As a consumer, you pride yourself on keeping your life up to date. You try to embrace new technologies and stay up with what's going on in the world. If your computer isn't the getting the job done, you upgrade it. Same with your television. And your automobile. And even your home.

Change Your Old Mattress
So when was the last time that you upgraded your mattress for side sleeper?

There's no excuse for waiting any longer. Here are ten reasons why you should upgrade your mattress now.

1. It's over a decade old. Mattress manufacturers recommend that you buy a new mattress every ten years or so. That's because many of them are not designed to maintain maximum quality and comfort after that period.

2. You see rips or tears in it. Even normal use of a mattress can result in soft spots, rips, or protruding springs. Be sure to look at the underside of the mattress for splits or slits in the fabric as well.

3. You're worried about allergies. Another big reason to upgrade is that old mattress is breeding grounds for allergens, dust mites, and germs - all of which can have an adverse affect on your health. Think about it. You've undoubtedly washed your blankets, sheets, and mattress pad many times. But how often have you cleaned your mattress?

4. You're tired of tossing and turning. People move around in bed because they have trouble getting comfortable. If you've just noticed this bedtime trend but haven't experienced any health issues which may have caused it, your mattress may be changing shape to the point where it is affecting your comfort.

5. It sags or bunches. Again, even normal wear can result in peaks, valleys, bumps, and trenches in your mattress. Some mattresses even droop on a slant, giving you the sensation of sleeping on an incline.

6. You're experiencing morning stiffness or back pain. Because worn out mattresses change their shape, your body may be adjusting to it in an unconstructive way. If you're waking up with overall stiffness, sore muscles, an aching back, or arms or legs that have "fallen asleep," it's very likely being caused by an old mattress.

7. It's too small. When you bought your mattress, you may have lived in an apartment or a house with a smaller bedroom; and now your bed looks too small for the room it's in. Or perhaps you or your sleeping partner have put on some weight since you purchased your mattress and needed to upgrade to a larger size.

8. It was your sleeping partner's mattress. It's common for couples who marry and move in together to choose one of their two mattresses to sleep on and either throw away the other one or keep it in a spare bedroom. There's a good chance that the mattress you're sleeping on was originally purchased with only one person in mind.

9. You're older now. You probably tested your mattress before you bought it, and you selected it because it felt good to you - at the time. But your body has aged and changed since then, and there's a good chance that if you checked out mattresses today, you would prefer a softer or firmer mattress than the one you liked back then.

10. There are more choices available today. There's a reasonably good chance that mattress technology has changed drastically since you acquired your current mattress. You can now choose from options such as memory foam or adjustable firmness products. Plus, many places offer financing plans and even no interest or payments for a period.

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If you are thinking about upgrading your mattress, here are some suggestions to keep in mind.

Try it outOne thing that hasn't changed over the years is the best method to choose a mattress: by lying on it. Don't be afraid to recline on several mattresses at a retailer for several minutes at a time.

Compare PricesYou don't necessarily need to walk into a retailer thinking that you must walk out with a purchase. If you find a mattress you like, take some notes about its brand, size, and features - and then go to other stores or websites to see where the best price is.

Familiarize Yourself with FeaturesEven similar-sized mattresses with the same brand name can feel different because of their features. Determine the variation in the feel of a pillow top versus a plush top, or a pocket coil versus an inner coil system, or even a box spring versus foundation. These distinctions will affect which mattress you will wind up purchasing.

You do a great job of upgrading the items that are essential in your life. But you shouldn't underestimate the importance of your mattress. After all, you spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping on it, so you need to make sure that it suits your body perfectly.

Because if you're not sleeping well, it can have all sorts of negative effects on your health and well-being. So why put it off any longer? Upgrade your old mattress now!

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Building a deck around a pool, whether it is an aboveground or an in ground pool, is a tough job, it is pretty time consuming as well but it is worth it in the end. This article is all about decks, it will give you an overview about all kinds of decks, different ideas and designs for building decks around your aboveground pools.

The basic purpose of constructing a deck around your pool is to have a space for people to take a sunbath or walk around the pool easily. But it is not just this space, it gives an amazing look to your pool and backyard as well. All you need to do is to first decide which type of deck you want to build, consider all the options, pick one that is the most suitable for you and only then you can start thinking about the design of the deck.

Building a Pool Deck!

There is not really any quick way of building a pool deck, it does and will take your time. Also, if you are thinking about doing this yourself, you will need a lot of equipment like proper tools and a work force as well, even if you are a pro when it comes to above ground pools.

There are basically 4 major steps involved in building a deck around your above ground pool.

  • Installation of the supporting poles.
  • Construction of the frame.
  • Then, installation of the deck
  • And finally, installation of fence.

Types of Decks around the Pool

  • Wooden Pool Decks

The wooden pool decks are one of the best options you can go for. These are the most popular ones as well. The best thing about this type of pool deck is that one can build it of any size and shape. It only depends on your imagination and creativity.

It looks fantastic around above ground pools.

  • Resin Prefab Pool Decks

The best thing about resin prefab pool deck is their ability of not deteriorating in cold climates. They can be the ideal alternative for the aluminum decks. They are available in different colors and interesting shapes. If you seek help from experts, you can even have a custom design for the deck around your pool.

  • Aluminum Pool Decks

The aluminum decks often come with the aboveground pools. That’s the thing about these decks, their usage is limited to a specific pool model. The good thing about these decks is that they can be installed pretty easily, they can cope with the colder temperatures quite well and the flooring provides comfort for your feet.

  • Stone Decks for your Pool

The stone decks are the most expensive ones. But they also provide the most beautiful look to your pool as well.

  • Composite Style Pool Decks

These are the best ones, in my opinion. These decks can very easily fulfill the requirements of an above ground pool owner. These are basically a combination of the above mentioned 4 types. You can have a wooden deck with surrounding are of aluminum.

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As the summer is approaching quickly, many people are considering having a swimming pool in their own backyard to beat the heat. But the question is which one to buy??? Above ground pool or the in ground pool?

The following is basically a comparison between the two based on 4 major factors:

Factor One: Cost

Typically, the in ground swimming pools, no matter if they are concrete, vinyl or any other material, can cost around $30,000 to $80,000. Yes the range is pretty big but that’s how it really is.

The above ground pools cost usually around $15,000. But this price tag is for the pool only, there are other equipment, installation, tools and etc. that are necessary and can cost pretty much as well. The whole process of leveling the ground, cleaning it, having professionals install the pool, then maybe having a deck around the pool, pool lights, pool heater, covers, liners and etc. are the things that you need to consider before going for an above ground pool as well.

There are basically 3 major areas where you will need to spend if you opt for the aboveground one.

  • Cost of the kit ( 3,000 to 7,000)
  • Installation cost (1,000 to 5,000)
  • Pool decking cost (if you go for it)

So, this means a typical aboveground pool can cost you around 4,000 to 12,000 (the decking cost is not included here, only the kit and installation cost are). You need to consider having a deck as well as it can give your backyard and pool a whole new stylish look and other features as well, but then again, in some cases decking costs even more than the pool.

Factor Two: Size

The aboveground pools are available in different sizes, mostly when one considers an aboveground pool, it is because they are small in size compared to the in ground ones. However, you need to know that the aboveground ones can be as large as a normal in ground pool.

For instance, a 40’ diameter aboveground pool has a bigger surface area than an 18x42 in ground pool. Aboveground pools are limited to a uniform depth though.

Factor Three: Maintenance

The two pools can’t really be differentiated on this factor as both need quite a lot of maintenance. The pool maintenance and keeping the pool water clean and etc. are required in both the cases. However, if your aboveground pool is not surrounded by a deck, it will be very difficult to clean and vacuum the pool.

 Factor Four: Durability

The typical life of an aboveground pool is about 7 to 14 years, after that the shape of the pool gives out. The liners of these pools can last for around 5 to 10 years.

The life of the in ground pools depend on the material basically, for instance, the vinyl pools structure can last longer but the liners of this type last for around 7 to 11 years. The concrete structure also lasts longer but they need repairing and replacement after 10 to 13 years. And the fiberglass structure can last for more than 2 decades.