretty boring. Decorative concrete can be texturized to look like tiles or cobblestone. You can even add color that mimics natural stone. We have an excellent network of concrete companies we can refer you to!

6) Water Features

Water features are such a beautiful way to enhance your pool. We’re seeing more people opt for a deck jet. The laminar flow is great for kids (and adults!) to play in. The streaming water also creates a soothing sound that can mask unwanted noise.

You might consider adding an infinity edge during a remodel too. There’s something truly magical about how the water’s surface disappears where it meets the sky. It’s the ultimate luxury right at home.

7) Custom Shapes

It’s not always hip to be square. Rectangle pools are easy to design and are compatible with autocovers, but it’s also fun to think outside of the box. Freeform pools are a creative way to break the mold. Make a statement with a squiggly shape or gently curved sides.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your pool this year, now is the time to schedule. We can get a jump on demo work early in the season because we don’t have to break any ground. Then we’ll complete plaster and concrete when the temperatures are consistently above 55 degrees.

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Six Updates to Finnleo Saunas for 2020

We can’t stop talking about the latest innovations from Finnleo! This Minnesota sauna maker just released an amazing set of updates to celebrate 35 years in business. They’ve thought of everything from a 5-person sauna and a freestanding patio model to aromatherapy products and controls that work on your phone. See why Finnleo continues to be the only sauna brand we carry!

1) New Size for Steam + Infrared Sauna

Is your house divided between traditional steam and infrared (IR) heat? Meet the new IS565, which features a roomier design that holds up to five people. Comfortably entertain multiple guests or enjoy spacious relaxation with family.

This version is perfect for users who want to switch between sauna therapies (learn more about the benefits of steam versus infrared). The wall-to-wall IR panels deliver a restful dry heat while the Designer heater emits soft waves of steam.

2) Touchscreen and Mobile Controls

The first sauna control that can be controlled by a mobile device in the U.S., the new SaunaLogic2 (SL2) allows you to operate your heater from anywhere! Imagine being at the end of a long work day and turning on your sauna with your phone so it reaches the perfect temperature by the time you drive home. SL2 is also voice compatible with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home. We can hear it now…”Alexa, turn on my Finnleo Sauna!”

We’re also excited about Finnleo’s latest touchscreen controls for Elite, SL2, and Pure 2.0. These sleek panels include your most important functions, such as temperature settings, timers, light switch, and clock. They are so waterproof that they can even be mounted inside the sauna!

3) Plug-N-Play Gets Revamped

One of our customer favorites, the Hallmark plug-n-play series has a fresh new look. Sink back into its redesigned benches and select an LED color that fits your mood. Running on a 120v outlet, Hallmark now comes standard with a Designer heater and SaunaLogic2 control panel.

Finnleo S840 Infrared Sauna Splash Pool & Spa Cedar Rapids Iowa

Finnleo S840 Infrared Plug and Play Sauna

4) Enhanced Interior Options

The Modified Deco interior is one of Finnleo’s best sellers. It’s easy to see why – you can create a truly custom layout with its fixed upper benches. The middle platform allows you to move comfortably between sitting and laying positions. Deco’s two-tone wood combinations are also visually striking.

5) New Accessories for Relaxation

Finnleo is branching out into aromatherapy! Its line of Rento products create an incredible sensory experience that will uplift your spirits. Enjoy special scents that capture the magic of Scandinavia, including birch (a staff favorite!), arctic berries, and wood tar.

For skin care, try Rento’s body washes, scrubs, foot bath, hair care products, and massage oil. These accessories can also be used in your shower or bathtub.

6) Patio Sauna for All Seasons

Want an outdoor sauna that fits under your deck or sits next to your pool? The Euro Patio Sauna is your answer. Its flat roof allows it to squeeze into tight places.

Enjoy all the same features as the original Patio Sauna, such as water-resistant flooring, white spruce or cedar paneling, and a Designer heater. Specify as a single room or add a changing compartment.

There’s nothing that replaces seeing and feeling a sauna in person. We have several floor models that you are welcome to explore. See which wood look is your favorite, experience the color-changing LEDs, and try different bench designs. Call us today at 319-200-7665 or swing by when you have a free minute!

5 Reasons To Buy Your 2020 Chemicals Now

Are you stocked up on your favorite pool and spa chemicals for the next year? Even though it’s deep winter right now here in Iowa, you can still plan ahead for the upcoming summer months. We encourage all our customers to early buy their 2020 chemicals. It’s an easy way to ensure you are ready to go when the weather is warmer. Here are five reasons why stocking your chemicals now is a smart move.

1) Discounts

Who doesn’t love a good deal? We offer a 25% discount on pool chemical orders over $500 and spa chemical orders over $150. And when you commit early, you’ll snag a guaranteed 15% off all additional chemical purchases for the rest of the year.

Your chemical order will also count toward our Splash Lane Rewards Program where you can earn Splash Cash! For every $10 you spend, you earn a $1 reward you can redeem quarterly. This applies to both your initial order and your additional 15% off orders.

You can also have the satisfaction of shopping locally and supporting a small business whenever you order from us. Our products are not only affordably priced but guess what? NO shipping charges!

2) Product Availability

We are diligent about ordering chemical supplies. The problem with buying products at a big-box store is that those items are rarely refilled once they run out. You don’t want to be near the end of the season and have to close early because you can’t find the right treatments. Avoid that headache by ordering ahead of time through us.

3) Customized Ordering

It’s not fun to figure out your chemical needs for an entire year. You have better things to do than hunt down receipts and crunch numbers. Let us do the math for you!

Our recommendations aren’t generic either – they’re specifically tailored to your household. That’s because we keep a profile of your pool or spa on file. That way we know your gallon capacity, manufacturer recommendations, previous chemical purchases, and water quality tests. We use those figures to estimate how much you’ll need to buy.

5 Reasons To Buy Your 2020 Pool and Spa Chemicals Now - Splash Pool & Spa Cedar Rapids

4) Staff Expertise

We are water geeks here at Splash Pool & Spa! No seriously, we love talking about water chemistry. So when you come in to pick up your order, please pick our brains! For new and long-time customers alike, we guarantee we’ll always have a useful tip to share (like rebalancing your water after a big party…).

5) VIP Treatment

Special delivery anyone? Schedule us to perform your pool opening services and we’ll drop off your chemical order while we’re at it. One less errand to run is always a good thing!

More of a DIY person? We can store your chemicals at our retail location through April 30th. You can tackle all of your spring maintenance and then swing by to pick up your order. Either way, your pool or spa water will be ready for hours of fun in no time!

The last day to early buy your chemicals is March 31. We carry brands such as Poolife, Brilliance, and Baqua Spa. More details here.

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