Let’s be honest: the State College area is having an absolutely brutal summer. The truth of the matter is that it doesn’t show any signs of stopping either. Each summer is getting warmer and warmer, so we need to take action to make ourselves more comfortable. One of the best ways to do that is to get a pool. Whether you get a simplistic above ground pool or you get a luxurious in-ground pool with tons of accessories, having something that you can jump into will make you feel better.

However, a pool is a huge investment. If you are going to spend thousands of dollars, you most likely want to work with a company that has a great reputation. Instead of weeding through the huge amount of companies around, check out these few:

1. Gary Thull Pools, Inc

Gary Thull Pools has some of the best reviews from customers that you will find for a pool installation company. They have a bright and

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Credit: Gary Thull

clean showroom that will set you up for success. You’ll see the exact pool that you will buy and get in your yard. Not only that, but you will get access to all of the options to make your pool fit your budget.

If you work with Gary Thull, you can also take advantage of their complimentary water testing and help so that your pool stays clear and perfect.

Whether you need a commercial, residential, or community pool, Gary Thull will work with you to get the best possible design, installation, and maintenance routine.

2. Clearwater Pools

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Credit: Clearwater

Clearwater Pools aren’t only high quality and absolutely gorgeous, they are some of the best functioning pools you’ll find. It doesn’t matter how strange the shape is, how deep the pool is, or who jumps in and out of the pool, Clearwater Pools just function better.

From the design process to installation, this team will be there to help you and answer any questions that you might have. They will be patient with you and help you to find the best answers to your problems, whether they be space, budget, safety, or scale.

Clearwater excels in classic lines and modern feeling pools, so if that is a look you are going for, give them a call.

3. Homestead Pools

If you like to have a lot of choice, Homestead Pools is the best place to go. It is also a great place for people who don’t know what they want

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Credit: Homestead

in a pool or don’t know how far their budget will go. They work with hot tubs, in ground pools, and above ground pools. They work with some of the best dealers and materials that are still on budget so that you can get what you want.

Even better, their team is super knowledgeable about installation practices so that you won’t run into problems with your yard. They can also add a lot of the details that will make the pond more fun for your kids. They can also add details that will make it better for older people who can’t use the ladder anymore.

The sky is the limit with this company!

4. Cisney & O’Donnell Pools

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Credit: Cisney & O’Donnell Pools

Cisney & O’Donnell Pools is a great resource for any type of pool – above ground, in ground, and on ground. On ground pools are different from other pools because they are stronger, more durable, easy to take care of, and in many cases, better looking than the alternatives. They are a cost effective solution for people who don’t want to get an above ground pool but don’t want to spend as much money.

These pools are nearly maintenance free and help to make something that will stay in your yard for a long time. According to their website, these pools ” range in size from 8’x16’ to 16’x32’ and you can choose between a flat bottom and a variety of hopper bottoms.”

They will also help you with the under-deck structure that will help to make the pool look better and fit into your yard seamlessly. Call them today to start a conversation.

5. Tubbies

Instead of a pool, some people look for hot tubs or spas to add some luxury to their yards. Tubbies is a great place to look for those because

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Credit: Tubbies

they have been a trusted name in the State College area for a long time. They work with both maintenance and installation of hot tubs.

You’d be surprised how many options there are within the realm of hot tub installation. From the size of the jets and the type of jets to the placement and seating options, you’ll be able to get a personalized model that fits your lifestyle.

Tubbies will work with you to get the best installation so that you are happy with your hot tub and that you use it frequently. Even better, they can work with above ground and in ground spas that will fit within your budget.

6. Eagle Pool and Spa


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Eagle Pool and Spa is a team of people that will constantly keep on top of their work. They do the reseach and the work to ensure that your pool is installed with the newest and best techniques. This means that they will know how to solve any problem that you might have in your yard. From steep yards to small spaces, they’ve worked with it all.

If you want something large, this might be the best place to go. They have designed two of the largest working pools in the U.S. If you are interested in what they can do, they proudly display their work at their retail locations. Take a visit there and you will see what this team can do.


7. Viking Pools

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Credit: Viking

Viking Pools is a no muss, no fuss company that will give you a pool quickly, efficiently, and safely. Their team works quickly to ensure that

you get your pool when you want it. However, that quickness does not get in the way of quality. Instead, it has taught this team how to think on their feet, how to problem solve, and how to work with the materials.

They don’t have the largest selection because they want to be in complete control of the work that they do. They do work with fiberglass pools so you know that you are going to get a high-quality product that will last you for at least a decade, if not two.

8. Kayak Midwest Pools

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Credit: Kayak Midwest

For above ground pools, you need to pick a company that has a strong reputation. Above ground pools can be difficult to install and need to withstand a lot of pressure. Kayak Midwest Pools does some of the best above ground work in the area. Their pools are strong, sturdy, and last a long time.

Not only that, but they are different and unique. From fun liners to unique outside designs, they’ll bring something quirky or something classic to your yard. Not only that, but they can build decks directly onto those pools so that you get that true outdoor living space that so many people aim for when they get a pool.

JRS Landscaping Repairs Your Yard

One of the biggest truths about getting a pool in your yard is that it will be worse for the wear afterward. JRS Landscaping can help you to fix up the problems that popped up with all of the construction vehicles in your yard. We can also help you to put paving, decks, stones, and other structures around your pool to increase the visual appeal.

We can even start the design work before your pond is installed. We can take what you already have and start out the planning process. This will allow you to have your yard back together quickly without a lot of downtime. Give us a call today and we will set something up.

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