Message subject: Re: Vinyl liner steps Sent: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:24 pm
To tell you a little of my pool building history, I started with formed concrete pools, then went to a company that specialized in shotcrete pools, but did a number of IG liner pools as well. As the primary concern was the more profitable shotcrete (gunite) pools, the liner pools were treated like 'red haired step children'. After my experience with that company, I swore I'd never have a liner pool! However, when I started working with my current company specializing in IG liner pools, I soon realized that a liner pool can be every bit as good as a crete pool and costs much $$ less.
The short of this is: if the company you get to build your pool specializes in 1 or the other kind -go with the type they specialize in!!!
If you're choosing between 2 companies that each specialize in one or the other, get plenty of references, check them out with BBB and, if possible, see how their relations are with their suppliers. (I'm pretty sure that there is an article on "How To Choose A Builder" in the 'Further Reading' of Pool School) There is also a thread on "How Not To Choose A Pool Builder" -- if you need help searching for them, post it on the forum and we'll help you (Start a new thread in the pool construction section and lots of folks will chime in with their opinions - as a matter of fact, I'll start the thread for you with what you wrote to me here
Congrats both on coming here to learn and also on buying a new pool
We'll do our best to keep the 'buyer's remorse' to a minimum.
In the mean time, until you can get a little more input from us, please hold off on signing a contract (and don't let them bully you, tell us what they're saying and we'll tell you how to deal with them