Different Types of Slides For Your Pool

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A slide is an excellent addition to pools that are used by kids of all ages. Whether the kids are 2, 12 or 22, just about everyone finds joy in riding down a poolside slide. If you are looking to install a slide but are unsure what kind of slide might be best, pool builders can help you make your decision! For more basic information on slides, here is a simple overview.

Most Popular Pool Slides

There are three different types of slides you can usually choose: basic, vortex or grotto/rock slides. To this day, pool builders are still installing basic slides that simply elevate about 7-8 feet and curve down to the edge of a pool. However, over the last couple of decades, a lot of pool owners have started to request vortex slides — slides that turn 360° before opening up to the pool. The last popular type is a slide that weaves and winds down through any grotto construction next to the pool. If you have or want that extra dimension of a grotto build, you should consider what a built-in slide would look like.

Slide Quality and Build

For the most part, no matter what type of slide you choose to go with, you have different options when it comes to the build and quality. For example, most slides are made with plastics, but the quality of plastic can differ significantly. Some are low-quality and bend easily while others are high-quality and extremely durable. Which one you decide to go with will ultimately come down to your budget and the weather patterns of where you live. In addition, you can choose if you want your slide to be built as a full-circle, a half-circle, or simply with edges that extend several inches up. The last option that you will need to decide before your pool builders start their installation process is how the steps/stairs are built. Will they be enclosed? Will they be more like steps rather than a ladder? Or do you have something else in mind entirely?

Depending on what your pool situation is and how good your pool builders are, you can customize your slide the way you want it. For example, if your pool is close to a deck that is attached to your home, you could consider building one that leads from your deck to your pool. As fun as that sounds, you will have to discuss the possibilities with your pool builders if you are wanting to get fancy.

Concluding Thoughts

If you are building a pool for your family and friends (or if you already have a pool that is used by a lot of children but it does not have a slide), you really should talk to your pool builders and start considering what kind of slide you can install. Your pool builders will make sure everything works properly and the way you want them to. For any specific questions and inquiries, call us today!

Building an Outdoor Fire Pit You’ll Love

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From time immemorial, humans have gathered around warm, crackling fire pits to socialize, cook food, and gaze dreamily into the mysterious shapes of flames dancing over blazing embers. Though most of us no longer rely upon open flames for warmth and survival, we’ve maintained that ancestral affinity for kicking up our heels next to a cozy fireside. Indeed, who doesn’t have fond memories of roasting marshmallows, singing to the rustic twang of an acoustic guitar, or sharing stories with family and friends, all within the comforting glow of a campfire? Fire pits simply make our outdoor experiences more fun and memorable. The scent of boiling sap, the intense light and warmth of the flames, the hiss and pop of burning logs, perhaps even the sting of wood smoke in the eyes – such sensations awaken something elemental within us, and  bring the natural world to the forefront of our senses.

How Fire Pits Enhance an Outdoor Living Space

For homeowners who want to recreate that natural ambiance right in their backyard, an outdoor fire pit is an essential aspect of their landscape design. For one, a beautifully constructed fire pit adds architectural appeal to any outdoor space, and professionals can design a pit to complement the natural features of any yard. Such aesthetic enhancement facilitates enjoyable conversation, strengthens a homeowner’s feelings of natural connectedness with their outdoor living space, and increases a home’s overall value.

Furthermore, an outdoor fire pit creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere that transforms a yard or patio into a perfect space to entertain family and friends. Kids will love cooking hot dogs and making s’mores, and adults will relish the opportunity to relax by the fireside after a long day. More than any other amenity, an outdoor fire pit allows homeowners to recreate those joyful camping experiences as everybody congregates around the fire late into the night.

And there’s no need to move the entertainment indoors when nights get chilly. Whether hosting a party or snuggling with a loved-one under a starlit sky, an outdoor fire pit will provide the warmth and light necessary to lengthen time spent outdoors during colder seasons.

What to Consider When Planning Your Outdoor Fire Pit

Outdoor fire pits should supplement a larger landscape design, and thus their materials, colors, and textures should match those of a house, garden, and other landscape features. Fire pits also work best when incorporated into a patio or sitting area. Attractive, comfortable chairs work well when a variety of seating arrangements are desired. Stone benches or walls with built-in seating that surround the fire are also great options, and can provide a more naturalistic look.

Fire pits must also be proportional to a yard’s overall size. Although fire pits with cozy seating arrangements can serve as attractive centerpieces, they shouldn’t overwhelm an outdoor living space. Remember, the goal is to implement a beautiful fire feature that contributes to a seamless, naturalistic outdoor environment.

Distance from the house is also an important consideration. For one, you want enough room around the fire pit for walking space and comfortable seating. And more importantly, if a fire pit is built too close to flammable structures, the risk of starting unwanted fires outside of the pit increases.

Wood and gas-burning fire pits are the most common types, so you have to decide which type you prefer. Wood-burning pits might create larger, brighter flames and provide that true outdoor smell, but also require a steady supply of firewood. You will also be left with a pile of ashes to clean up when the fire dies out. Additionally, wood-burning pits might require a screen of some type to prevent hot embers from popping out of the pit. With a gas-burning fire pit, you’ll avoid the downsides of a wood-burning pit. Since they run on natural gas, you won’t have to worry about stocking up on combustible material or cleaning up ashes or residue. And, gas burns much cleaner than wood, so you can avoid the smoke and dust of traditional campfires. Gas-fired pits can also accommodate a larger variety of designs. Stone, brick, and even fire glass can be used in a plethora of ways to give your gas-fired pit a completely unique look.

If you’re ready to transform your yard into a tranquil retreat where people can come together to share good food, good vibes, and create lasting memories in the warmth and glow of one of nature’s most impressive elements, Mellco Landscaping is ready to design and build your perfect outdoor fire pit. They have decades of experience to guide their choice of materials, ensuring that your fire pit will fit the milieu of your landscape beautifully. Their skilled artisans will fabricate fully custom features – such as unique burner rings or line burners – to accommodate any shape or size of fire pit that you require. And with Mellco Landscaping, you can rest assured that your fire pit will be constructed in the safest, most durable way possible. So tap into your ancestral desire for open flames, and let Mellco Landscaping provide you with a custom fire pit that will enhance your outdoor living for years to come.

5 Reasons to Hire Mellco Landscaping

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Imagine yourself sipping a drink at the bar of your own outdoor kitchen, listening to steaks sizzle on the grill. Sunbeams reflect off of elegant paving stones below you, warming your face. The savory aroma of the grill mixes with earthy fragrances of a lush garden, through which an intricate backyard stream splashes and flows between the plants; soothing sounds emanate from the stream’s waterfall as it cascades over natural-looking rock formations nestled amongst the flora. Now let your imagination run wild, because the above vision is just a glimpse of the possibilities available to customers of Mellco Landscaping.

For over 20 years, Mellco Landscaping has been helping homeowners make their dream outdoor living spaces a reality – thereby boosting the curb appeal of their homes, increasing their property’s overall value, and providing a transcendent space where family and friends can create lifelong memories. Listed below are 5 important reasons that you should choose Mellco Landscaping for the design and installation of your outdoor masterpiece.

1. Professional Service and Creativity

As stated above, the professionals at Mellco Landscaping have decades of experience to draw upon. They have the expertise necessary to properly evaluate the landscaping needs of your property, assess potential problem areas, and provide a realistic budget up front.

Furthermore, after completing hundreds of custom projects they’ve gained an exceptional understanding about which designs and ideas work best for different types of terrains. But more importantly, Mellco Landscaping is staffed by artisans who pride themselves on achieving each customer’s unique vision, regardless of property challenges. If you are passionate about a particular theme or idea, Mellco Landscaping will utilize their experience and creativity to develop that idea in sophisticated, structurally-sound ways. With Mellco Landscaping you are not simply getting a landscaping company; you are hiring a team of consultants who work with you to beautify and add functionality to your outdoor living space.

2. Time and Cost Efficiency

Planning and implementing a functional, well-built and attractive landscaping project is an intensive process: materials must be identified, purchased, and transported; styles, textures, and colors must be selected; excavation and steep slope terracing require heavy equipment like bulldozers and backhoes – as well as skilled operators; construction and hardscaping require years of know-how to be done correctly. In short, the task is simply too great for most homeowners to handle correctly.

But Mellco Landscaping is well-equipped to handle every stage of the landscaping process. They already know exactly what materials are required for any project, and have them on-site when needed. They own all of their own heavy equipment, and their highly-skilled operators get the job done right the first time. Subcontractors are never needed, because Mellco Landscaping employs knowledgeable, in-house craftsmen for each task. For example, Mellco’s hardscape installers are ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) certified, so you can rest assured that their hardscapes will always be of the highest quality. It all translates into a streamlined process that reduces costs and allows timelines to be maintained.

3. Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are essential for properties with steep slopes – they prevent soil erosion and aid in water drainage – and a poorly built wall will certainly fail, causing a landslide of soil and debris that could damage your home, reduce the value of your property, and even seriously injure someone. But retaining walls must also be attractive and match the overall design of your landscape. Furthermore, retaining wall construction can be very physically taxing, requiring expensive tools and lots of practice.

Clearly, it’s best to leave the construction of retaining walls to professionals like Mellco Landscaping. For them, retaining walls are an art-form, and their licensed builders have dedicated years of practice to getting it right. So whether your property requires a robust wall to retain large amounts of soil, or you just want to add some unique features to your landscape, Mellco Landscaping can provide your outdoor living space with beautiful, safe retaining walls that withstand the test of time.

4. Water Features and Drainage Systems

Although a properly constructed drainage system is one of the most important aspects of a landscape design, it is an aspect that is often overlooked – even by many professionals. Uncontrolled water can cause serious problems, such as: structural damage to your home and landscape features; soil erosion; plant disease, tree rot and marshy lawns; mold growth and pest infestations. All of these issues are costly, and can even ruin a home. Mellco Landscaping incorporates purposeful drainage systems into every landscape design, because they understand that without it their customers are simply throwing money down the drain.

Improperly designed or poorly installed irrigation systems can also cause costly water problems. Over-watering will increase your monthly watering bill, but can also kill the very plant-life your irrigation system is supposed to nurture. Let Mellco Landscaping install a low-maintenance, cost-effective irrigation system that is designed specifically for your outdoor living space.

And when it comes to ponds, backyard streams and waterfalls, Mellco Landscaping employs their artistic vision to create stunning, naturalistic water features that truly bring an outdoor space to life with the dramatic sounds and textures of moving water. These distinctive water features require skillful planning, excavation, plumbing, terracing, hardscaping, and other types of professional work, and Mellco Landscaping has the expertise to handle it all from start to finish.

5. Knowledge of Horticulture

The best landscapers are well-versed in horticulture, and Mellco Landscaping is no exception. They understand which types of trees, shrubbery, perennials, biennials, and annuals will be appropriate for your area’s climate, and can implement beautiful native plants into your landscape design. Such judicious selection of plant life reduces watering costs, and guarantees the sustainability of your trees, shrubs, and gardens. Plus, native flora provides great habitat for native wildlife like bumblebees, butterflies, and birds.

Landscaping is a great way to increase your property’s value, and make an enjoyable outdoor living space an important part of your home owning experience. But inexperience, time constraints, and a lack of proper equipment can turn any landscaping project into a costly mistake. Mellco Landscaping will take the guesswork out of your next backyard project, and leave you with the important part: reveling in the ambiance of nature that waits just outside your backdoor.