If you are planning to get bids for a new fiberglass pool in your backyard, there are important components of your swimming pool you should understand before you sign a contract and hand over money. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with these 6 components by researching and reading online reviews will help you in your quest for backyard relaxation and entertainment.
- Brand and warranty of pool shell manufacturer. Just like cars and diamonds, fiberglass pool shells come in many grades. Read up and understand the layers of a fiberglass pool from vinyl water to a gel coat. Not all pools are made the same; their online reviews may reflect this. Read up and ask questions. Understand the warranty. You are spending a lot of money, a little research is so worth the effort. At Sanctuary Pools, we install Imagine Pools shells. Here is their warranty.
- Require the pool installer to put in writing that they will use the proper size crane to install your pool shell. A sky track should never be the answer. If your installer assures you a sky track is okay, put a call into the manufacturer of the shell and see what they say.
- Backfill material should always be clean gravel (11’s and 8’s are gravel sizes we use locally). Earth backfill is never okay. Again, if your pool installer assures you, it will be okay, call the manufacturer and confirm with them.
- Have your pool installer give you a detailed drawing of his drainage plan. With the diameter of the pipe and the type of pipe material shown. If you can’t be there to see that what was actually installed, ask the installer to provide you with photos with a reference point. Here is an example of a drainage plan Sanctuary Homes delivers.
- The brand and model number of all the equipment. Pump, filter, heater, cleaner with guarantees each piece is sized correctly to your pool gallons and amenities (bubblers, water spouts, slides). These amenities can call for an increased pump size to run them the way they are designed to operate.
- Get in writing how your yard will be left when the pool install is finished. You need to understand what you’ll be left with, so you won’t be surprised or frustrated.
As you probably guessed, the above items and many more are carefully specified, along with pricing, in bids given by Sanctuary Pools. Our bid presentation is 9-10 pages long, detailing precisely what is included in your price. If you’d like to turn your backyard into the center of your home, click on the yellow “contact us” button for a return call!