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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of pool design should I have in my backyard?
2. I have a small yard with difficult access, can I still have a pool?

3. How much weekly maintenance is involved in caring for a pool?
4. How do I select a pool builder?
5. What kind of financing is available for building a swimming pool?
6. Why do estimates vary so much?
7. How are payments scheduled during my pool construction?
8. What are the warranties on my pool?
9. What factors could affect the cost of my swimming pool?
10. Why do most of my neighbor's pools take 3 to 4 months to build, and how long will you take to complete construction of my swimming pool?
11. Is financing available?

 

 

1. What type of pool design should I have in my backyard?

Every backyard is different and so is every family; both should be considered when designing your swimming pool.
I will personally come meet with you at your home.  I will survey your backyard, show you the different styles that are available, ask some key questions then help you select a design for your backyard.

2. I have a small yard with difficult access, can I still have a pool?

We can construct a swimming pool in almost any backyard.  Most pools have some access challenges, but small digging machines have made it much easier to build in a small backyard.  We also have extensive experience in hand digs. Some construction sites like in the French Quarter have no access except though the front and back door, so almost anything is possible!

3. How much weekly maintenance is involved in caring for a pool?

In the past, pool maintenance was more of a chore, but today, with better recirculation systems, automated cleaners, and chemical systems, your swimming pool will be simple to maintain, for most pools only take about 20 minutes a week.

4. How do I select a pool builder?

This is an important question, make sure to interview your prospective pool builder very carefully. Here are some things to consider
A.) What is the company's reputation in the area?
B.) Do you know a friend or neighbor who has used the company, and are they happy with the results?
C.) Ask for a reference list of all the pools they have done that year..
D.) Ask for a few older references from years ago, perhaps in your neighborhood so that you could see how
     well there pool has aged?
E.) How long have they been in business, and how long have they been building pools in your area?
F.) How many swimming pools have they built?
G.) How long does construction take?
H.) Will they finish your pool on time?
I.) How close do they space the rebar?
J.) How thick is your gunite on your pool walls and floors?
K.) Have they had pools crack?
L.) Is the company financially sound so there is no risk they will not finish your pool or go out of business?
M.) Has the owner ever gone bankrupt?
N.) Does the builder own a home in the area, and does he have a pool?
O.) Is the estimate free of hidden charges that may drive up construction cost after work has begun?
P.) Will the company bring a portable restroom, and keep the property clean, and safe throughout construction?
Q.) Finally, is the payment schedule fair so the builder does not have all your money, and has no incentive
      to complete your pool?

5. What type of financing is available for building a swimming pool?

Most of our clients simply take a home equity loan. Its easy and inexpensive and can produce a tax break.

6. Why do estimates vary so much?

There are many reasons for estimates to vary from company to company, here are a few.
A.) An average 500sq.ft. pool can use as little as 21yds of gunite, or as much as 40 yds. of gunite.
B.) Steel is another factor, the same as 500sq.ft. pool can be tied with as little as 100 rods or as many as
     325 rods.  The price difference of just these two phases could be as much as $5,000.00
C.) Quality of the materials.
D.) The experience of the craftsmen.

7.) How are payments scheduled during my pool construction?

The payment schedule is a very important tool to keep contracting honest. DO NOT give all of your money in the early phases of construction. Here are examples of a good and bad payment schedule.

 

GOOD EXAMPLE         

BAD EXAMPLE          

Deposit $1000.00   Deposit 10%
Dig 25%   Dig 35%
Gunite 30%   Gunite 35%
Tile, coping, plumbing 20%   Tile, coping, plumbing 10%
Deck 10%   Plaster 10%
Plaster 10%    
Final 5%    

 

All payments are made after the phase is completed. The key, to assure the contractor has incentive to finish your pool, is to not pay more than 55% through the gunite phase.

8. What are the warranties on my pool?

The warranty on most pools are standard lifetime on the shell of the pool. One year on almost everything else. A few products offer extended warranties.  The difference is the company. If they are not in business there is no warranty.

9. What factors could affect the cost of my swimming pool?

Not a lot of factors, our prices are set by a pretty standard formula. Square footage plus extra features. The variables are access into the yard, soil disposal, and waterfront or hillside construction.

10. Why do most of my neighbors pools take 3 to 4 months to build, and how long will you take to 
      complete construction of my swimming pool?

I will answer your second questions first. Our standard pool construction takes us 3 to 4 weeks and pools with spas, waterfalls, and large decking areas may take up to 6 weeks.  Now about your neighbors pools. After building pools for 32 years in this area I have seen a pattern develop, this is what happens. A struggling company will bid to low to secure a job. They might, also receive too much money in the first couple of phases of construction. Then they spend your money to finish their last pool. They may not show up on your job for weeks. Then they will have to sell the next job and use their money to finish your pool, maybe, sometimes that next job does not come, and someone else will have to finish their pool.

11. Is financing available?

Yes.  For more information on financing for swimming pools, go to www.swimmingpool.com/lending-club.

 

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