After learning to do BBB on this site with various softside pools the past 10 years, our 26' intex ultra pool has died. We want to upgrade to bigger (33' round unless I can find a bargain on 20x40 oval) and more permanent. I was hoping to spend under $5000, but if I have to go higher to get it right the first time, I need to start planning now. I'm getting overwhelmed and about ready to give up and buy another intex ultra, but the kids were excited about a bigger one and have asked if I can try to figure out what to get. My hubby is not part of these kinds of tasks. Any and all advice is welcome!!
We have to hire all the labor. Installer says it will be $1800 for this big, whether used or new. My questions are about used vs new pools, width of top rails, sand vs DE filters, essential requirements in equipment, and anything else anyone can tell me.
A) Is the used one I found a good deal compared to buying new (and are the new prices I found reasonable?)--
32' used Vogue (3 yrs old) for $2000 plus $300 disassembly. Everything included.
Millenium Ultimate Granular Filtration In Ground Series 27"
Don't know what liner I need (want it to be DURABLE).
33' new Seaspray Evolution for $6050
comes with 22" Sta-Rite sand filter, offer $480 DE filter & 1hp pump system upgrade
32' new Doughboy Palm Shore for $8800 (comes in pkg, but I didn't get details)
B) Is the top rail width an important factor for heavy duty use? (I have six kids who are not little anymore, and they have LOTS of friends who come over.)
C) Coming off cartridge filters, sand sounded like a big step up. But the Seaspray salesperson strongly recommends DE. Which is more effective, easier to use, etc. We are a very, very busy family who has to travel for work, so efficiency or timers would be a big help.
D) As I'm trying to decide on a pool (going 2 hrs to see the used one tomorrow and on my way to a different pool store today), what are the MOST IMPORTANT criteria for pool construction and equipment? I think I've already found an experienced ground prep/installation guy, and I am already sold on TFP water systems...so what else really, really matters?
THANK YOU for helping me!!