Houston Area Above Ground Pool, Spas & Patios

Doughboy Swimming Pool Sales, Service & Supplies



luxury-in-ground-swimming-pool-in-katy-txOnly invest in an in-ground pool if you can afford it.  They can be very expensive and much more expensive than a above ground pool.

An average-sized pol, expect to pay anywhere from $25,000 to $55,000. If you want one of those gigantic pools like you see in the movies, be prepared to part with over $60,000 at least.  You will be getting a lot for that kind of money, but you need to be absolutely certain this is what you want, before going out and spending your savings.

An in-ground pool is also harder to winterize than an above-ground one. The entire pool will need to be cleaned, as will all its parts (pumps, feeders, etc.) You also need to tend to the underground pipe system, draining them, drying them, and then plugging them, to ensure that nothing seeps into the pool while it's sealed up for the winter.

Also do not forget that an in-ground pool is part of the ground, so make absolutely sure this is something you want. If you decide, down the line, that you don't want the pool anymore, you're unfortunately stuck with it.

When you are ready for an above ground pool, contact us Phone/Tap: 281-599-3378

sunscreen-station-by-sandra-wintersThe first thing you need for your Pool party is a Doughboy Above Ground Pool!  Contact us immediately to make sure your pool is installed in time for your party.

Here are a couple of ideas to make your party more memorable.

Beach Bucket Party Favor: Goodie bags are kind of the best part of any party... especially when you're throwing one for the little ones. Kick the kiddo's excitement level up a notch with a beach bucket decked out in all things summer, and stick them to each seat so they can dig through their new goodies during lunchtime.

Pool Float Invitation: Looking for a way to really wow your munchkin's friends? Customize a pool float with a permanent marker for a DIY invitation that's going to get them seriously excited for the party. Pro tip: You should totally mail this when it's *not* blown up ;)

Beach Ball Garland: You've probably already picked up a few beach balls to play with in the pool, but a beach ball garland is what's going to give your patio the extra oomph it needs. DIY this colorful banner using Smoothfoam (nope, not styrofoam) balls and craft paint for an easy way to make your space next-level.

During World War I, Domain Industries, through its packaging machinery operation, perfected rubber sealing and won the Army contract to seal K-rations. K-rations were a "meal in a can" carried by United States soldiers during battle. During World War I, United States soldiers were known as Doughboys.

In 1947, Domain Industries formally named their packaging machinery operation the Doughboy Plastics Division. Doughboy Plastics Division was created specifically to enter the outdoor family entertainment market by manufacturing inflatable splasher pools, toys, and beach balls. Years later, they changed the name to Doughboy Recreational.

Hoffinger Industries purchased Doughboy Recreational from Domain Industries in 1974. Hoffinger Industries was founded and owned by Marty Hoffinger, who in 1945 invented one of the first above ground pool filters. In 2012, Hoffinger Industries was acquired by its president, Doug Hollowell.

call-casual-patio-pool-damage-by-floodAfter our tragedy, pool owners face the task of cleaning up a soggy mess.  Once your family is taken care of and your living quarters are livable, we can help with your swimming pool, patio, or hot tub.

1. Be sure to take photos of your pool for any insurance claims.  Take more than one and be sure to get all sides of the pool and surrounding areas.

2. Remove all debris from inside and around the pool.

3. Drain excess water from the pool.

4. Before you turn on the pump, check for loose wires.  Make sure the motor is dry before you turn it on.

5. Once the filtration pump is on - keep it on for 24 hours, then test the pH.  Adjust with chemicals if needed.  Then circulate for another 24 hours and retest.

6. Monitor chlorine levels and try to keep it at 1-4ppm. Add chlorinating shock as needed to maintain levels.

7. Clean the filter often.  Call us if you need chemicals.

8. After the water is balanced and sanitized, you can resume use of the pool.

Group-Of-Friends-Having-Pool-Party-in-houston-texasHere are a few tips to make your next pool soiree a Success

  • Make sure you have extra towels and flip flops (a variety of sizes) for forgetful guests
  • Have inflatable pool toys in the pool to bring out the child in your guests
  • Select a good playlist of music and make sure someone keeps it playing
  • Provide a room for guests to change and an orderly place to leave their clothes
  • If it is sunny, be sure to arrange plenty of umbrellas for those who prefer the shade.
  • Use plastic cups for beverages - broken glass is not what they came for - or you
  • Position pool furniture around the edge of the pool with tables in between
  • In the evening, have candles come strategically place to set the mood.  Place some in the water for a memorable decor. Citronella candles on tables will keep the bugs away
  • Speaking of bugs, either fog well before your party and keep bug spray nearby
  • Fill spritzer bottles with water and placed them in ice buckets.  They are a great way to keep cool
  • Handing out party favors give a thoughtfull, memorable touch.  Buy some inexpensive flip flops, sunglasses, and sunscreen

If you need to get your pool ready and you don't have time, call Casual Patio (or Tap 281-599-3378 to Contact). We can service your Greater Houston TX swimming pool needs.

1. Pool and a Flic

A pool and a movie night is a great way to spend the evening.  Watch the movie from the pool, or set up some pillows in the yard and enjoy a movie after a long summer day!
  • Tie a white sheet to trees or a do it yourself stand
  • Have a Projector - be careful with electrical equipment near the water
  • Have fun decorating your outdoor movie theater


2. Fairies in a Jar

This will work for 5-8 hours.  Put them in your trees or surround your pool.
fairies in a jar
  • Get a mason jar or another type of jar with a lid
  • Break open a glow stick and empty contents into jar
  • Add glitter
  • Close jar and shake!

Tap or Call: 281-599-3378

kid-girls-swimming-in-the-poolHere is a download the exclusive "Check the Difference" pdf document provided by Doughboy Pools.
Use it to help planning your next backyard with a Doughboy pool from Casual Patio Pools, Spas and More...

It is ideal for the backyard your family has been dreaming of!
  • The advantages of a Doughboy pool
  • Determining the right size of pool and its shape your backyard
  • Selecting the right location for your pool
  • Pool accessories that make a big difference in your backyard
pdfClick here to view and download the file.

Pool-Deck-Construction-Houston-TexasYour Houston area pool without a deck is like a rodeo without bulls.

Here are some of the most common types of decks for Casual Patio to build around your new Doughboy above ground pool.

1) Wooden Decks

These are the most common built deck.  A wooden deck ie easy to build with many finishs available.  Customers and designers create interesting Ideas with wooden decks.  Because they are so easy to build, a wooden deck is limited only by the space available and your imagination.   Casual Patio has expert construction professionals to build your
budget friendly deck.  Get a quote or call us.

2) Aluminum Decks

Aluminum decks are easy to install, and are great in the Houston climates.  We can build these decks in a complete pool package. Thick extruded aluminum connections make this one of the best deck solutions on the market today.

3) Resin Prefab Decks

For a long lasting deck you may want to consider a resin pool deck. Each deck is completed with both the in-pool & ground to deck steps plus the gate. You will have several resin pool decks to choose from.   Call us today for cost estimate covering materials, installation and labor. They are a great alternative to aluminum decks. They are a lot more stylish looking in white or taupe colors. Built to last for many years to come.

Use use the pool skimmer to scoop them out. 

After that you can let them go or have frog legs for dinner.

Frogs are one of the most endearing reptile.  Kids love 'em, French restuarants love 'em.

Because of their permeable skin, they must remain moist all the time.  Because of the need for wetness, they can become a nuisance.  Most homeowner with a decorative pond or pool can tell you they share it with the frogs.

Because these small bodies of water bodies lack frog's natural predators, they can move in and over populate the space.

The easiest way to get rid of frogs is to consider the reasons why the frogs are there in the first place. Lack of predators is the main factor why frogs overpopulate.  Some cats will eat frogs, but it's not advised that you rely on Tabby to control your frog issue. 

You should also consider the frog's food source. These amphibians are carnivorous, eating small insects and invertebrates. Be sure your pump is working and may consider aerating it to prevent stagnation. Add a waterfall or a fountain to keep the water circulating. If the water is moving, insects will not be successful when they attempt to lay eggs. Without an abundance of insects, frogs will be less likely to find residence in your pool.

If all else fails, hire a professional to exterminate the frogs. They are trained in frog removal. Instead of defeating the frogs in hand-to-hand combat, consider seeking help from an expert.

Click here for "Masters Wildlife Control" in Houston.

Houston-Woman-Relaxing-In-Jacuzzi-on-a-deckInstall an above ground pool with an in ground pool feel - decking from Houston's best Doughboy dealer - Casual Patio.

With the right decking around your above ground pool, it will seem like an in ground pool.  With the proper decking, the pumps and accessories can be hidden by the deck.  It will make the pool safer and create an inviting space for guests.

Casual Patio partners with the best contractors in the Houston area to help you complete your whole backyard experience, from your pool, custom grill, decking and landscaping.

Doughboy-pool-manufacturing-FacilityHistory of Doughboy

Edited from the Official Doughboy Website

During World War II Domain Industries, through its packaging machinery operation, perfected rubber sealing and won the Army contract to seal K-rations. K-rations were a "meal in a can" carried by United States soldiers during battle.

During World War II, the United States soldiers were known as Doughboys.

In 1947, Domain Industries formally named their packaging machinery operation the Doughboy Plastics Division. Doughboy Plastics Division was created specifically to enter the outdoor family entertainment market by manufacturing inflatable splasher pools, toys, and beach balls.

Years later, they changed the name to Doughboy Recreational.  We are also the only pool manufacturer in the world that actually makes everything it sells from raw materials.

Our production takes place in our 660,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Arkansas. Here we continually explore new design concepts and product advances. We start with the basics - the raw materials. Starting with raw materials allows us to monitor all phases of the production process, assuring everything meets our stringent standards of quality. We produce the finest above-ground pools, filtration systems, skimmers, and related accessories for your investment dollars.

Doughboy Recreational is and has always been proud to be Made in America!

above-ground-pool-safety-tipsIt is just as important to maintain a safety posture for above ground pools as for inground pools.  Below are some important safety tips for your above ground pool:

Fence / Barrier

Above ground pools must have a fence or barrier around the pool.  The stairway leading up to the swim area should also be prtected. Stairs to the pool should also be gated with a lock.


Pool signs and depth markers are important to have around your pool area.  The pool depth markers are available from Casual Patio Pools & More.  Other signs should include: "No Jumping", "No Diving, Shallow Water" and "Slippery When Wet".

Safety Equipment

Have basic safety equipment available such as lifesaver rings and a Shepherd's Crook.


Your above ground pool should have an alarm installed - it is an excellent safety add-on.  The above ground pool alarm should use a sensing method is designed to detect a one-year-old child weighing 15 pounds and greater.

Stairs & Handrails

Be sure the hand rails and stairs have slip resistent surfaces to protect against slips and falls.

AutumnBreeze.Ov-350Above ground pools are more easily maintained than inground pools. 

They take less space in your yard and allow you to have an additional Hot Tub or Patio.

Most above ground pools can be installed in one day; more if ground preparation is needed.  Be sure to follow our Professional Technician's maintenance program and always refer to the owner's manuals (i.e. pump, filtration, and liner).

It takes about 6 hours for our system to filter the water in a 24 foot round pool. Six to eight hours is fine early Summer or as the weather cools in the Fall.  During Houston's high heat time of Summer, it is suggested to run the filter 12 hours a day. 

If you find any problems with your pool water (e.g. cloudy or green) do not run your filter constantly - wait until it clears or give Casual Patio, Pools, Spas and More a call and we can diagnose.

kids-keeping-cool-on-a-hot-houston-dayThis article will help you to avoid pool problems in hot weather like our own Texas climate.

Our summers have higher temperatures than most of the U.S.  This hot weather can create problems for swimming pools, especially if you don't follow a regular swimming pool maintenance program.

We have hundreds of Houston Above Ground Pool customers and we only hear from those that have not kept up their maintenance program.  From our experience, there are 2 main factors for proper pool care: 1) Equipment2) Water Chemistry

Exposing the Salt Water Pool Myth
The salt water pool may be the most misunderstood concept in the swimming pool industry.

The Myth: Chlorine-Free

Who wouldn’t want a soft, silky, chemical-free, maintenance-free pool? A Doughboy Above Ground Pool that uses natural salt instead of chlorine…a pool that’s good for your skin and hair and with the healing power of the ocean. The buzz over salt water pools spread like wildfire between 2005 and 2008. Sales of Houston salt water pools has skyrocketed. By 2008, over 60% of new pools constructed were built with salt water systems.
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