You have two options when buying a pool: aboveground or inground. The cost for an inground pools start at about $20,000, by varies depending on the size of the pool and degree of customization, the quality of the equipment, and the quality of the construction process. Other details, such as decking, landscaping, safety equipment and automated maintenance and heating systems cost extra. If selecting an inground pool, you’ll first need to decide on they type of construction. In the Gulf Coast area most of the pools built are done our of Gunite. Gunite is a form of concrete that is generally much stronger than convention wet mix concrete. It is applied under high pressure and allows the builder to form curves and walls without the need for double sided forms. In addition to gunite there are companies that offer vinyl liner and fiberglass pools. There’s a variety to choose from. APSP pool professional should direct you to which model is best for you and your yard’s shape and size.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Make sure the builder is following your town’s codes. Check with the zoning board to find out what kind of permits and fees are involved with building a pool.
Check several sources of financing to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Dealers and builders can often assist with identifying financing options. Be sure to include in your budget the costs for any landscaping or lighting, water and safety features and audio systems. You can save additional money by building a pool in the off-season.
Make sure you understand all the specifics before signing a contract. Get everything included in the purchase price in writing. Ascertain whether the total cost includes delivery and installation.
The pool and its equipment should come with a warranty. Know what is covered in the warranty and what isn’t covered.
When pool shopping, contact the Better Business Bureau to check out the track record of any pool builder.
Don’t forget to ask about warranties, and make sure there are no hidden costs in your contract. The builder or contractor should include all required permits and electrical hookups.
Finally, research the company to insure your family time isn’t spent trying to fix what you should be enjoying.
The history of the manufacturer and the pool company is important. Also for your own safety, try to avoid buying a pool from a company without a storefront. Pool companies come and go, so make sure the one you choose is committed to being there for you for years to come.