The construction and installation of a swimming pool is much like any other major home improvement project. The process involves shopping for types of pools, comparing prices and installation methods, and knowing who will be installing as well as servicing the pool. Swimming pool installers, much like other contractors, are a dime a dozen in some areas, but the best way to choose the right one is to do your consumer homework.
Installing a swimming pool can be a daunting process, but there is just as much work involved in maintaining a pool after it is built as in the process of buying one. Professional swimming pool installers with knowledge and experience will be able to save the homeowner time and money in the long run. Presuming you are not a homeowner with infinite knowledge about pool design, structure and maintenance, using a contractor with experience and knowledge is essential. Drainage, water flow, municipal codes, and electrical wiring are just a few aspects of pool installation that need to be considered. Letting an expert handle the details is far better than assuming the details have been covered by an amateur.
There are generally two ways of having a swimming pool installed. The first is to have it built by a pool and spa dealer/retailer. Visit area pool builders and request three or four estimates in writing. During the process, ask a company representative to provide you with information regarding how long they’ve been in business, what type of experience they and their swimming pool installers have and what professional organizations they belong to. Other considerations include whether they service what they sell and build and what types of warranties are included.
Another common route to pool installation is to buy a pool from a dealer and use one of their recommended subcontractors or find your own swimming pool installers. This is usually the situation homeowners run into when shopping for above ground pools. Many dealers sell the pools, but don’t employ swimming pool installers. Instead, they refer customers to subcontractors. Consumers should do a bit of research on potential installers and should also be sure whether the installer or the dealer is providing warranty coverage. Be cautious of swimming pool installers who also perform general landscaping, as they are likely less experienced than companies whose main business is pool installation.
As with most major home improvement projects, swimming pool installation is a buyer beware situation. Doing adequate consumer research on the companies and their products before signing a contract is just sound business sense. Professional organizations such as The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals and the Better Business Bureau are good places for uncovering the best swimming pool and spa installers and retailers.