I'm as green as green can be when it comes to pools - hopefully, with the help of those on these forums, my future pool won't be green as well! The boss (my wife) and I have finally decided that it's time for an in-ground. Actually, the kids (11, 10 and 5.5 months) have been driving us nuts. So we caved. I've had 3 pool guys come to provide estimates (one gunite; two vinyl). Needless to say, my head is spinning. We have what I would consider a decent budget ($30-$50). We live in the Lehigh Valley (Central Eastern PA). So there seems to be a fair number of pool builders (was told there is a difference between builders and installers) and installers in the area.
We've heard all the sales pitches and going through all the info and brochures, I...well..feel like this:
With all the info...and sales pitches, I'm not sure who to believe. The gunite PB believes that Pentair is top of the line. One of the vinyl guys believes in Hayward. The other vinyl guy says all others are junk and Waterway is the only way. Then one of the vinyl guys tells me that salt water chlorination is smoke and mirrors, and Sustain is the only way to go. I knew going into the process was going to be time intensive and much research had to be done. I didn't realize how almost car sales-like the process might be.
I guess I'm venting a bit. My apologies! In terms of what we are getting quotes on is an 18'x36' free form with a slide. So around 650sf. I don't know which way to go, and I realize you can't really compare gunite to vinyl - so it's not apples to apples; but I would think I could at least compare equipment, etc.
Thanks for allowing me to dump....when I have the energy, I'll share the complete breakdown between builders/installers. Look forward to learning more through all the expertise on this forum.