Hi all! Been lurking for a while and while I've learned a ton, I'm still a newb and looking for some guidance. We have just started on our pool build and our landscape architect/contractor subs out to a local PB. We will have a ~17k pool and separate spa using SWG. The PB usually installs Hayward and had brought over a Hayward C5030, Goldline T-Cell 15 Turbo Cell, Ecostar SP3400VSP, and H400FDN heater. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm not entirely sure if this is quality equipment. Automation is very important to me and I believe he was going to install Omnilogic.
I told our contractor that I wanted to have Pentair Magicstream laminars. He went back to the PB and the PB said it's better to have all Pentair equipment to control all the lighting synchronously with the same manufacturer for automation. So now we are exchanging out the all Hayward equipment for all Pentair equipment.
1. Is this the right decision? Is Pentair "better" than Hayward, or is it a matter of personal preference.
2. Did our PB pick the correct equipment for our size pool/spa and was it quality stuff?
3. What Pentair equipment should I be asking for? By this, I mean all the equipment...lights, pump, heater, automation, SWG, filter, cleaners, really anything. I also want to do it right the first time and not have to retrofit other stuff. Automation is very important to me and I don't mind paying more up front to make my life a little easier later on. I am willing and want to do my own chemistry once I get the fund of knowledge and experience, but don't mind automation to help me, is intelliph and intellichem worthwhile additions? What should I definitely do during the build that I wished I had done when I look back after it's complete?
Sorry for all the newb questions and thanks in advance for all the help.