So you’re ready to build a swimming pool. Congratulations, you’ve just taken your first step toward a lifetime of relaxation and wonderful family memories. Pool parties, backyard cookouts, drinks by the pool… your lifestyle is about to get a whole lot cooler! But first, you’ll need to know how to choose the right pool builder.
To get started, you’ll want to have a basic understanding of pool and spa options:
Once you have a basic idea of the pool you’d like to build, you’re ready to begin looking for the right builder.
Reputation and Customer Satisfaction
The first thing to look for when selecting a swimming pool builder is a strong reputation and a proven commitment to customer satisfaction. The best way to check a pool builder’s reputation is to look for 3rd-party online reviews. While testimonials on a pool builder’s own website can be a good starting point, they are less reliable because they are directly managed by the pool builder. Instead, use Google or Bing to search for neutral online reviews of the pool builder.
Reputable pool companies should have positive online ratings based on more than just a handful of reviews. For example, Anthony & Sylvan Pools has more online reviews and a higher star rating than any other pool builder on ConsumerAffairs.com.
Once you’ve confirmed that the builder has a strong online reputation built upon a large number of reviews, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau. Look for builders that maintain an A+ rating and Accreditation from the BBB. You’ll also want to confirm that each builder you speak to is also a current member of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and that they are properly licensed and insured.
Finally, take the time to ask each builder if they can provide a current list of happy clients, both new and old, in your area.
Swimming Pool Warranties & Company Stability
Today, most pool builders provide basic warranties on their pools. Basic warranties cover things like decking, pool equipment, coping, tile, plaster etc, but the most reliable pool builders go a step further and stand behind their pools with a lifetime structural warranty. After confirming that a builder offers a lifetime structural warranty, keep in mind that a lifetime warranty is only as strong as the company that stands behind it. When choosing a pool company, make sure to look beyond the warranty to their history and stability. How many consecutive years have they been in business? Will they still be in business next year? How about it 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Exceptional Pool Designs
When it comes time to design your pool, it is crucial to work with a designer that is well-trained and well-equipped to work with your unique vision and backyard to create the pool of your dreams. While it’s still possible to build a beautiful pool from a flat plan drawn on graph paper, newer 3D design software makes it infinitely easier to visualize how the pool design will look in your very own backyard.
Beyond visuals, make sure that the design is structurally sound. You wouldn’t build a new home without having the plans reviewed and approved by a certified engineer, would you? Your swimming pool is no different. For your protection, confirm that your pool design will be reviewed and approved by a certified engineer!
Experience and Craftsmanship
Did you know that many independent pool builders finish only a handful of pools each year? When contacting potential pool builders, make sure to ask them not only how many consecutive years they have been building pools, but also how many pools they completed in the previous year. Would you rather hire an experienced professional or a part-time builder that only completes a handful of pools each year?
Building a swimming pool is an incredibly exciting experience. For most families, it is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to choose the right swimming pool builder that can turn your vision into the perfect backyard oasis. The extra time you invest researching pool builders now will ensure a beautiful finished product and save you time, stress and aggravation down the road.
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