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    New Pool in MN! Radiant vs Fabcote Ultimate

    Hi all! I just found this site and am in pool heaven. My wife and I are about ready to jump into the pool life and we have two bids from two solid companies in our area. We are trying to decide between an 18x34 oval Radiant semi-inground vs. a Fabcote Ultimate Pool. Either will be modified to have a 6' deep end in it so we can have a slide attached to the deck that will surround it. The Fabcote is a bit pricier for a slightly smaller oval at 17x32 but it has a 14 gauge zinc coated steel wall while the radiant uses the insulated aluminum wall. When looking at the samples the steel seems much more sturdy that the radiant but then I read about how strong the radiant is. I am leaning towards the Fabcote but only really out of ignorance of materials. Maybe the aluminum is enough? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If I can offer any more info to help please let me know. As I don't know what I don't know!

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    Re: New Pool in MN! Radiant vs Fabcote Ultimate

    Welcome to TFP and congrats on the new pool!
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    Re: New Pool in MN! Radiant vs Fabcote Ultimate

    Thanks very much! I am finding all sorts of good info here so far. What a great site!

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    Re: New Pool in MN! Radiant vs Fabcote Ultimate

    Quote Originally Posted by lmisko View Post
    Hi all! I just found this site and am in pool heaven. My wife and I are about ready to jump into the pool life and we have two bids from two solid companies in our area. We are trying to decide between an 18x34 oval Radiant semi-inground vs. a Fabcote Ultimate Pool. Either will be modified to have a 6' deep end in it so we can have a slide attached to the deck that will surround it. The Fabcote is a bit pricier for a slightly smaller oval at 17x32 but it has a 14 gauge zinc coated steel wall while the radiant uses the insulated aluminum wall. When looking at the samples the steel seems much more sturdy that the radiant but then I read about how strong the radiant is. I am leaning towards the Fabcote but only really out of ignorance of materials. Maybe the aluminum is enough? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If I can offer any more info to help please let me know. As I don't know what I don't know!


    I'm looking at the Fabcote Ultimate Pool. Curious if you went with it, and if so, how has it been?

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    Re: New Pool in MN! Radiant vs Fabcote Ultimate

    Wow. I forgot I even wrote this post. We did end up with a pool but went with in ground instead. Sorry for the delayed response.


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