How do I know what local laws and regulations are?
Contact your city or municipality for applicable laws and regulations governing above ground pools, these may include the following: A building permit (not required in all areas, but you should always check),Safety standards (in certain regions), Utilities (electricity, laws governing when pools can be filled and drained, etc.), Laws regarding fencing and boundaries around a yard with a pool, Boundaries of your property. Be sure to select a spot that is far from overhead or underground electrical lines and water and natural gas pipes and make sure you're not putting your pool near any natural water sources.
How do I know what size pump and filter I really need?
Your pump and filter will be sized according to the volume of water in your pool. The main objective of any filtration system is the ability to turn over all the water in your pool at least once within a period of 12 hours.
How do I select the right pool builder?
It's always a good idea to consult with several professional pool builders and consider key issues such as experience, reputation and customer service before deciding who will build your pool. Our Dealer Selector can put you in touch with builders in your area, along with professional pool retailers who sell above ground pools and pool service professionals who can help you properly maintain your pool so you can enjoy it for years to come! As when hiring any contractor, you should always inquire about references, insurance and make sure they are properly licensed (if required by your state). You should also check the Better Business Bureau database for any unresolved complaints Also, make sure to interview your pool professional carefully. Here are a few things to consider: What is the company's reputation in the community, Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the same company with good results? If not, can the company provide you with dozens of reliable references or customer report cards? How does the company treat you as a potential customer? How long has the company been in business, and how long have they been building in your area? How many pools have they built? Will the company provide you with a clear written estimate so that you're not confused about what work will be done? Will they finish the project on time? Is the company in good standing with your local Building Department, the State Department of Consumer Affairs and/or Contractor's Board? Will the company add hidden charges after the construction process has begun? Is the company financially stable so that there is no risk that you'll be left with an unfinished pool if they go out of business? Will the company be careful to remove or take care of landscaping and other outdoor structures? Will they keep your property clean and safe throughout the construction process?
How long does it take to build a Pool?
Different types of pools take different lengths of time to build and/or install. Since fiberglass pools come pre-engineered in one piece, they are the fastest inground pools to install, followed by inground vinyl pools. Above ground pools can be up and running in a matter of days since no excavation is required. The length of time it takes to build an inground gunite pool depends on many factors including the weather, the size of the pool and the features and options that you select. A professional pool builder can give you an estimated timeline along with a budget when you request a quote.
How should I decide on the design of my pool?
Design choices are best made after you have decided how you are going to best use your new pool or spa. Family activities vary greatly depending on the age of the family.
How thick is gunite used in swimming pools?
Gunite is generally 7 to 12 inches thick depending on the area of the swimming pool. In specific circumstances, the engineer (or plans) may specify the gunite be thicker.
Is painting my pool a good idea?
The answer is always NO. Paint causes a condition known as "chalking." Chalking causes cloudy water while swimming, particularly while in use by children, as they tend to agitate the water more than adults. Chalking causes spotting on swimwear, and can clog your filter. The biggest problem with chalking is that it will cause your pool to appear dirty. Painting is at best a temporary "fix."
What can I expect to see during the excavation process?
Building a gunite pool is a major construction project. In addition to excavating where your pool will be there also needs to be trenches that go from the pool to the pool equipment, from the pool equipment to the main electrical panel, from the pool equipment to the gas meter and if necessary from the pool equipment to any controller locations. This often results in the entire yard being dug up. A homeowner should expect existing landscaping to be disturbed and possible replaced if there are no other means of installing the underground conduits.
What can I expect to see during the gunite process?
Gunite is applied pneumatically. The day this is applied you will have a large compressor truck and several large gunite trucks in the front yard during the entire process. As the gunite is applied it is shaped and molded as desired.
Why should I choose a gunite pool?
Gunite swimming pools can be any shape or size, with smooth corners and edges. Walk in steps, beaches, waterfalls, weirs, standing ledges, water seats and islands can all be incorporated to provide clients with the swimming pools they want, and not just an 20 x 10 hole in the ground! Additionally, gunite swimming pools rarely leak.