DH and I are about to take the first steps into pool ownership. We have 1 major hurdle to overcome (Home owners Association), but otherwise we are ready to go. We have 2 young children. We don't really need a big pool, but DH thinks 15 x 30 is perfect for us. Of course I want a 18 x 33, but realize that is 5000 more gallons to heat and maintain. He is probably right.
We put a temporary hold on an Esther Williams Festival 15 x 30 pool - All Aluminum (the price is a little high for me). We looked at the Sharkline Oceanic 54 - Steel but 18 X 33 was more pool than DH wants. We could go to Family Lesiure (Formerly Watson's) and get a Quest (by wilbar) but DH didn't get a good vibe when we were there.
So My questions are: Is Esther Williams a quality pool? One dealer tells us aluminum is junk, the other says steel is junk and too expensive. I don't like the idea of a Stainless steel panel to look at so that is why we are not as into the Quest - or is it really a good idea?
Our requirements are that it be Buttress free and oval. Any suggestions would be great. We don't want to install ourselves and we like the peace of mind that a "Pool store" offers - The oceanic would not have any service available for repairs. Does the 52" vs. 54" side make a difference?
We are in MN so extreme temps are a factor.
I'm so nervous to commit because I don't want to buy something that will fall apart in 10 years.