Folks, since I have started my inground pool research in the hopes of getting a pool installed in my backyard, one thing that has always peaked my curiosity is comparisons of getting a traditional Pool Builder to build your in ground vinyl pool vs purchasing a reputable in ground pool kit that you see on many popular pool warehouse websites?
Can anyone with experience in the 2 comment on some of these things? Are pool builders just using these same kits?.....Are they building from scratch?...Are they using better material, techniques? It also seems that each pool builder I talk to has their own variation on the actual framing,(12 gauge, 14 gauge, zinc reinforced bearing, gabraltar bracing, yada yada), footing, backfill and bottom. Is this just a sales pitch to try and sound superior to the competition?
Is there one standard way to build a vinyl in ground pools or are there many different ways?....If so, what should I expect and look for?