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    Planning new pool.

    Hey everyone, thought I'd join up here to learn about owning and maintaining a pool. So I've decided to put an in-ground pool at my house but I'm simply overwhelmed with the whole process.

    I'm torn between going with a concrete pool or a fiberglass pool; here in the metro Atlanta area you can't swing a dead cat without finding a concrete pool builder. I've had a couple of concrete pool contractor to do a site assessment and give an idea of what my family is looking for. In general we're looking at roughly a 35' long by 16' wide free-form style pool along with a spillover spa. My wife would like a 'tanning ledge' and maybe a jump rock for my small child; depth wise we don't want anything more than 6'. From my research either Concrete or FG will give us what we want but at the end of the day the final product has to look right.

    Honestly I'm biased towards a FG pool because I want a very low amount of maintenance and long-term satisfaction. Also the lack of install time of a FG pool is a huge deal given I have a dog with free access to my entire backyard; keeping them up for a couple weeks compared to a couple of months. My problem is finding a good FG contractor that's actually interested in earning my business so I'm looking for recommendations, tips and advice.

    -Anyone 'local' (metro Atlanta area,) have recommendations for contractors? Is that allowed here?

    -Any general tips or considerations that you can pass on, what did you learn during your pool's construction phase.

    -For decking we're most likely going to choose Cool deck or similar product, we may opt for pavers as well as we want the look to be more custom. That said, if we need to trim some off the budget this will be where it come from. Those that did just concrete decking, were you disappointed?

    -A spa is a very desired option for my wife and I, given that the FG spas are more therapeutic that a concrete spa is it still worth it?

    -Given the place in my yard this will be installed, direct sunlight is not a problem so I'm not concerned with swimming is cool'ish water however I will put a heater in for the spa. I understand this may extend my 'season' by a month I will mainly use it for the spa. I have propane and not NG so this is a concern somewhat but as I understand these heaters are very efficient? How quickly would one of these heat up a spa and at what cost?

    -I do plan on installing LED lighting but I'm on the fence about opting for automation controls. Those that have experiance with both automation and manual controls is it worth the money to go with auto controls?

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    Re: Planning new pool.

    Welcome to TFP!

    Yes, it is fine for members to recommend builders whom they had a good experience with. It just isn't ok to bash companies publicly, whether true or false. Keep that to PMs.

    Our PB recommended installing a stand alone hot tub rather than one built in. It is is more efficient, more comfortable, is always heated and ready to go and we put ours on a covered patio which makes it great rain or shine or snow. It also saved us a bunch of money, mybe $10k, and made our pool equipment much more simple.
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    Re: Planning new pool.

    We first thought a fiberglass pool would be best.

    One of the reasons was that they said it was less maintenance. What i found was that they are not comparing current concrete/plaster to fiberglass but rather comparing old concrete/plaster pools to fiberglass. . After a bunch of research, i did not believe fiberglass would be any less maintenance in the short or long run.

    For me, the only advantage i saw for fb was a shorter time to completion and fewer decisions since you pick a design.

    Price difference was minimal if any.

    For us, there were many more advantages for concrete/plaster.
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    Re: Planning new pool.

    Thanks for the advice so far and yes I'm aware the pebble-tech finish on concrete is recommended. We've had two concrete builders promise a lifetime surface warranty.

    Cost wise there seems to be very little difference so the main factors for us will be time to install, overall look and long-term cost of ownership.

    As for the spa, I wasn't clear before as we want a stand alone pool (separate of the pool) just spilling over into the pool for a water feature. Is it better/cheaper to put a separate water fall or other feature instead of the spa spill over?

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    Re: Planning new pool.

    It is fairly easy to have a waterfall without a spa, i have 2. Look at my pictures my build thread. . There are lots of ways to do waterfalls or sheer decents
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    Re: Planning new pool.

    Ditto, we have a waterfall too, no spa. Pics in build thread, link in sig.
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