After reading these forums for a few weeks and going through all the “Pool School” articles, we finally met with our first pool builder a few days ago and were locked and loaded with many questions. Since I am as beginner as beginner can get with this, I wanted to relay what the PB told me and see what the TFP community thought of what he told us (or didnt tell us). Excuse any mistakes and just chalk it up to my complete inexperience with this topic. I’ll try to organize the info I got from the PB as best I can below -
The idea right now is for an 18’ x 36’ in-ground pool, going from 3’ – 6’ deep. We're located in Hagerstown, MD.
PB sells Hayward, Jandy, and Pentair equipment brands, however they are a preferred dealer for Hayward and can offer a 3-year warranty on Hayward products, 1-year on other brands.
PB recommends Hayward S244T Sand Filter that uses Zeobrite instead of sand.
PB recommended 2 skimmers minimum, 2-3 returns.
PB recommended one of the following pumps –
- Hayward MaxFlo XL, 1.5 HP (I think this is single or dual speed pump)
- Hayward Tri-Star variable speed pump, 1.85HP ($775 upgrade)
- Hayward Eco-Star variable speed pump, 2.75HP ($975 upgrade); would crank down to 3/4HP?
PB recommended one of the following SWG’s -
- Hayward Aqua Rite ($1,500)
- Hayward Aqua Rite Pro ($2,000)
PB recommended vinyl liners over fiberglass. Didn’t think extra cost (appx +20%) was worth it over vinyl. Said vinyl should last 10-15 years.
PB estimated cost for electric work at $1,000.
Rock is $275/hour; average $2,500 for most pools in the area.
Kayden vinyl liner included, other brands are extra.
Black aluminum fencing is $38.50/ft (4ft tall) or $42.50/ft (5ft tall and extra bar at top). Fence wouldnt go much farther then the perimeter of the pool.
4ft of concrete perimeter is included. Concrete is $7.50/ft plain, $9.50/ft sealed, $14.50/ft stamped.
PB says winter cover is needed, costs $1,200-$2,500
Warranty is 1-year on workmanship
Roughly $40,000 for everything (pool, concrete, fencing, electric, winter cover, rock, etc)
Like I said, just wanted to get the community’s feedback on this info and the different options he presented us with (or didnt present us with) and if that cost falls in line with what others have experienced. We also have another PB coming later this week, so any additional info or questions I can glean from here would be very helpful. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!