Ok, its PB comparison time. Time to make a decision.
If money were not an issue, I would go with PB 1 for sure but we are already well beyond what we initially thought. We can do them all but the most expensive one will dig more into our savings than we want to. My hesitation with the PB 2 and PB 3 is just that the customer service is lacking and they use all contractors and working with sales person has not been so good and the are just volume builders. I don't have much confidence in what they say vs what we will get and if anything goes wrong....
PB 4 does 1" pavers over a poured concrete. He likes to do that so that there is no settling or weeds and stays cleaner... Not sure if this is good or bad. He would do thick pavers but they are too thick to use all the same vs thick (around pool) and thin (under lania).
PB 3 - I think I haved rule this one out as I really want pebblesheen. They use Wet Edge and it seems fine but is a much newer company.
Shape, size and equipment are all pretty much the same since we dictated these.
Pool size is 28 x 14. We only have 21 feet to work with behind the house.
Feature PB 1 - GV PB 2 - GS PB 3 - NS PB 4 - HP Rating - FB, Angies List, Google 3.5 5 4 n/a Pump Jandy VS Hayward VS Jandy VS Hayward VS Filter Jandy DE Hayward Cartridge Jandy Filter Hayward Cartridge Salt System Jandy AP400 Aqua-rite Jandy Aquapure [p]Hayward for 25k pool[/p] Light LED LED LED LED Deck Pavers Pavers Pavers Pavers over poured concrete Shell & Finish Gunite - Pebblesheen Shotcrete - Pebblesheen Gunite - Wet Edge Satin Shotcrete 8" - Pebblesheen Returns 3 5 Piping 2 in ? 2 in Drains 2 mains 2 mains ? Cleaner none none none Hayward Navigator Coping Brick Bullnose Brick Bullnose Brick Bullnose Brick Bullnose General Notes Excellent Customer Service, feel very comfortable with him, Smaller company, owner is salesperson and heaviliy involved. Some of the work is his own employees. Large company, big showroom, 100% sub-contracted including project managers. Proabably will be fine in the end, just more of a careless contractor churning pools out. Good reputation in area but have received terrible service from sales person. Does 12 pools a year. He is a sub contractor for several other large pool companies in the area. Nice guy, does dig, steel, plumbing, tile, electric and other misc himself. Was recommended by another in the industry. Only one that pours concrete and then puts pavers on that to keep them from settling. Pool Price 38,150 32,227 33,750 31,608 Screen, baby fence, misc, sod, solar 12,900 12,900 12,900 12,900 Total 51,050 45,127 45,546 44,805
Other consideration - If we go with PB4, since the price is the best we could add a sheer and stepped wall along the back for some design. We would like this but it definitely is not a option with PB1.
Your thoughts, ideas, comments, whatever is welcome.
On the pic below, the fence on the right will be moved so we can use the whole back of the house.
This is the design that they all are. PB 4 basically told us that we could add more shelfs, seats, etc as long as we stay the same overall size and there will be no additional cost.