2 pool bids are in for a 15 x 40 rectangular in-ground - no spa - no heat - gunite - pebbletech - depths - 3'9'" to 6" - flowcrete decking (6 ft. on 3 sides and 8 ft. at pool entrance). Also Sunshelf (room for 2 loungers at 6" depth) and 4 deck jets.
1st bid wants to install a Paramount in-floor system with ozone and chorine tabs with CoverPool automatic pool cover.
6x6 frostproof waterline tile with spot tile on steps/bench - (2) 120 volt 300 watt pool light
acrylic topped deck with cantilever edge pool coping, compacted soil with Pilasters as required for grade
cartridge filter and energy saving pump and time clock
pool cleaner line and valve (pressure side only for safety)
manual cleaning equipment
start up with initial chemical balance and professional pool orientation
2nd bid wants to install a Intellichlor salt chlorinator
Pentair Great White Auto cleaner
pump is a Sta-rite Max E-Pro with a Aquamatic automatic pool cover.
LED light in pool
notes section: quote makes no provision for retaining walls, fill dirt, or rock to control underground water if needed.
(This is troubling - its Florida - we dig down 3 feet and find water in most yards.)
Now the 1st bid says that I can't use a salt system with an automatic pool cover because it will void the warranty on the pool cover (is that really true?). Also you can walk all the way around the perimeter of the pool with this pool cover unlike the Aquamatic pool cover.
The 2nd bidder did not mention that at all. He did say that with an Aquamatic Pool cover that no one can walk on one end of it - I thought that was bizarre since you are supposed to be able to walk on the pool cover but not what it is stored in on the pool decking???
Both bids were around $53,000. I don't think we are getting much value here. We are located in central Florida.
Other conditions: We have to go with a automatic pool cover which is expensive ($10,000 to $12,000) because we hate screened areas, need safety, and several times a year have huge swarms of blind mosquitoes invade from the lake. We do not have any leaves or other debris normally.
So are we getting any bang for our buck here? Did I just underestimate how much a 15x40 pool initially costs?