Why own a pool?
Building a pool is often an emotional as well as financial decision. In recent years, the cost of single family homes has increased rapidly in proportion to average incomes. The result is that homeowners are moving less frequently and investing more in home improvements. A new in ground swimming pool is one investment that increases the value of a home. A swimming pool also provides a home oriented center for family fun, exercise, relaxation and entertainment. A pool need be no more expensive than a modest recreational vehicle or boat and can be enjoyed by everyone!
How much should I invest?
If you are adding a pool to an existing home, you may have enough equity in the home to finance the pool. The pool itself is considered an improvement. This is often an easy way to get a substantial loan to build the pool you really want. Check other loan options available to you, and compare terms and interest rates for the best value. Keep in mind that this is an investment in your home. If you decide to sell your home at a later date, you will be able to recover much of the total cost of the pool. A well designed and built pool will also make your home much more attractive to potential buyers.
What size and shape is best for me?
It is not difficult to design a multi-purpose pool that satisfies most family interests. Size is limited only by available space, your budget, and how large a pool you are willing to maintain. Perimeter dimensions, water surface area, and capacity in gallons are common ways of describing a pool size. In sizing a pool, plan adequate space for decking. Additional deck space is often added at one end or side to accommodate pool furniture for lounging or sunning.
A pool should fit comfortably into the total environment. If you have an exceptionally large yard, an average size pool can be blended in by using walls, flower beds, hedges and other landscaping methods. If your yard is limited, a properly sized pool can also be designed to take advantage of available space.
Free form shaped pools can be custom fitted to odd shaped lots while maintaining cosmetic appeal. Present construction methods allow for almost any shape pool to be built. An experienced pool builder will be able to provide design assistance and technical advice when selecting proper size and shape.
From what materials are the pools constructed?
All of our pools are made of concrete and steel built on the customer's selected site, and are based on designs worked out with the customer.
Should I include a spa?
Many new pool owners include a spa in their basic pool designs to enjoy both a vigorous swim and a relaxing and soothing hot water soak. Incorporating a spa into the pool design is less expensive than installing one separately or adding a spa to a pool at a later date. Spas are very practical, take little space and enhance both the appearance and value of the pool. An average sized spa will hold 400 - 800 gallons of water. They are normally heated to 104 degrees F using either electric power or natural gas.
What about support equipment
The pump, filter and sanitizing system keep the water free from harmful bacteria and micro-organisms. Each component must be sized to filter the total water volume within a predetermined amount of time. A qualified pool builder will use only those components that, experience has shown to provide excellent performance and dependability.
Support equipment is the heart of the pool. Cutting costs in this area will only produce problems in the future. Take the time to learn about support equipment by asking questions. Have your pool builder explain each component in detail. Warranties, guarantees and service policies should all be in writing. A reputable pool builder will not hesitate to provide you with these documents.
What do I look for in a pool builder?
Most pool owners who report problems can trace their difficulties to poor workmanship during installation or bad advice in selecting support equipment. Since a pool represents a sizable investment, finding a good pool builder is essential. Knowing what to look for in a pool builder will save you time and money and will ensure that your pool is properly built. The following guidelines will help you in your decision:
Better Business Bureau Member — The BBB maintains a file on each member and welcomes inquiries from the consumer. BBB members agree to third party arbitration, and must rectify all complaints from its consumers in order to maintain membership.
Satisfied Customers — Ask pool builders to provide several names of homeowners who have recently had pools installed. If possible, ask to see their work. A reputable pool builder will have a number of satisfied customers who are willing to show you their pools.