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NPT Glossary

NPT Pool Products Glossary

The NPT glossary of key terms is here to help you understand and address issues with your pool, components and backyard elements. We also provide definitions for pool chemicals and industry organizations. Refer to the NPT glossary any time you need to look up a word, abbreviation or product used on this site.

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NPT pool finish

NPT's Pool Finishes: Understanding the Different Types

NPT's line of premium pool finishes features pebble, quartz, plaster and other aggregate pool finishes in dozens of colors. Explore the different types of NPT pool finishes including StoneScapes, QuartzScapes and more here.

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NPC Startup Procedure

Swimming Pool Start-Up Procedures from National Plasters Council

If you’re a pool builder or owner looking to apply a new plaster finish, it’s important that you know the ins-and-outs of a plaster startup procedure—these startup guidelines are essential to protecting the pool and prolonging the life of the pool finish.

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Choosing an Outdoor Kitchen Style

You can build an outdoor kitchen with only a grill or by building around rustic grill islands, and you can even custom build your outdoor kitchen piece by piece. Here are 3 popular ways people are making their outdoor kitchen dream come true.

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Fire Pit Safety Tips

Fire Pit Safety Tips

Adding a fire pit to your backyard is a fantastic choice for friends or family who want a casual and grounded gathering space. As the days grow colder, spending the evening as a family together by the fire can make for warm and cozy nights. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that you use your fire pit safely each time.

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Invisible Elements: Heat and Sound

Invisible Elements: Heat and Sound

Outdoor Heating and Sound Systems are two of the most underrated features of a great backyard. Here’s why infrared heaters and quality outdoor sound systems are a must for any home.

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Landscape Lighting Types and Techniques

Landscape Lighting Types and Techniques

Pictures of a well-lit pathway conjure up images of fairytale-like settings and magical places, don’t they? The truth is that great lighting can turn any ordinary front or backyard into a magical place that you love to spend time in—and show off to your friends and family.

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Outdoor Stone Fireplaces Light Up the Night

Outdoor Stone Fireplaces Light Up the Night

A luxurious outdoor fireplace doesn’t have to be difficult. These stylish stone structures come pre-fabricated and shipped in sections allowing the opponents to be quickly installed.

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The Natural Elegance of Fire and Water Features

The Natural Elegance of Fire and Water Features

Harness the raw beauty of fire and naturally calming flow of water in your outdoor space. Our overview of modern fire and water features will make you re-think the term “fire pit”.

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How to Pick the Perfect Swimming Pool Tile

How to Pick the Perfect Swimming Pool Tile

Available in a near-endless variety of colors, textures, and sizes, swimming pool tile adds the perfect finishing touch to your outdoor décor. Looking for a fun pop of color?

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How to Pick the Perfect Swimming Pool Finish

How to Pick the Perfect Swimming Pool Finish

For years, swimming pool owners filled their backyard paradise with the bright blue waters of the Caribbean. The brighter the better!

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Pool Tile vs. Regular Tile

Pool Tile vs. Regular Tile

From multicolored glass mosaics to rugged stone-look ceramics to low-key basics, the right tile can take your pool design to the next level and make it a true showpiece.

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To Retain or Not to Retain

To Retain or Not to Retain

More than ever, retaining walls are being seen, not just as a functional requirement, but also as an opportunity to add interest to the overall property or project.The available styles and colors allow designers to create just about any look within their imagination.

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